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Supreme Court of Denmark

Jan Schans Christensen, Supreme Court Justice, Professor, Dr. Jur. 


Born August 15, 1957 in the Netherlands, justice of the Supreme Court from 2012


High School graduate 1976
Master of Laws (cand. jur.) 1981
Admitted to the Danish Bar 1984
Admitted to the Danish High Court/Court of Appeal 1986
Master of Laws (LL.M.), Columbia University School of Law, New York 1988
Dr.jur., University of Copenhagen 1991

Main occupation

Junior attorney and attorney with Per Federspiel Law Firm 1981-86
Attorney with Trolle, Damsbo & Lund-Andersen 1986-87
Foreign associate with Debevoise & Plimpton, New York (Corporate Department) 1988-89
Attorney with and partner of Trolle, Damsbo & Lund-Andersen 1989 and Bech-Bruun & Trolle 1990-2000
Professor of corporate law at the University of Copenhagen 2001-2012
Other positions, assignments and activities

Various teaching positions with, inter alia, the University of Copenhagen 1985-87 and 1993-94
Member of the Danish Bar and Law Society’s company law committee 1992-93, Deputy Chairman 1993-97
Member of the Danish Bar’s Committee for the 1st Circuit 1994-2000
Member of the European Commission’s High Level Group of Company Law Experts 2001-2002
Chairman of the Danish Corporate Law Association 2001-2012
Member of the Dutch Ministry of Justice’s Group of Experts on Cross-Border Voting, 2002
Chairman of the Danish Committee on Marketing Practices and Price Labelling 2003-2005
Deputy Chairman of the Danish Radio and Television Board 2004-2011
Chairman of the Danish committee on insider trading 2005-2010
Chairman of the Danish Competition Council 2005-2011
Chairman of the Danish Accountant Commission 2005-2011
Member of the Danish Committee on Modernising Company Law 2006-2008
Member of the Board of the Danish Arbitration Association 2008-
Chairman of the Copyright License Tribunal 2012-
Member of the ICSID (International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes) Panels of Conciliators and of Arbitrators 2012-          

Has acted as arbitrator in a large number of domestic and international cases involving private as well as public undertakings

Author of various text books, articles and contributions, including:

Contested Takeovers in Danish Law (doctoral dissertation, 1991)
Ledelse & aktionærer (management and shareholders, 1992)
Grænseoverskridende virksomhedsoverdragelser (cross-border mergers and acquisitions, 1998)
Selskabsloven med kommentarer (commentary on the Danish Companies Act, 2012)    Kapitalselskaber (limited liability companies, 1st edition 2003, 5th edition 2017)
Det Europæiske Selskab (the European company, co-author Sanne Dahl Fredslund, 2007)


University law teacher of the year (2005)

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