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Banking & Finance - Finland

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第一等 |

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

What the team is known for Outstanding team that remains a top choice for the market's highest-profile and most complex matters. Covers the full range of banking and finance mandates and has recently been active on bond issues and acquisition financings. Noted experience advising Finnish banks on transactions with a Russian element.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is proactive and has the necessary resources to deliver complex matters at short notice."

"The lawyers have a very strong track record in this area. We felt they were the right people for a novel mandate."

Work highlights Advised Nordea Bank Finland on co-ordinating and arranging the issue of EUR225 million senior unsecured bonds.

Acted for Standard & Poor's on the Finnish law elements of Elenia Finance's issue of EUR500 million of 2.875% fixed-rate bonds.

Notable practitioners  

Sakari Lukinmaa recently advised the mandated lead arrangers, including Pohjola Bank, on the refinancing of Metsä Cooperative through a EUR400 million secured syndicated credit facilities agreement. Sources agree he is "brilliant. He is very approachable, knowledgeable and excellent in difficult negotiations."

Department head Tero Tuomisto "always knows the answers," say clients. Others report: "He is a strong technical lawyer with great knowledge. He really pushes things forward and works around the clock." He has extensive experience in this area, handling both domestic and cross-border mandates.

Pekka Lehtinen's broad practice covers both banking and capital markets work. He handles acquisition finance, structured finance and restructurings. He recently acted for Santander Consumer Finance on an auto loan ABS transaction.

According to sources, Mikko Heinonen is "a terrific talent in this area," and they add: "He is easy to negotiate with, understands every party's point and tries to reach common ground." His practice encompasses leveraged and structured finance, and real estate and asset finance.

Significant clients Cramo, Sponda, SEB, YIT Corporation, DNB.

第一等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 6 other qualified partners

What the team is known for Superb and well-established dominant force in this area. Advises lenders and borrowers on matters including bond issues, securitisation, restructuring and a range of financing mandates. Also offers regulatory expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The advice we get is pragmatic, business-oriented, high-quality and always on time."

Work highlights Acted for Lemminkäinen Corporation on its issue of a EUR70 million hybrid bond.

Acted for Altia on the refinancing of its loan portfolio.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Henrik Mattson is widely regarded as one of the finest practitioners in the market. Sources enthuse that "his experience clearly adds value," and that "he has inside knowledge of the market and is great in negotiations." Mattson recently advised Njord Partners on the acquisition financing of Forchem.

Markus Bremer handles acquisition finance, real estate finance, securitisation and restructuring. "He is calm and analytical. He pinpoints the critical issues and looks immediately to find solutions," report clients.

Maria Lassenius rises in the rankings thanks to hugely impressive praise from interviewees. "She is great at looking at the issues, getting to the point and driving deals to completion," say clients. She assisted Helaba with the financing of Pöyry's headquarters.

Sources consider Matti Engelberg to be a "knowledgeable and experienced" practitioner and he is recognised for his work on syndicated loans. He recently acted for Valmet Automotive on its refinancing.

Jari Tukiainen wins particular acclaim from peers for his regulatory expertise. He also handles corporate finance and M&A transactions.  

Significant clients Pohjola Bank, Nordea, Swedbank, Aareal Bank, Deutsche Pfandbriefbank.

Band 1 | Roschier

第一等 |

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

What the team is known for Excellent track record in banking and finance. Regularly instructed on a range of high-profile transactions. Notable recent activity advising on bond issues as well as acquisition financing and restructurings. Also handles real estate, project and asset financing mandates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm is excellent. It is really worth using for complex deals. The advice is pragmatic and practical, and the team is always available."

"One of the best teams in this area; it is visible on high-end work." 

Work highlights Advised Nokia on the financing aspects of the sale of its Devices and Services business to Microsoft.

Acted for Stockmann on its refinancing.

Notable practitioners  

Gunnar Westerlund has a fantastic reputation in this field, with numerous market commentators saying that "he stands out from the crowd." One source explains: "He is one of the top people in Finland for this area. He can see the problem from all sides and is focused on solving complex issues." He recently assisted Nordea and Santander with the export credit agency-supported financing of a pulp plant project in Brazil.

Helena Viita acted for VVO Group on its offer of a EUR100 million senior secured bond. "She tries to do everything she can to find the best solutions for her client," according to sources.

Associate Kaisa Kallio is described by commentators as "promising. She is flexible, learning all the time, and can handle complex matters." Kallio handles acquisition finance, real estate finance and restructurings.

Significant clients Triton Partners, CapMan Group, Danske Bank, SEB, IK Investment Partners.

Band 2 | Borenius

第二等 |

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

What the team is known for Well-respected practice advising prominent lenders on a broad spectrum of banking matters. Recent work has included refinancing and acquisition financing. Regularly active on restructurings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is growing and has the resources to deal with complex and burdensome transactions. It really delivers what we need and is strong on international mandates."

"Borenius stands out from the other firms we have worked with. The service is consistently high and the team is very business-oriented."

Work highlights Advised Outokumpu on the USD157 million sale of its loan receivable from Luvata Fabrication to funds managed by Proventus Capital Management.

Acted for senior lenders on the financing of Suomi Power Network's acquisition of Fortum's distribution business.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Andrei Aganimov recently acted for Pohjola Bank on the financing of the acquisition of a 25.7% holding of Krafgården. "He is a great negotiator. He has a background in banking which is a great help; he knows how we think and how we work. He is a real asset," enthuse clients.

According to sources Ari Kaarakainen is "experienced, open and straightforward to deal with." He has a broad practice, covering M&A, real estate and banking and finance matters.

Associate Johannes Ahti is applauded as "effective and hands-on." He handles corporate finance, acquisition finance, project finance and refinancing as well as debt capital markets.

Significant clients Danske Bank, Handelsbanken, SEB, DNB, Nordea.

Band 2 | Krogerus

第二等 |

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

What the team is known for Strong team acting for lenders and borrowers on issues ranging from secured lending to export financing. Recent mandates include advising clients from the energy sector on both project and acquisition financing mandates. Also noted for real estate financing.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The lawyers are precise and technically strong. They are pragmatic people who make things easy for us." 

"The team sees things from the client's point of view and always takes our interests into account."

Work highlights Acted for Nordea on the acquisition financing of Terveystalo Healthcare Holding by EQT Partners.

Advised SEB, Nordea and Pohjola Bank on a wind farm financing agreement with Taaleritehtaan Tuulitehdas.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Päivi Toivari recently assisted the lenders, including Danske Bank, with the refinancing of Altia's credit facility. She is the team's most prominent practitioner and is described by sources as "sensible, knowledgeable and technically strong."

Kimmo Mettälä is "great at strategy and able to communicate confusing terminology in a way we can understand. He is very user-friendly," note clients. He acted for SEB and the other lenders on the EUR200 million term and revolving loan facilities for Metsä Tissue. He is a strong choice for mandates involving the USA, having previously worked in New York.

Juha Wessman's broad practice covers banking and finance, real estate and M&A. He has particular experience advising on project and asset financing. Sources say: "He is approachable and easy to talk to. He has a great knowledge of the area we work in and always gives us good advice."

Significant clients Aktia Bank, Sentica Partners, Northern Horizon Capital, Cargotec, Sveafastigheter.

Band 2 | White & Case

第二等 |

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

What the team is known for Solid team with strong capability on cross-border financing transactions. Typical matters include the financing aspects of demergers and restructurings. Also handles bond financings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"The team is practical, responsive and does a great job." 

Work highlights Acted for Metso Corporation on the financing elements of its demerger.

Assisted Outokumpu with the debt financing package related to its sale of Outokumpu VDM and Acciai Speciali Terni to ThyssenKrupp.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Tanja Törnkvist advised Munksjö on the EUR365 million financing of the new Munksjö Group. "She really knows her stuff. She is experienced and delivers pragmatic advice," say clients. Sources regard her as a strong choice for restructuring matters.  

Timo Airisto handles M&A and real estate financing. He advises clients from the financial services, natural resources and pharmaceutical sectors.

Significant clients EQT Partners, HSH Nordbank, Sanitec, Stora Enso, Talvivaara Mining.

第三等 |

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

What the team is known for Growing team building a strong reputation in this field. Advises both lenders and borrowers on a broad spectrum of matters including refinancing, structured financing and real estate financing. Particular experience advising clients from regulated industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It is a partner-driven organisation; the partners are always involved and come up with very strong commercial solutions."

"We get extra value from the team. It is great at helping us understand the risks. The lawyers are very personable and know what is needed." 

What's new? Selinda Näse joined the team from Roschier.

Work highlights Acted for Elenia Group, Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners and 3i on the establishment of a EUR3 billion multicurrency bond programme, the issuance of EUR650 million in secured bonds and related bank financing.

Assisted Agilitas Partners with the Finnish elements of the financing of the acquisition of ISS Damage Control from ISS Group.

Notable practitioners  

Selinda Näse has a broad practice covering banking and finance, capital markets and regulatory issues. She recently acted for Sagax on the refinancing and capex financing arrangements made available by Swedbank.

Department head Sari Wallgren is praised by clients as "highly responsive and fluent in her ability to communicate risk. She went the extra step to help guide us into the right position." Wallgren advises both lenders and borrowers on matters including acquisition financing, real estate financing and export finance.

Robin Nordblad is active across banking, capital markets and energy transactions. He is recognised by sources for his knowledge of bond transactions.

Significant clients Danske Bank, Nordea, Bridgepoint Capital, Intera Partners, G Square.   

第三等 |

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

What the team is known for Well-regarded team experienced in project financings, particularly in the infrastructure sector. Specific expertise advising energy clients. Active on restructurings. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The culture of the firm is to be very helpful and work with the client."

"The team understands all the key points and pulled in all the right people." 

What's new? Nordea and American Express are new client wins.

Work highlights Acted for BNP Paribas and Standard Chartered Bank on the Finnish elements of the restructuring of First Quantum Minerals.

Advised Swedbank on the financing of the acquisition of a property by Hemsö.

Notable practitioners  

Former chair of the Finnish Bar, Kari Lautjärvi is recognised for his huge experience in this field. He is regarded as particularly strong for regulatory work.

Department head Juha-Pekka Mutanen "understands the way we work and the advice we need. He has strong technical skills and is able to work on matters with a short timeframe," report interviewees. He has a broad practice, covering M&A, banking and capital markets.

Significant clients Nordea, Ratos.

第三等 |

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

What the team is known for Wide-ranging practice active on asset financing, real estate financing, securitisation and acquisition financing. Notable experience advising on regulatory issues. Advises both lenders and borrowers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It is a quality firm. The lawyers know what they are doing and are able to handle international deals."

"It is great working with the team; I am confident I get the right advice." 

Work highlights Acted for Suomi Power Networks on the financing of its acquisition of Fortum's electricity distribution business.

Assisted CapMan with the financing of the acquisition of Kamp Group.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Lauri Peltola advised the senior lenders on the Finnish elements of the financing of the acquisition of an office campus in Oslo by a joint venture of Technopolis and IT Fornebu Properties. "He really steps up to the plate and gets things done. He grasps the broader issues and knows what is going on in the market. He gives us practical, market-driven responses to our issues," say clients.

Timo Lehtimäki acted for J.P. Morgan Securities, as sole bookrunner and sole lead arranger, on the Finnish aspects of a USD500 million superpriority debtor-in-possession credit facility for Exide Technologies. He wins enthusiastic praise from clients: "He is engaged and gives us practical and commercial advice."

Significant clients SEB, Danske Bank, Santander, Citi, ING.

第四等 |

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

What the team is known for Traditionally acts for borrowers with growing client base of lenders. Notable work of late includes refinancing and acquisition financing. Also offers regulatory expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The lawyers are excellent advisers who I am very happy to work with." 

Work highlights Acted for Aberdeen Pan-Nordic Property Fund on the refinancing of secured term loans.

Advised Hemsö on its EUR24 million financing of a property acquisition.

Notable practitioners  

Ari Keinänen leads the team.

Significant clients Niam, Suominen Corporation, Citibank, Etera Mutual Pension Insurance.

第四等 |

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

What the team is known for Advises both lenders and borrowers on a range of banking matters. Particularly active on export credit financing. Also handles project financing, ship financing and asset financing.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The lawyers make themselves available whenever we need. They really know our company and give us very practical advice."

Work highlights Acted for Finnvera on the working capital and advance payment guarantee facilities for the building of two cruise ships.

Assisted BBVA, Santander and Barclays Bank with a USD734 million export credit facility for Telefónica.

Notable practitioners  

Janne Tuulos handles corporate lending, acquisition financing and project financing. He gains notable recognition for his work on export financing.

Hans Sundblad wins praise for his "experience in this industry; he is a real finance specialist." Sundblad advises on syndicated loans, restructurings, secured financing and derivatives.

Significant clients BNP Paribas, RBS, Citibank, HSBC, Société Générale, Municipality Finance.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Mika Lehtimäki of Attorneys-at-Law Trust is described as "very friendly and eager to learn from clients. He has an excellent understanding of our business and can handle extremely complex assignments." His clients include Euroloan Group, Doranova and Sapa Group.

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Senior Statesman

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