The Legal 500

Green Summit Finland 2024

May 29 2024
3:30 pm UTC (GMT)

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Green Summit Finland 2024


Now in its third edition, the Green Summit Finland 2024 will bring together leading in-house counsel and sustainability specialists to explore how the legal sector across the country and the Nordic region can best engage with sustainability, ESG, and climate action.

In two incisive panel sessions, key thought leaders will explore the role of lawyers in navigating the pressing issues currently surrounding corporate sustainability, ESG, and the green transition. Attendees will hear keen insight, experiences, and best practices on topics including how legal teams can manage emerging greenwashing risks and adapt to the requirements of the sustainability due diligence landscape.

The event will also feature the opportunity to contribute to the discussion through Q&A sessions with our speakers and through networking discussions with fellow attendees, where the conversation on vital sustainability topics will carry on over drinks and canapes.

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Carola Lindholm, partner M&A, chair of the board, Castrén & Snellman

Carola Lindholm is Partner in Castrén & Snellman’s M&A team and the chair of Castrén & Snellman’s board and partner committee. She has worked within M&A for 25 years and been involved in some hundreds of transactions, most with a cross-border element.

Carola is often consulted for strategic M&A advice. She takes a particular interest in the opportunities and risks that climate change and the constantly changing regulation bring for future businesses and investors. She regularly works on deals for both domestic and international clients in a variety of industries, such as the financial, insurance, health care, logistics and circular economy sectors, many of which are heavily regulated. Carola has advised on major energy, renewables and green transition transactions, as well as on infrastructure transactions and joint ventures in the Nordic market.

Harry Hyde, senior researcher - Green Guide, The Legal 500

Harry Hyde is a Senior Researcher for the Legal 500 Green Guide, which explores the legal sector’s engagement with the green transition. Since joining the team in 2022, Harry has researched how law firms interact with decarbonisation and provided editorial commentary to highlight impactful legal work around the world. With a keen interest in the cutting-edge of sustainable development, Harry has both authored articles for Legal Business and the Legal 500’s Global Green Hub concerning green hydrogen value chains and the voluntary carbon market, and hosted discussions on the interactions between ESG and sport.

Before joining the Legal 500 Green Guide, Harry read History at the University of Oxford, graduating with First Class Honours. After, Harry studied for a Master’s in International Politics at the University of Southampton, where he published a case study on local democracy and climate change.

Anne Simolinna, head of sustainability risks and M&A, Neste

Anne Simolinna is Head of Sustainability Risks and M&A of Neste, the world’s leading producer of sustainable fuels and renewable feedstock solutions for various polymers and chemicals industry uses.

Anne is a sustainability professional with over 20 years of experience in the global business environment in both energy companies and law firms. Combined experience gained as legal professional in cross-border investment- and M&A -projects and sustainability experience from transformational strategy execution. Currently responsible for Neste’s sustainability risk management, and as of 1 April 2024 additionally of the sustainability reporting and governance. Anne also serves as a member of the Board of Kemijoki, a producer of hydropower in Finland and as a member of the Board of LähiTapiola Uusimaa, a regional mutual insurance company. Prior to joining Neste in 2011, Anne has worked at Wartsila and law firms Krogerus and White & Case. She holds a Master of Laws degree from the Helsinki University (FI) and a Master of Laws in International Environmental Law from George Washington University (US).

Katriina Vainio, EVP, group general counsel, Vaisala

Katriina Vainio is EVP Group General Counsel of Vaisala, a global leader in measurement instruments and intelligence for climate action. Vaisala equips customers with devices and data to improve resource efficiency, drive energy transition, and care for the safety and well-being of people and societies worldwide. With almost 90 years of innovation and expertise, Vaisala employs a team of over 2,300 experts committed to taking every measure for the planet.

Katriina joined Vaisala in 2009 and heads the legal and compliance unit of Vaisala. She is member of the Vaisala Leadership Team as of 2017 and secretary of the Board of Directors as of 2015. Katriina has a Master of Laws degree from the University of Turku.

Lia Heasman, counsel, ESG, Castrén & Snellman

Lia Heasman, LL.D., is ESG Counsel at Castrén & Snellman. As sustainability lawyer with an extensive background in sustainability and human rights, her skill set centres around the ability to identify material ESG risks and opportunities, and further develop and implement appropriate management responses. Lia has led buy-side and sell-side due diligence engagements for private equity and commercial clients across APAC and Europe. She has solid experience in crafting and identifying strategic value creation opportunities and developing compelling ESG narratives for stakeholders. Additionally, she has developed a number of comprehensive ESG strategies, led effective sustainability reporting engagements, and conducted ESG supply-chain risk assessments. Lia is a respected expert in business and human rights whose expertise spans both corporate human rights impact assessments and scholarly contributions.

Anna Kuusniemi-Laine, partner, ESG, Castrén & Snellman

Anna Kuusniemi-Laine is ESG Partner at Castrén & Snellman and one of the most experienced ESG attorneys in Finland. She oversees the development of the firm’s ESG services and responsible business practices. Anna helps companies and other organisations align their operations with ESG regulations and recommendations and identify the issues they still need to focus on, taking into account the whole regulatory landscape. She wants to inspire companies and lawyers to get involved in business-friendly sustainability initiatives to ensure that companies will continue to thrive. Anna is a recognised expert in public procurement and competition law with a strong track record dating back to the 1990s. Clients appreciate her systematic, practical, and business-oriented approach.

Kari Hietanen, executive vice president, corporate relations & legal affairs, Wärtsilä

Kari is responsible for several global functions at Wärtsilä, including Corporate Relations. He is also representing the company in various external organs, for example he is the President of the European Engine Power Plants Association, EUGINE, and member of the Industrial Forum of the European Commission. Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy market, emphasising innovation in sustainable technology and services to help customers continuously improve their environmental and economic performance.

Tiina Orre, counsel, IP, Castrén & Snellman

Tiina Orre is Counsel at Castrén & Snellman’s IP practice. She is specialised in intellectual property law, unfair competition and marketing law, and dispute resolution. Tiina advises clients on various questions related to industrial property rights and copyright, covering both protection and enforcement, as well as IP contracts. She frequently holds trainings on e.g. environmental and sustainability marketing. In addition, she has experience of anti-counterfeiting matters in various industries such as fashion, cosmetics and cars. According to World Trademark Review 1000, clients appreciate her business-savvy branding advice, underpinned by deep unfair competition, marketing and consumer know-how.

Hilma-Karoliina Rozell, counsel, IP, Castrén & Snellman

Hilma-Karoliina Rozell is Counsel at Castrén & Snellman’s IP practice. She specialises in consumer and marketing law as well as intellectual property rights, with in-depth understanding of various fields from luxury products to the energy industry. Hilma-Karoliina regularly advises clients in consumer protection legislation and marketing law matters, such as green and sustainability marketing. In addition, she represents clients in authorities’ monitoring processes, in the Consumer Disputes Board and in consumer protection related court proceedings in various fields. Her passion for good branding and design is reflected in her work as a member of the board of the Ornamo Foundation, which supports and promotes the work of Finnish designers, and she also served in the board of the Finnish Fashion Law Association for many years. The Managing IP ranking has awarded her the title of Rising Star in the field of intellectual property rights in Finland several times.

Hanna Hiekkamies, VP group sustainability, Valio

Hanna Hiekkamies is Vice President Sustainability of Valio Group, which is Finland’s largest food company and food exporter, owned by farmers. Hanna is responsible for delivering Valio’s sustainability goals and strategy, and proactively driving the sustainability agenda through all Valio operations and markets. She is also a board member of FIBS, the largest corporate responsibility network in the Nordic countries, and a board member of B Corp certified Impact Agency Fabrik, the agency for sustainable consultancy and communication. Her core competencies include sustainable strategies and concepts, ESG management and reporting.

Suvi-Tuulia Raami, senior legal counsel, Fazer

Suvi-Tuulia Raami joined Fazer Group in 2017 and serves as a Senior Legal Counsel. At Fazer, Suvi-Tuulia primarily provides legal support to the Confectionery Business Area and offers guidance on intellectual property matters at the group level.Fazer is a Food Experience Company, enabling people to enjoy the best moments of their day. Fazer’s mission, Food with a purpose, builds on Fazer’s strong, more than 130-year heritage, consumer first approach and innovations to create the sustainable food solutions of the future. Fazer focuses on fast-moving consumer goods and direct-to-consumer business in Northern Europe, and beyond with exports to more than 40 countries.

Sanna Pietiläinen, director, responsible investment, eQ Asset Management

Sanna Pietiläinen, Director for Responsible Investment at eQ Asset Management, is a leading expert on responsible investment in Finland. She has a strong investment background spanning over 20 years, with broad asset class knowledge including equities, interest rates, real estate, private equity, and venture capital investments. She is currently serving as the chair of both the ESG Committee and the Sustainable Finance Committee of the Finnish Venture Capital Association. Throughout her career, Sanna has also worked with boards and management teams of various listed and unlisted companies across different industries in Finland and gained a unique perspective on the integration of ESG principles in business strategies. Sanna is also a recognised expert on EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR), Taxonomy Regulation, Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), and Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD). In addition, Sanna is actively sharing knowledge on responsible investing through interviews, publications, articles, and seminars.

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3.30pm – 4.00pm Arrival and Registration

4.00pm – 4.10pm Welcome Address and Opening Remarks

  • Harry Hyde, senior researcher – Green Guide, The Legal 500

4.10pm – 5.00pm Corporate sustainability due diligence as a legal requirement – what is required from legal teams in the future?

  • Moderator: Anna Kuusniemi-Laine, partner, ESG, Castrén & Snellman
  • Lia Heasman, counsel, ESG, Castrén & Snellman
  • Nina Elomaa, chief sustainability officer, S Group
  • Anne Simolinna, head of sustainability risks and M&A, Neste
  • Katriina Vainio, EVP, group general counsel, Vaisala
  • Kari Hietanen, executive vice president, corporate relations & legal affairs, Wärtsilä

5.00pm – 5.15pm Coffee Break

5.15pm – 6.05pm How to combat greenwashing while avoiding greenhushing in the new legislative environment?

  • Moderator: Tiina Orre, counsel, IP, Castrén & Snellman
  • Hilma-Karoliina Rozell, counsel, IP, Castrén & Snellman
  • Hanna Hiekkamies, VP group sustainability, Valio
  • Suvi-Tuulia Raami, senior legal counsel, Fazer
  • Sanna Pietiläinen, director, responsible investment, eQ Asset Management

6.05pm – 6.10pm Closing Remarks

6.10pm – 8.00pm Networking Drinks