Carl Christian Illum

Partner, Lawyer, MBA

Mobile phone


Carl Christian Illum has extensive experience in corporate and commercial law matters and assists Danish and foreign clients, including in relation to venture capital, M&A and other strategic transactions.

Carl Christian Illum has special experience in intellectual property law and advises on strategies for protection or exploitation of rights under copyright, trademark, patent and marketing law.

Furthermore, Carl Christian Illum has considerable experience in competition law and assists companies in matters of strategy, transactions and collaborations and in dispute resolution.

In 2016-2017, Carl Christian Illum studied an MBA at HEC Paris in France. In 2010, Carl Christian Illum spent a semester at Pepperdine University's Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution. Carl Christian Illum has co-founded and is an active participant in several Danish companies and is thereby very focused on commercial matters, especially in relation to startups.

Carl Christian Illum was born in 1987 and graduated in law from the University of Copenhagen in 2011.

Bar admission and training
  • 2017 - Master of Business Administration (MBA), HEC Paris, Paris, France
  • 2014 - Lawyer
Professional experience
  • 2020 - 2021 - Skau Reipurth & Partnere Advokatpartnerselskab, Senior Lawyer
  • 2018 - 2019 - Maersk Drilling A/S, Senior Legal Counsel
  • 2008 - 2018 - Lassen Ricard Advokataktieselskab, Lawyer
Fiduciary and other activities
  • 2017 - President of the HEC Paris Alumni Association in Denmark




The ethical sense of place, Advocaten 1/2014

Olfactory Trade Marks in the EU, Nordic Intellectual Property Rights (NIR 5/2012)

On Copyright Protection of Smell, Taste and Texture, E.I.P.R (European Intellectual Property Review) 2012, vol 34, issue 10

On copyright in smell, taste and texture, Ugeskrift for retsvæsen (U.2011B.361)


"Carl Christian Illum has an exceptional ability to understand complex and marketspecific issues and has turned them into concrete results."

"We always follow Carl Christian Illum and we've had a very positive experience with Nielsen Nørager where we are taken very seriously, where they always bring relevant people, and where they have a big network we can be a part of."

"Very deep knowledge of all facets of the stock market and very good team player."

"Very down to earth, constructive and knowledgeable."

"It's a very down-to-earth relationship where it feels like you have a friend who's a super lawyer. Fast responses, proactive, ideation extending outside of the legal department."

- Testimonials for Legal 500, 2024 - Commercial, Corporate and M&A