Søren Hornbæk Svendsen



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Secretary: Nina Christine Friis

Søren Hornbæk Svendsen has more than 15 years' experience working as an adviser to companies in the Energy Sector. Søren has special expertise assisting on the sale and purchase of companies, wind farms, oil and gas licences and other assets in the energy sector. Søren also has extensive experience negotiating and drafting energy sector contracts and handling regulatory matters in the energy sector.

Søren has experience from and understands the challenges of both sides of the table – from his more than 15 years with law firms and almost 10 years as General Counsel of DONG Energy and as Corporate Counsel with the industrial conglomerate FLSmidth.

In addition, Søren is a member of the board of directors of the Danish Energy Association, of which Horten serves as secretariat.

Søren is mentioned in the following international legal directories:
Legal 500 - Energy (Recommended Lawyer)
Chambers - Energy and General Business Law, Greenland
IFLR1000 - Energy & infrastructure and Project development (Market leader)
Who's Who Legal - Energy
Best Lawyers - Energy Law
Expert Guides - Energy and Natural Resources

The 'experienced' and 'hard-working' Søren Hornbæk Svendsen is known for his work in regulatory issues and also frequently acts on transactions concerning renewable energy such as wind power.<br><br>

Chambers, 2018

Clients praise his ability to provide 'a combination of business and legal advice' and describe him as 'customer-oriented'.<br><br>

Chambers, 2018

Oil and gas specialist Søren Hornbæk Svendsen wins praise as a skilful transactional lawyer. "He is very good at understanding the services we want in a specific case and gets to the point," explain clients.


Søren Hornbæk Svendsen has "very deep insight and a good background in the industry," according to clients. 


Clients say he is "very technically skilled" and praise his "deep and specialised knowledge and insight."

Chambers Europe, 2017



Partner, Horten, 2005
General Counsel and Senior Vice President, DONG Energy, 2001-2005
Corporate legal counsel, FLSmidth, 1996-2001
Admitted to the Danish bar, 1996
Attorney, Kromann Reumert Law Firm, 1993-1996


Programme for Executive Development (IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland), 2004
Magister iuris (Göttingen University, Germany), 1993
Master of Laws, the University of Copenhagen, 1991

Positions of trust

Member, The Oil Gas Denmark Legal Committee
Member, The Board of the Danish Energy Law Association
Member, The Advisory Council to the Department of Energy Law at Oslo University
Member, The Committee for Energy and Climate Policy to the Organisation of Danish Industries
Member, The Advisory Board to the Centre for Enterprise Liability at Copenhagen University


International Bar Association
Danish Energy Law Association
Danish Gas Association
Deutsch-Nordische Juristenvereinigung



Legal 500 IFLR Market leader Søren Hornbæk Svendsen - Chambers Europe 2017 Søren Hornbæk Svendsen - Chambers Global 2018

Nature Energy’s gas network sold to Energinet

15 March 2018

NGF Nature Energy Holding A/S and Energinet have concluded an agreement concerning sale of NGF Nature Energy Distribution A/S to Energinet .

Funen municipalities sell Nature Energy

15 March 2018

Eight municipalities in Funen have sold the commercial activities of the Nature Energy after 40 years of municipal ownership.

Chambers nominates Horten as Greenland expert

21 February 2018

The recognised international ranking agency Chambers has ranked Horten as one of the country’s leading law firms specialised in the conditions prevailing in Greenland.

New owner makes Danish biogas manufacturer ready for investments worth billions

4 January 2018

The commercial activities in the Funen energy group, Nature Energy, have been sold to a consortium consisting of Pioneer Point Partners and Davidson Kempner.

All Greenlandic companies are now to be registered in the CVR register - a modernisation of company legislation is under way

1 January 2018

Greenland: New rules concerning CVR registration and modernisation of company legislation - how does this affect Greenlandic companies?

IFLR1000 recognises 12 Horten partners

18 October 2017

The international directory IFLR1000 recently published its Financial and Corporate Rankings for 2018 - and Horten has improved its ranking in several areas.

Baltic Gas Pipe Project continues

26 July 2017

Phase 1 of the Open Season 2017 for the Baltic Pipe Project showed sufficient demand for gas transportation – making it possible for the activities to continue.

Giant merger of oil and gas activities in the North Sea

18 July 2017

Centrica plc has concluded an agreement with Bayerngas Norge AS concerning a merger of the European oil and gas activities in the North Sea.

New oil and gas strategy for the North Sea

4 July 2017

A new oil and gas strategy has been set out for the Danish part of the North Sea. The strategy was prepared in cooperation between the industry, the DEA and GEUS to ensure optimal exploitation of the Danish resources.

The European Commission launches new whistleblower tool

20 March 2017

Now, individuals can easily, quickly and anonymously disclose information on cartels and anti-competitive behaviour directly to the Commission.

IFLR1000 ranks eight Horten partners as Leading Lawyers and two as Rising Stars

18 October 2016

The international directory IFLR1000 recently published its Financial and Corporate Rankings for 2017. These rankings were good news for Horten, as we have increased the number of partners ranked as Leading Lawyers within their legal areas of expertise.

Horten on two committees at the Confederation of Danish Industry, DI

3 October 2016

DI has re-appointed Søren Hornbæk Svendsen as member of the Energy and Climate Policy Committee and Nina Henningsen as member of the Media Policy Committee.

Centrica to acquire Neas Energy

21 April 2016

Centrica to acquire leading European energy management company.

Public-private investments in Greenland

9 March 2016

On 26 February 2016, Horten and Nuna Law Firm hosted a conference with focus on public-private investments in Greenland.

The 7th oil and gas licensing round in the North Sea has been concluded

26 February 2016

The Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate has decided to issue 16 new oil and gas licenses to 12 different companies as a result of the 7th licensing round.

Denmark and Greenland sign new uranium agreement – why now?

12 February 2016

Denmark and Greenland have entered into a uranium agreement regulating the cooperation on future extraction and export of uranium and radioactive minerals.

Lifting of trade sanctions against Iran - possibilities and risks

29 January 2016

On 16 January 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) stated that Iran had met the requirements for lifting of EU and US trade sanctions against the country. This opens the way for new trade possibilities with Iranian players; however, still subject to certain risks.

Amendments to the Trade Act with effect from 1 January 2016

21 January 2016

The amendments will ease the establishment of operational activities in the Greenlandic market - making the establishment of new as well as international business activity in Greenland more favourable.

The future of gas

10 December 2012