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Ulf-Henrik Kull heads the ‘proactive’ team at Avance Attorneys Ltd which provides ‘value for money’ in complex M&A transactions in Finland and the Nordics. It represented G Square on the €150m sale of Mi-Hoiva to Attendo. The ‘business-mindedIlkka Perheentupa led advice to Realia Group and its shareholder Altor Fund IV on the acquisition of Corbel. Clients also include Fortum Corporation, MB Funds and Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners.

The ‘strong team’ at Hannes Snellman advised Ahlstrom Corporation on its statutory merger with Munksjö. Managing partner Mikko Heinonen advised Oriola Corporation on a joint venture establishing a chain of health and beauty stores with Kesko Corporation. Practice head Sten Olsson is ‘a skilled negotiator’; he and Johan Aalto are ‘probably the best M&A lawyers in Finland’ according to one client. Riikka Rannikko has ‘strong knowledge’ in corporate governance.

Roschier advised Nokia Corporation on its recommended €347m public tender offer for Comptel Corporation. The ‘innovative’ head of private equity Jon Unnérus has a ‘commercial mindset, and deep expertise’ and Manne Airaksinen is recommended for his ‘customer- and solution-oriented approach’ to corporate issues. Jouni Salmi is a key contact for private M&A and Paula Linna is noted for public M&A. Finnair, Telia Company and Stora Enso are other clients.

The practice at White & Case LLP benefits from global offices and has experience in complex cross-border transactions. Practice head Timo Airisto and Janko Lindros led advice to Capgemini, a global technology service provider based in France, on the acquisition of Idean Enterprises. Petri Haussila led advice to Munksjö on its statutory absorption merger of Ahlstrom. Other clients include JP Morgan, the Blackstone Group and EQT Partners.

Borenius advised PKC Group on Motherson Sumi Systems’ €571m public tender offer for all shares. Senior partner Jari Vikiö acted for Kesko Group on the divestment of several businesses including Yamarin to Inha Works, a subsidiary of Yamaha Motor Europe. The ‘outstanding’ and ‘hands-onJohannes Piha is head of the practice, which advises CapMan, Aspo and Vitruvian Partners.

The practice at Castrén & Snellman advised Comptel on Nokia’s €347m public tender offer for all shares. It is also acting for the pension insurance company Ilmarinen on its merger with Etera. Jan Örndahl heads the team, which includes Kimmo Rekola and Jan Kuhlefelt. Corporate governance expert Mika Ilveskero left the firm to take up a position as a Justice of the Supreme Court.

Dittmar & Indrenius is ‘a strong M&A firm with vast experience in cross-border work’. The practice acted for Alcatel-Lucent on its €13.5bn acquisition by Nokia. It also advised Bridgepoint and Bonnier on the sale of Nordic Cinema Group, valued at $929m. The ‘very experienced’ practice head Jan Ollila and managing partner Anders Carlbergprovide hands-on and high-quality advice’. Clients also include GlaxoSmithKline and Ikea.

With particular expertise in cross-border M&A, the practice at Krogerusunderstands the client’s business’ and is prepared to ‘go the extra mile’. It acted for Attendo on its €150m acquisition of Mikeva from G Square. Practice head Mika Ståhlberg led advice to Barona Group on the sale of Forenom to CapMan Buyout X fund. Marcus Möller and Mårten Knuts are highly regarded practitioners.

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.

The ‘proactive’ team at DLA Piper provides ‘practical advice’ and ‘excellent value for money’. It advised Första AP-Fonden on establishing a €160m joint venture company with Elo Mutual Pension Insurance and Trevian Asset Management. With ‘strong business judgement’, practice head Ilkka Liljeroos is ‘an effective negotiator in cross-border settings’. Matti Ylä-Mononen recently joined from Bird & Bird, and ‘rising star’ counsel Valtteri Vimpari is a key contact.

Merilampi Attorneys Ltd’s corporate, commercial and M&A practice is ‘always timely, responsive and to the point’. It acted as Finnish counsel on the merger of Nordea Bank Finland into its Swedish parent company. In another highlight, Ari Keinänen advised Kesko Corporation on the €67m sale of Indoor Group. Jani Ylä-Autio heads the team. Škoda Transportation Group and Fortum Corporation are other clients.

The ‘exceptional’ M&A department at Waselius & Wist has particular experience in advising overseas clients on cross-border acquisitions. It was instructed as Finnish counsel by Birch Hill Equity Partners on its $110m acquisition of CCM Hockey from Adidas. The ‘incredibly responsiveLotta Pohjanpalo advised Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance on its investment in Maas Global. Joint practice heads Christoffer Waselius and Fredrik Lassenius are key contacts.

The team at Eversheds Asianajotoimisto Oy / Eversheds Attorneys Ltd (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) provides ‘quick response times and excellent value for money’ and is noted for its ‘strategic planning’. It advised Finnvera on the divestment of 80% of Seed Fund Vera to Innovestor Kasvurahasto I. Juha Taipale joined from Magnusson and Merja Blankenstein joined from Merilampi Attorneys Ltd.

The ‘highly experienced team’ at HPP Attorneys advised the state of Finland on the merger of gaming companies Veikkaus, Fintoto and Ray. Practice head Harri Hynninen recently joined from Bird & Bird.

KPMG Finland has ‘an outstanding ability to handle complicated work with highly sophisticated advice’. The team advised FCG Finnish Consulting Group on its acquisition of Prodacapo. Kai Soini heads the practice and Juha Koivula is highly regarded.

Lexia Attorneys Ltd was instructed by Destia on its acquisition of a majority interest in ITS-Vahvistus. Managing partner Samuli Koskela heads the practice. Clients include MTV, YIT Corporation and Sony Music.

Magnusson’s team offers ‘value for money’ and acted for Teknos Group on the acquisition of an industrial coatings business from Feidal Coatings. Practice head Tomi Merenheimo is a key contact, particularly for transactions in the technology sector.

The department at Mäkitalo Rantanen & Co Ltd, led by Jani Rantanen, acts for SF Power Company, including handling cross-border corporate and M&A transactions. Clients also include Luxus Advertising and Kerava Energy.

The team at Procopé & Hornborg includes key contact for M&A deals Petri Kyllönen and corporate law specialist Ismo Hentula. Clients include Finnish and multinational companies in the automotive, energy and mining sectors.

Attorneys-at-law Trust. Ltdhits the sweet spot for value and effectiveness’. Highlights included advising F-Secure on the acquisition of Inverse Path and acting for eCraft on the acquisition of the Microsoft AX business from Solteq. Jan Lindberg is a key contact.

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