TMT in Finland
Borenius' strong TMT practice acts for clients in the healthcare, media, entertainment, telecoms and fintech industries, and it is particularly active in IT public procurement mandates, where it represents several public bodies. Practice head Samuli Simojoki has 20 years' experience working in technology law, and is praised for his 'deep knowledge' of technology and IT-related transactions, as well as issues affecting growth companies and corporate venturing projects. Senior associate Peter Hänninen is a key contact for healthcare companies and data-driven businesses, which he advises on growth strategies, tech spin-offs and data protection mandates.
‘Samuli Simojoki has demonstrated a deep understanding for our industry and his support and advice goes far beyond what we normally get from any lawyer.‘
The Social Insurance Institution of Finland
HUS (The Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa)
Nanoform Finland Plc
Valo Therapeutics Plc
Yokogawa Electric Corporation
Askel Healthcare Oy
Swap.com Services Oy
- Advising Fingrid on its national data hub project.
- Advising Jolla on various aspects of its business including its strategic customer projects, corporate and financing work, and IPR matters.
- Advised HUS – Helsinki University Hospital on contractual matters relating to the CleverHealth network, a new co-operation model conceived to facilitate the development of new data driven solutions for healthcare.
Castrén & Snellman handles the full spectrum of issues in the TMT sector including advising high-profile international clients on private and public-sector IT outsourcing and procurement projects, data protection work and regulatory compliance issues; the group also represents clients in project-related disputes. Clients include major internet services and life sciences companies with Google and Eli Lilly as notable examples. The practice is co-led by Pia Ek and Eija Warma-Lehtinen, who are praised for their 'customer-oriented approach' and 'broad expertise' in IT and data protection matters. Kimmo Rekola retired.
Pia Ek; Eija Warma-Lehtinen
‘Very broad and dependable expertise in various data protection-related fields.‘
‘Eija Warma-Lehtinen and colleagues are very customer-oriented and always make room for a meeting quickly when required. We value above all broad expertise, flexibility, customer-orientation, drive for practical solutions instead of legalease.‘
Suomen Asiakastieto Oy
Federation of Finnish Debt Collection Agencies
Smart Energiapalvelut Oy
Oy Eli Lilly Ab
- Acting for Google in several Finnish court cases concerning “right to be forgotten” issues, as well as acting in proceedings relating to the Freedom of Speech Act, licensing issues and regulatory matters.
- Advising Finnish Customs on a large-scale IT procurement.
- Advising Eli Lilly on various regulatory and privacy mandates.
HPP Attorneys acts on the full range of TMT issues encompassing licensing agreements, contracts, outsourcing work, transactions, data protection matters and regulatory compliance mandates. Clients include new tech, telecoms, software and growth companies; the team also has particular strength in the pharmaceuticals sector. The practice is jointly led by Kari-Matti Lehti and Pekka Raatikainen, who are experienced in IT-related outsourcings, disputes and regulatory compliance matters.
Kari-Matti Lehti; Pekka Raatikainen
Mortgage Society of Finland
- Advising the Mortgage Society of Finland on its procurement of a banking-as-a-service solution.
Roschier has a strong client portfolio across the technology, media and telecoms sectors and counts a number of international companies on its roster including Nokia, PayPal and Bauer Media; the team handles issues arising from their Finnish operations including broadcast licensing work, sales agreements, commercialisation matters and regulatory issues. The team is headed up by Arto Linnervuo, who specialises in digitalisation and outsourcing work. Other key names include Johanna Lilja, who is highly praised for her data protection and privacy expertise including cross-border data transfers; managing partner Mikko Manner, who handles litigation and arbitration; and newly promoted partner Miikka Konttinen, who is praised for his 'excellent understanding' of IT matters.
‘Very good capabilities in terms of legal and IT-related issues and contract templates.’
‘Globally top-tier in their understanding of the field.‘
‘Genuine interest in client’s business developments between assignments. Clear interface & contact.‘
‘Mikko Manner offers business minded, to-the-point-advice. Excellent understanding of the overall deal dynamics and drivers. Reliable and caring.‘
‘Very good capabilities in terms of legal and IT-related issues and contract templates.‘
‘Miikka Konttinen has an excellent understanding of IT operations, which supports very well the legal negotiations with suppliers. Miikka has exceptionally good capabilities at the negotiation strategy creation level as well as performing the negotiations.‘
‘Niklas Ostman and Mikko Manner stand out as globally recognised talents in the team. Roschier has the unique capability in attracting the best young talents in the country, and you can get amazing service from the the younger partners and associates.‘
Bauer Media Finland Oy
- Advising Nokia on a wide range of mandates including operational contracting issues, transactional work and contentious matters.
- Advising Epic Systems on the Apotti program, in which public healthcare and social care providers in the Helsinki metropolitan area procured a new client and patient data system.
- Advising Bauer Media’s radio operations and interests in Finland on new Finnish regulatory standards.
Bird & Bird advises a range of clients including software vendors, IT service providers and financial institutions; its roster also includes notable blue-chip companies including Microsoft, HP and Cerner as well as start-ups and product users. The practice is led by Sakari Halonen, who is a specialist in outsourcing arrangements, IT procurement issues and software licensing matters. The team recently advised Capgemini on the outsourcing of Valmet's application management, development and operation services activities.
‘Great knowledge of IT legal matters.‘
‘Professionalism, quality and trust. We can fully rely on the work done.‘
Oma Savings Bank Plc
- Advised Capgemini on all aspects of its multi-year Application Management, Application Development and Application Operation Services Agreement, whereby Valmet outsourced its activities.
- Advised Oma Savings Bank on a multi-year digital transformation arrangement aimed to transform it into a new core banking platform.
- Representing Cerner in a public IT procurement case with the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities.
Dittmar & Indrenius has recently strengthened its TMT practice with the arrival of new co-head Anna Haapanen from Roschier; the 'exceptional' Jukka Lång also leads the team, which has bolstered its capabilities in data-related matters, particularly the development of data visualisation technology and issues relating to the use of tailored data by businesses. Clients originate from the construction, energy and banking sectors, particularly in the fintech space. The group's client roster also demonstrates the firm's wider Nordic and international reach, with Fortum and Ikea as notable examples. Kai Erlund moved in-house at Quuppa.
Jukka Lång; Anna Haapanen
‘Exceptional teamwork and team spirit.’
‘Experienced lawyers with deep knowledge in TMT and data protection matters.‘
‘Jukka Lång is one of the best attorneys we have used. Very quickly on top of the matter at hand. Excellent analysis and practical advice that I can use immediately. Always very friendly and responds quickly. High value for money.‘
‘I feel I have the absolute best knowledge of data privacy legislation with Dittmar’s team, I wouldn’t trust any other legal firms advice, seeing the level of knowledge in Dittmar.‘
World Wildlife Fund
- Advised Fingrid on data privacy and communications matters.
- Advising Aktia Bank on data protection issues and the procurement of its cloud services programme.
- Advising Helvar on the outsourcing of its IT services.
Hannes Snellman provides 'high-quality performance' on business-critical technology transactions, IT public procurement issues, contracting work and project disputes. Practice co-heads Jesper Nevalainen and Panu Siitonen are praised for their 'high-level expertise'; Nevalainen focuses on technology law and data protection issues and Siitonen handles IT projects and litigation. Clients include Microsoft, UPM-Kyremme and Telia. Senior associate Sarita Schröder joined the firm in late 2018 from Krogerus, bringing considerable experience in IT-related contractual matters, transactional work and disputes.
Jesper Nevalainen; Panu Siitonen
‘Outi Jousi and Jesper Nevalainen worked as a team in our assignment. Their high quality performance is based on their high level expertise. They are experts in various kinds of legal technological challenges. We can trust that every significant detail will be thoroughly considered and solved.‘
‘Outi Jousi is an expert in procurement law and agile ICT contracts.’
‘Very good knowledge of GDPR and privacy issues. Very service-minded. Easy to cooperate with. Good understanding of our business.‘
‘Erkko Korhonen has very good knowledge of GDPR and privacy. One of the best I have worked with. He is service minded and pleasant to work with.‘
‘Deep knowledge and expertise in the subject matters I engage them in, and prompt responses.‘
‘Jesper Nevalainen is quick to respond and has a deep understanding of our business challenges The advice and legal recommendations he provides are based on applicable law and adapted to our business requirements/challenges.‘
Microsoft Corporation (incl. Microsoft Oy and other group companies)
Smartly.io Solutions Oy
Oy Karl Fazer Ab
Telia Finland Oyj
Instru Optiikka Oy
Suomen UNICEF ry
SAP Finland Oy and SAP SE
Business Technology Finland Oy
- Advised Finavia on the second generation outsourcing of its operational IT service.
- Advised Thales Finland on the public procurement of products and services by the Finnish Police Board.
- Acting for ITSM services provider Efecte on its Nordic issues.
Topi Lusenius leads the team at boutique firm Inventio Attorneys, which advises a range of companies in the IT, research and development, and media sectors on day-to-day technology issues and more complex work including disputes and outsourcing matters. The team recently advised Savings Bank Group on outsourcing issues relating to Samlink; other clients include Xerox, Valio and the Finnish Pharmaceutical Information Centre. Counsel Tomas Lodenius joined the team in early 2019 and has experience in IT and IP work.
‘Inventio’s team has diverse expertise on all legal fields. Regardless of the topic, they can bring to the table very knowledgeable and experienced experts.’
‘The whole team is excellent, but Topi Lusenius is just brilliant! He combines strong business understanding with great legal skills and is always quickly on top of any new assignments our rapidly growing business has for Inventio. We have noticed several times that with Topi and Inventio we have far superior legal help compared to our large enterprise clients utilizing in-house lawyers or legal aid from the large law firms.‘
‘Strong knowledge about IT segment agreements and insight. Availability and schedule flexibility suits our business well.‘
Savings Bank Group
Pharmaceutical Information Centre Ltd
Management Events Studio
Etteplan Group, previously Espotel
- Advising Xerox on an ongoing basis on its legal matters in Finland.
- Advised the Finnish Savings Bank Group on outsourcing issues regarding Samlink.
- Acted for Pharmaceutical Information Centre on several major licensing assignments.
Krogerus primarily advises major domestic and international companies on IT procurement, outsourcing and digitalisation projects. The client roster spans the technology, media and telecoms industries with Tieto, Samsung and DNA as key examples, and also includes banking and insurance clients. The practice is led by Mika Puittinen, who is active in outsourcing and procurement matters, and also includes Juha-Pekka Katainen, who is highly recommended for his work with blue-chip clients in the financial sector.
‘Adjustable to client needs. Very competent and swift in answering.‘
‘The team gives very practical advice and works efficiently. They also cooperate/communicate easily with both in-house counsel, as well as with the business and technical people.‘
‘Mika Puittinen provided valuable, well focused support in highly difficult IT-agreement negotiations.‘
Aktia Bank Plc
Lassila & Tikanoja Plc
Rabbit Films Oy Ltd
Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company
- Advised Valmet on a business transfer agreement and IT services agreements with Capgemini.
- Advising Lassila & Tikanoja on the outsourcing of its ICT operations to Tieto.
- Advised Aktia on the reorganisation of parts of its ICT sourcing.
The practice at Lexia Attorneys Ltd has notable experience acting for start-ups and also counts Finnair, LähiTapiola and GetJenny as clients. The practice also has a long-standing relationship with Varjo and regularly advises it on its technology, IP and IT contracts. Privacy and media specialist Markus Myhrberg jointly leads the practice with newly promoted partner and 'skilful negotiator' Susanna Sariola. Sami Rintala joined DLA Piper in mid-2019.
Markus Myhrberg; Susanna Sariola
‘We’ve been very happy with our relationship with Lexia. Their quality-price ratio is excellent, and it’s a pleasure to work with their partners and counsels.‘
‘We’ve mainly worked with Lexia’s partner Susanna Sariola. She has in-depth experience e.g. with complex tech contracts and her previous in-house background has turned out to be very helpful in many cases. She is a skilful negotiator and provides timely responses – it is always a pleasure to work with her.‘
Mutual Insurance Company
Etsimo Healthcare Oy
HMD Global Ltd
Magic Add Oy
Aiforia Technologies Oy
Zora Bioscience Oy
Aito Media Oy
- Advising HMD Global on multiple technology licensing agreements.
- Advised LähiTapiola on its acquisition of a new service provider.
- Advising Varjo on technology, IP and IT-related contracts.
Attorneys-at-law Trust. Ltd
Boutique firm Attorneys-at-law Trust. Ltd focuses on IT and technology transactions, outsourcing issues, privacy and data protection work, and TMT-related litigation. The team was significantly strengthened by the arrival of new team co-head Juha Taipale from Eversheds Asianajotoimisto Oy / Eversheds Attorneys Ltd (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) in mid-2019, which brought notable expertise in IT projects and complex TMT transactions. Jan Lindberg also leads the practice and specialises in data protection, IT procurement and tech-driven M&A and venture capital mandates.
Juha Taipale; Jan Lindberg
‘The team is excellent. They are quick, and communicate well between each other.’
‘Easily approachable, yet very efficient and knowledgeable on the topics at hand.’
‘The team is quick and have thorough knowledge of the sector. Their advice is always to the point, understandable, and business-wise.‘
‘Jan Lindberg is our trusted partner. He can always be relied on to provide prompt to the point advice.‘
‘The team at Attorneys-at-Law Trust is very performant, and reactive when needed. One of our projects required an immense amount of focus on details, as well as guidance on broader topics. The team reached out to external specialists on our behalf to work on aspects we weren’t sure was needed. In addition, they kept us to date in a very tight schedule.‘
‘The individuals were able to be easily approachable, yet very efficient and knowledgeable on the topics. Jan Lindberg ran the operations for our project, and Anne-Marie Malmberg brought in the subject matter expertise, as well as the second pair of eyes when needed.‘
‘Fast response. Found elegant and simple solutions on a complex topic with partner discussions.‘
‘Premium partner-level dedicated service. No unnecessary work.‘
‘Jan Lindberg and Anne-Marie Malmberg are both super nice to work with while providing impeccable service, which often exceeds your expectations. This team understands when they can take ownership so that the client can just sit down and enjoy the ride.‘
‘Very skilled and co-operative people.‘
‘Local and international IT sector knowledge.‘
ALM Partners Oy
Arctic Security Oy
Finnish Bar Association
Griffin Refineries Oy
IFS Finland OY
Mash Group (Euroloan)
POP Bank Group
Sisua Digital Oy
Tietokeskus Finland Oy
- Advised Pop Bank on the TMT elements of the drafting of a master services agreement and its related sale of shares in Samlink to Cognizant.
- Advised eCraft on the acquisition of Evry Finland’s Microsoft Dynamics business unit alongside general advice on its ICT agreement matters.
- Advised Tietokeskus Finland on the development of a service agreement, and drafting and negotiating co-operation agreements in Finland and internationally.
'Exceptional' IT specialist Jukka Airaksinen leads the practice at boutique firm Airaksinen Attorneys, which specialises in procurement and outsourcing matters for clients in the IT sector. Airaksinen is an experienced TMT lawyer and regularly handles IT issues for clients in the property management and manufacturing industries.
‘Very deep knowledge of laws concerning the IT sector and how to make and negotiate IT agreements. Also very good knowledge of GDPR.‘
‘Jukka Airaksinen is our main contact. He responds very quickly and gives analytic solutions if we have legal questions.‘
‘Jukka Airaksinen has an exceptional skill to capture and focus on the essentials. His work really adds value.‘
Realia Group Oy
Eltel Networks Oy
- Advising Ahlstrom-Munksjö on several IT procurement matters.
- Advising Realia Group on IT procurement issues including the related contract preparation and negotiation.
Avance Attorneys Ltd leverages its corporate capabilities to advise clients across the technology, media and telecoms industries on a range of mandates including financings, acquisitions and regulatory matters. Noteworthy clients include media organisations, electronic entertainment companies and telecoms operators. Practice head Topi Siniketo is highly regarded and recently advised Small Giant Games on its Series C financing and subsequent $700m exit to Zynga.
Oura Health Oy
Next Games Oyj
Small Giant Games Oy
Streamr Network AG
Freska Finland Oy
Alma Media Oyj
European Mobile Operator Oy
Haja Networks Oy
- Advised Oura Health on its Series Seed, A and B financings (and related bridge financings), as well as technology licensing and distribution arrangements.
- Advised Streamr Network on its token offering.
- Advised Alma Media on several acquisitions of online media outlets and portals.
DLA Piper recently strengthened its practice with the arrival of Sami Rintala from Lexia Attorneys Ltd in mid-2019; Rintala is a key name for IT contract and outsourcing work and jointly leads the practice with data and privacy expert Markus Oksanen. Other notable areas of expertise span transactions, data protection and privacy issues, media work, franchisings, software licensing mandates and litigation. As part of the group's increased focus on Finnish technology companies seeking to expand their global operations, the team's client roster includes fintech, cleantech and education technology companies; the department also advises public sector clients on IT outsourcing and procurement matters.
Markus Oksanen; Sami Rintala
‘Sami Rintala is easy and pleasant to interact with. No “lawyer” talk, deep understanding on ICT contracts and ICT outsourcing which can be applied to commercial business goals.‘
LähiTapiola General Mutual Insurance Group
Helsinki City Transport Authority
Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company
- Advising LähiTapiola General Mutual Insurance Group on all ICT-related matters including numerous agreement negotiations with different ICT providers.
- Advising iLoq on technology and privacy related matters.
- Advising Varma on IT sourcing issues.
Boutique firm Dottir Attorneys Ltd. advises start-ups and established companies from a range of industries including the music, construction and new-tech industries. Recent matters include IT outsourcing and procurement work, transactional issues, contract mandates and privacy matters. The strong team of dedicated TMT lawyers is jointly led by outsourcing and procurement specialist Daniel Stranius and Johanna Rantanen, who focuses on contractual and regulatory advice.
Daniel Stranius; Johanna Rantanen
‘More agile and flexible than others. Great understanding of the needs of business, technology and IT. Great partner for large-scale sourcing & outsourcing initiatives due to excellent experience, competence in the relevant areas as well as implementation of those into well-understood contractual terms & conditions.’
‘Flexible working process, decent deadlines, easy to communicate with, capability to negotiate directly with customers.‘
‘All-around practical approach in combination with vast industry expertise, including excellent attention to detail with high quality output.‘
Flow Festival Oy
Wolt Enterprises Oy
Estée Lauder Companies Europe
- Advised YIT on the outsourcing of its networking, data security and mobile services from Telia to all its operating locations across 11 countries.
- Advised Ficolo on several deals to acquire data centre businesses from other IT service providers including Cybercom.
- Advising start-up Wolt Enterprises on contractual and privacy matters.
Jointly led by the 'unique' and 'flexible' Tiina Ashorn and Markus Rämö, the practice at Eversheds Asianajotoimisto Oy / Eversheds Attorneys Ltd (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) acts on a wide variety of TMT matters including IT procurements, software licensing work, data protection issues, technology M&A, contractual work and disputes. The team has a key focus on new media companies and start-ups, and works closely with academic institutions and growth companies. The group also advises major international clients including Sony on day-to-day data protection, privacy and IT issues. Juha Taipale departed to Attorneys-at-law Trust. Ltd.
Tiina Ashorn; Markus Rämö
‘Quick turnaround times and available to assist in various matters on short notice. They have the resources to assist on a wide range of legal issues.’
‘The team is highly motivated to find solutions to our needs. Eversheds Sutherland also wants to understand our future needs and offers very useful information to us about changes in legal matters such as in e-privacy.‘
‘They understand not just the legal environment but also our business and business models. They do respect our values when proposing different options. I feel that the office is open 24/7 because I get answers very quickly locally and globally.’
‘Partner Tiina Ashorn has always made her time and wide expertise available and arranged for any other expertise as needed.‘
‘ Tiina Ashorn’s strength is being flexible, working as an outsourced “in-house” lawyer. She has created a very unique and functional process for us. It works well and she has worked hard to get to know her clients’ business.‘
Plus Terveys Oy
Blue Meteorite ltd
Natural Resources Institute Finland
The Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District
Good Sign Oy
Elematic Oy Ab
Oy Viasat Ab
Oy Omnitele Ab
Sony Music Entertainment Finland
Bar Association of Finland
Korkia Venture Insight Oy
Korkia Consulting Oy
Arctic Security Oy
POP – Pankki osk
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Sininen Meteoriitti Oy
Digitalist Group Plc
Mäkitalo Attorneys Ltd provides advice to a number of technology companies on projects and contractual negotiations, and regularly advises startup hub Maria01 and its resident companies on all legal matters. Other clients include internet and mobile service providers, software companies, computer and video game developers, and technology providers. Jani Rantanen leads the practice.
‘Quick response to different types of legal needs.’
‘The team is the right size. Not too large but large enough to have the needed competences. Also good knowledge of Finnish public sector and judicial issues.‘
‘Their specialists have the knowledge to challenge public sector lawyers and have courage not to agree on topics, which are important for us concerning our digital development agenda for Finnish social and healthcare organizations.‘
‘Makitalo Rantanen has unique skills in public procurement.‘
Startups originating from Maria01 startup hub
Luxus Advertising Limited
- Advising Maria01 startup hub on its legal issues, including hosting legal clinics for the start-up and growth companies residing in the hub.
- Advising iAxept on its contractual negotiations with several major mobile network operators, payment processors and SIM card vendors.
- Advising state-owned Sotedigi on IT procurement issues, contracts and negotiations.