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Castrén & Snellman is noted for its 'diligence and professionalism' thanks to 'a 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 lawyer' Tomi 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.

Dittmar & Indrenius' practice is recognised for its 'strong knowledge of employment law in theory and practice'. The team recently represented three leading wood pulp companies in a precedent-setting damages claim arising from illegal strikes, and acted for the Orthodox Parish of Helsinki in two employment disputes. Seppo Havia and Suvi Knaapila lead the department, which also includes 'excellent trial lawyer' Petteri Uoti. Senior attorney Samuel Kääriäinen departed the firm in 2019 for Dottir Attorneys Ltd..

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.

In a recent highlight, Bird & Bird advised Basware on the outsourcing of its global scan and capture operations to Xerox. Maisa Nikkola heads up the practice, which handles the full spectrum of employment matters. Other key clients include Mehiläinen and F-Secure.

At Borenius, the 'exceptionally skilled and service-minded' Jani Syrjänen heads the practice, while senior associate Emma Halminen is noted for being 'highly skilled in collective bargaining and cooperation negotiation issues'. The 'very professional' group recently advised Qatar Airways on the employment elements of its entry into the Finnish market.

Krogerus advises Yliopiston Apteekki on several employment matters, including termination issues. Carola Möller heads up the group, which is particularly recognised for its involvement in insolvency-related employment matters; it has acted for clients including Joptek Composites and Superfresh. JP Alho joined Allex in 2018.

At Merilampi Attorneys Ltd, practice head Heidi Hiltunen counts Canon and the University of Helsinki as clients and managing partner Jussi Ikonen is recommended for employment-related litigation, particularly pertaining to director liability.

Antti Rajamäki, a recent arrival from EMPLaw Attorneys, leads the group at DLA Piper, which provides employment advice to a client roster including Uber and K-Retailers' Association. Riikka Autio, who was recently promoted to counsel, is also a key name to note.

Eversheds Asianajotoimisto Oy / Eversheds Attorneys Ltd (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) recently defended YIT Construction in criminal proceedings regarding work safety issues. Timo Jarmas, Pekka Jäntti and Heikki Tuomela jointly head the department, which is recognised for its 'wide experience and knowledge'.

At Hannes Snellman, Johanna Haltia-Tapio, who is noted for her 'pragmatic approach', leads the 'service-oriented' practice, which counts Microsoft, EQT and Patria as key clients. The team also handled the employment aspects of Vaaka Partners' acquisition of Smoothie Heaven.

Specialist counsel Juha Saarinen heads up the team at HPP Attorneys, which recently acted for North-Western Shipping Company in obtaining injunctions against the Finnish Seamen's Union and advised Sininauha on several employee termination agreements.

The 'very flexible' group at Lexia Attorneys Ltd provides clients advice on the full range of employment issues and is led by the 'extremely skilled' Tomi Korpiola, who is recommended for his 'practical approach'.

Jukka Blomberg heads up the department at Magnusson, which recently hired Ville Salonen from Prunus Attorneys. The group provides corporations including Munax, Adecco and Vistan Pesula with day-to-day employment advice, and regularly represents clients in employment disputes.

Mäkitalo Rantanen & Co Ltd's practice is jointly led by Annika Kiviharju and newly-promoted partner Marja Norrena. The team assists clients including Cembrit Production and Danone Group with the full spectrum of employment matters and also has particular expertise in work safety disputes.

Waselius & Wist recently assisted Haugen-Gruppen with its reorganisation following the divestment of its wine business, a matter which included the termination and transfer of various employees. Jan Waselius and Jouni Kautto jointly head the team.

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