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The firm: HPP Attorneys (formerly Hammarström Puhakka Partners), established in 1975, is a full-service business law firm.

The firm has particularly strong experience in its core specialisms of M&A, competition, banking, finance and insolvency, environment, real estate and construction and dispute resolution with a particular focus on the energy, mining, IT and technology, transport and logistics and financial sectors.

Areas of practice: Corporate and M&A: the firm has more than 30 years’ experience in both domestic and cross-border transactions. Its M&A experts constantly participate in major transactions. The firm’s services cover all issues related to mergers, acquisitions and other corporate arrangements. The firm offers specialised teams of exceptionally experienced experts for due diligence reviews.

Competition and EU: the firm offers services with an emphasis on efficient resolution of all competition-related issues. The firm carries out assignments in particular in the media, telecommunications, IT, logistics, energy and pharmaceutical sectors.

Banking and finance: the firm’s banking, finance and insolvency team has extensive experience in all kinds of financing arrangements, in particular corporate lending, acquisition finance and sale and lease back and leasing arrangements. The firm is widely known for its high standard and extensive expertise in the reorganisation of companies and insolvency law.

Dispute resolution: the firm’s specialists represent Finnish and foreign clients in domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration. A number of the firm’s partners regularly act as mediators and arbitrators.

Environment, real estate and construction: the firm’s environment, real estate and construction team has the most extensive experience and resources as providers of legal services in matters related to environment and nature protection, real estate and construction, energy and natural resources as well as infrastructure.

The firm regularly advises in environmental permit application proceedings and environmental liability issues, in major infrastructure and construction projects as well as in mining and wind power projects. Further, we advise on a regular basis in real estate transactions and development projects. The firm’s clientele comprise of national and multinational energy companies, environmental consulting companies, national and multinational mining companies and waste management companies as well as companies in the metal, construction, real estate investment and development and chemical industries.

Maritime and transportation: the firm is ranked as the leading Finnish law firm in shipping and transport law. The firm has broad and extensive experience in various kinds of maritime, transport, shipbuilding, insurance and tort-related cases, as well as related issues of international trade. Its expertise covers all elements of the logistics chain across all the transport modes: sea, road, rail and air.

IT and telecoms: the firm’s IT and telecoms work ranges from advising major international technology companies on their Finnish operations to assisting tech start-ups bringing new technologies to market. The firm is particularly experienced in advising on data protection and data security issues.

Employment: the employment law practice works as an integral part of the M&A group by providing expertise in employment law in connection with questions relating to national, as well as cross-border business restructurings. As for mergers and acquisitions, the expertise of the practice covers areas such as employment law due diligence reviews, advising on questions relating to employment law in connection with transfers of business and other corporate restructurings, for example outsourcings. The employment law practice advises clients independently in all questions relating to various fields of employment law covering employment and director contracts, dismissals, terminating employment and service relationships by mutual agreement, non-competition and non-disclosure agreements, incentives, questions relating to annual leave and working hours, co-operative negotiations, and data protection issues, as well as occupational safety issues. In employment disputes, the firm surveys with the with client preconditions for settlements in order to secure the client’s best interest and undisturbed business operations.

Tax: the tax team provides domestic and international clients across a range of industry sectors with extensive assistance on taxation issues arising from transactions, business operations or tax dispute matters. The firm provides tax advisory both as part of HPP’s multidisciplinary teams handling major transactions or complex disputes, as well as discrete tax assignments. The firm’s goal is to provide solution-oriented tax advice by focusing on a clear understanding of clients¹ businesses. It assists clients in identifying the key taxation issues in their business and evaluating the tax consequences comprehensively and as a pre-emptive measure before any adverse consequences arise. In order to do this, it conducts a careful analysis of the different aspects of the client’s business or transaction structure.

The firm also defends clients’ interests if they are faced with tax disputes.If required, the firm will seek solutions to taxation issues in co-operation with the tax authorities. Its goal is to ensure a high-quality and truly solution-oriented dialogue between its clients and the tax authority.

  • Contacts

  • Kari Marttinen

  • Markku Mäkinen

  • Björn Nykvist

  • Number of lawyers: 68
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Russian
  • Swedish
  • Chinese

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  • A practical insight to cross-border Public Procurement

    The award of contracts by contracting authorities is regulated by the Act on Public Contracts (Laki julkisista hankinnoista 30.3.2007/348; “APC”) and the Act on the Procurement Procedures of Entities Operating in the Water, Energy, Transport and Postal Services Sectors (Laki vesi- ja energiahuollon, liikenteen ja postipalvelujen alalla toimivien yksiköiden hankinnoista 30.3.2007/349; “Utilities Act”) which entered into force on 1 June 2007.
    - Hammarström Puhakka Partners, Attorneys Ltd

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