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Corporate, commercial and M&A activity in Finland has seen some positive growth and investment, both domestic and from abroad, particularly from Asia. Capital markets have remained steady, with significant activity including the €896m IPO of Rovio Entertainment, a company known for its Angry Birds Franchise, and the €474m IPO of DNA. The technology sector has been particularly active in the last 12 months and has also been the backdrop for some of the biggest cross-border M&A deals, notably Nokia’s €13.5bn acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent. An increase in cross-border IT procurement and complex high-value outsourcing agreements is also noteworthy.

Follow-on damages claims arising from widely reported cartel cases continue to dominate the courts with this type of litigation not expected to subside in the near future. With the impending implementation of the GDPR, the demand for dedicated data protection expertise continues to grow. Other key areas are real estate, construction and projects finance, especially in retail, energy, healthcare and transport.

Roschier, Castrén & Snellman and Hannes Snellman continue to excel and stand out as market leaders. Borenius and Krogerus are also impressive firms.

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