Corporate criminal law

Violation of special legislation and white collar crime

our experience and expertise

Horten has experience in all types of cases concerning violation of special legislation (financial regulation, working environment, environment, food control, etc.) and in relation to financial crime against companies or white-collar crime committed by a company's managers or employees.

Our expertise includes both activities directed against the company and activities carried out by the company itself. We assist with investigating potential criminal activities (bribery, embezzlement, etc.) and serve as defence counsel in case of charges being brought against companies or persons attached to the company (e.g. in tax cases).  

Through the years, we have conducted a large number of important and high-profile corporate criminal cases 

This has mainly been cases concerning e.g. fraud, criminal breach of trust and other offences against property, tax fraud, price manipulation and insider trading, food legislation and other special legislation with serious sanctions. Our criminal lawyers conduct the various cases in cooperation with Horten's specialists within e.g. public regulation, banking and finance, tax law and employment and labour law.

our clients

Our clients are not limited to one specific group; everybody may be placed in a situation where charges are brought against them or others. Our assistance is therefore aimed at companies, public authorities and those acting on behalf of companies or public authorities as well as individuals. 

What we do


  • Defence of individuals and companies in connection with charges in corporate criminal proceedings
  • Defence in case of violation of special legislation in cooperation with the specialist departments
  • Defence in criminal proceedings
  • Assistance in case of claims for disclosure of material, seizure and other measures


  • Assessment of the company's conduct in relation to criminal law and special legislation Does the company comply with legislation?
  • Advice on and establishment of whistleblower schemes
  • Guidance on measures against corruption and bribery
  • Assistance in connection with practice on Corporate Responsibility, anti-corruption, etc.
  • Immediate help in connection with Dawn Raids


  • Assessment of potential criminal conduct by employees, cooperation partners or others
  • Assistance in connection with reporting of potential criminal conduct to the police
  • Claims for damages in criminal cases
  • Assistance in connection with detection of stolen funds


Fines to cartels within the car industry turn focus on applications for relief of fines

16 March 2018

In three separate decisions, The European Commission has imposed fines of more than EUR 540 million on a number of players within the car industry. At the same time, three cartel members obtained relief of fines due to their roles in relation to exposing the cartels.

Unique cooperation between Horten and Symbion

5 February 2018

Horten has entered into unique cooperation with Symbion and Accelerace where we will make a team of lawyers available for start-up businesses at the shared office facilities Horten CoLab.

New Managing Partner at Horten

2 January 2018

Finn Schwarz, Attorney and Partner, has been appointed Managing Partner of Horten Law Firm as of 1 January 2018.

Horten advances in new Chambers and Legal 500 rankings

19 April 2017

In 2017, the leading international ranking agencies, Legal 500 and Chambers, are once again ranking Horten among the best law firms in Denmark.

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.

Global Leaders in Law appoints Horten as exclusive partner for Denmark

10 January 2017

Global Leaders in Law, the leading global general counsel forum based in London, and Horten has announced partnership. Appointed as a global bronze partner, Horten will sponsor the activities of Global Leaders in Law in 2017.

New partners

4 January 2017

With effect from 1 January 2017, Horten appointed Lars Lüneborg and Julie Arnth Jørgensen as partners.

Horten Corporate Day 2016 - Danish companies at the forefront

18 March 2016

At Horten's Corporate Day 2016 on 16 March, Danish and foreign executives and experts gave their views on the trends and opportunities of the Danish business sector. Horten will repeat the success next year with Horten Corporate Day 2017.