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Nicolai Hesgaard


Location Copenhagen

About Nicolai

Nicolai Hesgaard is partner at Elmann where he is Head of Employment and Data Privacy. Nicolai is a highly regarded specialist in employment law and data privacy law and advises both domestic and multinational corporations as well as financial institutions on employment law and data privacy issues. He is a contributor to the chapter on Greenland in "Data Protection Laws of the World", Sweet & Maxwell.

Nicolai has more than 18 years of experience with cross-border transactions including due diligence reviews, advising on the application of the acquired rights directive, information and consultation obligations, collective redundancies, pension, bonus and stock options plans, service and severance agreements, data privacy, including whistleblower hotlines and BCR. He also advises in connection with investigations in relation to FCPA and the UK Bribery Act. In addition, Nicolai has broad M&A experience. 

Nicolai received his Master’s Degree in law in 2000 from the University of Copenhagen. He has pursued international studies at New York University in 1999. In the period 2001-2003 he was a tutor in the law of property, contract and tort at the University of Copenhagen and participated in the Foreign Associate Programme of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek (the Netherlands) in 2007-2008 where he worked in De Brauw’s M&A department.

Years of experience


About their firm

Elmann is a dedicated independent Danish corporate law firm. We have a broad international network and significant international experience, which we draw on when assisting our clients in Denmark and abroad. Elmann’s clients include Danish and foreign companies, banks, private equity funds and organisations within our practice areas. We strive to be accessible, flexible, responsive and have the business understanding that characterises a modern law firm. It is paramount to us that our advice is focused on creating value for the individual client. Moreover, we work according to a key account principle. It means that the client is linked up with one partner who is responsible for the client's assignments being solved by the attorney(s) that have the relevant competences. Elmann is regularly recognised for it's market leading reputation in the legal directories: "Elmann's "efficient"​ team advises international and Danish private sector companies, high-net-worth individuals, private equity funds and venture capital funds" - Legal500 2016 (M&A) "They have a better team for owner-managed companies than other firms in Denmark."​ - IFLR1000 2015 (Financial and corporate) "There are specialist senior partners in different key areas. The firm provides the full range of services."​ "The team's agility is important. It is not too big to get held up or too small to lack the necessary skills for M&A transactions."​ - Chambers Europe 2014 (Corporate/M&A) “Elmann Advokatpartnerselskab provides ‘fast, clear and cost-effective advice.” - Legal500 EMEA 2014 (Real Estate and Construction)