Eversheds has linked up with Copenhagen firm Sandal Lunoe & Co to open its third international office.
As of 1 May, Sandal Lunoe, itself a recent arrival on the Danish legal scene, will use the Eversheds name, although it will operate separately from the UK partnership.
Victor Semmens, the partner in charge of international development at Eversheds, said that Sandal Lunoe would initially support the firm's asset finance practice, although the intention is to build up a broad-based Danish law commercial practice.
Two of the five-lawyer Danish team, Mikael Lunoe and Troels Askerud, had previously worked at leading local firm Dragstedt. A third, Eijvind Sandal, was once managing partner at another major player, B Helmer Nielsen, and sits on a number of company boards.
Semmens added that the firm would compete directly with Copenhagen's main firms, in contrast to the only other UK firm in Denmark, Watson Farley & Williams, which has a branch in Copenhagen but no local practice.
However, a partner at a leading Danish firm was unconcerned:”As it is such a small firm, we don't see them as much in the way of competition.”
The Danish office is Eversheds' third in Europe after Brussels and Jersey. It also has plans to open up in France and Germany.