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Castrén & Snellman

ETELÄESPLANADI 14, 00130 HELSINKI, FINLAND
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Work +358 20 7765 765
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Fax +358 20 7765 001
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Web:
www.castren.fi
Helsinki, Moscow, St Petersburg

Finland

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Castrén & Snellman

Tero Tuomisto leads the practice at Castrén & Snellman; he recently advised Pihlajalinna on a five year €120m unsecured financing arrangement and acted for Nordea Bank on the financing of Apax Digital Fund's acquisition of Solita. Managing partner Sakari Lukinmaa also assisted OP Corporate Bank with its €200m refinancing of Kolsin Voima. The group also counts Danske Bank, Finnlines and Ilmarinen as clients. Pekka Lehtinen retired.

Leading individuals

Tero Tuomisto - Castrén & Snellman

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Castrén & Snellman

Castrén & Snellman's 'responsive' team is 'easy to work with'; clients single out 'pragmatic and solution-oriented' practice co-head Merja Kivelä, who is 'one of those rare individuals with both professional expertise and business acumen'; 'experienced' co-head Janne Lauha, and senior associate Anna-Maarit Laurila, who is 'a young talent'. Recent highlights include advising Efecte on its listing on First North, raising €11.3m.

Next generation lawyers

Anna-Maarit Laurila - Castrén & Snellman

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Castrén & Snellman

Castrén & Snellman's 'very efficient' team is noted for its 'personal service and professional competence' and is led by Jan Örndahl. Kimmo Rekola and Jarno Tanhuanpää 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.

Leading individuals

Kimmo Rekola - Castrén & Snellman

Next generation lawyers

Benjamin Bade - Castrén & Snellman

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Castrén & Snellman

Castrén & Snellman's practice defended forestry company Stora Enso against damages claims relating to cartel activities, acted for Asfaltmix in a large follow-on damages case, and represented Google in matters pertaining to data protection and privacy law. Marko Hentunen and Anders Forss jointly head the practice, which 'brings to bear significant experience'. 'Heavy hitter' Tuomas Lehtinen is recommended for his experience in arbitration work, while senior associate Jerker Pitkänen has 'an uncanny ability to identify and analyse the facts'.

Leading individuals

Marko Hentunen - Castrén & Snellman

Next generation lawyers

Anders Forss - Castrén & Snellman

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Castrén & Snellman

Castrén & Snellman's 'top-quality, prompt, easy-to-understand and practical assistance' attracts significant mandates including representing several private ambulance companies in a state aid dispute in the Supreme Court. The practice is also acting in several of the market's largest follow-on damages claims, representing clients including Asfaltmix and Valio. Practice head Sari Hiltunen is singled out as 'one of a kind', while procurement specialist Anna Kuusniemi-Laine is 'exceptionally skilled'. Newly promoted partner Jussi Nieminen and 'rising star' associate Suzanne Simon-Bellamy are also key names to note.

Leading individuals

Anna Kuusniemi-Laine - Castrén & Snellman

Sari Hiltunen - Castrén & Snellman

Next generation lawyers

Jussi Nieminen - Castrén & Snellman

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Castrén & Snellman

Castrén & Snellman is noted for its 'diligence and professionalism' thanks to 'knowledgeable and helpful team', which is jointly headed by the 'highly skilled and experienced' Outi Tähtinen (who returned from DLA Piper in 2017) and 'brilliant lawyerTomi Kemppainen; 'business-focused' senior associate Sanna Alku is also recommended. The group recently advised L'Oréal Finland on a range of employment and benefits issues, and assisted Gardner Denver Holdings, Colliers International, and Restamax with the employment aspects of their separate acquisitions.

Leading individuals

Outi Tähtinen - Castrén & Snellman

Next generation lawyers

Sanna Alku - Castrén & Snellman

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Castrén & Snellman

Recent highlights for Castrén & Snellman include successfully representing BBS in a trade mark dispute with a Finnish hubcap manufacturer and advising Crocs on its IP enforcement and customs seizure matters. Other key clients include Merck, Google, Alma Media and BMW. Sakari Salonen heads up the practice, while European trade mark and design attorney Nina Mikander is recommended for IP prosecution matters and Hanna Paloheimo is noted for her expertise in the life sciences sector.

Leading individuals

Sakari Salonen - Castrén & Snellman

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Maritime and transport
Maritime and transport - ranked: tier 1

Castrén & Snellman

Castrén & Snellman's 'extremely high-level' team is active in maritime disputes and is also noted for its prominent vessel financing practice; the group advised Finnlines on the financing of the purchase of a passenger vessel by its subsidiary. The practice is led by Niklas Langenskiöld, while Tero Tuomisto handles financing matters; the 'extraordinarily good' Rickard Langenskiöld is also a key name to note.

Leading individuals

Niklas Langenskiöld - Castrén & Snellman

Rickard Langenskiöld - Castrén & Snellman

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

Castrén & Snellman

At Castrén & Snellman, environment and infrastructure specialist Matias Wallgren advised Nord Stream 2 on the construction of two underwater natural gas pipelines. The firm recently established its real estate investments and transactions team, which is jointly led by Antti Kaakkola and Matti Lajunen.

Leading individuals

Matias Wallgren - Castrén & Snellman

Leading individuals: Environment

Matias Wallgren - Castrén & Snellman

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Castrén & Snellman

Castrén & Snellman's 'very strong' team recently acted for Silta in an ad hoc arbitration regarding independent data usage by IT service providers and acted for Google in privacy disputes as well as advising it on licensing and regulatory issues. Other key clients include Metso and Oriola. Pia Ek and the 'approachableEija Warma-Lehtinen jointly lead the team and handle TMT and data protection matters respectively; technology law expert Kimmo Rekola is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Kimmo Rekola - Castrén & Snellman

Next generation lawyers

Eija Warma-Lehtinen  - Castrén & Snellman

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Castrén & Snellman

Sari Laaksonen leads the group at Castrén & Snellman, which has 'a wide range of expertise' and 'takes a strategic view'. The team has substantial experience in transactional and capital markets-related tax work. In a recent highlight, the team represented Leppäkosken Sähkö in a tax dispute relating to the accuracy of the valuation models applied in management incentive schemes. Mikko Alakare joined the practice in 2018 from Borenius.

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