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Corporate/M&A


Corporate/M&A - Finland

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

What the team is known for Substantial team which climbs to the pinnacle of the Finnish corporate and M&A market this year. Acts on many of the most significant and high-value mandates domestically and internationally. Particular knowledgeable of transactions in highly regulated sectors, such as finance and real estate.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"This team has a hands-on approach, and never complicates matters. The lawyers understand when to be firm and when to be flexible."

What's new? Recent major client wins include Pohjola Group and GE Healthcare.

Work highlights Acted for the Suomen Luotto-osuuskunta cooperative on its complex EUR170 million sale of card payment service provider Luottokunta to Nordic company Nets.

Notable practitioners 

Jan Kuhlefelt is this firm's primary figure in Finnish M&A, known for his extensive experience across all types of transactions. He recently worked on a case for Rudus, in which he advised the client on its acquisition of 100% of the shares in Lemminkäinen Rakennustuotteet. The business was purchased from Lemminkäinen Corporation for EUR55 million.

Jan Örndahl has a broad knowledge of major M&A cases. He is often involved in cross-border mandates, such as advising German private equity house Capiton and its portfolio company, Schur Flexibles, on the acquisition of KWH Plast.

New entrant to the rankings Kimmo Rekola is the team's key partner in private equity and venture capital matters. Sources say he is a very experienced lawyer who is "easy to work with" in sizeable transactions. Recently he combined his expertise in venture capital and ICT to advise Index Ventures on its EUR100 million acquisition of Supercell.

Pekka Jaatinen is well versed in M&A matters involving insurance providers and financial institutions, alongside his market-leading insolvency work. Of late he advised Pohjola Group on its acquisition of the Finnish branch business of Skandia Life Assurance.

Significant clients 3i, Lemminkäinen Corporation, CapMan, eQ Plc, Cramo, Telecity. 

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Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 28 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A market leader for high-end Finnish, Nordic and international M&A. Full-service capability offers M&A clients expertise across all aspects of a transaction, including competition, financing, tax and regulatory concerns.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team has a very direct way of communicating - the responses are quick, and the lawyers explain how everything works practically and propose the best way forward."

Work highlights Advised major private equity investor Triton Fund III on its sizeable acquisition of Suomen Lähikauppa, a leading Finnish grocery retail chain.

Notable practitioners

Johan Aalto maintains his position at the top end of the market. He works with numerous large-scale clients and recently advised Ahlstrom on the combination of its label and processing business with Swedish paper company Munksjö. Sources deem him a "very talented" lawyer who exercises "superb judgement" in major cases. 

Managing partner Mikko Heinonen is an esteemed presence in the field, noted for his "solution-oriented" approach to major transactions. A member of the New York Bar, he is a particularly popular choice on international matters. He recently advised rental services company Ramirent on its partial joint venture with Cramo, a transaction involving the Russian and Ukrainian operations of the two companies.

New entrant to the rankings Sten Olsson is well regarded for his work in industrial and private equity-related M&A. Clients offer strong praise: "He combines commercial, pragmatic judgement with legal knowledge." "He is skilful and experienced - his negotiation skills are such that a solution or compromise will always be found." Recent case highlights include advising Vaaka Partners Buyout Fund II on its acquisition of Finnish digital services business Solita.

Riikka Rannikko remains an active player, particularly in industrial transactions, such as advising Hartwall Capital on its role as a principal investor in the joint venture between Karelia-Upofloor and Kährs. She also has notable experience of working with clients in the media and grocery sectors.

Significant clients EQT, Triton, UPM-Kymmene, Ramirent, Sanoma. 

Band 1 | Roschier

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

What the team is known for A substantial practice with significant strength in the Finnish corporate and M&A market, advising many major clients including listed companies, private equity houses, industrial and technology players and financial institutions. Recognised for market-leading expertise within the team in corporate governance matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I appreciate this team for taking a proactive approach - the lawyers understand the business side of a deal, as well as the legal aspects."

"This firm provides high-quality advice which is always on time, and it has the resources to work day and night if required."

Work highlights Advised Finnish technology player Elektrobit on the sale of its Test Tools product business to UK-based software company Anite Group, a deal worth EUR31 million.

Notable practitioners

Head of M&A Jouni Salmi is noted for his activity with large-scale industrial clients, recently acting for Rautaruukki on the combination of its engineering operations with Komas Group's operations across various European jurisdictions, a deal valued at EUR114 million. Sources value his previous experience as in-house counsel, saying it "gives him knowledge of how corporations work from a business perspective, and a sense of what is required in M&A deals and what is not."

Jon Unnérus is the team's leading figure in private equity and technology-related cases, and he has further established himself this year by acting on such significant mandates as advising Nokia on its sale of product development and licensing company Qt Commercial to Digia. Sources state: "He is very responsive and proactive, and acts as a good sounding board for discussing tactics and approaches to a transaction, instead of just providing yes or no answers on legal risk."

Paula Linna has substantial expertise in public M&A and capital markets-related regulatory matters. Recently this has included advising European construction group YIT on the demerger of its building systems business to form Caverion, with the newly formed company due to be listed on the Helsinki stock exchange.

Jan-Anders Wik has a broad corporate practice, covering public and private M&A and corporate advisory work. Of late he represented Norwegian food group Kavli Holding in its purchase of Finnish food producer Raisio's non-dairy business.

Manne Airaksinen is well known for his expertise in corporate governance, with sources saying he is "an impressive lawyer in the area." He gains further praise for corporate advisory work. There is also a transactional element to his practice, and he recently assisted Metsäliitto Cooperative with the sale of 24.9% of its shares in Metsä Fibre to Itochu.

Toni Siimes remains an up-and-coming figure in Finnish corporate and M&A circles. He is particularly experienced in private equity matters and cross-border transactions, alongside his activity as head of the firm's restructuring and insolvency practice.

Significant clients Nokia, Symphony Technology Group, Vattenfall, Finnair, Sartorius. 

Band 1 | White & Case

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 3 counsel
- 20 associates

What the team is known for An esteemed presence in the Finnish corporate law market, particularly in major cross-border and public M&A transactions. Expertise across all manner of high-value M&A cases, such as LBOs, joint ventures and equity investments.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"This is a very straightforward team, which provides answers right away at any time of day - even on Christmas Eve!"

"Very strong in cross-border work." 

Work highlights Advised Munksjö and EQT Partners on a major global deal involving the combination of the Munksjö Group with Ahlstrom's Label & Processing business area.

Notable practitioners

Petri Haussila remains one of the market leaders in Finnish and international corporate and M&A mandates. Clients appreciate his long-standing position at the top end of the market, stating: "He is obviously a very experienced lawyer, who gets involved in projects when it's crunch time."

Highly regarded M&A lawyer Timo Airisto draws respect for his transactional prowess. He is an established presence in internationally oriented mandates, such as advising Itochu on its EUR472 million acquisition of 24.9% of shares in Metsä Fibre from Metsäliitto Cooperative and Metsä Board.

Risto Ojantakanen is admired by clients as a "straightforward and honest lawyer with good expertise" in cross-border, public and private M&A mandates. He also has significant experience in corporate law advisory matters, assisting the boards and managers of high-profile Finnish companies with various corporate and regulatory issues.

The prominence of Janko Lindros continues to grow thanks to his activity on numerous significant M&A transactions. Recently this has included advising Ahlström Capital on its concerns in the divestment of AR Packaging Group's beverage business area to Graphic Packaging Holding.

Significant clients Outokumpu, Metso, Stora Enso, Sanoma, Nordic Capital. 

第二等 |

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

What the team is known for A key name in M&A and corporate matters, with strong experience of advising on major international matters. Recently highly active in industrial transactions, notably in the mining and environmental sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"If you call this firm and have a problem you will get a well thought-through response, which will give you all of the details you need to know."

What's new? Johannes Piha joined the firm as partner recently, bringing substantial experience of sizeable M&A transactions to the practice. New clients inlude Vaaka Partners and Vortex Capital Partners.

Work highlights Advised Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold on its acquisition of OMG Kokkola Chemicals, and additional cobalt refinery assets, from major technology player OM Group. The transaction, a joint venture between the client, Lundin Mining and Gécamines, was valued at EUR321 million.

Notable practitioners

Jyrki Tähtinen is best known for his extensive work on major private equity mandates. Clients state: "He brings a lot of experience and credibility to the table. He knows the legal side of things but is also business-minded, which is very helpful." Recent case highlights include advising investors Vaaka Partners, Suomen Teollisuussijoitus, Etera and private minority shareholders on their sale of shares in technical building systems provider EMC Talotekniikka to Imtech Traffic & Infra.

Managing partner Jari Vikiö remains a highly respected presence. He has substantial experience across a range of domestic and international private equity and industrial transactions. Lately he acted on Elisa's acquisition of PPO-Yhtiöt and purchase of shares in Telekarelia, both Finnish ICT companies, from PPO Osuuskunta.

Department head Ari Kaarakainen is appreciated for his prowess in M&A, recently assisting listed software company Anite with its acquisition of Elektrobit System Test, including business assets in the USA and China, from publicly listed technology developer Elektrobit Group. He is noted for his knowledge of the financing aspects of major transactions.

Andreas Doepel is well known for his broad corporate and M&A practice, notably for his expertise in company law. He heads the firm's Nordic desk, and recently assisted regional broadcasting group Teracom Group with the sale of its shares in Finnish Digi TV Plus to major telecoms player DNA.

Significant clients CapMan, FIM, Pamplona Capital Management, Langholm Capital, Paroc.

第二等 |

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

What the team is known for Increasingly active in high-end M&A, winning numerous large-scale mandates and prominent clients across the field. Offers sector-specific expertise in areas such as healthcare, energy, real estate and media, and noted for substantial partner involvement in cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"These lawyers provide straightforward advice, and they are very pleasant and intelligent people to deal with. The quality you get for the price you pay is good - I'm actually happy to pay the fees."

Work highlights Advised investment fund Rite Ventures on the sale of IT services provider Nebula to Ratos for EUR82.5 million.

Notable practitioners 

The outstanding Ulf-Henrik Kull is widely regarded as "one of the best lawyers on the market." Another source further says: "What makes him different is that he gives you broader advice - everyone knows the law, but cannot always advise you on what it means in a real-life situation. That's where he comes into his own."

Carl-Henrik Wallin is an increasingly active figure in the transactional market, alongside his corporate governance advisory work and managing partner responsibilities. He has a notable presence with clients in the media sector, recently advising Alma Media on the sale of Mascus, its online marketplace for heavy machinery, to Mascus International.

Mathias Lindqvist has become an established presence in the market, thanks to his experience of advising major clients. A key example was advising Lemminkäinen on the EUR55 million divestment of its concrete business to Rudus. Clients appreciate that he "is very to the point, and puts effort into explaining the business logic behind his solutions, and the implications of his advice."

Newly ranked Ilkka Perheentupa is regarded as a very skilled lawyer with a good work ethic. He assisted digital agency Activeark and its shareholders with the sale of a majority interest in the company to international advertising agency JWT Group.

Significant clients Intera Equity Partners, Terveystalo, Bridgepoint Capital, CapMan, CVC Capital Partners. 

Band 2 | Krogerus

第二等 |

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

What the team is known for Widely acknowledged strength in domestic mid to large-scale M&A matters, but also increasing in prominence in cross-border work, having recently acted on transactions involving jurisdictions such as Singapore, China, Luxembourg and the Nordic and Baltic states. Active in a variety of sectors, including telecoms, healthcare and retail.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"This team's expertise is very good - the lawyers are understanding and constructive in their advice."

"The client service here is high-quality - one of the strong points of the lawyers is that they actively think of ways to make my life easier."

Work highlights Advised AVIC International Investments on the Finnish law aspects of its acquisition of naval architecture and engineering firm Deltamarin.

Notable practitioners

Mika Ståhlberg is widely considered to be one of the most prominent figures in the field. Lately he acted on a variety of large-scale cases, such as advising major private healthcare provider Pihlajalinna on its acquisition of Dextra.

Kimmo Mettälä has extensive professional experience outside of Finland and is a popular choice on cases with a cross-border element, such as advising Finnish SOK Corporation on the divestment of 60% of its shares in Hankkija-Maatalous to Danish agriculture group DLA International Holding.

Samuli Palin is a "trustworthy and reliable" partner who is best known for his activity in real estate-related M&A cases, although he also offers experience in private equity and general corporate matters.

Sami Martola is the team's rising star, recognised by clients for "providing an excellent service - he is very responsive and quick, and accurate in everything he does." 

Significant clients Sentica Partners, Handelsbanken, Neste Oil, HKScan, 3i. 

Band 3 | Bird & Bird

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

What the team is known for International firm noted for its activity in cross-border M&A cases, particularly those with an ICT dimension. Experienced in pan-Nordic mandates across various sectors, such as engineering, media and insurance.

What's new? Added high-profile clients such as Nokia Siemens Networks and Pension Fennia to its roster recently.

Work highlights Advised Sponsor Capital on its sale of 100% of the shares in Finnish meat packer Pouttu to Estonian-owned food producer Maag Group.

Notable practitioners

Clients consider Matti Ylä-Mononen to be "straightforward and easy-going" as well as a good negotiator. Highlights include advising Nokia Siemens Networks on the divestment of its fixed network services in Finland and Estonia to regional telecoms player Boftel.

Managing partner Jori Taipale is appreciated as a highly skilled M&A practitioner who acts on a variety of private equity and industrial deals. One example was advising Pension Fennia on the preparatory aspects of its large-scale merger with Tapiola Pension. 

Harri Hynninen is noted for his strong expertise in private equity matters. He was part of the team which advised Stonesoft on its voluntary public tender offer for all shares and option rights in the company.

Significant clients Elisa Corporation, Sanoma Learning, Sponsor Capital, Nokia Siemens Networks.  

第三等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners

What the team is known for Primarily focused on cross-border mandates in the Finnish market. Noted by market sources for expertise in public transactions, as well as extensive experience of working with high-profile private equity houses.

Work highlights Advised Swedish private equity house Ratos on its EUR82.5 million acquisition of cloud computing services provider Nebula.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Jan Ollila is one of the leading figures in Finnish corporate and M&A. Despite his managing partner responsibilities he is still highly active in advising major corporate clients, recently assisting Nordic Capital Fund VII with its acquisition of a 100% share stake in clothing and textile distributors Ellos and Jotex from French fashion group PPR.

Widely respected M&A lawyer Anders Carlberg is often involved in pan-Nordic mandates, such as advising Finnish insurance player P&C, a subsidiary of Sampo Bank, on its acquisition of Danish insurance company Tryg.

Antti Kuusimäki receives plaudits for his M&A prowess, with one source commenting that "he is one of the most talented lawyers I have ever met in Finland." He advised Finnish auditing firm Suomen Kuntaliitto on its sale of a 91% stake in Audiator to the Finnish arm of BDO, an international accountancy group.

Wilhelm Eklund is seen as one of the rising figures in the field. He was part of the team assisting Finnish directory services company Fonecta with its acquisition of domestic software designer Ideakone.

Significant clients IKEA, MB Funds, Ratos, GlaxoSmithKline, Capgemini. 

第三等 |

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

What the team is known for A sizeable presence in the domestic M&A market, working across private equity and numerous industrial sectors. Well known for corporate governance matters.

Work highlights Recently advised international plumbing equipment provider Uponor on the merger of its infrastructure pipe business with KWH Group's infrastructure pipe business, to create a large-scale joint venture company.

Notable practitioners 

Department head Jani Ylä-Autio draws praise for being "pragmatic, easy-going and flexible in difficult situations." He is noted for his significant expertise in real estate-related matters, although he is active in transactions across a wide range of industries, such as advising Nippon Paper Group on a recent share redemption transaction and subsequent management issues.

Ari Keinänen assists clients with a range of corporate governance matters. He is also active in transactions with banking aspects, such as advising postal, logistics and financial administration giant Itella Corporation on the sale of the entire share capital of Itella Bank to the Savings Banks Group.

Significant clients Suominen, Elisa Corporation, Neste Oil, Skanska, Sentica Partners. 

第三等 |

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

What the team is known for Focused on a range of cross-border M&A deals, acting for both purchasers and sellers in transactions for domestic and international parties. Noted for expertise in the financing aspects of major M&A mandates.

Work highlights Recently advised the First State European Diversified Infrastructure Fund FCP-SIF on its large-scale acquisition of broadcast tower infrastructure provider Digita from French media transmission company TDF Group.

Notable practitioners

Jan Waselius has decades of experience working across the full range of Finnish and international corporate and M&A matters. He is noted for his knowledge of banking-related M&A, recently acting for domestic investment banking and asset management group ICECAPITAL Securities on its sale of ICECAPITAL Asset Management to Finnish bank eQ.

Mikko Eerola is considered an "enthusiastic and knowledgeable" lawyer by interviewees. Lately he has been especially active in advising major foreign companies on their Finnish M&A concerns, such as assisting Dutch ICT giant Royal Imtech, and its Finnish subsidiary Imtech Traffic & Infra, with the acquisition of technical services provider EMC Talotekniikka.

Significant clients E.ON, JCDecaux, SCA, Mars, Olympus, Bristol-Myers Squibb. 

第四等 |

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

What the team is known for Best known for advising domestic industrial clients on M&A matters, particularly those in the mining, energy and real estate sectors. Also recommended for corporate governance advice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"This firm has a very focused approach, providing its service in a pragmatic and cost-efficient way."

Work highlights Advised major Finnish insurance group LähiTapiola on the major joint venture between its ICT arm Tieto-Tapiola and Logica Finland.

Notable practitioners

Bjørn Nykvist is this firm's best-known lawyer in Finnish M&A. He receives broad praise from clients for his negotiation abilities and "proactive and insightful" nature. Recently he advised Kraft on the sizeable sale of its Finnish biscuit production facilities to regional food producer Fazer Group.

Significant clients Wärtsilä, Rosk’n Roll, Kraft, Atea, Vaahto Group. 

第四等 |

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

What the team is known for Represents a range of clients across the M&A market, from international corporations to smaller, domestic operations. Notably active in advising on the Finnish aspects of large cross-border transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"This firm is everything you could hope for - reliable, fast, effective."

Work highlights Advised global industrial technology giant OM Group on the Finnish law aspects of the divestment of its cobalt business, including cobalt refinery assets in Finland, to a joint venture led by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold.

Notable practitioners 

The "responsive and pragmatic" Petri Morelius is this team's foremost individual in the M&A market. Lately he has been active with a variety of domestic industrial clients, such as advising OMG Kokkola Chemicals on a range of corporate law issues.

Significant clients Solteq, Rashed Abdul Rahman Al Rashed & Sons, Outokumpu, Solteq. 

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Mika Taberman of Juridia Bützow is recommended by clients as a "practical" M&A lawyer, who commands "an understanding of business as well as the law." Alongside his broad transactional expertise, he has extensive experience of assisting clients with corporate governance matters, including acting on the board and at AGMs of several major domestic companies.

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Senior Statesman

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