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Borenius 'really makes the effort to deliver added value to its clients' and ' takes care of matters carefully and efficiently'. The practice recently advised a syndicate of international banks on the financing of Mehiläinen's acquisition by CVC and other investors; OP Financial Group and Morgan Stanley are also clients. The 'pragmatic and approachable' practice is led by Niina Nuottimäki, who is 'helpful, professional and can help solve problems quickly'. Mikko Heinonen joined the team from Roschier and is 'a real star when it comes to finance law; there is no question to which he could not give an analytical answer'. Johannes Ahti joined Roschier.

Tero Tuomisto¬†leads the practice at¬†Castr√©n & Snellman; he recently¬†advised Pihlajalinna on a five year¬†‚ā¨120m unsecured financing arrangement and acted for Nordea Bank on the financing of Apax Digital Fund's acquisition of Solita. Managing partner¬†Sakari Lukinmaa¬†also assisted OP Corporate Bank with its¬†‚ā¨200m refinancing of Kolsin Voima. The group also counts Danske Bank, Finnlines and Ilmarinen as clients.¬†Pekka Lehtinen¬†retired.

Hannes Snellman, which¬†'takes care of legal matters in a professional, careful and diplomatic way',¬†recently advised Goldman Sachs International on the mezzanine financing of Blackstone's ‚ā¨3.9bn¬†acquisition of Sponda and assisted EQT Partners UK Advisors with the financing of Keensight Capital's investment in Biovian. Other clients include Nordea Bank, Finavia and Lemmink√§inen. The practice is led by¬†Markus Bremer,¬†and Henrik Mattson¬†heads up the team across Finland and Sweden.

Krogerus' recent work includes advising¬†HSH Nordbank¬†on the ‚ā¨131m financing of the Haapaj√§rvi and Ratiper√§ wind farms, and acting for Niam on the refinancing of its Helsinki office real estate portfolio.¬†P√§ivi Toivari¬†leads the department, which acts for clients including Landesbank Hessen Th√ľringen Girozentrale, Nordea Bank and Swedbank. Other key practitioners include¬†Kimmo Mett√§l√§¬†and¬†Juha Wessman; Wessman focuses on project and asset financing and leasing work.

Roschier's 'solid professional offering'¬†was recently bolstered by the arrival of the 'outstanding'¬†Johannes Ahti¬†from Borenius¬†(he is noted for his 'timely service and excellent documentation and processing skills')¬†and Jonne J√§rvi¬†from Castr√©n & Snellman. Clients also praise team head¬†Gunnar Westerlund¬†as 'one of the most experienced finance lawyers in the country' thanks to his 'excellent negotiating abilities and superior project finance knowledge'.¬†In a recent highlight,¬†Helena Viita¬†advised Stockmann on its ‚ā¨900m¬†refinancing comprised of credit facilities and a note issuance. Other clients include Nordea Bank, Danske Bank and SEB.

Tanja T√∂rnkvist¬†heads up the team at White & Case LLP,¬†which recently advised Technopolis on its ‚ā¨518m refinancing arrangement with three Nordic financial institutions, and assisted the Blackstone Group with the ‚ā¨1.6bn refinancing of Sponda's group companies.¬†Timo Airisto¬†and associate Oona Lilja¬†are also key names to note; Airisto is experienced in cross-border real estate transactions. Other key clients include Danske Bank, Carnegie Investment Bank, and Nordea Bank.

Sari Wallgren¬†and¬†Selinda N√§se¬†jointly lead the practice at¬†Avance Attorneys Ltd; Wallgren advises banks and borrowers, and N√§se focuses on domestic and cross-border financing transactions. Recent highlights include assisting¬†Keskisuomalainen with the refinancing of its bank facilities and acting for Mercator Capital on a ‚ā¨31m secured financing arrangement.

Dittmar & Indrenius' recent work includes acting for Pandion Mine Finance on the financing of Firesteel Resources' acquisition of Nordic Mines via a prepaid forward gold purchase agreement. Other clients include Société Générale and Allianz Capital Partners. Juha-Pekka Mutanen jointly leads the 'responsive' practice with Hanna-Mari Manninen; Kari Lautjärvi is also a key name to note.

Clients praise Waselius & Wist's group head Tarja Wist as 'very quick in understanding the commercial needs of clients' and also single out the 'responsive and diligent' Timo Lehtimäki and senior counsel Lauri Peltola as key names in the practice. The team acted as local counsel for Hellman & Friedman on the financing of its public takeover bid for Nets.

DLA Piper's recent work includes Ilkka Liljeroos advising Kreate on the refinancing of its existing loans, and practice head Mikko Ojala assisting IPR.VC Fund I Ky with the financing arrangements for its global TV investment portfolio. Mizuho Bank, RBS and Deutsche Bank are also clients. Janne Tuulos and counsel Mikko Luukkonen, who focuses on acquisition finance and real estate finance work, are also noteworthy.

At Eversheds Asianajotoimisto Oy / Eversheds Attorneys Ltd (a member of Eversheds Sutherland), the 'highly skilled and experienced' Merja Blankenstein is 'good to work with' and heads the practice, which is noted for its ability to 'respond quickly and professionally'. The team recently advised fintech company Surimo Finance on the regulatory and contracting aspects of its establishment in Finland, and assisted Digitalist Group with the structuring of its financing including a new credit limit arrangement and security arrangement.

Project finance expert¬†Bj√∂rn Nykvist¬†leads the practice at¬†HPP Attorneys, which advised Terraframe on a ‚ā¨200m phase II funding arrangement for the expansion of its nickel and base metals mine, and acted for Ferrovan on a ‚ā¨9.7m financing round relating to a vanadium plant. Clients also single out counsel¬†Antti Rintakoski¬†for his 'reliability and experience in financing work'.

Tommi Elo¬†heads up the practice at Merilampi Attorneys Ltd, which advised Suominen on its entry into a syndicated credit facility arrangement consisting of a ‚ā¨100m revolving credit facility and a ‚ā¨85m unsecured fixed-interest bond. Other clients include Citibank, Nordea Bank, and Aberdeen Property Funds.

At Bird & Bird, the group handles the full spectrum of finance work and recently advised private equity company NREP on the financing of its funds, which invest in logistics, housing and retail real estate. Kristiina Lehvilä leads the department and Jori Taipale is another name to note.

Kirsti Myllylä and Ismo Hentula jointly lead the group at Procopé & Hornborg, which is experienced in project financing matters, particularly in the energy sector. The team also has a substantial acquisition financing practice, which works closely with the firm's M&A department.

Recent highlights for the team at Attorneys-at-law Trust. Ltd include advising on the legal and regulatory aspects of its establishment of an alternative investment fund in Finland, and assisting Danske Bank with the Finnish aspects of an acquisition financing arrangement. Mika Lehtimäki leads the group.

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