Danish legal tech latest 

Danish law firm INTERLEX Advokater has adopted Thomson Reuters HighQ; recently Nasdaq-listed Danish legal tech vendor Copyright Agent expands its services to four new markets; and Stanford Fellow Søren Juul Jørgensen urges for there to be more coordination within Denmark to replicate the efforts and progress we are seeing in the UK, Singapore and the United States and secure Denmark’s place as a legal tech hub. 

Based in Aarhus, INTERLEX Advokater provides legal and commercial advice to companies throughout Denmark in corporate law, agriculture, real estate, and insolvency. The firm has a team of around 50 professionals and is a member of ADVOC, an international network of 92 independent law firms which share international expertise in jurisdictions across the globe.  

INTERLEX Advokater selected HighQ for its entire suite of document management; file sharing; team and task management; and data rooms. Together with a good UX, the full suite offering is what the firm reports swung it for HighQ.  

In other news from the region this week, Copyright Agent, which in July floated on Nasdaq Copenhagen’s First North Growth Market, says it is expanding its services and providing intellectual property rights as a service (IPRaaS) to four new markets:  France, Belgium, Holland and Estonia. 

Copyright Agent has developed a cloud-based technology that provides full transparency over digital assets such as images and text on the Internet. It helps image agencies and rights holders receive compensation from companies that use content on the Internet without the use of a license. 

With the expansion, Copyright Agent will service a total of 13 markets, seven of which they have entered since their IPO. They recently signed Caters News Agency, Reuters News Agency, Aller Media AB and Apix Syndication. 

Copyright Agent’s CEO, Henrik Eggert said in a statement: “We’re following our growth- and expansion plan and are thrilled to see the effect of our strategy in practice. It’s working as expected, our clients are very satisfied and we have a strong inflow of inquiries from new, potential clients that have either seen us in successful collaboration with their industry peers or met us in one or more of the markets where we continue to establish our service. We will continue our expansion with further markets and new clients and continue our work to support and ensure fair and just conditions for creators of original content.”

The news comes as Søren Juul Jørgensen, a researcher at the center for human rights and international justice at Stanford University and founder of strategic consultants ForestAvenue, argues in the Danish Bar and Law Association Gazette that with targeted effort, Denmark could become an important legal tech hub. 

Denmark is home to successful legal tech vendors including GAN Integrity (headquartered in New York) and Copenhagen-founded startup Contractbook, which in May this year raised a further $30m to develop its contract automation platform. One of its lead investors is Gradient Ventures – Google’s AI fund. 

Juul Jørgensen points to advances made by Danish law firms; universities; and the public sector, as well as the fact that there are a number of good Danish legal tech startups. But, he says, these efforts are scattered, where innovation thrives in ecosystems. Juul Jørgensen points to the efforts of the Lawtech UK Hub, Singapore’s Ministry of Justice, and Silicon Valley universities to develop supportive environments for innovation to thrive. More coordination would secure Denmark as an important legal tech hub, he says.

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