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2013 was a good year for the Finnish corporate and M&A market; the pace started to pick up in April and firms are optimistic that the trend will continue, partly on the strength of significant interest from Russian investors and companies. Strict fiscal management has allowed Finland to remain the only country in the eurozone with a Triple A rating, and while the capital markets have been somewhat slow overall, the debt capital markets have been relatively active. The energy sector is booming, and energy and infrastructure assets are very popular with many foreign investors. Another growth area has been the digital games sector, driven by a strong technology and IT sector in general.
Among law firm developments, the merger in September 2013 between Heinonen & Co, Attorneys-at-Law Juridia Ltd and Bützow Attorneys Ltd created a sizeable new firm, Attorneys-at-Law Juridia Bützow Ltd; Benjon Oy joined forces with Roschier in October 2012, forming a brands team within the IP and technology practice; Attorneys-at-law Trust Ltd is a new firm in the market; and Attorneys at law Borenius Ltd opened an office in St Petersburg, Russia, in February 2013, taking on a 15-attorney team from Mannheimer Swartling.
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