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Peltonen LMR Attorneys Ltd.

Helsinki

Peltonen LMR Attorneys Ltd. - Helsinki
  • Fabianinkatu 23
  • Helsinki
  • Uusimaa
  • Finland
  • FI-00130
  • Chairman of the Board: Leif Itäinen
  • Managing Director: Johan Schmidt
  • Number of partners worldwide: 18
  • Number of other lawyers worldwide: 30
  • Languages: English, Finnish, Swedish, French, German
  • www.peltonenlmr.fi

Firm Overview:
Peltonen LMR is one of the leading law firms in Finland, serving domestic and foreign corporate clients as well as governmental entities in all key areas of Finnish business law. The lawyers at the firm are highly skilled legal professionals with diverse capabilities and backgrounds, gained in private practice as well as in various in-house positions. The firm’s mission is to serve the Finnish and international business community and governmental entities by delivering legal excellence in a way that each time is best suited for the client’s needs.The firm thrives on the prospect of understanding each client’s specific interests and on the opportunity to provide legal services of highest standards for every client. Peltonen LMR offers comprehensive legal advisory to its diverse clientele from various industry sectors. Clients are served with a hands-on, multidisciplinary approach, built on the core expertise from the firm’s practice areas. Peltonen LMR was established on 1 September 2011 through the merger of Peltonen, Ruokonen & Itäinen Attorneys-at-law Ltd. and LMR Attorneys Ltd. Peltonen LMR operates in one location in Helsinki.

Main Areas of Practice:
Mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, private equity and venture capital, dispute resolution, restructuring and insolvency, EU and competition, IP and technology, real estate and construction, environment and energy, transportation and insurance, employment.

International Work:
Lawyers at Peltonen LMR have extensive experience in working with international clients. A substantial part of all assignments has a crossborder dimension.

Clients:
Peltonen LMR’s clientele includes major Finnish and international corporations, banks and other financial institutions, insurance companies, SME’s as well as growth enterprises. Governmental entities use the firm’s services on a regular basis.

Branches

Banking & Finance - Finland

THE FIRM This quality domestic player has a strong banking and finance team, which is supported by a robust corporate department. It is present on major international financing cases, acting for clients of the stature of RBS, HSBC, Citibank and BNP Paribas. Recent work highlights include advising US chemicals manufacturer OM Group on the Finnish aspects of its acquisition of German VAC Group. 

Sources say: "We have been very pleased with the firm. It understands our operations very well, and working with it is easy."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Antti Niemi is a visible figure in the market, leading the firm's presence in OM Group's acquisition of VAC Group.

Janne Tuulos is valued by clients for his export finance experience, recently acting for KfW IPEX-Bank and Nordea in connection with a USD200 million export credit facility for Telemar Norte Leste Brazil.

Competition/European Law - Finland

THE FIRM This team advises an impressive, internationally oriented clientele on a variety of competition cases, including recently assisting radio and television distributor Digita with abuse of dominance investigations by the Finnish Competition Authority. Clients also appreciate the firm's work in merger control, where the lawyers advised Logica on the competition aspects of its acquisition by ICT service provider CGI, a cross-border deal worth GBP1.7 billion.

Sources say: "We had a case which involved difficult analysis that needed the lawyers to take a firm stance and advise whether we should go forward with the matter - the service was outstanding. You really get the whole nine yards with this firm."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Jukka Luostarinen is a highly experienced and respected Finnish competition lawyer, revered for his many years of work in the field for domestic and international clients.

Ilkka Leppihalme is held in high regard by many in the market and is increasingly seen as the firm's most active figure in competition cases, particularly thanks to his presence in the big-ticket asphalt cartel case, in which he is advising NCC Roads and Interasfaltti on damages claims. Interviewees regard him as a "skilful, talented lawyer - one of the easiest people to work with in the Finnish market."

Salla Mäntykangas is recognised as a rising star in the market, thanks to her extensive work in competition assignments. 

Since publication, Salla Mäntykangas has joined Castrén & Snellman

Corporate/M&A - Finland

THE FIRM Formed as a result of a two-firm merger in 2011, Peltonen LMR's practice services a broad client base. It is prominent in mid-market domestic transactions, frequently advising on the local law aspects of large-scale international deals. Recent highlights include assisting with chemical producer OM Group's USD1 billion acquisition of German VAC Group.

Sources say: "The firm is accurate and efficient in its work, and the team listens to you very closely."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Petri Morelius heads the M&A department. He recently advised Domtar on the Finnish aspects of its USD180 million acquisition of Attends Healthcare.

Dispute Resolution - Finland

THE FIRM Recently formed firm Peltonen LMR has a strong dispute resolution practice with a high-profile client list, which includes Sampo Bank, Fennia Mutual Insurance and Nokia. The team is active in contentious matters across many areas of law and industry. In one example, it represented NCC Roads and Interasfaltti against approximately EUR20 million damages claims relating to an asphalt cartel.

Sources say: "The lawyers are very good in difficult cases, especially in insolvency and contractual matters."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head Jussi Savonen is well regarded amongst interviewees, who admire his ability to "summarise legal issues succinctly and focus on the essentials."

Jukka Peltonen is a distinguished figure in this field. Sources describe him as "very sharp and hard-working, with years of experience."

Employment - Finland

THE FIRM This growing practice enters the rankings this year thanks to its expertise across employment law, providing its services to prominent clients such as Finnish forest industry giant Metsä Group and Swedish construction company NCC. The lawyers are especially renowned for representing domestic companies and individual employees in employment litigation assignments. The team also boasts notable experience of M&A-related employment cases.

Sources say: "I'm very happy with its services - if I ask this team a question I get a direct answer."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources describe highly reputed lawyer Katriina Vierula as having "long-standing experience and solid expertise." She is best known in the market for her employment advisory work for a range of major domestic industrial corporations.

Restructuring/Insolvency - Finland

THE FIRM This firm works on both sides of restructuring and insolvency cases, advising senior lenders and financial institutions regarding distressed debtors, as well as assisting companies undergoing restructuring and bankruptcy procedures.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head Leif Itäinen receives positive feedback from many interviewees for his "proactive" approach and creative solutions in bankruptcy cases.

Jussi Savonen is an active figure in insolvency matters. He is also well known for his prowess in court disputes associated with bankruptcy proceedings.