Peter Ketelsen specialises in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), transaction-related stock exchange law, company law, fund regulation, and general commercial law. Peter became a partner in 1997.
Peter advises Danish and international industrial and financial businesses as well as private equity funds on the sale and purchase of businesses, including by auction and through minority investments. He also advises on business combinations and joint ventures. His company law-related work includes articles of association, and capital and shareholder matters.
Peter has advised on privatisation processes and succession, as well as the regulation of commercial foundations, and general commercial law matters such as cooperation agreements.
In providing advice to clients, Peter aims to achieve their objectives and meet their needs through his expertise, commercial insight and understanding, and often considerable experience within the relevant areas of advice. Among other things, he focuses on quality, predictability, dialogue, and an informal tone.
Chambers Global 2021
Peter Ketelsen boasts a strong M&A practice and is regularly instructed by private equities and investment funds to advise on deals. He receives client endorsements for being "focused on details, very hard-working and diligent."
Chambers Global 2020
Peter Ketelsen continues to be a noted practitioner in the field, focusing on acquisitions. Market sources report that Ketelsen is "commercial and technically super bright."
Chambers Global 2019
Corporate/M&A, Band 1
The "highly regarded" Peter Ketelsen is knowledgeable in a variety of public and private M&A topics, as well as corporate governance mandates. Sources describe him as "technically very bright."
Chambers Global 2018
Peter Ketelsen is a leading figure in Danish M&A, acting on a range of acquisitions and joint ventures. Ketelsen is also noted for his work on privatisation and regulatory issues.
Chambers Global 2017
Clients describe Peter Ketelsen as "very skilled" and particularly recommend him for large transactions. He advises clients in the industrial and financial sectors, as well as private equity funds on M&A-related matters.
Peter Ketelsen led a team acting for EQT Infrastructure in connection with the sale of NORDgroup (formerly Kommunekemi) to Ekokem, a company whose shareholders include a number of Finnish public institutions.
Chambers Global 2016
M&A co-head Peter Ketelsen is a leading practitioner advising industrial clients and private equity funds on transactional and governance mandates. He is praised for his ability to find solutions, with sources saying: "He's an excellent M&A lawyer who gets the deal done."
Peter Ketelsen was the lead counsel as the team represented EQT Infrastructure in its divestment of Nordgroup to Ekokem.
Peter Ketelsen is ranked as a leading lawyer within the fields of Capital Markets and M&A.
Chambers Global 2015
Sources praise Peter Ketelsen for his negotiation skills. His recent work includes advising TryghedsGruppen on a merger with Altor Fund III, creating the largest health and fitness group in Scandinavia.
Chambers Global 2014
Co-head of department Peter Ketelsen has an excellent reputation for M&A, winning notable acclaim for his work in the area. One source notes: "He is a fair lawyer and I enjoy dealing with him." Another adds: "A strong lawyer, astute in complex drafting."
IFLR 1000 2014
Peter Ketelsen and Christina Bruun Geertsen lead the mergers and acquisition team, which is the only one in Denmark colleagues unanimously agree should be in tier 1. One notes the "professional touch" it brings to deals and this was adeptly applied advising Arla Foods in its complex merger with Milch-Union Hocheifel as well as Milk Link.
Legal 500 2014
Kromann Reumert’s clients rate the team as being ‘second to none’. Anders Lavesen and group co-head Peter Ketelsen advised TryghedsGruppen on merging its health and fitness activities with businesses owned by Altor Fund III.
- Member of the Company Law Committee of the Association of Danish Law Firms
- Member of the Danish Company Law Association
- Member of the International Bar Association (IBA)
- Teacher of Master Classes offered in cooperation with Foreningen til udvikling af bestyrelsesarbejde i Danmark (Denmark’s Association for the Development of Board Work)
- Partner 1997
- Master of Laws (cand.jur.) from the University of Copenhagen 1989
- Born in 1964
Admission and right of audience
- Right of audience before the Danish High Court 1997
- Admitted to practice law 1992
- The Scandinavian languages