THE FIRM This group brings a high-profile international angle to its M&A work. The firm uses its global network to act on deals such as Luvata's sale of its Rolled Products Division, a transaction spanning various jurisdictions including the USA, China and Italy. In addition, the firm has significant domestic clout, recently working on mandates such as Talvivaara Mining Company's EUR60 million acquisition of additional shares in Talvivaara Sotkamo.
Sources say: "The firm is the best for large-scale, complex international transactions. This is thanks to its global network, but also the background and experience of the local lawyers."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Considered by sources to be 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 Paper, 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 Partners' EUR8 million investment into computer games manufacturer Supercell.