Corporate/M&A - Finland
Johan Aalto is a noted force in major Finnish transactions, acting as lead partner on ThyssenKrupp's sale of Inoxum to Outokumpu. He also represented EQT Infrastructure Fund in its EUR200 million acquisition of Fortum’s Energiaratkaisut and Termest businesses.
Mikko Heinonen is highly reputed amongst interviewees. He is the managing partner of the Helsinki office.
Riikka Rannikko moves up the rankings thanks to glowing praise from sources and a strong caseload.
Klaus Ilmonen focuses on public and private M&A. He recently advised Ahlstrom on the EUR170 million sale of several of its businesses to Suominen.
Anu Mattila is acknowledged for her Russia expertise, having worked on Russia-related projects for over 20 years. She advises clients in the Russian Federation on M&A transactions, particularly in real estate and industrial matters.
Heikki Jaatinen is head of Hannes Snellman's Moscow office and has extensive experience of cross-border matters between Finland and Russia.
Paula Linna is the firm's most established figure. She couples a strong background in public M&A with sterling capital markets expertise.
Head of the M&A practice Jouni Salmi continues to build an impressive reputation among Finnish and international clients.
Of late Jon Unnérus has increased his prominence in the field. His private equity experience is especially valued by interviewees, and clients also highlight his ability to identify potential risks.
Jan-Anders Wik focuses on public M&A, but is equally strong in corporate advisory work.
Sources identify rising star Toni Siimes as one to watch for the future.
Christian Wik is Roschier's leading figure in competition and EU law, with experience of working in Brussels prior to joining the firm. He speaks Swedish and German in addition to Finnish and English.
Based in Sweden, Mårten Willamo has experience of both Swedish and Finnish law, which allows him to act on large-scale corporate transactions spanning the Nordic region.
Considered by sources as the driving force behind the firm's M&A practice, Petri Haussila recently led the team's involvement in forest product giant UPM-Kymmene's EUR900 million acquisition of Myllykoski Group and Rhein Papier, a transaction encompassing Finnish, German and English law.
Timo Airisto ascends the rankings, thanks to ample feedback and a significant caseload covering private and public M&A. Interviewees say he "has a great reputation and is a really capable lawyer."
Risto Ojantakanen retains a significant presence at the high end of Finnish and international transactional work, frequently representing clients of such stature as Vaaka Partners and Clyde Blowers Capital.
Market observers are impressed with Janko Lindros, who advises Finnish and international clients. In a notable case, he advised on Accel Partner's EUR8 million investment into computer games manufacturer Supercell.
Jyrki Tähtinen continues to command respect amongst interviewees, particularly in private equity assignments. Sources laud his stellar negotiation skills.
Jari Vikiö recently demonstrated his cross-border prowess acting for Japanese drug maker Takeda on its EUR9.6 billion takeover of Swiss company Nycomed.
Clients appreciate department head Ari Kaarakainen's working style, alongside his capabilities in M&A and banking and finance.
Andreas Doepel is recognised as an up-and-comer to watch. He focuses on M&A, and also advises on contract and company law.
Ari-Pekka Saanio remains a well-regarded name in this field. His broad experience encompasses M&A, capital markets and private equity.
This firm's Helsinki-based Russia desk offers its Finnish, Russian, and international clients decades of combined experience in Russia-related acquisitions, investments and tax structuring. The main contact for this desk is Mika Salonen.
The China desk at this firm frequently assists with Finnish-Chinese M&A transactions and IP-related matters, advising domestic and multinational clients on the legal and linguistic complexities of numerous cross-border deals. Samuli Simojoki is the primary contact for this desk.
Riku Paanila is this firm's primary figure for Germany-related corporate matters. He is dual-qualified in Finland and Germany and speaks English, Finnish, German and Swedish. He handles commercial disputes, and also advises on commercial contracts and international trade and M&A matters.
Sha Wang represents this firm in Chinese-oriented assignments, focusing on corporate law but also advising on IP cases. She holds legal qualifications from both Finland and China, and previously worked at PwC in China.
Sources consider Jan Kuhlefelt to be the firm’s most established presence in M&A. He recently represented Flybe in its highly publicised joint venture acquisition with Finnair of Finnish Commuter Airlines.
Pekka Jaatinen is held in high esteem for his significant transactional experience. Alongside his work in restructuring and insolvency, he acts on large-scale M&A assignments such as advising Pohjola Group on its EUR1.3 billion acquisition of Skandia Life Assurance’s Finnish business.
Head of the M&A department Jan Örndahl is praised as “easy to work with and hands-on in his approach.”
The "hard-working and extremely brilliant" Heidi Paalanen-Koev offers an international perspective. She is the key contact for the firm's Russia desk, which advises a range of international clients on M&A and commercial agreements.
Since publication, Jari Sonninen has retired from this practice.
Market observers speak at length about Jan Waselius' extensive knowledge and experience, saying he is "bright and pragmatic." He maintains a significant presence in major transactions, working as part of the team acting for HgCapital on its recent sale of Mondo Minerals.
Mikko Eerola is building a powerful reputation for his transactional work. He receives glowing praise from sources, who believe that he can be "trusted with anything" and appreciate his ability to explain Finnish law to global companies in the context of international deals.
Ulf-Henrik Kull is revered for his stellar reputation as one of Finland's leading M&A lawyers. Sources enthuse about his "ability to manage complex situations and to see the threats to the client," adding that he is "able to find innovative ways out of seemingly dead-end situations."
Carl-Henrik Wallin is well respected for his transactional work. He frequently works with industrial clients.
Touted as a rising star, Mathias Lindqvist handles M&A and contract law. He has impressive international experience, having previously worked in Copenhagen, New York and St Petersburg.
Clients say the highly experienced Matti Ylä-Mononen "is extremely helpful and knows the ins and outs of M&A."
Managing partner Jori Taipale recently advised on private equity fund MB Funds' acquisition of Cramo's modular space production and space rental businesses.
Harri Hynninen is highlighted for his work in private equity. He represented Vaaka Partners in the acquisition of the share capital of Finnish rainwater system and roof safety product manufacturer Nesco Group.
The "extremely skilful" Jan Ollila is the firm's leading M&A practitioner. He led the team assisting international copper producer Aurubis with the Finnish aspects of its acquisition of Luvata Group's Rolled Products Division.
Anders Carlberg consistently works with clients of high stature. In a highlight, he advised One Equity Partners on its USD1 billion sale of Vacuumschmelze.
Interviewees especially value Antti Kuusimäki's client care skills. He recently represented Swedish insurance house Folksam in its majority share purchase of Aktia Skadeförsäkring.
Wilhelm Eklund is active on a range of deals, recently advising on the Finnish aspects of AstraZeneca's USD1.8 billion sale of Astra Tech to DENTSPLY International.
Leading figure Mika Ståhlberg gains plaudits from market observers. One interviewee says: "He's pragmatic and interacts well with the counterparties in deals."
The "very intelligent" Kimmo Mettälä is a new addition to the rankings, following widespread praise. He led the firm's representation of Murata Manufacturing in its acquisition of VTI Technologies.
Of late Samuli Palin has been especially active in the firm's real estate M&A transactions.
Tomas Lindholm splits his time between dispute resolution and high-end corporate advisory work at his boutique firm Lindholm Wallgren Attorneys Ltd. He is universally revered in the Finnish corporate world.
Since publication, Tomas Lindholm has passed away.
Foreign Experts (Based Abroad)
Christina Tolvas-Vincent of Bond Pearce LLP is a Finnish-qualified lawyer based in the UK. She focuses on employment law, particularly in anti-discrimination and contractual issues.
Eero Rautalahti of Edwards Wildman Palmer UK LLP advises clients across the former Soviet Union and northern Europe on M&A, IPO, joint ventures, and equity and debt offerings. He is admitted to practice in Finland and England and Wales, and speaks French, German and Swedish in addition to English and Finnish.
Dirk Kocher of Latham & Watkins advises Scandinavian clients, notably in Finland and Sweden, on public and private M&A, restructurings and capital markets law. He is a member of the Finnish-German Trade Association in Hamburg and a founding member of the International Lawyers' Association in Finland.
Jura Junnila of McGuireWoods London LLP is dual-qualified in Finland and England and Wales. He has broad knowledge of Finnish corporate and commercial law, especially M&A transactions, finance structures and debt capital market assignments.
Ian Ross of Ross & Co Solicitors has over 25 years' experience of international trade and law, focusing particularly on cross-border dispute resolution. He divides his time between the firm's London and Helsinki offices, and is known throughout the Finnish market as an established expert in shipping law.
Aku Sorainen, founding partner of SORAINEN, has expertise in legal matters across Finland and the Baltic states. Educated in Finland but based in Estonia since founding this firm, he regularly acts on Finnish-Baltic cross-border transactions and provides wide-ranging legal advice to international clients, especially in M&A and private equity.