Maritime and transport in Finland

Castrén & Snellman

Niklas Langenskiöld, who has extensive expertise in shipping and insurance law, heads up the practice at Castrén & Snellman, which has a strong reputation in ship financing work. Langenskiöld is experienced in commercial litigation and domestic and international arbitration proceedings, while counsel Rickard Langenskiöld assists ship owners as well as other Finnish and foreign clients active in the logistics sector.

Practice head(s):

Niklas Langenskiöld

Other key lawyers:

Rickard Langenskiöld

Testimonials

‘Good commercial understanding, with a practical approach to resolving issues.’

‘The go-to firm in Finland – simply the best.’

‘Rickard Langenskiöld stands out as both a brilliant lawyer and brilliant human being. Always a pleasure to work with and probably the best maritime lawyer in Finland.’

‘Richard Langenskiöld – hands on approach, good understanding of complex issues and ability to combine with the law.’

Key clients

Finnlines Plc

Prima Shipping Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised VR Group Ltd on a landmark HSL commuter train traffic tender.

HPP Attorneys

The full-service transport practice at HPP Attorneys has strong expertise in the maritime, logistics and aviation sectors. The team is well known for disputes concerning cargo and hull damage, casualty matters, charter-party issues and industrial boycotts; it also handles a wide range of non-contentious work. The shipping finance practice particularly stands out for its advice on shipbuilding and shipping company operations. Department head Nora Gahmberg-Hisinger has considerable experience in complex newbuild projects and international arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Nora Gahmberg-Hisinger

Other key lawyers:

Matti Komonen

Testimonials

‘Nora Gahmberg-Hisinger is the most flexible and committed lawyer I know.’

‘The support we have received from Nora Gahmberg-Hisinger has always been professional, solution-seeking and with that support we have avoided a number of risky situations. We value her ability to commit to long projects and the fact that we always feel we are an important customer to her.’

‘They have a strong expertise in transport-related matters and are very thorough in their evaluations.’

‘Easy to contact, always ready to assist formally and informally.’

Key clients

Neste plc

Superfast Ferries S.A.; Attika Group Plc

Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency

Metsä Group

Finnish Association of Purchasing and Logistics LOGY

Osaühing Tallinn Shipyard, part of the BLRT Group

Rauma Cata Oy

Alfons Håkans AS/Alfons Hakans AS Finnish branch

Rederiaktiebolaget Eckerö

The Go-Ahead Group Plc

ESL Shipping Ltd

Tallink Silja Oy

Viking Line Abp

Port of Turku

Work highlights

  • Performed a legal evaluation concerning the digital registration of passengers as part of an EU-funded pilot project, which aims to improve security of passenger transports in maritime ports.
  • Represented a shipping company against maritime boycotts and industrial actions instigated by trade unions.
  • Represented a freight forwarder in a landmark case concerning the disappearance of goods during road transportation.

Procopé & Hornborg

Procopé & Hornborg handles a wide range of matters in the international trade and logistics sectors, acting for shipowners and assisting with cargo and insurance matters. Key areas of work include damage and cargo claims, newbuild contracts, vessel purchase and leasing agreements, and sanctions and trade restriction mandates. Logistics and insurance expert Ulla von Weissenberg heads up the team, while Turo Sumu is noted for his litigation and arbitration experience.

Practice head(s):

Ulla von Weissenberg

Other key lawyers:

Turo Sumu

Testimonials

‘I have worked closely with Ulla von Weissenberg. She is one of the leading maritime law experts within the country and her knowledge in the field is unquestionable and outstanding. She is easily approachable, has a great sense of humour and her professionality is second to none.’

‘You get personalised service. The lawyers will want to get to know you to understand your business and needs better.’

‘Turo Sumu is very particular, he investigates all documentation and every detail and has an amazing memory of even the smallest details. Ulla Weissenberg is very committed, she can make even the most complicated legal matters more understandable for all the parties to be able to analyse the situations more easily. Both are very pleasant to work with; they have a down-to-earth yet professional approach to almost everything.’

‘The firm has transformed from a traditional firm to a much more vibrant and modern firm with a more diverse partnership structure.’

Key clients

Manga LNG Oy

Pohjola Insurance Ltd

DLA Piper

DLA Piper assists with a range of transactional matters in the maritime and transport sector, including ship finance work, share issues, lease financings, and bankruptcy cases. The practice also fields a highly regarded disputes practice. Department head Janne Tuulos focuses on financing, contracting and M&A mandates.

Practice head(s):

Janne Tuulos

Testimonials

‘Long-term building of expertise in maritime sector know-how.’

‘Janne Tuulos has over the years put strong emphasis on understanding customer’s business and thus building capability to provide on-target service packages. He also takes into consideration how to appropriately build up a team for each case to avoid over-shooting the resources, which makes the quality and cost balance good.’

Key clients

Helsinki City Transport Authority

Pääkaupunkiseudun Junakalusto Oy

Transport Company Ville Silvasti

Finavia

Work highlights

  • Representing Helsinki City Transport Authority and Länsimetro Oy against Siemens Osakeyhtiö and Siemens SAS (France) in a dispute concerning the termination of several agreements regarding the Helsinki area metro automation project.
  • Advised Finavia Corporation on its agreements and Finavia’s shareholding in the project company, related to the Finland Railway project and One-hour train project.
  • Advised Pääkaupunkiseudun Junakalusto Oy in connection with long-term lease financing issues for train units purchased.