Public private partnerships


our experience and expertise

Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) and Public-Private Collaboration (PPC) are relatively new concepts in Denmark. Horten has advised on some of the first and largest PPP and PPC projects in Denmark; actually, we have contributed to establishing solid and profitable collaborations between public and private parties long before that. We have experience from small projects such as municipal food services and construction of buildings to large and more complex projects such as motorway constructions and development of new urban areas.

Our special strength is that we know the Danish public sector and the policy-making processes. At the same time, we have close relations with the Danish and international business community and the PPP market players, and we understand the strategic and corporate parameters helping companies to navigate.

Our team of experienced specialists are capable of focusing specifically at the parties' goals and needs. We are creative and bold in our solutions, and we dare to explore new approaches - without compromising on the law. We create the very best solutions because we have some of the most competent specialists in Denmark within the specific legal areas which are typically necessary for creating a solid and profitable PPP project.

our clients

Our clients include developers, contractors, pension funds and banks primarily in Denmark, but we also represent foreign companies entering into partnerships with Danish public authorities.

what we do

  • The dialogue phase with public contracting entities, including competitive dialogues
  • Optimizing the contractual basis
  • Negotiating agreements
  • Ensuring the optimal financing structure
  • Establishing the framework of a PPP.

news

Denmark ready for Tour de France

30 June 2017

The state and five cities - Copenhagen, Roskilde, Odense, Vejle and Sønderborg - are ready for the Tour de France Grand Départ. If Denmark is chosen as the venue, it will be the greatest sports event ever in Denmark.

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.

Conviction in bribery actions against Atea

24 March 2017

The Eastern High Court has delivered convictions in two bribery actions where Atea gave away iPhones, iPads and other IT equipment to two senior employees at the City of Copenhagen and DSB.

Four new specialised attorneys at Horten

7 March 2017

Horten has appointed four new specialised attorneys having in-depth professional and commercial expertise within personal data law, environmental and planning law, energy and supply law and tax law.

The Energy Regulatory Authority: New criteria for estimation of reasonable return on invested capital

17 February 2017

Recently, the Energy Regulatory Authority listed the circumstances that may and must be included when estimating a reasonable return on capital invested in a heating company in connection with the Authority's approval of return on invested capital.

The State Administration: Reconsideration of decision on access to inter-municipal enterprise's business information relevant for a tender procedure

16 February 2017

After having established that a decision was incorrect on several issues, the State Administration requested an emergency service organised as an inter-municipal enterprise to resume the matter and make a new decision. The inter-municipal enterprise had referred to section 30, no. 2 of the Act on public access to documents in public files (the "Act") as the basis of exempting information in consideration of the inter-municipal enterprise's future possibilities of putting out operational assignments to tender.

The EUDP - new round of applications for grants to energy projects in 2017

1 February 2017

The Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP) has published a new strategy for 2017-2019, which forms the basis of new projects worthy of support. The EUDP is a public scheme supporting new energy technology, which must contribute to achieving the target set in relation to energy and climate. Compared to previous strategies, the new strategy focuses on key areas in a more global perspective.

Does waste incineration play a role in a circular economy?

31 January 2017

The European Commission has published a new communication on the role of waste incineration in a circular economy. The purpose of the communication is to ensure an optimal energy exploitation of non-recoverable waste.

Are you allowed as a governm¬ent official to say that the municipal chief executive's "core competence may not be the truth"?

30 January 2017

According to the Ombudsman, it was in accordance with the rules of government employees' freedom of speech when a municipal employee was given a warning for writing on his Facebook profile that the municipal chief executive was "a person whose core competence may not be the truth".

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 Advisory Board is to advise the government on a circular economy

2 November 2016

The government has set up an Advisory Board consisting of Danish business executives, who are going to advise the government on a circular economy thereby increasing enterprises' earning opportunities, promoting a more efficient utilisation of resources and minimising the environmental impact. The new measure was presented by the Minister of the Environment and Food, Esben Lunde Larsen, and the Minister of Business and Growth, Troels Lund Poulsen.

Aid to the Eurovision Song Contest was not illegal under municipal and state aid law

14 October 2016

On 12 October 2016, the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Interior concluded in a statement that the aid provided through Projektselskabet by the City of Copenhagen and the Capital Region of Denmark to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 was legal.

Horten advises Carlsberg Byen on the construction, financing and transfer of UCC Campus Carlsberg

7 July 2016

Horten has advised Carlsberg Byen on the construction, financing and transfer of UCC Campus Carlsberg from NCC (contractor) to Carlsberg Byen (owner) and from Carlsberg Byen to University College UCC.

New agreement on municipalities' economy in 2017

13 June 2016

The day after the Government and the Danish Regions presented an agreement on the regions' economy in 2017, it was published that the Government had also concluded an agreement with KL on the municipalities' economy in 2017.

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.

Major savings for the municipality of Brøndby by repurchasing and inviting tenders for street lighting contract

25 January 2016

Horten has assisted the municipality of Brøndby through a lenghty process of negotiations in connection with a repurchase and call for tenders for operation as well as maintenance and renovation of the municipality's street lighting installations.