Erik Bertelsen specialises in competition law, particularly dominant companies, cartels and mergers, as well as Danish and EU procurement law. Erik became a partner in 2000 and has since been part of the firm's market-leading Competition Group.
Erik’s clients include major Danish and foreign businesses. He is experienced in handling all aspects of competition law, particularly abuse of dominance, including discount schemes, prices and refusal to supply.
Erik also has extensive experience in mergers, especially within sectors such as food, agriculture, energy, retail and industry. He is a highly experienced competition and procurement litigator. His special expertise includes appeal cases concerning decisions made by the competition authorities, and actions in damages for competition law violations. Erik has conducted several landmark cases before the Danish Competition Council and the Danish Competition Appeals Tribunal, and he has also handled criminal competition cases.
Erik delivers solution-oriented advice based on his extensive knowledge of Danish and international law, the practices and processes of the competition authorities, as well as litigation before the Danish and EU courts. Erik takes a pragmatic and business-minded approach to finding solutions that quickly meet clients’ needs and deliver extra value to their businesses.
Legal 500 2019
EU & Competition
Kromann Reumert advises on merger control matters, competition disputes and state aid issues; recent mandates include Erik Bertelsen defending Dong Energy against a damages claim brought by the competition authorities alleging excessive pricing.
Chambers Europe 2019
Erik Bertelsen earns respect from market commentators for his work and focuses on merger filings. Sources highlight his negotiation skills, saying that he is "very good at calming the waters."
Chambers Europe 2018
Erik Bertelsen is regarded by sources as a "very good practitioner with a long-standing practice." He focuses on the full scope of competition law, including abuse of dominance and litigation cases. His work of late has involved obtaining merger clearance for clients from the energy sector.
Legal 500 2017
EU & Competition
Kromann Reumert’s ‘top-level’ practice specialises in merger control work and cartel investigations. The well-regarded Erik Bertelsen advised Jysk on its acquisition of furniture producer Actona.
Chambers Europe 2017
Erik Bertelsen handles all areas of competition law, including abuse of dominance. Clients say: "He is a very competent lawyer and has a good overview of the law. He has very exact knowledge of our industry and business, and can easily analyse issues and point us in the right direction." He is noted for his expertise in litigation and represents clients before Danish and EU courts.
Chambers Europe 2016
The "insightful" Erik Bertelsen has extensive experience in handling all aspects of competition law, particularly mergers in the food, agriculture, energy and retail sectors. Recently, he represented AkzoNobel in a damages claim filed by Cheminova relating to the former's participation in a cartel.
Legal 500 2015
EU and Competition
Erik Bertelsen is an expert in complex merger control matters.
Chambers Europe 2015
Erik Bertelsen has an "excellent practice with a strong market position which he has maintained for many years." His long-standing experience covers all manner of issues related to competition law.
GCR 100 2015
Kromann Reumert is featured in the 16th edition of Global Competition Review. "Kromann Reumert's competition group, one of the largest in the country, continues to be a market leader. Three partners - Jens Munk Plum, Morten Kofmann and Erik Bertelsen - are nominated to Who's Who Legal: Competition".
Chambers Europe 2014
Erik Bertelsen is praised by sources for his approach to contentious competition cases, including complex merger control mandates. He has assisted Arla with the competition aspects of its acquisition of UK-based Milk Link and German-based Milch-Union Hocheifel.
Legal 500 2014
EU and Competition
Kromann Reumert gives ‘prompt, appropriate and timely’ advice. Practice head Jens Munk Plum, Erik Bertelsen and Tilde Jensen are representing DONG Energy in Denmark’s largest excessive pricing case.
Legal 500 2013
EU and Competition
The ‘excellent, competent’ Erik Bertelsen is representing DONG Energy in Denmark’s largest excessive pricing case. New clients include Nordisk Film and Dutch Lely Holding.
Chambers Europe 2013
Erik Bertelsen has an extraordinary reputation for merger control and abuse of dominance matters, and is widely regarded as a tough, brilliant competition practitioner.
- Member of the Board for the Danish Competition Law Society
- Member of Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht
- Member of the European Forum for Competition Litigation
- Contributor to Chambers Global Practice guide 'Merger Control 2016'
- Co-author of Competition Law in Denmark, Djøf, 2011
- Dansk Fusionskontrol (Danish Merger Control), Thomson A/S, 2nd edition, 2013
- Article Erstatning for overtrædelse af konkurrencereglerne (Damages for Competition Law Violations) in tribute to Danish Supreme Court Judge, Jørgen Nørgaard, 2003
- Article in publication to commemorate Jens Fejø, 2012: Prøvelse af økonomiske forhold i konkurrencesager (Trying of financial matters in competition cases)
- Co-author of Denmark chapter in Leniency Regimes, Jurisdictional Comparisons, European Lawyer Ltd, 2012
- Co-author of Denmark chapter in The Private Competition Enforcement Review, 6th edition, Law Business Research
- Partner 2000
- Head of Kromann Reumert's Brussels office 1994-1996
- Master of Laws from Vrije Universiteit Brussel 1992
- Master of Laws (cand. jur.) from Aarhus University 1989
- Born in 1964
admission and right of audience
- Right of audience before the Danish Supreme Court 2005
- Admitted to practise law 1993
- The Scandinavian languages
Dansk Fusionskontrol (Danish Merger Control)
Erik Bertelsen has in collaboration with Morten Kofmann, Jens Munk Plum and Bart Creve authored the third edition of the book "Dansk Fusionskontrol" (Danish Merger Control). The book is a collected account of the Danish merger control regulations from a practical angle and is the standard work in the field of Danish merger control.
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Competition Law in Denmark
This practical analysis of competition law and its interpretation in Denmark covers every aspect of the subject.
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