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Finland

Corporate/M&A


Corporate/M&A - Finland

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第一等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 16 partners
- 57 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Large team offering high-level expertise on a range of corporate mandates. Acts for leading clients across a number of industries and sectors, including private equity, energy and transportation. Regularly active on multi-jurisdictional mandates, with particular experience on transactions involving Russia.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is commercially minded and had a pragmatic understanding of the case."

"We were very impressed with the firm - we will be using them for our next matter." 

Work highlights Acted for OP-Pohjola Group Central Cooperative on its voluntary tender offer for all the shares in Pohjola Bank.

Assisted Nordea Bank and SEB, as arrangers, with the sale of 620 million shares in Outokumpu by ThyssenKrupp to Solidium.

Notable practitioners  

Jan Örndahl heads the M&A practice, winning impressive plaudits from clients: "He was available and supportive, and answered our questions immediately." He recently acted for Nippon Kaiji Kyokai on its acquisition of Napa.

Jan Kuhlefelt is another prominent member of the team, and represented Viessmann Group in its acquisition of Norpe Group. "He is very reflective and has good connections in Finland. If I had a significant matter I would go to him," reports one client.

Sources are quick to highlight Kimmo Rekola as a strong choice for both venture capital and private equity mandates. He recently assisted Index Ventures with its acquisition of 16% of the shares in Supercell.

Senior partner Pekka Jaatinen is "just amazing," enthuse interviewees. He is particularly strong in restructuring and insolvency, but also active on M&A and corporate advisory mandates.

Significant clients CapMan, 3i, Swissport International, Onvest Group, Caverion.

第一等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 36 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Superb team with an outstanding track record advising on high-value, complex M&A mandates. Offers wide-ranging expertise including in the financial services, technology, healthcare and energy sectors. Also notably strong on private equity transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It is a great firm - our preferred choice for M&A transactions."

"The lawyers are solution-oriented, extremely helpful and easy to work with."  

Work highlights Acted for Microsoft on its EUR5.4 billion acquisition of Nokia Devices & Services.

Advised EQT on its acquisition of Terveystalo from Bridgepoint.

Notable practitioners  

Commentators agree that Johan Aalto "is one of the best M&A lawyers in Finland. He is smart, excellent in negotiations and offers great depth of legal expertise." He recently acted for Heineken on its EUR470 million disposal of the entire share capital of Hartwall to Royal Unibrew. 

Managing partner Mikko Heinonen assisted Pohjola Bank with OP-Pohjola’s public tender offer for its shares. "He is splendid – a top choice for leading transactions," say clients. He has notable experience of public M&A mandates.

Department head Sten Olsson regularly advises leading private equity houses, recently acting for Advent International, ATP and Bain Capital on the DKK17 billion acquisition of Nets. One client comments: "If you need a lawyer to drive the deal forward, go to Sten. He is well connected with lots of experience and is very commercial." 

Riikka Rannikko handles public and private M&A as well as IPOs, public tender offers and share offerings. She also handles compliance matters.

Significant clients Triton, VAAKA, Ahlstrom Group, Ramirent, Sampo.

Band 1 | Roschier

第一等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 35 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Dominant corporate/M&A practice active on top-notch transactions in the energy, technology and private equity industries. Particularly strong for public M&A transactions. Also houses an excellent corporate advisory team.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Roschier ticks all the boxes and translates commercial issues into a legal framework. It is critical to our work."

"The lawyers are very down to earth and solution-oriented, with extremely deep expertise in this area." 

Work highlights Acted for Nokia on the EUR5.4 billion sale of its devices and services business to Microsoft.

Assisted Rautaruukki with its EUR1.1 billion merger with SSAB.

Notable practitioners  

M&A practice head Jouni Salmi acted for Fortum on the sale of its electricity distribution business in Finland. "He is very to the point, efficient, prudent and proactive in his work. He is also fun to work with and easy-going," enthuse sources.

Jon Unnérus is "very commercial. He is great at translating the commercial dynamics into a legal document. He is easy to get on with and accessible," say clients. He leads the firm's private equity team and recently assisted Dynea Chemicals with the disposal of Prefere Resins to Capiton.

The "responsive and diligent" Paula Linna recently acted for McAfee on its voluntary recommended public tender offer for Stonesoft's shares and option rights. She is an accomplished public M&A adviser.

Manne Airaksinen heads the corporate advisory team and is widely recognised as "one of the leading company law experts in Finland. He literally wrote the law in the area." He was part of the team advising Nokia on its EUR1.7 billion acquisition of Siemens' stake in Nokia Siemens Networks. 

Toni Siimes handles M&A and corporate advisory matters, winning praise for his technical skill. He recently advised Triton Partners on its disposal of Puukeskus to DT Group.

Jan-Anders Wik leads the firm's Helsinki office. He covers corporate advisory and private and public M&A, with particular experience in advising financial institutions.

Significant clients Finnair, Nets Holding, Vattenfall, Bonnier, OFI Infra Via.

Band 1 | White & Case

第一等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Impressive department with huge experience in advising on cross-border transactions. Handles high-value public M&A, joint ventures, LBOs and investments for an enviable roster of blue-chip clients. Has been active of late in the technology and industrial sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is responsive, meets our deadlines, delivers what is needed and co-ordinates well with the London office."

"This team has some great people who are business-focused and really integrate the commercial viewpoint." 

Work highlights Acted for SSAB on its EUR1.1 billion combination with Rautaruukki.

Assisted Supercell with strategic investments made in the company by SoftBank and GungHo Online Entertainment.

Notable practitioners  

Head of M&A Timo Airisto recently represented Kemira in the sale of its formic acid business to Taminco. Clients comment: "He is superb. He has substantive expertise and expertly handles difficult negotiations with a calm and productive demeanour. Timo consistently displays the characteristics clients want to see in a transactional adviser."

Petri Haussila has a superb reputation in this field. He is a hugely experienced public M&A adviser, recently assisting Metso with its demerger.  

Risto Ojantakanen "is technically strong and you can really see he makes good use of his experience," note interviewees. His practice covers restructuring, corporate advisory and public and private M&A.

Janko Lindros covers a range of corporate matters, including M&A, joint ventures and restructurings. He has impressive international experience. "He knows our company so well he has a headstart. He really looks to solve problems; I would use him for complicated cross-border M&A transactions," said one interviewee.

Significant clients Outokumpu, EQT Partners, Nordic Capital, Stora Enso, Kuusakoski.

第二等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Continues to build its reputation as a high-level M&A practice. A particularly strong choice for transactions involving regulated industries, including healthcare, pharma, energy and financial services. Also represents leading private equity houses.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The lawyers are very fast to take things on board and find pragmatic solutions. Everyone I have dealt with has been excellent."

"The firm has the resources to handle major mandates and understand regulated business and their rules." 

What's new? Next Games is a new client win.

Work highlights Acted for Bridgepoint on its disposal of Terveystalo to EQT VI.

Advised Fortum on the divestment of its electricity distribution business to Suomi Power Networks.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Ulf-Henrik Kull acted for MB Funds on the disposal of Norpe to the Viessmann Group. He wins notable praise from clients: "He is extremely commercial - he understands what we are trying to achieve. He understands the financial perspective and quickly learns new things."

Managing partner Carl-Henrik Wallin acted for Alma Media on its joint venture with Monster Worldwide. "He is a valuable adviser - he is very experienced, with a good feeling for the Finnish market," report clients.

Mathias Lindqvist is highlighted for his expertise on real estate transactions, advising Pontos on the acquisition of a majority interest in NREP C1. He is described as "commercial and pragmatic. He knows what he is doing and gets to the point quickly." 

Sources agree Ilkka Perheentupa "is really amazing! He is available 24/7 and is client-oriented, no-nonsense and straightforward." He recently assisted GE with its acquisition of Imbera Electronics.

Significant clients CapMan, Raisio, Lemminkäinen, Intera Equity Partners, Keskisuomalainen.

Band 2 | Borenius

第二等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded team with particular strength in advising national and international private equity houses. Provides notable expertise in advising clients from the energy, mining and environmental sectors. Adopts a strong international focus.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It is a flexible team that is able to deliver complex advice to schedule. It understands our business."

"A brilliant team - I highly recommend it." 

Work highlights Acted for CapMan on the disposal of 84.6% of the shares in Nice to Modern Times Group.

Assisted AinaCom with the disposal of its consumer operations and fixed networks to TeliaSonera Finland.

Notable practitioners  

Senior partner Jyrki Tähtinen is an enormously accomplished practitioner in this area. He covers M&A and restructuring, and has particular experience of private equity.

Jari Vikiö is also highly regarded for his work on private equity transactions. Sources say: "I envy him! He is the type of guy who always says yes - he has a can-do attitude. He is very good indeed."

Ari Kaarakainen recently acted for the National Emergency Supply Agency (NESA) on the acquisition of a business and fleet of five oil tankers and other vessels from Neste Oil. He heads the practice.

Andreas Doepel leads the corporate advisory team, and also handles M&A.

Significant clients BC Partners, Cinven, Suominen, Vaaka Partners, Pamplona Capital Management.

Band 2 | Krogerus

第二等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 31 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-established practice active across an impressive range of M&A and private equity transactions. Has recently advised on healthcare, energy and TMT mandates. Also experienced in advising on the Finnish elements of cross-border auction processes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We are never disappointed - it is my first choice for Finnish transactions. The team is young and hungry; it is focused on getting the deals done." 

"It has a flexible, approachable operation and really understands the business elements."

Work highlights Acted for Royal Unibrew on its acquisition of Hartwall from Heineken.

Assisted Modern Times Group with its acquisition of 84.6% of the shares in Nice Entertainment Group.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Mika Ståhlberg assisted HKScan with its disposal of Swedish Saturn Nordic Holding and Polish Sokolów to Danish Crown. He is a favourite with clients, who say: "He is a character! He is an excellent lawyer and a strong negotiator active on big M&A mandates."

Kimmo Mettälä's broad practice encompasses banking and finance, private equity and M&A. He advises both public and private companies.

Marcus Möller enters the rankings thanks to impressive feedback from commentators saying he is "exceptionally strong. He is very committed, energetic and pragmatic, and delivers very quickly." Möller recently acted for Diploma on its acquisition of Kentek.

Sami Martola is "brilliant. He is responsive and his work is of a perfect quality," enthuse clients. He handles M&A mandates, and has particular experience of the insurance sector.

Significant clients TDC, ABB, Certeum, State Grid of China, Andritz.

Band 3 | Bird & Bird

第三等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Solid practice with a focus on mid-market private M&A transactions. Notably experienced in advising private equity clients, and has also recently represented venture capital, engineering and insurance companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We have great chemistry with Bird & Bird. It has great people who really know what they are doing."

"The team is always available and takes the time to learn about our business." 

Work highlights Acted for Pöyry on the divestment of large parts of its Finnish construction management businesses to Ramboll Group.

Assisted Sponsor Capital with its acquisition of Lehtipiste from Sanoma.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Matti Ylä-Mononen recently advised Sponsor Capital on the disposal of Lämpölux to CapMan. "He is pragmatic and deal-oriented, and does not get caught up in unnecessary details," report interviewees.  

Sources are quick to highlight Jori Taipale as "trustworthy; he delivers on time and gives clear advice that is appreciated by our senior management." He recently acted for MB Funds on the sale of Forchem to Respol. 

Harri Hynninen advised Espotel on the sales of its shares to Sponsor Capital and the company's management. His clients include private equity houses, financial institutions and clients from the TMT sectors.

Significant clients Elo Mutual Insurance, Vision-Plus Fund I, Etagrene.

第三等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected team particularly active in advising Finnish-listed companies and Nordic private equity houses. Offers expertise in the healthcare, media, energy, technology and infrastructure sectors. Its lawyers also cover corporate advisory matters.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team has a rigorous approach but is pragmatic and down to earth at the same time."

"We received an excellent service from the firm." 

Work highlights Acted for Ratos on its joint venture with Bonnier to form a cinema group.

Assisted Portfolio Recovery Associates with the Finnish aspects of its USD880 million acquisition of Aktiv Kapital.

Notable practitioners  

Jan Ollila remains a valuable member of the team. He recently acted for Arrow Electronics on the Finnish elements of its EUR230 million acquisition of Computerlinks.

Department head Anders Carlberg advised Respol Group on its acquisition of Forchem. "He had a very commercial outlook and was knowledgeable about the Finnish business environment. He stood out compared to other lawyers we contacted," said one interviewee.  

Mikko Eerola "is results-oriented and business-minded. He can see matters from our point of view and understand what we are aiming for," according to clients.

Antti Kuusimäki covers both M&A and corporate advisory mandates. He represents private equity houses and public and private companies.

Wilhelm Eklund handles M&A, private equity and corporate advisory matters, representing clients such as Ratos. 

Significant clients Sulzer, CVC, Imerys, Nordea Asset Management, Akzo Nobel.

第三等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Particularly experienced in advising multinationals on Finnish corporate governance issues. The M&A team represents public companies, financial institutions and industrial companies, and has been active of late assisting clients from the energy and hotel sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We get great advice and service across a diverse range of areas."

"The team is reliable and pragmatic, and has a great understanding of our business." 

Work highlights Acted for a consortium of infrastructure funds on the acquisition of Fortum's electricity distribution business.

Assisted Rockwood on the divestment of several businesses, including its titanium dioxide pigments business.

Notable practitioners  

Firm founder Jan Waselius continues to command respect from sources: "He is very experienced and well connected internationally. He is trustworthy and reliable."

Significant clients Mars, E.ON, SCA, Apollo, Borealis.

第四等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Active on M&A in the energy and natural resources, pharma and infrastructure sectors. Also experienced in advising on corporate advisory issues, particularly those related to state-owned companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It is more agile than the bigger firms, and is also flexible and deal-oriented."

"It has a strong team with broad expertise and enough knowledgeable people to cover everything we need." 

Work highlights Acted for Susi Partners on its acquisition of a wind farm project from Ilmatar Windpower.

Assisted Onnibus with its disposal to Souter Investments.

Notable practitioners  

Bjørn Nykvist has particular experience in advising clients from the energy sector. "He is credible, pragmatic and dedicated to his clients. He is thorough and prepares for negotiations in great detail," say clients. 

Significant clients Neste Oil, Yandex, RISI, Element Power, Cramo.  

第四等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regularly advises Finnish-listed companies on corporate governance matters. Also handles M&A, and has notable experience in the financial services and energy industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We had a positive experience with the firm; we got the support we needed." 

Work highlights Acted for Suominen on the Finnish elements of its acquisition of all the shares in Ahlstrom’s Brazilian Home and Personal Unit.

Assisted Vexve with its acquisition of Naval from Flowserve.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Ari Keinänen covers M&A and private equity transactions. He also handles equity capital markets and real estate mandates.

Jani Ylä-Autio acted for Versowood on its acquisition of Vapo Timber's sawmill and timber business. Clients agree he is a "great project leader; he stands out for his outstanding efficiency."

Significant clients Canon, Skanska, Ramirent, Itella Corporation, Elisa Corporation.

第四等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles public and private M&A, joint ventures, LBOs and auctions. Acts for national and international corporates and private equity houses. Also strong on corporate governance.

Work highlights Assisted Blancco Group with its acquisition by Regeneris.

Acted for Sotkamo Silver on a share issue.

Notable practitioners  

Hans Sundblad and Petri Morelius are the key points of contact.

Significant clients OM Group, Keliber, Ahlsell, Haminan Energia, Solteq.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Markus Engberg of Hästö & Co "proved to be very knowledgeable and business-minded; he guided us very well," note commentators. He heads the firm's corporate team, representing clients such as Proventus.

Mika Taberman of JB Eversheds advises on restructurings, corporate financing and corporate advisory mandates. "He knows what we want to accomplish and is easy to work with," say clients.

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