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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Bird & Bird

The team at Bird & Bird assisted NREP with the financing of the acquisition, development and refinancing of various real estate funds. It also advised Elisa Corporation on the renewal of its €1bn medium-term notes programme. Senior counsel Kristiina Lehvilä leads the team, which includes Jori Taipale.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Bird & Bird

The team at Bird & Bird, headed by Maria Carlsson, advised Elisa Corporation on the €30m acquisition of Finnish and Estonian entities from Santa Monica Networks Group. Jori Taipale and recently promoted partner Mikko Ahonen acted for MB Funds on the acquisition of Protacon Group. Former practice head Matti Ylä-Mononen and Harri Hynninen left the team to join DLA Piper and HPP Attorneys respectively.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Bird & Bird

The practice at Bird & Bird is ‘both big enough to have enough resources and small enough to have flexibility and value for money’. It is acting for Nokian Tyres in a significant trade secret infringement case. Construction litigation expert Risto Sipilä joined from Borenius as senior counsel.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird’s EU and competition law practice is experienced in merger control matters as well as antitrust and regulatory regimes. Katia Duncker heads the team, which includes new hire senior associate Päivi Tammilehto, who joined from the Finnish Competition Authority.

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Employment - ranked: tier 2

Bird & Bird

The international reach of Bird & Bird’s employment department makes it ‘easy to get advice all over the world’. It is experienced in both transactional employment advice and in disputes. Head of the Nordic group Maisa Nikkola leads the team which includes counsel Nora Jaari-Hakola, who joined from Dittmar & Indrenius.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Bird & Bird

The ‘excellent’ practice at Bird & Bird, led by Ella Mikkola, represented Monster Energy in several trade mark disputes. The team is also experienced in advising on pharmaceutical patents and unfair trade cases.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 3

Bird & Bird

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.

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TMT - ranked: tier 3

Bird & Bird

The ‘service-minded’ team at Bird & Bird provides ‘one-stop shopping’ for TMT. It advised the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (Tekes) on data security and privacy, public procurement and IP issues relating to the development of a digital matchmaking tool. Sakari Halonen heads the practice.

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Tax - ranked: tier 3

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird’s ‘customer-oriented’ team combines ‘high-level business knowledge, with value for money’. The practice advised the European Investment Fund and Epiqus on the taxation of foreign investments. It also represents UBS, Credit Suisse, Danske Bank and their clients in tax disputes. Practice head Sami Tuominen is praised for his ‘straightforward, business-oriented approach’.

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