About Martin


Martin von Haller Groenbaek

Martin von Haller Groenbaek

Martin von Haller Groenbaek is a Copenhagen-based lawyer specialised in IT-law. He is a partner and co-founder of Bender von Haller Dragsted, a leading Scandinavian IT-law boutique.

He practices general IT-law with a special interest in IT contracts, eCommerce, SaaS, Open source and open licensing, New media.

Martin has within the last eight years been advising clients on different legal as well as commercial aspects of developing and using open source software. He is considered the leading legal practitioner of open source law in Denmark.

He is the co-founder and currently chairman of board member of the Danish Open Source Vendors Association (OSL). He is member of the Free Software Foundation Europe’s legal network and is on the editorial board of the International Free and Open Source Software Law Review (IFOSSLR). From the establishment of a Danish chapter in 2005, where Martin was a co-founder, he has been public project lead of Creative Commons Denmark.

Legal500, the most comprehensive worldwide coverage currently available on legal

Speaking at TechLaw 5th International Asian Conference 2008

Speaking at TechLaw 5th International Asian Conference 2008

services providers, in over 100 countries, mentions Martin as “a go-to expert on open source and creative commons” in its The Legal 500 2011: Europe, Middle East & Africa edition .

In 1996 Martin co-founded – together with Alexander Aghassipour, later co-founder of the succcessful startup Zendesk – Araneum, one of the first Danish web-agencies. Araneum was sold to TietoEnator in 2002.

Martin has since the mid-nineties been very actively involved on the Danish startup scene. He was the founder of the Danish chapter of First Tuesday, one of the first international Internet entrepreneurs networks. He has subsequently been a part of almost any Danish startup network initiative.

Martin has dedicated lots of time and energy to work with IT policy in different settings. He was a co-founder of the Danish Distance Selling and E-business Association (FDIH), the Danish Internet Society Chapter and he has been sitting on board of numerous public committees and counsels such as the Danish Internet Forum and DK-Hostmaster A/S. Currently he serves as a member of the Danish IT-Security Committee, personally appointed by the Danish Minister of Science.

Martin has extensive business experience from serving on numerous board of directors, often as chairman, of small- and medium sized IT companies, among these Jubii, GoViral, Mondo and E*Trade DK. He currently chairs the board of Saxo.com, the largest online bookstore in Denmark.

He lives in Admiral Gjeddes Gaard, a historical building in the old center of Copenhagen, with his wife Jeanne von Haller Grønbæk, and their two sons, Vilhelm and Jens.

Martin’s full CV is available here.

He can be contacted at

– mhg (at) bvhd.dk

– martin (at) groenbaek.net

– groenbaek (at) gmail.com

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