“I wanted to try something different than the traditional secondment destinations. My partner is half-Italian and we’ve both always wanted to live in Italy, so it was the obvious choice. In addition, Gorrissen Federspiel has a strong relationship with Nunziante Magrone.”
“First, I want to strengthen my international profile, and secondly, I thought it would be interesting to experience what it’s like to work with a different legal system. Compared to Italy, Denmark has a slightly more trust-based society, which is also reflected in our legal system. In Italy, there are several formalities in the legal process that reflect this difference, for example, when concluding agreements. It’s exciting to get a perspective different from what is familiar, and you realise that there are far more similarities than differences.”
“I provide corporate advice in matters where there’s an international aspect. Among other things, I act as the link between Danish clients and my Italian colleagues. It’s a slightly different role than I’m used to because my role is primarily client-oriented and communicative, whereas my focus in Denmark is more on legal issues. I’m learning a lot from that.”
“In Italy there’s a clear hierarchy. For example, I quickly noticed that the boss is addressed as “avvocato”, i.e. with the title, as was customary in Denmark many years ago. I’m probably more of a flat hierarchy person, but on the other hand, it has given me a greater understanding of how authority is viewed in many foreign countries. It’s something I can use when I, as a Dane, work with international relations.”
“I really appreciate that. To me, Gorrissen Federspiel’s international focus is not just something they say they want to focus on, but something they do. In my experience, it’s up to me to figure out what I want, and then there’s a shared focus on how we realise those ambitions.”
“It’s by far the easiest thing to stay in Denmark, and that’s exactly why you should go abroad. There’ll be things that are new, you’ll have to get by in a foreign language, and so on. But it’s worth it. You gain an international network and develop your legal competences. I strongly recommend it.”
Chastine was seconded at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York. She was involved in the Twitter case against Elon Musk, where WLRK represented Twitter, aiming to enforce Elon Musk's commitment to complete the purchase at the agreed-upon price.
Kathrine is currently seconded at the law firm Slaughter and May, headquartered in London. For Kathrine, this opportunity allows her to delve deeper into British culture and explore the abundant cultural and culinary offerings of London.
For law student Simon Nordvig, it has been a dream since he began his legal studies to spend a semester abroad. With the support of Gorrissen Federspiel's travel grant, he has embarked on an exchange program to Vancouver, where he will study for six months at the University of British Columbia.