Pernille Bigaard

Attorney-at-Law, Partner

Pernille Bigaard is head of our Insolvency Law and Restructuring team. She is the appointed administrator of the Insolvency Division of the Danish Maritime and Commercial High Court and is one of the most experienced Danish administrators of estates in bankruptcy.

Pernille has been involved in financial restructuring and bankruptcy proceedings against a number of large Danish undertakings such as Sterling Airlines A/S, Centerplan A/S, Sandgården A/S, Buksesnedkeren A/S and BIVA A/S.

Pernille is widely recognised by large international rating agencies as a leading individual in Denmark regarding insolvency and restructuring. Due to her extensive experience and expertise she is often asked to handle the most complex cases in Denmark. Pernille is currently the trustee of the OW Bunker estate, the largest bankruptcy in Denmark in recent history.

Pernille has had a right of audience before the Danish Supreme Court since 1988 and she has conducted several significant cases relating to bankrupt and insolvent undertakings.

Pernille is a trained mediator and she is associated with the Danish Mediation Institute. She has acquired considerable experience in court-based mediation by participating in a pilot scheme under the auspices of the City Court of Copenhagen.

Pernille is the chairman of Foreningen af Danske Insolvensadvokater (Association of Danish insolvency lawyers).

Highlights

  • OW Bunker - administration of the OW Bunker estate, the largest bankruptcy in Denmark in recent history
  • Fenicia Invest - administration of the estate in bankruptcy consisting of a large hotel project in Spain and various property investments in Denmark as well as the disposal of a number of subsidiaries/associated companies etc.
  • K/S Sweden Real Estate Portfolio - administration of the estate in bankruptcy; the administration work consisted of the sale of a large property portfolio etc.
  • Sterling Airlines A/S - estate administration of the Danish airline
  • Centerplan A/S - estate administration of the property company
  • Sandgården A/S - estate administration of the property company
  • Buksesnedkeren A/S - estate administration of the clothing company
  • BIVA A/S - estate administration of the furniture company

Ratings

  • Pernille Bigaard is listed as a Leading Lawyer (Market Leader) as regards Restructuring and Insolvency (2019).

  • Pernille Bigaard has in January 2018 been inducted into the Legal 500's Hall of Fame for her continuous excellence within the practice area: Commercial, Corporate and M&A. Before 2018, the Hall of Fame only featured leading lawyers from the US.

    The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by the clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners, who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In EMEA, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for seven consecutive years. 

  • Pernille Bigaard is ranked as a leading individual (Band 1) as regards Restructuring/Insolvency. Clients praise Pernille Bigaard, one of the leading lawyers in this field, for her "great technical knowledge. She has a very realistic view on matters and makes fair assessments". She is recognised for being "focused on the result, very skilled, and pleasant to work with". She acts as a trustee or adviser in numerous major insolvencies and restructurings, regularly representing clients from the financial sector. (2018)

  • Pernille Bigaard is listed as a leading individual as regards Insolvency. "Highly competent" practice head Pernille Bigaard. (2018)

  • Pernille Bigaard is listed as a Leading Lawyer (Market Leader) as regards Restructuring and Insolvency. "She has great knowledge, strong negotiation skills, and good reputation." (Financial and Corporate 2018)

    Pernille Bigaard is listed in Women Leaders Guide (2018).

  • Pernille Bigaard is listed as an expert with respect to both Legal Asset Recovery an Restructuring & Insolvency. (2017)
  • Pernille Bigaard is listed as a leading individual (Band 1) as regards Restructuring/Insolvency. Pernille Bigaard is praised for her involvement in large-scale Danish insolvencies. She is a well-regarded trustee, and frequently advises clients in the financial sector on insolvency issues. Interviewees say: "She is an experienced insolvency lawyer; there are no uncertainties". (2017)
  • Pernille Bigaard is listed as a leading individual as regards Insolvency. (2017)

  • Pernille Bigaard is listed as a Leading Lawyer as regards Restructuring and Insolvency (Financial and Corporate 2017).
  • Pernille Bigaard is ranked as a leading individual (Band 1) as regards Restructuring/Insolvency. Peers describe Pernille as"one of the most experienced trustees in Denmark". She recieves significant plaudits as administrator in large-scale insolvencies. (2016)
  • Pernille Bigaard is listed as a leading individual as regards Insolvency and Restructuring. Plesner's practice is led by the well-regarded Pernille Bigaard. (2016)

  • Pernille Bigaard is listed as a Leading Lawyer as regards Restructuring and Insolvency. (2016)
  • Pernille Bigaard is listed as an expert with respect to Restructuring & Insolvency.

    Pernille Bigaard is listed as an expert with respect to Asset Recovery. (2016)
  • Pernille Bigaard is listed as an expert within Insolvency and Restructuring (Women in Business Law). (2016)
  • Pernille Bigaard is ranked as a leading individual (Band 1) as regards Restructuring/Insolvency by both Chambers Global and Chambers Europe. The "well-known" Pernille Bigaard advises on bankruptcy issues, especially in winding down businesses, and is noted for her expertise in asset recovery and criminal aspects. She has substantial experience in the real estate, aviation and recruitment sectors. (2015)
  • Pernille Bigaard is listed as a leading individual as regards Insolvency and Restructuring. (2015)
  • Pernille Bigaard is listed as a Lading Lawyer as regards Restructuring and Insolvency as well as M&A. (2015)
  • Pernille Bigaard is listed as a leading individual as regards Insolvency and Restructuring in the Banking, Finance and Transactional Law. (2015)
  • Pernille Bigaard is ranked as a leading individual (Band 1) as regards Restructuring/Insolvency by both Chambers Global and Chambers Europe. She is a "driving force at the firm," say clients. She is a highly esteemed lawyer, with one market commentator describing her as "one of the outstanding lawyers in the practice". (2014)
  • Pernille Bigaard is listed a leading lawyer as regards Restructuring and Insolvency. Clients are still full of praise for the team and Pernille Bigaard in particular. "She is clearly one of the most experienced lawyers in insolvency in Denmark," remarks one senior banking client, while another says: "Pernille is very visible and highly skilled with a lot of experience in the field of restructuring and insolvency. Her strongest attributes are her expertise, accessibility and skills". (2014)
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