GCR 100 - 17th Edition

Copenhagen Economics

10 January 2017

Copenhagen Economics

Scandinavian firm Copenhagen Economics continues to be a mainstay in front of the Swedish and Danish competition authorities, and added former deputy director-general of the Danish enforcer Carsten Smidt in September 2016.

  • Advised on 12 government antitrust investigations this past year
  • Worked on seven mergers
  • Nine lateral hires and five promotions
Global heads Claus Kastberg Nielsen, Henrik Ballebye Okholm
Home jurisdiction Denmark, Sweden
Total size of firm 50
Competition economists 21
% of firm specialised 42%
Who’s Who Legal: Competition nominees 2
Group one 2
Group two 3
Group three 9
Group four 6
Lateral hires 10
Departures 4
Internal promotions 5

Copenhagen Economics maintained its modest practice and continued to be heavily involved in Northern Europe. On the merger front, the firm provided expert testimony for energy company Logstor in its acquisition of Powerpipe. The court dismissed in their entirety claims from Sweden’s Competition Authority that the merger would be anticompetitive, although the enforcer appealed the decision to Sweden’s highest court. The firm also consulted on two deals for Finnish retailing conglomerate Kesko, both of which were approved. In total, Copenhagen Economics worked on seven mergers this past year.

The firm was active in behavioural cases as well, advising the Växjö municipality in a case involving alleged anticompetitive sales activities by public entities. The court dismissed all of the SCA’s claims, which the authority appealed to the Market Court but then withdrew before proceedings began. Practice head Claus Kastberg Nielsen is also providing expert work on an abuse of dominance case and a damages case in the Stockholm district court, both which are pending. The firm consulted for companies in front of the Finnish and Danish competition authorities as well – including assessing the competitive effect of several confidential abuse of dominance cases. In total, Copenhagen Economics advised on 12 government antitrust investigations this past year.

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