Maritime and transport in Finland

Castrén & Snellman

Castrén & Snellman's practice can call on experienced shipping, transport and logistics lawyer and practice head Niklas Langenskiöld to assist its client roster of major Finnish shipowners, including Finnlines and Prima Shipping, and active freight shipping businesses. The group also has a strong ship finance practice, which includes highly regarded and 'fantastic lawyerRickard Langenskiöld.

Practice head(s):

Niklas Langenskiöld


Immediate responses, great lawyers and last but not least very nice people. In my view by far the leading maritime firm in Finland.

Rickard Langenskiold is a fantastic lawyer. There is nothing he does not know, the advice is solid and the turnaround time impressive. He is simply our go-to-guy! Like Rickard, Niklas Langenskiold is also an excellent lawyer. Very thorough.

Key clients

Finnlines Plc

Prima Shipping Ltd

HPP Attorneys

HPP Attorneys handles a diverse range of matters relating to shipbuilding, ship financing and management, and road transport disputes, and is a key name in the market for work on the purchase and maintenance of ice-breaking vessels. The group is also instructed by public authorities, which the team advises on shipping and aviation issues. The practice fields two dedicated maritime and transport-focused lawyers - practice head Nora Gahmberg-Hisinger and Matti Komonen, who assists with logistics, maritime, transport and insurance mandates.

Practice head(s):

Nora Gahmberg-Hisinger


Approachable team members.

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

Work highlights

  • Advised Alfons Håkans on the negotiation and drafting of shipbuilding contracts for the construction of two new built ice-breaking harbour tugs.
  • Prepared a legal report for the Finnish authorities on specific shipping and aviation issues relating to the Transport Code.
  • Advising Rederiaktiebolaget Eckerö on flag issues and questions relating to the manning of the recently acquired RoPax vessel.

Procopé & Hornborg

Procopé & Hornborg recently established a strong practice following the arrival of Ulla von Weissenberg and counsel Turo Sumu from Borenius in 2019; both specialise in maritime and transport law. The group is singled out for its shipping expertise acting for clients in contentious and non-contentious work including construction disputes, damages and insurance claims, cargo claims, purchase agreements and financing mandates. The team also handles wider international commerce issues including sanctions and trade compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Ulla von Weissenberg


Their performance is excellent, the best in the Finnish market. There are only a couple of professionals in the Finnish market with the same level of expertise and knowledge.’ 

Good understanding and in-depth knowledge of the industry.’

Well-known for their experience and deep knowledge in shipping, transport and insurance law.

The attorneys are very down-to-earth even as a highly appreciated professionals, their client-friendly approach to the customer’s needs is outstanding. Their ability to seek solutions for the clients needs is very good and they are very flexible and innovative in that respect.

Ulla von Weissenberg has worked for decades at shipping law. She knows how to avoid problems, disputes and further legal costs. This truly is different compared to other law firms working in shipping in Finland. Turo Sumu is by far the most precise and thorough lawyer I have ever worked with.

There are very good lawyers in this firm but I would like to mention Ulla von Weissenberg in particular as she is outstanding in her handling of complex and often rather technical cases. She has a long working and litigation experience, and very hands on style with clients. Her analysis is logical and it is easy to read and follow advice even though facts and law are often complicated.

Key clients

Manga LNG Oy

Pohjola Insurance Ltd

DLA Piper

Janne Tuulos leads the team at DLA Piper, which acts for shipping companies, banks and public transport authorities on a variety of matters including insurance arrangements, transactions, ship financing work, bankruptcy proceedings and disputes. In a recent highlight, the practice represented the Helsinki Transport Authority against Siemens affiliates in a dispute relating to  terminated metro automation agreements.

Practice head(s):

Janne Tuulos

Key clients

Helsinki City Transport Authority

Nurminen Logistics Plc

Transport Company Ville Silvasti

HSBC Bank Plc

Work highlights

  • Representing the Helsinki City Transport Authority against Siemens Osakeyhtiö and Siemens SAS (France) in a dispute concerning the termination of several agreements regarding the automation of the Helsinki Metro.