Firm Profile > Castrén & Snellman > Helsinki, Finland

Castrén & Snellman
ETELÄESPLANADI 14
00130 HELSINKI
Finland

Banking and finance Tier 1

The versatile banking and finance team at Castrén & Snellman handles project finance and debt finance transactions, including real estate, acquisition and complex syndicated financing work. The group's roster of clients includes banks, real estate investors and financial institutions. Tero Tuomisto leads the practice and has extensive experience handling complex financing arrangements. Other key areas of work for the team include refinancing mandates and insolvency issues.

Practice head(s):

Tero Tuomisto

Other key lawyers:

Sakari Lukinmaa

Testimonials

‘They have quite a large team and their finance practice is one of the best in Finland. We have had a lot of co-operation with them and they have a good understanding of the special requirements of different industries.’

‘Sakari Lukinmaa- the ultimate responsible partner. Will make sure appropriate resources and commitment are deployed.’

‘Castren’s whole team understands our specific situations and is very helpful.’

‘Mariella Både-Landell deserves recognition for her outstanding expertise and great approach implementing legal advice into the client’s business.’

‘They do not shy away from looking after their clients interests when a more aggressive stance is required, but also possess good business thinking and have added value in strategic negotiations.’

‘Strong legal and market knowledge at the senior level. Capable of delivering across the financial transactions scene.’

‘Long standing great cooperation and a team that’s built to last.’

‘The whole team showed tremendous pressure tolerance on a very tight project schedule. The team was very committed to the project. Hands-on and solution-oriented.’

Key clients

Nordea Bank Abp

OP Corporate Bank plc

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB

Danske Bank A/S, Finland Branch

JOOL Markets AS

Cramo Plc

Wolt Enterprises Oy

Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company

Pihlajalinna Plc

Metsä Board Corporation

Finnlines Plc

Caverion Corporation

DNB Bank ASA

Northern Horizon Capital

S-Bank Ltd

Capital markets Tier 1

The 'solution-oriented' capital markets team at Castrén & Snellman is jointly led by Merja Kivelä and Janne Lauha, who have significant experience handling securities transactions and derivatives matters for domestic and international clients. The practice acts for a number of high-profile banks, financial institutions and insurance companies, with key areas of work including IPOs and debt and equity transactions. Counsel Anna-Maarit Laurila is noted for her experience in public tender offers, as well as advising on corporate governance issues and securities regulation.

Practice head(s):

Merja Kivelä; Janne Lauha

Other key lawyers:

Anna-Maarit Laurila

Testimonials

‘Good knowledge of the customer, practical solution-oriented approach.’

Key clients

Nordea Bank Abp

OP Corporate Bank plc

Danske Bank A/S, Finland Branch

Central Bank of Savings Banks Finland

Carnegie Investment Bank AB

Cevian Capital Partners Ltd

BNP Paribas

S-Bank Ltd

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB

The Finnish Employment Fund

Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company

Caverion Corporation

Ferratum Group

Lloyd’s Underwriters

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Castrén & Snellman has a first-class practice, which handles mandates across the spectrum of dispute resolution issues, including litigation, mediation and international arbitration proceedings, for which Anders Forss is particularly recommended; Forss jointly leads the practice with Marko Hentunen. With a record in handling disputes relating to large-scale construction projects, the energy sector and the financial sector, the team benefits from the group's substantial specialist experience. Other key industries include the forestry, technology, media and telecoms, insurance and shipping sectors. Counsels Ilona Karppinen and Jerker Pitkänen are further key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Marko Hentunen; Anders Forss

Other key lawyers:

Jerker Pitkänen; Ilona Karppinen

Testimonials

‘The co-operation between the team, the client and other stakeholders is seamless.’

‘Ilona Karppinen – very talented dispute resolution lawyer who quickly understands the client’s position and can formulate the relevant questions. Very analytical and professional.’

‘Team work is excellent and their collaborative way of working brings added value.’

‘This team is truly capable and delivers results. The team can amazingly learn a huge amount of data and use that in advantage, but the best part lays in their strategic minds and this is how you win disputes.’

‘Anders Forss as a leading partner is a great strategic thinker and this gives a huge advantage in any case.’

‘Castren & Snellman are (I think) the only truly full service business law firm in Finland that has a strong international client base and network. For me they have the strongest construction law/construction dispute team in Finland and in Scandinavia. The entire team is, in my experience, made up of warm friendly people who happen to be brilliant lawyers.’

Key clients

Google Inc

Stora Enso Plc

Valio Ltd

Finnair Plc

BMW AG

Metsä Group

Delta Motor Group Oy

Gasum Ltd

Lujatalo Oy

Nordea Bank Finland Plc

The Finnish Composer’s Copyright Society Teosto

Employment Tier 1

The versatile employment practice at Castrén & Snellman is recommended for complex restructurings and outsourcings, TUPE mandates, and mass redundancies. The team is also highly accomplished in specific niche fields of employment law including discrimination allegations, public sector employment matters and public servant law, and has extensive expertise in occupational health and safety issues. The team acts for clients in a range of sectors including the aviation, banking, finance and engineering industries. Tomi Kemppainen has notable expertise in handling cross-border outsourcings and reorganisations, areas in which counsel Sanna Alku is also noted. Kemppainen jointly heads up the practice with experienced litigator Outi Tähtinen.

Practice head(s):

Tomi Kemppainen; Outi Tähtinen

Other key lawyers:

Sanna Alku

Testimonials

‘C&S have one of the biggest and most renowned practices in Finland when it comes to employment law. The team is experienced, service-minded and always available. The advice is always to the point and easy to understand and the quality of the documentation is impeccable.’

‘Sanna Alku is our go-to person. She is especially talented in demanding co-operation negotiations but we use Sanna for all other employment related matters as well. Regardless of the matter at hand and the time of the day, you always get the feeling from working with Sanna that everything is in control and taken care of. What really underlines Sanna’s expertise in this field is her ability to answer the questions the client didn’t even know to ask.’

‘This firm has been very supportive on all cases we engage them in. They are very knowledgeable and always provide detailed explanation on topics. Their response time is great and I consider them very reliable.’

‘The team is practical, commercial and gives excellent timely advice. They have a real depth of talent too.’

‘Outi Tähtinen has the ability to clarify difficult issues in a way that makes sense also to ‘non-lawyers’. Excellent training skills.’

Tomi Kemmpainen is very skilled in his field and gives always professional advice on complex labour law matters.’

‘Outi Tähtinen is, in my opinion, the best attorney in Finland in the field of Labour & Employment Law with utmost professionalism together with an easy-going and approachable way of working. No hassle – she gets things done with ease and expertise.’

‘This firm has been very supportive on all cases we engage them in. They are very knowledgeable and always provide detailed explanation on topics. Their response time is great and I consider them very reliable.’

Key clients

Finnair Plc

Mehiläinen Ltd

HKScan Plc

DS Smith Packaging Finland Ltd

AFRY Finland Ltd

Delta Motor Group Ltd

Rovio Entertainment Corporation

Fortum Plc

Silta Ltd

Gasum Ltd

EU and competition Tier 1

Castrén & Snellman undertakes both private and public enforcement proceedings, as well as compliance, merger control, procurement and state aid matters. The firm's work frequently has an international or industry-wide element. Sari Hiltunen leads the team and represents clients in litigation including acting in follow-on damages cases arising from the asphalt cartel, as well as advising on merger control work. Anna Kuusniemi-Laine takes on public procurement work including representing the City of Pori before the Supreme Administrative Court, specialising in the life sciences, construction and energy sectors. Jussi Nieminen acts as counsel in regulatory enforcement proceedings and handles multijurisdictional merger control issues.

Practice head(s):

Sari Hiltunen

Other key lawyers:

Anna Kuusniemi-Laine; Jussi Nieminen

Key clients

Valio Oy

S Group

Wärtsilä Oyj Abp

OP Financial Group

Gasum Oy

VR Group Ltd

Veikkaus Oy, the Finnish gaming monopoly

YIT Oyj

Valmet Oyj

Automatia Pankkiautomaatit Oy

Mutares SE & Co. KGaA

Intellectual property Tier 1

Castrén & Snellman's full-service IP department advises on all aspects of trade mark, copyright and design prosecution work, brand clearances, freedom to operate evaluations, IP strategies, multi-jurisdictional IP portfolio management issues and audits. The team is highly recommended for drafting and negotiating commercial IP agreements and for handling IP-intensive corporate and financial transactions. Other key areas of work include advertising and marketing matters, strategic IP issues, and packaging and labelling requirements. Sakari Salonen leads the team and has extensive experience representing clients in complex patent licensing cases, while counsel Hanna Paloheimo is responsible for the group's life sciences work. Nina Mikander heads up the IP prosecution group.

Practice head(s):

Sakari Salonen; Nina Mikander; Hanna Paloheimo

Key clients

Alma Media Corporation

Altia Corporation

BMW AG

Boehringer Ingelheim

Crocs, Inc.

Google

Johnson & Johnson (Janssen-Cilag Oy)

Merck KGaA and Merck Oy

OP Financial Group

PopSockets LLC

The Finnish Composer’s Copyright Society Teosto

Wärtsilä Corporation

Valio Oy

Maritime and transport Tier 1

Niklas Langenskiöld, who has extensive expertise in shipping and insurance law, heads up the practice at Castrén & Snellman, which has a strong reputation in ship financing work. Langenskiöld is experienced in commercial litigation and domestic and international arbitration proceedings, while counsel Rickard Langenskiöld assists ship owners as well as other Finnish and foreign clients active in the logistics sector.

Practice head(s):

Niklas Langenskiöld

Other key lawyers:

Rickard Langenskiöld

Testimonials

‘Good commercial understanding, with a practical approach to resolving issues.’

‘The go-to firm in Finland – simply the best.’

‘Rickard Langenskiöld stands out as both a brilliant lawyer and brilliant human being. Always a pleasure to work with and probably the best maritime lawyer in Finland.’

‘Richard Langenskiöld – hands on approach, good understanding of complex issues and ability to combine with the law.’

Key clients

Finnlines Plc

Prima Shipping Ltd

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Castrén & Snellman stands out for its track record in advising on large development projects, including hotel, residential and commercial projects. The practice handles a broad range of matters, including transactions, property development projects, leasing issues (advising both tenants and landlords), environmental law, day-to-day commercial real estate matters and construction-related work. Other key areas of work include distressed asset sales, procurements, and litigation and arbitration proceedings. Antti Kaakkola is the key contact for transactional advice, while Uwe Uusitalo, Tuomas Lehtinen and Samuli Tarkiainen are the go-to names for international projects and developments. Matias Wallgren heads up the environmental and infrastructure sub-team.

Practice head(s):

Antti Kaakkola; Matias Wallgren; Uwe Uusitalo; Tuomas Lehtinen; Samuli Tarkiainen

Testimonials

‘Working with Antti’s team is what working with a law firm should always be like. When you give an assignment to a lawyer in this team, you can rely on them to be proactive, precise, and always on time. As a general counsel, one of the most important reasons to pick a certain law firm is that after assigning said law firm with a task, I can completely forget about it and be sure that everything that is needed to reach the desired outcome will be done.’

‘Always my first choice if help in real estate transactions is needed.’

‘Broad experience of partners and employees, very strong service philosophy.’

‘Wide variety of expertise across the practice, making them a one-stop-shop for any real estate related transactions. Compared to peers, this is the one thing that stands out the most.’ 

‘Partner Antti Kaakkola is nowadays one of the big names in real estate transactions. Antti is always polite, very business-minded, and knows the judicial framework inside out. Furthermore, there are only few lawyers in Finland with such a meticulous eye for the tiniest of (important) details, yet Antti is always aware of the big picture.’

‘Antti Kaakkola is skilled, experienced and quick, and also follows real estate transactions and practice with great interest.’

‘Antti Kaakkola is a partner with the great ability to help make deals happen with commercial mindset that focuses on key issues rather than getting processes stuck on irrelevant legal disagreements. He has a wide range of experience from different deal types and can provide great negotiation support to the client.’

Key clients

OP Financial Group

Special Mutual Fund Titanium Care Real Estate (AIF)

Stockmann plc

Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company

Special Investment Fund eQ Care (AIF)

Special Investment Fund eQ Finnish Real Estate (AIF)

LocalTapiola Group

Catella Real Estate AG

RBS Nordisk Renting

Suomen Osuuskauppojen Keskuskunta (S Group)

Turun Ratapihan Kehitys Oy

YIT Corporation

GLL Real Estate Partners GmbH Munich

UB Fund Management Company Ltd

CapMan Real Estate Oy

NREP

Telia Pension Foundation

Jatke Oy

DWS Alternatives GmbH

TMT Tier 1

The 'very capable and effective' team at Castrén & Snellman has a full-service offering, with an excellent track record in data protection, technology and IPR advisory work. The group acts for both Finnish and international clients, and recently advised Google on all its data privacy, licensing, customs seizures, copyright, marketing and regulatory matters in Finland. Team co-heads Pia Ek and Eija Warma-Lehtinen are the key contacts in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Pia Ek; Eija Warma-Lehtinen

Testimonials

‘Hard-working and dedicated individuals.’

‘Team is very knowledgeable in data protection and privacy matters, always available and delivers high quality work, understanding the data controller’s perspective well.’

‘Very capable and effective. Always ready to help with fast support and reacting.’

‘Pia Ek, partner: positive attitude and thinking, always available, ability to manage large entities.’

‘Easy to work with. Eija Warma-Lehtinen has the excellent ability to quickly dive into the problems.’

‘Really experienced in partner and customer negotiations and top-notch legal individuals. I’ve been smiling in the negotiations when Castrén’s person has led the discussion and delivered the good outcomes in negotiations, which are beneficial for our company.’

Key clients

Google, LLC.

CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd.

Oy Apotti Ab

Wing Aviation Finland Oy

Crayon Oy

Schibsted Group (Norway)

Fennia Mutual Insurance Company

Danske Bank, Nordea Bank and OP Financial Group

Neste Engineering and Solutions Oy

Fortum Oyj

Intrum Oy

Caruna Oy

Oy Eli Lilly Ab

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Castrén & Snellman advises on a broad range of M&A transactions, regularly with cross-border aspects. The practice is particularly strong in the domestic energy industry, with other specialisms in the technology, healthcare, insurance and financial sectors. In addition, the group assists with corporate advisory and governance issues. Jan Örndahl, Jarno Tanhuanpää, Carola Lindholm and Pauliina Tenhunen jointly head up the team, which includes up-and-coming partner Benjamin Bade, who adds private equity expertise to the group.

Practice head(s):

Jan Örndahl; Jarno Tanhuanpää; Carola Lindholm; Pauliina Tenhunen

Other key lawyers:

Benjamin Bade

Testimonials

‘Carola Lindholm is an outstanding M&A lawyer, experienced and knowledgeable, always to the point, effective and highly trusted. She also has a personality that makes her great to work with.’

‘Strong M&A practice with a good understanding of local market practice in Finland. Comfortable working environment in team. They are to the point and professional. They also have a strong team in competition law that is great if expertise around competition is needed.’

‘Jan Örndahl is professional, unpretentious, and comfortable to work with. He has strong M&A capabilities and a solid understanding of market practice and trends. He is to the point, and strong at identifying and communicating what really is important.’

‘With Castrén & Snellman one is the best of hands. We get top quality experience, availability and effectiveness with a personal touch. They possess that little extra making them the obvious firm to go to.’

Key clients

OP Financial Group

Nordea Bank Abp

Neste Engineering Solutions

CapMan Oyj

Gasum Oyj

Fortum Oyj

S-Group

Finnish Industry Investment Ltd

Vapo Plc

Mutares SE & Co. KGaA

Wolt Enterprises Oy

Danske Bank A/S, Finland Branch

Tax Tier 2

Castrén & Snellman's tax practice is particularly recommended for work arising from M&A deals and complex international and domestic restructurings; it also has notable expertise in private equity and venture capital-related matters. Group head Sari Laaksonen is a highly regarded tax litigator.

Practice head(s):

Sari Laaksonen

Key clients

Fortum Corporation

Siemens Business Services

Danske Bank A/S, Finland Branch

Nordea Bank Abp

OP Financial Group

Fennia Mutual Insurance Company

OP Cooperative

Gasum Ltd

iLOQ Ltd

Vapo Group

Bilot Plc

FIM Asset Management Ltd

Wolt Enterprises Oy

Vantaan Energia

The firm: Castrén & Snellman is a law firm of 265 people based in Helsinki, and in other parts of the world we work with an extensive international network of law firms. We are a trusted advisor in mergers and acquisitions, disputes and other specialised fields of business law and are a forerunner of sustainability in the legal services industry. We build sustainable success stories with our clients.

Areas of practice: Castrén & Snellman is a full-service business law firm. The services include: Banking and finance; Capital markets and financial regulation; corporate governance; Data and technology; Tax and structuring; Dispute resolution; Employment; Energy; Environment, infrastructure and natural resources; Competition and procurement; Compliance and investigations; Insolvency and restructuring; Insurance; Intellectual property; International construction and projects; Life sciences; Mergers and acquisitions; Outsourcing; Private equity and venture capital; Public sector projects; Real estate investments and transactions; Shipping and logistics.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Tero Tuomisto
Banking and finance Sakari Lukinmaa
Capital markets and financial regulation Merja Kivelä
Capital markets and financial regulation Janne Lauha
Competition and procurement Sari Hiltunen
Competition and procurement Anna Kuusniemi-Laine
Competition and procurement Jussi Nieminen
Corporate governance Pauliina Tenhunen
Data & Technology Pia Ek
Data & Technology Eija Warma-Lehtinen
Dispute resolution Marko Hentunen
Dispute resolution Anders Forss
Employment Tomi Kemppainen
Employment Outi Tähtinen
Energy Miika Pinomaa
Energy Uwe Uusitalo
Energy Juha Väyrynen
Environment, infrastructure and natural resources Matias Wallgren
Environment, infrastructure and natural resources Heidi Malmberg
Insolvency and restructuring Pauliina Tenhunen
Insolvency and restructuring Pekka Jaatinen
Insurance Niklas Langenskiöld
Insurance Pekka Jaatinen
Insurance Janne Lauha
Intellectual property Sakari Salonen
Intellectual property Hanna Paloheimo
Intellectual property Nina Mikander
International construction and projects Uwe Uusitalo
International construction and projects Tuomas Lehtinen
Life sciences Hanna Paloheimo
Life sciences Pauliina Tenhunen
Life sciences Anna Kuusniemi-Laine
Mergers and acquisitions Jan Örndahl
Mergers and acquisitions Juha Väyrynen
Mergers and acquisitions Carola Lindholm
Outsourcing Pia Ek
Compliance and investigations Jussi Nieminen
Compliance and investigations Rickard Langenskiöld
Compliance and investigations Eija Warma-Lehtinen
Compliance and investigations Pauliina Tenhunen
Private equity and venture capital Jarno Tanhuanpää
Private equity and venture capital Jan Örndahl
Public sector projects Anna Kuusniemi-Laine
Public sector projects Johanna Lähde
Real estate investments and transactions Antti Kaakkola
Shipping and logistics Niklas Langenskiöld
Shipping and logistics Rickard Langenskiöld
Tax and structuring Sari Laaksonen
Tax and structuring Mikko Alakare
Photo Name Position Profile
 Jan Örndahl  photo Jan Örndahl Partner
 Benjamin Bade photo Benjamin Bade Partner
Ms Pia Ek  photo Ms Pia Ek Partner
 Anders Forss  photo Anders Forss Partner
Mr Marko Hentunen  photo Mr Marko Hentunen Partner
Ms Sari Hiltunen  photo Ms Sari Hiltunen Partner
Mr Pekka Jaatinen  photo Mr Pekka Jaatinen Senior Partner
 Antti Kaakkola photo Antti Kaakkola Partner
Mr Tomi Kemppainen  photo Mr Tomi Kemppainen Partner
 Merja Kivelä  photo Merja Kivelä Partner
Ms Anna Kuusniemi-Laine  photo Ms Anna Kuusniemi-Laine Partner, Head of Sustainability
Ms Sari Laaksonen  photo Ms Sari Laaksonen Partner
 Rickard Langenskiöld  photo Rickard Langenskiöld Counsel
 Rickard Langenskiöld  photo Rickard Langenskiöld Counsel
 Niklas Langenskiöld  photo Niklas Langenskiöld Partner
Mr Janne Lauha  photo Mr Janne Lauha Partner
 Sakari Lukinmaa  photo Sakari Lukinmaa Managing Partner
Mr Jussi Nieminen photo Mr Jussi Nieminen Partner
Ms Hanna Paloheimo  photo Ms Hanna Paloheimo Counsel
Mr Miika Pinomaa  photo Mr Miika Pinomaa Partner
Mr Sakari Salonen  photo Mr Sakari Salonen Partner
 Outi Tähtinen  photo Outi Tähtinen Partner
 Samuli Tarkiainen  photo Samuli Tarkiainen Partner
Ms Pauliina Tenhunen  photo Ms Pauliina Tenhunen Partner, Chairman of the Board
Mr Tero Tuomisto  photo Mr Tero Tuomisto Partner
Mr Uwe Uusitalo  photo Mr Uwe Uusitalo Partner
 Juha Väyrynen  photo Juha Väyrynen Partner
Mr Matias Wallgren  photo Mr Matias Wallgren Partner
Ms Eija Warma-Lehtinen photo Ms Eija Warma-Lehtinen Partner
Number of partners : 30
Number of other lawyers : 116
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World Law Group (WLG)
Contact : Sakari Lukinmaa (Managing partner)
Contact : Carola Lindholm (Partner)
Contact : Jarno Tanhuanpää (Partner)

Castrén & Snellman provides equal opportunities for all employees and job applicants regardless of their race, national origin, gender, religion, disabilities or sexual orientation. Castrén & Snellman treats everyone equally and ensures all of the firm’s employees have equal opportunities to advance in their careers and develop their expertise. Castrén & Snellman pays the same salary for the same work, regardless of the gender of the employee. 33% of our partners (10 persons) are women. 54% of the lawyers at Castrén & Snellman are women. 

Castrén & Snellman was the first Finnish law firm to join the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, the UN Global Compact, in 2020. The Ten Principles and The UN Sustainable Development Goals are the basis for the firm’s sustainability work.  C&S chose the three SDGs:  Gender Equality (goal 5), Climate Action (goal 13) and Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (goal 16). For more information please see our first sustainability report. 

Castrén & Snellman has a Personnel Advisory Board with representatives from all employee groups. The Personnel Advisory Board presents personnel’s views and concerns to the Management Group. The PAB is entrusted with the responsibility to give a voice to any equality concerns from the personnel, to monitor equality situation and also to promote the continued improvement of equality in the firm.