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  1. Real estate and construction
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Leading individuals: environment
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Leading individuals: environment

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Next generation lawyers

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    • Rami Laatsalo - Aleksandra Attorneys Ltd

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Hannes Snellman was instructed by Pradera on the €900m acquisition of retail parks across Europe from Ikea. It also advised JP Morgan Asset Management on the sale of an office property to Genesta. Practice head Tapio Teräkivi, Juha Lindström and Outi Raitasuo are the names to note.

The ‘trustworthy and skilful’ team at Krogerus was instructed on Tristan Capital Partners’ €130m acquisition of office properties. It also advised VR Group on the divestment of its main office to Exilion for €55m. Marcus Möller and Juha Wessman lead the team following Samuli Palin’s departure to establish Aleksandra Attorneys Ltd.

Roschier is ‘one of the best’ for real estate in Finland and handled eQ Finnish Real Estate’s acquisition of the Liila shopping centre from Genesta. Practice head Mika Alanko, who is praised for his negotiation skills, led advice to CBRE Global Investors on the €100m sale of Merikortteli offices to Antilooppi.

The ‘personal and precise service’ from Avance Attorneys Ltd’s real estate group includes ‘quick responses and good value for money’. Christoffer Charpentier and Mathias Lindqvist head the ‘strong team’, which assisted TH Real Estate with the acquisition of a 50% stake in the €500m Kamppi Shopping Centre. Recently promoted partner Björn Söderblom ‘shows signs of being a rising star’.

Borenius’ real estate team advised SRV Rakennus on the sale of its €50m project comprising a shopping centre and two residential apartment buildings. Saara Paronen is head of the practice alongside Christian Fogelholm and Ari Kaarakainen. Casper Herler is a key contact for environmental issues.

Castrén & Snellman was instructed as local counsel by Ikea on the €900m sale of shopping centres to Pradera. Practice head and ‘very experienced senior lawyer’ Matias Wallgren advised OP Financial Group on the disposal of a real estate portfolio to M7 Real Estate. Head of international construction and projects Uwe Uusitalo is a key contact.

The well-respected team at Dittmar & Indrenius handled Finsilva’s acquisition of 3,000 hectares of forest from the Employees’ Pension Trust of Metsäliitto Cooperative. The ‘solution-oriented negotiator’ and practice head Antti Aaltonen, alongside Raija-Leena Ojanen, advised McDonald’s Finland on leases and purchases of real estate.

Merilampi Attorneys Ltd has ‘high-level industry knowledge and offers very good value for money’. It advised Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority on the construction of the Blominmäki waste water treatment plant. Newly promoted partner and head of construction Emma Niemistö is noted for her ‘expertise in construction management contracts’. Jani Ylä-Autio and Tommi Elo are key contacts. Kai Salonen joined Eversheds Asianajotoimisto Oy / Eversheds Attorneys Ltd (a member of Eversheds Sutherland).

Aleksandra Attorneys Ltd advised Genesta Nordic Baltic Real Estate on its acquisition of a landmark office property from a fund managed by JP Morgan Asset Management. Former Krogerus practice head Samuli Palin leads the team, which includes Rami Laatsalo, who joined from Castrén & Snellman, and Roschier’s former co-head of real estate Leif Laitinen. Clients include CapMan RE II and Skanska.

Bird & Bird advised Antilooppi on its €100m purchase of Merikortteli office block. Practice head Jaakko Hietala and Mikko Ahonen are key contacts. Mikko Larvala and Mikko Luukkonen joined DLA Piper.

DLA Piper was instructed by Första AP-fonden on its acquisition of a €160m real estate portfolio. Practice head Antti Niemi advised OX2 Wind on the construction of a wind power plant, and Ilkka Liljeroos is a key contact.

Eversheds Asianajotoimisto Oy / Eversheds Attorneys Ltd (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) advised Microsoft on its €7m divestment of land, which included a former Nokia factory and office. Kai Salonen and Sirkka Terho joined from Merilampi Attorneys Ltd and Magnusson respectively. A number of partners left to form Properta Attorneys Ltd.

The ‘client-oriented’ team at HPP Attorneys, which is ‘excellent value for money’,

advised Finavia on a project for alterations at Helsinki Airport. ‘Effective negotiator’ Jari Tuomala and environmental law expert Kari Marttinen head the team.

Lexia Attorneys Ltd has a track record in construction projects and was instructed by YIT on the €35m development and sale of an office property to Aberdeen European Balanced Property Fund. Practice heads Samuli Koskela and Arto Kaikkonen are key contacts.

Arto Hyvönen leads Magnusson’s real estate practice following the firm’s merger with Ylikraka. The team represented Realia Isännöinti in a contract dispute. St1 and Teknos Group are other clients. Sirkka Terho joined Eversheds Asianajotoimisto Oy / Eversheds Attorneys Ltd (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)

With ‘excellent knowledge, a tactical eye and sangfroid professionality’, Mäkitalo Rantanen & Co Ltd’s practice is assisting South Karelia Social and Health Care District with its €70m hospital construction project. Aimo Halonen is a key contact for construction and energy projects and Juho Lönnblad is noted for construction and real estate projects.

White & Case LLP acted on Cerberus Capital Management’s acquisition of a real estate portfolio from Citycon comprising five shopping centres and a purchase option for a development site. Practice head Timo Airisto and Tanja Törnkvist are key contacts.

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