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Castrén & Snellman is arguably ‘at the top of the list for Finnish disputes’. It is defending Stora Enso in the longstanding raw wood cartel case, which involves over 1,700 plaintiffs, and also represented BMW in a design infringement case. The practice is headed by ‘service-minded litigatorMarko Hentunen and Anders Forss, who is ‘excellent in the courtroom’.

Highlights for Hannes Snellman included successfully representing UPM-Kymmene in litigation brought by Metsäliitto and Metsä Board challenging a €67m arbitral award to the client, as well as representing Lemminkäinen in the asphalt cartel case. Now headed by Antti Järvinen, the practice also includes Mika Savola, Anders Bygglin and Kimmo Heikkinen.

Lindfors & Co Attorneys at Law is ‘the best dispute resolution firm in Finland’, according to a client. It is acting for an international industrial company concerning the construction of a Finnish nuclear power plant and is representing a publicly listed Finnish technology company in IP arbitration. Key contacts include Tapio Rantala, who recently joined as counsel from OP Financial Group, Petra Kiurunen, who provides ‘strong and accurate advice’, and highly regarded founding partner Patrik Lindfors.

Roschier is ‘Finnish legal advice at its best’, according to one client. It continues to represent Pfizer and Warner-Lambert in a damages claim against Ranbaxy, conducting follow-up litigation for interim measures against generic pharmaceuticals companies. ‘Analytical’ practice head Petri Taivalkoski, the ‘proactive as well as reliableGisela Knuts and the ‘efficientAapo Saarikivi are recommended.

Boreniusshows good understanding of complex technical issues’. White-collar crime is a strength; the team represented Teknos in environmental criminal proceedings. Practice head Markus Kokko and Lasse Laaksonen are recommended. Senior adviser Kristiina Harenko left to become a judge, while specialist partner Risto Sipilä joined Bird & Bird.

Dittmar & Indreniusknows litigation procedures very well’. It represented the owners of two oil tankers in a dispute concerning unfit propulsion system supplies. General Motors, Stora Enso and Metsä Group are other clients. Jussi Lehtinen heads the team. Ilkka Leppihalme joined from DLA Piper.

Providing ‘high-quality expertise’, HPP Attorneys represented Merropoint in claiming damages against the Finnish state for negligent decision making relating to seized assets. It also frequently advises clients on dawn raids, international arbitration and corporate shareholder disputes. The highly regarded Marko Wainio joined from Bird & Bird. Mikko Leppä and Pekka Puhakka head the practice, which also includes Pekka Raatikainen.

Krogerus is ‘excellent in all levels of service’. The team represented Santander in criminal proceedings where the client was the victim of a fraud scheme concerning high-value yachts. Mikko Elonheimo and Mikko Tiilikka are ‘exceptionally good’. Carola Möller made partner.

Bird & Bird has a ‘very competent team that works well together’. The team is known for white-collar criminal matters, including fraud, and acts for clients in the real estate and construction sectors, among others. The ‘very reliableTom Vapaavuori heads the team, which also includes Mikko Rajala. Senior counsel Marko Wainio left for HPP Attorneys and Risto Sipilä joined as senior counsel from Borenius.

Eversheds Asianajotoimisto Oy / Eversheds Attorneys Ltd (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)’s five-partner team specialises in white-collar crime; it represented the bankruptcy estate of Talvivaara Sotkamo in criminal proceedings concerning environmental crimes at a mine. Recently promoted partner Niina Mickelsson heads the team, taking over from Vesa Kokko. Ismo Kallioniemi also made partner, while Mika Oksanen joined from Magnusson.

Kotiranta & Co Attorney at Law Ltd is ‘very fast, sharp and to the point’. It is defending Nokian Tyres in a claim that it influenced the outcome of tyre tests. Sanoma, Valoe and Sweco Industry are also clients. Kai Kotiranta is highly recommended.

Mäkitalo Rantanen & Co Ltd focuses on employment litigation, commercial litigation and white-collar crime cases relating to work safety as well as environmental law. Clients include Lemminkäinen Corporation, Cembrit Production and SF Power Company. Annika Kiviharju leads the team.

Merilampi Attorneys Ltd represented Elisa in multiple administrative court proceedings concerning the takeover of Anvia. Finnair, Peab and Skanska are also clients. The highly regarded Jussi Ikonen is the key contact. In May 2017, former head of department Tapio Väätäinen left to form Mentula & Väätäinen Attorneys Ltd.

DLA Piper exhibits a ‘truly business-minded approach’. It is representing the Helsinki City Transport Authority in a dispute with Siemens involving terminated agreements for the proposed Helsinki metro automation project. Practice head Jussi Savonen, John-Henrik Spåre and recently made partner Pia Bräysy are recommended. Ilkka Leppihalme left for Dittmar & Indrenius.

Lexia Attorneys Ltd acted for Airam Electric in two disputes against the Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency concerning product surveillance tests. Practice head Sirpa Leppäluoto and Peter Jaari are key contacts.

Magnusson continues to represent Suurisavotta 2 in the ongoing forestry cartel case. Jukka Blomberg leads the practice, which also includes Sirkka Terho. Mika Oksanen left for Eversheds Asianajotoimisto Oy / Eversheds Attorneys Ltd (a member of Eversheds Sutherland).

During 2016, Procopé & Hornborg handled arbitration mandates, competition cases and copyright litigation. Asta Siponen and Jusse Rissanen are key contacts.

Response times are quick and the team is always available when needed’ at Attorneys at law Ratiolex Ltd.. It acted for a Swiss client and a Finnish client in a dispute under English law concerning a cross-border financing agreement. Timo Ylikantola and Markku Tolvi are recommended.

Waselius & Wist represented Hardware Group in a trade mark infringement dispute. It also has experience in arbitration and commercial contractual disputes. Clients include Nordic Mines, Bayer and BASF. Practice head Jan Waselius and Bernt Juthström are recommended.

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