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    • Rami Laatsalo - Aleksandra Attorneys Ltd

Hannes Snellman is ‘one of the top legal advisers for property transactions’. It advised Ratos, Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company and Redito on the formation of Serena Properties, which included the acquisition of 22 properties with an aggregate value of €192m. Sweco, Fortum and Veolia Nordic are also clients. Practice heads Juha Lindström and Tapio Teräkivi are highly regarded.

Krogerus is ‘among the very best’. It assisted AB Sagax with its €68m acquisition of 12 Helsinki industrial properties and advised Northern Horizon on the €155m divestiture of a 27-asset healthcare property portfolio by EPI Healthcare I. Marcus Möller, who is ‘especially strong in negotiations and deal tactics’, heads the practice with Juha Wessman, who is ‘practical, customer-oriented and a good negotiator’. Former head Samuli Palin left to establish Aleksandra Attorneys Ltd.

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Mäkitalo Rantanen & Co Ltd

Mäkitalo Rantanen & Co Ltd, Attorneys-at-Law is an independent mid-sized law firm based in Helsinki. The firm specializes in construction and energy projects, including the related environmental and real estate matters as well as financing arrangements (including project finance).

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Led by Mika Alanko, Roschierhas the best knowledge and problem-solving skills on the market’, according to a client. It advised Sveafastigheter on its sale of a €340m property portfolio to Partners Group, including structuring the management arrangements for the client, and assisted Nordika with its acquisition of an office complex in Espoo. Counsel Leif Laitinen left the firm to become partner at Aleksandra Attorneys Ltd.

Avance Attorneys Ltd has focused on strengthening the construction side of its practice by advising Ahlström Capital, YIT and HGR Property Partners on the construction of an office building in Helsinki’s city centre. The team, headed by Christoffer Charpentier and Mathias Lindqvist, also assisted eQ Care with its €155m acquisition of 27 nursing homes. Senior associate Henrikki Tahkokallio is also recommended.

Borenius advised Citycon on its €160m investment into Lehto Group’s shopping centre redevelopment and assisted Icecapital with its sale of Icecapital Housing Fund II to VO-Kodit. Saara Paronen, Christian Fogelholm and Ari Kaarakainen head the team.

The ‘excellentCastrén & Snellman advised a consortium of three investors on its joint venture with YIT concerning the construction of a parking facility, valued at €600m. Other clients include Nord Stream, Commerzbank and CBRE Global Investors. Practice head Matias Wallgren is recommended for environmental law matters. International construction and projects head Uwe Uusitalo is another key contact. Counsel Emma Niemistö left to head Merilampi Attorneys Ltd’s real estate and construction team.

Dittmar & Indrenius assisted Global Net Lease with its acquisition of a four-property portfolio in the Helsinki-Vantaa airport area and also handled AXA Real Estate’s acquisition of 1,900 hectares of forest land from UPM-Kymmene. Antti Aaltonen, Raija-Leena Ojanen and Mikko Eerola are recommended.

Merilampi Attorneys Ltd advised Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company on its €160m sale of six Helsinki office properties to Niam and assisted Union Investment with the Finnish aspects of the cross-border sale of its office portfolio. Head of real estate transactions Jani Ylä-Autio is ‘dynamic and has an exceptional ability to focus on the essential’. Teemu Kauttu, specialist counsel Kai Salonen and Emma Niemistö, who joined from Castrén & Snellman, head the construction practice.

Bird & Bird advised Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company on three real estate investments in Germany and Belgium. NREP is another key client. Practice head Jaakko Hietala is recommended.

DLA Piper has expertise in commercial litigation, negotiating renovation contracts and assisting with hospitality developments. Clients include Holiday Club Resorts, Prime Development and Kämp. Antti Niemi heads the practice, which also includes Ilkka Liljeroos.

Eversheds Asianajotoimisto Oy / Eversheds Attorneys Ltd (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)’s recent highlights include advising Keva on its purchase of two Swedish shopping centres from Atrium Ljungberg and assisting eQ Care with its acquisition of a healthcare property from Auratum Real Estate. Saara Raitala heads the team. Petri Keskitalo joined Properta Attorneys Ltd.

HPP Attorneys advised Finavo and Lemminkäinen Talo on the sale of an eight-asset retail real estate portfolio. It also assisted Elite Real Estate Development Fund with its acquisition of a warehouse property from Laura Holdings. Kari Marttinen and Jari Tuomala head the team, which also includes senior associate Antti Rikala.

Magnusson handled Dunlop Hiflex’s €7m acquisition of land and subsequent negotiations for a building contract. Practice head Sirkka Terho, recently promoted partner Heikki Wide and senior counsel Mika Laapotti are key contacts.

Mäkitalo Rantanen & Co Ltd has ‘excellent business acumen and good knowledge of the construction industry’. It advised Eksote on its €70m construction of a new hospital building, including assisting with public procurement issues and contractual agreements. Highly regarded practice heads Juho Lönnblad and Aimo Halonen are key contacts.

White & Case LLP advised Blackstone Group on its €100m acquisition of shares in three real estate companies from Sponda. Other clients include SRV Group, SATO and AXA Real Estate Investment Managers. Practice head Timo Airisto and Tanja Törnkvist are well regarded.

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