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Roschier

KESKUSKATU 7A, 00100 HELSINKI, FINLAND
Tel:
Work +358 2 0506 6000
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Fax +358 2 0506 6100
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Web:
www.roschier.com
Helsinki, Stockholm, Vaasa

Finland

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Roschier

Roschier's 'solid professional offering'¬†was recently bolstered by the arrival of the 'outstanding'¬†Johannes Ahti¬†from Borenius¬†(he is noted for his 'timely service and excellent documentation and processing skills')¬†and Jonne J√§rvi¬†from Castr√©n & Snellman. Clients also praise team head¬†Gunnar Westerlund¬†as 'one of the most experienced finance lawyers in the country' thanks to his 'excellent negotiating abilities and superior project finance knowledge'.¬†In a recent highlight,¬†Helena Viita¬†advised Stockmann on its ‚ā¨900m¬†refinancing comprised of credit facilities and a note issuance. Other clients include Nordea Bank, Danske Bank and SEB.

Leading individuals

Gunnar Westerlund - Roschier

Johannes Ahti - Roschier

Next generation lawyers

Helena Viita - Roschier

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Roschier

Roschier¬†recently acted for the underwriters and bookrunners on the ‚ā¨150m IPO of Altia, handled Kojamo's IPO totalling ‚ā¨556m, and assisted Konecranes with a ‚ā¨250m senior unsecured note issuance. The practice advises clients on the full spectrum of capital markets work, with Antti Ihamuotila¬†and Gunnar Westerlund¬†handling ECM and DCM work respectively. Paula Linna¬†is no longer practising law.

Leading individuals

Antti Ihamuotila - Roschier

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Roschier

Roschier's department is noted by clients for its ability to 'steward matters to a quick and satisfactory outcome'. Antti Ihamuotila and Jouni Salmi deal with public and private M&A matters respectively, while Jon Unnérus is a private equity specialist and Manne Airaksinen is the name to note for corporate governance matters. Recent highlights include acting for funds managed by KKR and Triton on the sale of Mehiläinen Group, and advising Nets on a $5.3bn all-cash takeover offer by Evergood5.

Leading individuals

Jon Unnérus - Roschier

Jouni Salmi - Roschier

Manne Airaksinen - Roschier

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Roschier

Roschier's practice is jointly led by Petri Taivalkoski and the 'highly experienced' Gisela Knuts, while 'reachable' senior associate Mari Vanhanen is another key name to note. The 'outstanding' department receives praise for its 'pragmatic approach' and clients 'would not go anywhere else in Finland' for legal advice; it recently acted for the owner of a power plant in an ICC arbitration pertaining to construction issues, and represented a claimant in a large follow-on damages case arising from cartel activity.

Leading individuals

Gisela Knuts - Roschier

Petri Taivalkoski - Roschier

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Roschier

Christian Wik leads the group at Roschier, which represented Eltel in cartel proceedings before the Finnish Market Court and Supreme Administrative Court of Finland. Niko Hukkinen is recommended for merger control proceedings and acted for clients including YIT, CapMan Buyout, and Fortum on the competition aspects of their respective acquisitions. Ami Paanajärvi led the group's defense of Savonlinja in the FCCA's bus cartel case, and is particularly experienced in antitrust and state aid matters.

Leading individuals

Christian Wik - Roschier

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Roschier

Roschier's practice provides 'exceptional stand-alone legal advice' whilst also being able to 'work perfectly as an integrated part of the firm's transactional team'. Practice head Anu Waaralinna is 'a highly recognised expert in the field' who is 'very hands-on', and Jukka Paloheimo is an 'excellent legal adviser' who specialises in employment litigation. Recent highlights include acting for Vapo Group on the employment aspects of its restructuring, and providing labour advice to the firm's transactional clients including CapMan Buyout, Telia and YIT.

Leading individuals

Anu Waaralinna - Roschier

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Roschier

Rainer Hilli¬†heads¬†Roschier's 'proactive and involved practice', which recently represented Deutsche Telekom as claimant in a dispute against DNA pertaining to the infringement of a colour trade mark.¬†Niklas √Ėstman¬†is noted for his¬†'in-depth knowledge and skill' and recently represented CrossFit in a Market Court dispute relating to trademark infringements and cancellation.¬†Mikko Manner¬†is also recommended and specialises in patent, copyright, and trade secret matters.

Leading individuals

Mikko Manner - Roschier

Rainer Hilli - Roschier

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Roschier

Mika Alanko¬†leads the group at¬†Roschier,¬†which is recognised for its 'great client support' and 'strong knowledge of the market'. The team recently advised Pareto Securities on its¬†‚ā¨767m acquisition of a real estate portfolio from Sirius Capital Partners, and assisted Deka with its¬†‚ā¨190m acquisition of KPMG's Finnish headquarters from Ilmarinen. Other clients include¬†Trevian Asset Management and AXA Real Estate.¬†Toni Siimes¬†heads up the firm's infrastructure and energy practice.

Leading individuals

Mika Alanko - Roschier

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Roschier

Key practitioners at Roschier include department head Arto Linnervuo, data protection specialist Johanna Lilja and Mikko Manner, who handles media-related matters. Notable mandates included assisting Discovery Networks with the application process for the renewal of its digital FTA broadcasting licenses, and advising Telia on the establishment of its data centre operations.

Leading individuals

Arto Linnervuo - Roschier

Johanna Lilja - Roschier

Mikko Manner - Roschier

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Roschier

Roschier's tax team recently advised funds managed by KKR and Triton on the structuring of the sale of Mehiläinen Group and acted for Axcel Management on the tax elements of its acquisition of Orion Diagnostica. The 'always available' practice is headed by Mika Ohtonen, who specialises in the tax structuring of transactions. Transfer pricing specialist Merja Raunio joined the group in 2017 from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Leading individuals

Mika Ohtonen - Roschier

Ossi Haapaniemi - Roschier

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