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Date: Wed 8 Jun 2022 Time: 4pm - 8pm Venue: Castrén & Snellman, Eteläesplanadi 14, Helsinki 00130

The Green Summit Finland 2022 marks the inaugural event associated with our new Global Green Guide and will bring together leading practitioners and in-house counsel from across the country and region to discuss the legal sector’s contribution to a green transition. Panel discussions will address accelerating the green transition through sustainable finance as well as corporate sustainability due diligence and cooperation. Topics will include, among others, newest trends in sustainable finance, the risks of greenwashing, the role of lawyers in promoting sustainability, best practices as well as main obstacles and challenges in achieving green finance and corporate sustainability. Attendees can expect high-profile speakers, plenty of time for debate and discussion on one of the most important concerns of this century, and networking drinks to end the day.

Agenda

16:00
Registration

16:45
Welcome Address and Opening Remarks
Sakari Lukinmaa, Managing Partner, Castrén & Snellman
Anna Bauböck, Editor, The Legal 500 Global Green Guide

17:00
Accelerating the green transition through sustainable finance

Greening the financial system is a key component towards a sustainable future. We will address the newest trends in sustainable finance, provide a future outlook on the sustainable finance market and discuss the risks for greenwashing. Our expert panel will also explore the main obstacles to green finance, share best practices and views on how lawyers can accelerate the green transition though green finance.

Chair: tbc (Partner, Castrén & Snellman)
Tita Anttila General Counsel, Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO)
Maria Neovius, Debt Financing Team, Nordic Head at NREP
Annina Tanhuanpää, Director of Regulatory Affairs, OP Group

18:00
Accelerating the green transition through corporate sustainability due diligence and cooperation

A crucial element to a green transition is that companies use natural resources responsibly and invest in the long-term wellbeing of the planet. Companies identifying, preventing and mitigating environmental impacts in their operations and their supply chains is increasingly on the corporate agenda. Our panellists will discuss how climate change is reflected in the daily work of lawyers, how the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive will impact the role of lawyers in promoting sustainability and whether there should be shift from minimizing risks to promoting sustainability. Our experts will share best practices and also explore opportunities for cooperation between competitors.

Chair: Anna Kuusniemi-Laine Partner, Castrén & Snellman
Marina Louhija, Senior Vice President – Director, General Counsel, Legal Affairs and Administration, Compliance and Sustainability, Fingrid Oyj

19:00
Closing remarks followed by drinks reception

Speakers

Sakari Lukinmaa, Managing Partner, Castrén & Snellman
Sakari Lukinmaa is the Managing Partner at Castrén & Snellman, specialising in finance, private equity and venture capital. Throughout his career, Sakari has advised clients on a number of complex cross-border and domestic projects, including syndicated corporate lending, acquisition finance deals, real estate finance and restructurings as well as venture capital. As Managing Partner, Sakari has helped drive the green agenda in Finland, helping Castrén & Snellman’s clients build sustainable success stories, transition to a greener business and overcome ESG issues.

Annina Tanhuanpää, Director of Regulatory Affairs, OP Group
Annina Tanhuanpää is a Director, ESG and Corporate Responsibility, in OP Financial Group. She is responsible for the Group wide ESG and sustainability strategy and leads OP Financial Group´s external engagements, such as reporting in accordance with GRI, CPD, Global Compact and the commitments towards UNEPFI Principles for Responsible Banking and TCFD. Member of the EFRAG Sustainability Reporting Board, Chairperson of the OP Financial Group ESG committee and Member of the OP Corporate Bank plc’s Executive Management Team.

Tita Anttila, General Counsel, Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO)
NEFCO is an international financial institution established by the Nordic countries in 1990. Tita Anttila joined NEFCO in August 2006 as the first in-house counsel and was appointed General Counsel in April 2021. She heads NEFCO’s Legal and Project Administration Department. Prior to joining NEFCO, Tita worked for Nokia Corporation, Networks in Finland and in Russia. She has also practiced as Attorney at Law at Castrén & Snellman. Tita Anttila holds a Master of Laws degree (LLM) from the University of Helsinki.

Marina Louhija, Senior Vice President – Director, General Counsel, Legal Affairs and Administration, Compliance and Sustainability, Fingrid Oyj

Marina Louhija, SVP, General Counsel, Head of Compliance and Sustainability Team, is a member of the Executive Management Board at the Finnish Transmission System Operator Fingrid Oyj. She leads Fingrid’s Legal and Administrative Affairs, Compliance and Sustainability. She is also the CEO of Fingrid’s subsidiary Finextra Oy which tasks include the power reserve service and services for the guarantees of origin for electricity. She acts as a Board member at Nordic RCC AS, a company supporting the operational security of the Nordic power system, and Metropolitan Area of Transport Ltd (City Transport Ltd). She holds a LL.M. and an executive MBA degree.

Anna Kuusniemi-Laine, Partner, Head of Sustainability, Castrén & Snellman

Anna Kuusniemi-Laine oversees and develops Castrén & Snellman’s sustainability work. Driven by a strong personal interest in sustainability, her mission is to help lawyers make corporate responsibility an integral part of their work. She believes lawyers have great potential to make a positive impact in society and that they have an important role to play in the transition to a green economy. Anna is known as a first-generation EU law expert in Finland and as a specialist in public procurement, state aid and competition law, and she has long promoted sustainability in her fields of expertise. Anna is also a founding member of the Finnish Corporate Responsibility Law Association. She was appointed Castrén & Snellman’s Head of Sustainability in 2019.

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