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Avance Attorneys Ltd recently advised CVC Capital Partners on its acquisition of a majority stake in Mehiläinen group. Other work includes Ilkka Perheentupa assisting AddLife development with its acquisition of Väinö Korpinen, and working with Topi Siniketo and senior associate Anders Floman to handle the sale of Elenia Group to a consortium of domestic and international investors. Ulf-Henrik Kull heads the practice.

Sten Olsson¬†heads¬†Hannes Snellman's M&A practice, which recently advised¬†Lemmink√§inen on its merger with YIT and assisted Vaaka Partners with its sale of Solita to the Apax Digital Fund. Managing partner¬†Mikko Heinonen¬†also led advice to NPAC Holdings on its sale of Powerflute Group Holdings to a division of the Mondi Group for¬†‚ā¨365m.¬†Johan Aalto¬†is recommended for his work in infrastructure transactions, while¬†Riikka Rannikko¬†is a key contact for corporate governance matters.

Roschier's department is noted by clients for its ability to 'steward matters to a quick and satisfactory outcome'. Antti Ihamuotila and Jouni Salmi deal with public and private M&A matters respectively, while Jon Unnérus is a private equity specialist and Manne Airaksinen is the name to note for corporate governance matters. Recent highlights include acting for funds managed by KKR and Triton on the sale of Mehiläinen Group, and advising Nets on a $5.3bn all-cash takeover offer by Evergood5.

At White & Case LLP, practice head Timo Airisto recently led advice to Huhtamäki on its acquisition of International Paper's paper cup business in China and assisted Blackstone with the refinancing of Sponda's group companies, while private equity specialist Janko Lindros acted for Supercell on its investment into game developer Trailmix. Petri Haussila stands out for his significant transactional experience.

Clients praise¬†Borenius'¬†practice as 'very professional, knowledgeable and extremely hardworking'; it recently advised the owners of Runtech on its¬†‚ā¨80m sale to Gardner Denver. CapMan and Paroc Group are also clients. The practice is jointly led by¬†Johannes Piha¬†and the 'efficient'¬†Johan Roman. Also recommended are¬†Jari Viki√∂,¬†who is 'a¬†highly effective negotiator', and the 'very experienced'¬†Jyrki T√§htinen.

Castr√©n & Snellman's 'very efficient' team is noted for its 'personal service and professional competence' and is led by¬†Jan √Ėrndahl.¬†Kimmo Rekola¬†and¬†Jarno Tanhuanp√§√§¬†handle private equity and venture capital matters, while¬†Benjamin Bade¬†is 'a rising star' and is 'already very experienced with a good hands-on approach'. The team recently advised Danfoss on its acquisition of Visedo. Jan Kuhlefelt retired in 2018.

Dittmar & Indrenius' practice is recognised for its 'good technical skills' and clients praise practice head and 'great M&A lawyer'¬†Jan Ollila, and managing partner¬†Anders Carlberg, who is 'pragmatic, easygoing and knowledgeable'. The department recently advised Mondi Group on its ‚ā¨365m acquisition of Powerflute Group Holdings and assisted Hewlett Packed Enterprise with the Finnish aspects of the merger between its software assets and Micro Focus. Ericsson and Ikea are also clients.

Krogerus¬†recently advised Owens Corning on its ‚ā¨900m acquisition of Paroc Group from CVC Capital Partners, acted for Kuka on its acquisition of Visual Components, and assisted Attendo with its acquisition of Mikeva. HKScan, DNA and Flextronics are also clients.¬†Mika St√•hlberg¬†heads the M&A practice, which also fields¬†Marcus M√∂ller¬†and private equity specialist¬†Sami Martola.

Maria Carlsson and Jori Taipale jointly lead the practice at Bird & Bird, which recently advised the management team of Mehiläinen on the sale of the company and subsequent reinvestment, and acted for F-secure on its acquisition of MWR InfoSecurity.

Ilkka Liljeroos¬†heads up the 'well-prepared'¬†practice at¬†DLA Piper, which is 'quick to react and provides sound and thoughtful advice'. The team recently acted for Croda on its ‚ā¨24m acquisition of IonPhasE. Country managing partner¬†Matti Yl√§-Mononen¬†is also recommended and has significant experience in mid-market transactions.

HPP Attorneys specialises in acting for underwriters issuing insurance policies on M&A transactions alongside handling the full spectrum of commercial, corporate and M&A work. The group recently advised Etera on its merger with Ilmarinen; other key clients include CGI Group, Terrafame, and several large insurance companies. Harri Hynninen leads the M&A practice, while Antti Säiläkivi deals with corporate law and governance issues.

Jani Ylä-Autio leads the department at Merilampi Attorneys Ltd, which recently advised Kesko on its separate acquisitions of Reinin Liha and Kalatukku E. Eriksson, and also counts Posti Group and telecoms company Elisa as clients. Ari Keinänen is recommended for his transactional work and Antti Kahri handles M&A matters and private equity transactions.

Waselius & Wist's 'extremely responsive' team recently advised Gardner Denver Holdings on its acquisition of Runtech, and also counts Digital Colony and Birch Hill Equity Partners as clients. The practice is jointly headed by the 'friendly, helpful and available' Fredrik Lassenius and 'exceptional M&A lawyer' Christoffer Waselius.

At Eversheds Asianajotoimisto Oy / Eversheds Attorneys Ltd (a member of Eversheds Sutherland), the team recently advised Digitalist Group on its acquisition of NodeOne; Pohjolan Energia and Staffpoint Holding are also clients. The 'affordable and professional' practice is jointly led by Olli Iirola, Mika Taberman, Vesa Turkki and managing partner Harri Tolppanen, and also fields Anu Mattila and Juha-Pekka Joensuu, who joined from Hannes Snellman and telecoms contractor Cinia respectively.

The team at KPMG Finland counts A-Lehdet and Arkta as clients, and also recently advised Restel on the partial demerger of its real estate business, and the subsequent transfer of its operations to its parent company, Tradeka-Yhtiöt. Kai Soini and Juha Koivula jointly lead the practice.

At Lexia Attorneys Ltd, managing partner Samuli Koskela heads the M&A practice, which also includes Mikko Räsänen  and counsel Olli Kotila. Kotila recently advised EcoOnline on its acquisition of 3T Ratkaisut, and Räsänen assisted Kotipizza Group with its acquisition of Helsingin Pizzapalvelu.

Magnusson's recent work includes advising FCG Prodacapo Group on its acquisition of Bellis-Jones Hill. Other clients include Vala Group and Eesti Energia. Managing partner Tomi Merenheimo leads the department and Heikki Wide's 'ability to present solutions' impresses clients. Ville Salonen joined from Prunus Attorneys in 2018.

Mäkitalo Attorneys Ltd's 'heavily solution-oriented' practice is jointly led by Jani Rantanen and managing partner Ville Vyyryläinen, and is recommended for its 'quick response times and pragmatic, hands-on approach'. The group recently advised Luxus Advertising on the establishment of its new subsidiaries.

Procop√© & Hornborg¬†recently assisted Gold Fields with the¬† ‚ā¨40m sale of its Arctic Platinum Project to funds managed by CD Capital; Ensto Group, Stresstech and Etteplan are also clients.¬†Ismo Hentula¬†and¬†Petri Kyll√∂nen¬†jointly lead the practice, handling commercial matters and M&A respectively.

Mika Lehtimäki and Jan Lindberg jointly head the department at Attorneys-at-law Trust. Ltd; clients praise Lehtimäki as 'very solution focused' and single out Lindberg as 'deeply knowledgeable'. In a recent highlight, the group advised Talo-Keskus Yhtiöt on the sale of its sustainable development business.

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