Jakob Bernhoft specialises in banking and finance law and restructurings.

Jakob advises both Danish and international lenders and borrowers on debt capital financing, including in particular acquisition financing, mezzanine financing, bond issues, securitisations, PPP financing, as well as ship and aircraft financing.

He also advises on financial restructurings and have advised both lenders and borrowers on restructurings within a number of sectors (financial institutions, real property, shipping and car leasing).

Jakob has extensive international experience and in-depth knowledge of debt capital markets.

Jakob also advises on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, company and commercial law.

Chambers Global 2021

Banking & Finance

Department head Jakob Bernhoft is "a very experienced and flexible lawyer who is able to navigate cases with respect and understanding of the commercial reality," according to sources. He handles a broad caseload that includes leveraged finance and bridge loans as well as real estate development finance projects.

Legal 500 2020

Banking & Finance

Jakob Bernhoft is recommended within banking and finance. 

Chambers Global 2020

Banking & Finance

According to one client, the "absolutely excellent" Jakob Bernhoft is "friendly, easy-going, knowledgeable and able to get deals done." Several sources also highlight his pragmatic and practical approach. He acts for clients on corporate and acquisition finance and refinancing mandates.

Legal 500 2019

Banking & Finance

Kromann Reumert handles the full spectrum of banking and finance work, and is particularly prominent in acquisition, structured and project financings. Jakob Bernhoft is a key figure in the group and has expertise in acquisition financings and debt restructurings; he advised Nykredit Bank and Nordea Bank on their joint financing of Axcel’s purchase of a majority stake in Mountain Top Industries.

Chambers Global 2019

Banking & Finance

Jakob Bernhoft handles a variety of banking and finance mandates. He advised Nykredit and Nordea on the financing of Axcel's acquisition of a 75% stake in Mountain Top. Sources describe him as "a really highly qualified lawyer in financial services regulation."

Chambers Global 2018

Banking & Finance

According to sources, Jakob Bernhoft is very “commercial and reliable.” He has considerable expertise in acquisition finance, and has a strong track record in assisting both lenders and borrowers with debt capital markets matters. He also advises clients on financial restructurings, M&A and venture capital. 

Legal 500 2017

Banking & Finance

Kromann Reumert’s team provides ‘very good service’ and is often instructed on financings across a variety of sectors, including shipping, energy and real estate. Practice head Jakob Bernhoft is ‘a good negotiator’ who assisted Glycom with the financing of its acquisition of Vitalys’ factory.

Chambers Global 2017

Banking & Finance

Jakob Bernhoft leads the department and is well regarded for his strong expertise in acquisition finance. He assisted Pensam Livsforsikringsaktieselskab with the provision of a DKK50 million mezzanine loan to finance BWB Partners' acquisition of Impreg Group. Clients consider him to be "very skilled, pleasant to work with and very likeable, with a commercial approach."

IFLR1000 2017

Leading Lawyer

Jakob Bernhoft is ranked as a leading lawyer within the fields of Restructuring & Insolvency, Banking and M&A.

Chambers Europe 2016

Banking & Finance

Jakob Bernhoft is a well-regarded finance lawyer acting on financing and refinancing mandates in addition to transactions relating to general commercial debt and acquisition funding. A client states: "He's pragmatic, able to execute things quickly and I trust his judgement." He advised FIH Erhvervsbank on the restructuring of Genan Gruppen.

Legal 500 2015

Banking & Finance

Practice head Jakob Bernhoft led the advice to Wrist Ship Supply on a DKK850m credit facility agreement with Nordea Bank Danmark. 

IFLR1000 2015

Leading Lawyer

Jakob Bernhoft is ranked as a leading lawyer within the fields of Restructuring & Insolvency, Banking, and M&A. 

Legal 500 2014

Banking & Finance

Kromann Reumert has an ‘excellent, well connected and responsive’ team. Practice head Jakob Bernhoft assisted Bunker Holding with DKK3.75bn in new finance agreements. 

Chambers Global 2014

Banking & Finance

Department head Jakob Bernhoft  is a highly regarded banking and finance practitioner. He attracts effusive praise for his handling of complex and high-value cases. 

Legal 500 2013

Banking & Finance

Practice head Jakob Bernhoft advised Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse on Welltec’s $325m senior secured notes listing on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

IFLR1000 2014

Banking & Finance

The banking and finance practice, led by leading lawyer Jakob Bernhoft, was involved in some of the biggest and most complex deals in Denmark this year. Most notably it advised an international group of lenders in relation to the restructuring of the listed Danish shipping company Torm, Bunker Holding in relation to new financing agreements and advised Santander Consumer Bank on its landmark securitisation of auto loans.

  • Member of the Danish Bar and Law Society, the International Bar Association, and the Banking and Finance Law Committee of the Association of Danish Law Firms
  • Contributing author to     Køb og Salg af Virksomheder (Purchase and Sale of Businesses), 5th edition to be released in early 2014
  • Author of article: Equity tracking securities også kaldet målrettede aktier: et nyt finansielt produkt i Danmark? (Equity tracking securities, also known as targeted shares: A new financial product in Denmark?), published in Revision & Regnskabsvæsen 2001 (no. 12)
  • Partner 2007
  • Head of Kromann Reumert's London office 2002-2005
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) from New York University School of Law 
  • Master of Laws (cand.jur.) from the University of Copenhagen 1996
Admission and right of audience
  • Right of audience before the Danish High Court 2002
  • Registered European Lawyer (REL) 2002
  • Admitted to practice law 2000
  • English
  • The Scandinavian languages
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