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  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
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  4. Leading individuals: Environment
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    • Rami Laatsalo - Aleksandra Attorneys Ltd

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Tapio Ter√§kivi¬†leads¬†Hannes Snellman's real estate practice, which recently advised¬†Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management on the ‚ā¨164m acquisition of its headquarters in Espoo and acted for Areim Fund III on its acquisition of an office property portfolio. Other key clients include Scandic Hotels, Kojamo and NCC Property Development.¬†Maria Landtman¬†is recommended for project and construction work, while Klaus Mets√§-Simola¬†specialises in environmental law.

Krogerus is highly experienced in real estate transactions; it recently advised Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company and LocalTapiola General Mutual Insurance Company on the sale of a logistics property. Marcus Möller and Juha Wessman lead the practice, which also fields Jan Johanson and energy and infrastructure specialist Ville Hailikari.

Mika Alanko¬†leads the group at¬†Roschier,¬†which is recognised for its 'great client support' and 'strong knowledge of the market'. The team recently advised Pareto Securities on its¬†‚ā¨767m acquisition of a real estate portfolio from Sirius Capital Partners, and assisted Deka with its¬†‚ā¨190m acquisition of KPMG's Finnish headquarters from Ilmarinen. Other clients include¬†Trevian Asset Management and AXA Real Estate.¬†Toni Siimes¬†heads up the firm's infrastructure and energy practice.

Boutique firm¬†Aleksandra Attorneys Ltd¬†specialises in real estate transactions; recent highlights include advising Exilion Capital on its¬†‚ā¨164m¬†disposal of the former headquarters of Nokia and handling the¬†disposal of Sirius Capital Partners'¬†‚ā¨767m real estate portfolio.¬†Samuli Palin¬†leads the 'talented, business-oriented and effective' practice, while¬†'talented negotiator'¬†Rami Laatsalo¬†is also a key name to note.¬†Leif Laitinen¬†joined¬†HPP Attorneys¬†in March 2019.

Christoffer Charpentier and Mathias Lindqvist jointly lead the department at Avance Attorneys Ltd, which primarily acts for clients in transactional matters. It recently advised Kielo on its first three real estate investments as well as handling its first three property acquisitions and the related financing arrangements.

Borenius' real estate group recently advised¬†Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing on its¬†‚ā¨97m acquisition of a residential real estate portfolio and assisted Citycon with the sale of a shopping center portfolio. Taaleri and YIT are also clients.¬†Saara Paronen¬†leads the practice and specialises in construction-related work, while¬†Ari Kaarakainen¬†and¬†Christian Fogelholm¬†are the key names for transactional work.

At Castrén & Snellman, environment and infrastructure specialist Matias Wallgren advised Nord Stream 2 on the construction of two underwater natural gas pipelines. The firm recently established its real estate investments and transactions team, which is jointly led by Antti Kaakkola and Matti Lajunen.

Kari Marttinen and Jari Tuomala jointly lead HPP Attorneys' 'cooperative and innovative' practice; Marttinen 'stands out for his legal knowledge and Tuomala 'gives good advice'. The team recently advised Projekti GH on the development of the Garden Helsinki project and assisted Finest Bay Area with a planned railroad construction project. Antti Rikala is a key name for transactional work. Leif Laitinen was a new arrival from Aleksandra Attorneys Ltd in March 2019.

At¬†Merilampi Attorneys Ltd, construction expert¬†Emma Niemist√∂¬†advised Venator on the ‚ā¨400m rebuilding of its pigment plant following a fire; other transactional work for the department includes¬†assisting Niam with the¬†‚ā¨150m sale of an office property portfolio. Aberdeen Real Estate Fund Finland, YIT and Skanska are also clients.¬†Jani Yl√§-Autio¬†heads the practice and specialises in transactional work.

Jaakko Hietala heads up the group at Bird & Bird, which advised Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company on its real estate transactions; other key clients include Antilooppi, Esperi Care Group and NREP. Mikko Ahonen is also a key name to note.

Recent highlights for Dittmar & Indrenius include advising Ikea Real Estate on its acquisition of a property from Lemiro and acting for Food Folk Suomi, the developmental licensee for McDonald's in Finland, on lease issues, property purchases and zoning work. Practice head Antti Aaltonen is noted for his 'strong impact' in negotiations.

DLA Piper's client roster includes Senate Properties and Corum Asset Management; the team acted for the latter in four separate real estate transactions. The Evangelical Church of Finland and Collector Bank are also examples. Antti Niemi leads the group.

Eversheds Asianajotoimisto Oy / Eversheds Attorneys Ltd (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) recently advised Otavamedia on the sale of two office buildings. The practice is jointly led by Pekka Kokko and Saara Raitala, while Juha Kallioinen is the key contact for construction matters.

Arto Kaikkonen and Samuli Koskela jointly head the department at Lexia Attorneys Ltd, which recruited Janne Röytiö from Heikkilä & Co Attorneys at Law Ltd. in 2017. The group recently advised Hartela-yhtiöt on its sale of two care home properties to Hemsö; YIT Group, Fira and the Finnish Ministry of the Environment are also clients.

Magnusson's real estate team is led by Arto Hyvönen and is experienced in transactional work. Kristiina Kaarte is the key contact for construction matters.

M√§kitalo Rantanen & Co Ltd¬†recently advised south Karelian healthcare provider Eskote on its¬†‚ā¨70m¬†new hospital project and assisted Lounavoima with its planned construction of a waste-to-energy plant.¬†Aimo Halonen¬†jointly leads the practice with 'committed and intelligent professional'¬†Juho L√∂nnblad; client praise the group for its¬†'strong support and ability to create real value for money' and¬†is also recommended for its strong construction knowledge.

Ilkka Koivisto jointly leads the practice at Properta Attorneys Ltd with Ilmo Korpelainen; Koivisto led advice to the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission on the sale of office premises in Helsinki and Korpelainen handled multiple property transactions for VVT Property Fund. The firm has bolstered its position in the market with the arrival of Timo Järvinen from Eversheds Asianajotoimisto Oy / Eversheds Attorneys Ltd (a member of Eversheds Sutherland).

Timo Airisto heads up the group at White & Case LLP, which recently advised Blackstone on its tender offer for the share capital of real estate investment company Sponda. The firm has substantial experience in real estate M&A, while Tanja Törnkvist handles real estate financing matters.

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