Firm Profile > Castrén & Snellman > Helsinki, Finland

Castrén & Snellman
ETELÄESPLANADI 14
00130 HELSINKI
Finland

Banking and finance Tier 1

Castrén & Snellman advises on a wide range of transactions including real estate issues, acquisitions and project financing work as well as significant cross-border banking matters; it notably handled the re-domiciliation of Nordea Bank from Sweden to Finland. Clients include banks, financial institutions, manufacturers and real estate investors including Capman and DNB Bank. The practice is led by Tero Tuomisto, who is a specialist in financing arrangements including complex syndicated financings, and managing partner Sakari Lukinmaa is also noted for his work handling private equity, refinancing and restructuring projects.

Practice head(s):

Tero Tuomisto

Testimonials

‘High-quality services in all areas of banking and finance.

Very effective and hardworking team.

Hardworking, business minded and fast.’

Tero Tuomisto is a highly trusted partner with excellent professionalism and integrity. His knowledge of the industry and problem solving capabilities are highly appreciated.’

Key clients

Nordea Bank Abp

OP Corporate Bank plc

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB

JOOL Markets AS

Cramo Plc

Intermediate Capital Group plc

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

Castrén & Snellman handles work across the full range of capital markets matters including IPOs, debt and equity transactions and public tender offers, and acts for a number of high-profile financial institutions, banks, and insurance companies including OP Corporate Bank, BNP Paribas and Ilmarinen Mutual. 'Experienced' practice co-heads Merja Kivelä and Janne Lauha are widely praised for their expertise, while senior associate Anna-Maarit Laurila is also singled out as a 'young talent'. In a recent highlight, the practice led advice to Danske Bank and Carnegie Investment Bank on Oma Savings Bank’s IPO on the official list of Nasdaq Helsinki.

Practice head(s):

Merja Kivelä; Janne Lauha

Testimonials

Janne Lauha at Castren & Snellman is the number one individual for banking and finance work in Finland!

Castren’s capital markets team a has very pragmatic and hands-on attitude on assignments making co-operation easy to work. The team’s vast experience is reflected in its ability to respond quickly with solutions in complex special situations.

Both Janne Lauha and Merja Kivelä are partners that are easy to recommend to potential new clients. Their ability to orchestrate the team to provide best possible service to clients is excellent.

Senior associates Anne-Maarit Laurila and Aksu Tuominen are both future talents for Castren. They are easy to work with and they are able to deliver solutions independently which is crucial on fast moving and demanding projects.

Key clients

OP Corporate Bank

Danske Bank A/S

Central Bank of Savings Banks Finland

BNP Paribas

Carnegie Investment Bank

Cevian Capital Partners Ltd

Ålandsbanken Abp

United Bankers Plc

Caverion Corporation

NoHo Partners Plc

Efore Plc

Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company

KONE Corporation

YIT Corporation

Efore Oyj

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Castrén & Snellman has a broad offering across dispute resolution and acts for clients in litigation, mediation and arbitration proceedings, with a number of cases originating internationally. Recent matters span corporate disputes, competition cases and damages claims for clients from a range of industries including the retail, agriculture, financial services, energy, and construction sectors; Google is a key example of the team's international client roster. The 'brilliant' Anders Forss and highly experienced arbitrator Marko Hentunen jointly head up the practice, with counsel Jerker Pitkänen also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Anders Forss; Marko Hentunen

Testimonials

Practical and very knowledgeable in both arbitration and competition law. While they know their local market well, they operate with the quality of global competitors.’

Castren & Snellman are well known and well respected, creative, and capable of putting together strong teams for international commercial arbitration. I would say that the firm is as good as it gets in the Finnish market.’

Tuomas Lehtinen is a standout lawyer and very confident on his feet, comfortable with cross examination and case strategy. Key counsel Jerker Pitkänen is surely an up-and-coming lawyer, with a good strategic brain and a great ability to identify and evaluate arguments.

Anders Forss is a brilliant lawyer, very calm, imaginative, the kind of lawyer I like working with.

The Castren team is responsive and thorough. Anders Forss is a star.’

Key clients

Google Inc

Stora Enso Plc

Valio Ltd

Finnair Plc

BMW AG

Metsä Group

Delta Motor Group Oy

Employment Tier 1

Castrén & Snellman's practice has a notable focus on civil and criminal employment litigation, restructuring and outsourcing issues and mass redundancies. The team, which is jointly led by Tomi Kemppainen and Outi Tähtinen, also has expertise in public sector employment issues, discrimination work and occupational safety matters including the related criminal proceedings. The team's client roster spans various industries and includes banking, aviation and engineering service clients; notable examples include Nordea Bank and Finnair. Senior associate Sanna Alku is noted for her expertise in labour restructuring issues.

Practice head(s):

Tomi Kemppainen; Outi Tähtinen

Testimonials

Very fast and hands-on advice. The lawyers are always accessible. They stick to deadlines and have a good focus on the task at hand.’

Wide-ranging understanding of Finnish employment law, the labour market and HR-practises.

I work with international law firms globally (on average I am instructing a foreign firm on a new matter 4 or 5 times a month) and Castren are possibly my favourite firm. They provide quality, commercial advice every single time.’

The employment team is exceptionally well run by Tomi Kemppainen and Outi Tahtitnen who are both extremely sociable and nice people too. I have met them numerous times and their star quality is confirmed to me.’

Castren & Snellman has a very strong employment team with capabilities to handle any kind of employment law related assignment. In my opinion, they have the best team in Finland as regards co-operation negotiations, employment law related disputes and occupational safety related matters. When compared to other law firms, the employment team of C&S is more comprehensive, as to the head-count of lawyers and the quality of work they deliver.’

C & S has always provided very good service in a reliable and discreet way. They have solid expertise in labour law. They react quickly and proactively and can provide a wide range of services, true all-rounders.’

Eveliina Tammela has provided outstanding assistance to my company in both non-contentious work as well as emergency situations. She keeps a very cool head and remains focused at all times.

Availability, expertise, speed of service.

Outi TÃhtinen and Tomi Kemppainen have proven to be very professional Partners. They provide quality service and answers very quickly to my problems regardless of time. They are also very nice people with excellent service attitude.’

We have been very satisfied with the service. Response times are very short (if needed). Their employment team has a very wide-ranging understanding of Finnish employment law, labour market and HR-practises. That differs Castren & Snellman from most of the other bigger law firms in Helsinki which seem to focus on more limited service in employment matters.’

Key clients

Finnair Plc

HKScan Plc

DS Smith Packaging Finland Ltd

Pöyry Finland Ltd

Metsä Group

Delta Motor Group Ltd

Rovio Entertainment Corporation

Nordea Bank Abp

Telia Company

EU and competition Tier 1

Castrén & Snellman works on complex and high-profile competition matters including disputes, abuse of dominance issues and cartels cases. The experienced Sari Hiltunen leads the practice, while the 'business-minded, and pragmatic' Anna Kuusniemi-Laine and Jussi Nieminen are highly recommended for their work in public procurement and private enforcement matters respectively. In a recent highlight, the team successfully represented Valio against predatory pricing claims; other notable clients including OP Financial Group and Finnish Customs.

Practice head(s):

Sari Hiltunen

Testimonials

Practical and to the point approach, exceptionally analytical and great industry understanding.

Areas of activity of the C&S team important to us include general competition law, public procurement and state aid related cases and assignments including contract law. Definitively one of the best law firms in Helsinki in terms of pragmatic and easy-going yet professional approach. From our perspective the firm has enough resources in busy situations and are also easily accessible.’

In addition to superior knowledge on different aspects of competition and public procurement legislation, the C&S team is on its own level when it comes to understanding the business strategies. Furthermore they have exceptional communication skills both orally and in written form to explain difficult legal matters in pragmatic and understandable way also to top management. When all this is combined with good price-quality balance they are clearly the best team in Finland.’

Anna Kuusniemi-Laine can be described as efficient, business-minded and pragmatic in her practice. Anna emphasizes understanding of the business and activities of the client, which we find very valuable. She possesses strong knowledge and experience in competition law including state aid and procurement law cases domestically and on the EU level. She has also developed a growing reputation in the area of sustainable and impact procurement processes and procedures. Jussi Nieminen is also very experienced and can be relied on in demanding cases in the area of competition law and contract law. He is able to give very pragmatic and high standard advice and understands the special nature of different business areas of the clients we work with.

Key clients

Valio Oy

Finnish Customs

S-Group

Wärtsilä Corporation

OP Financial Group

Gasum Oy

Veikkaus Oy

YIT Group

Valmet Oyj

Intellectual property Tier 1

Castrén & Snellman provides advice on the full range of IP matters including trade mark and copyright prosecutions, the drafting and negotiation of commercial IP agreements and IP litigation encompassing patent, trade mark, copyright, and trade secret disputes. The practice is led by specialist IP litigator Sakari Salonen, and senior associates Nina Mikander and Hanna Paloheimo, who focus on IP prosecution and life sciences work respectively. Clients include pharmaceuticals, financial services and media companies; the team also represented BMW and Crocs in trade mark disputes.

Practice head(s):

Sakari Salonen; Nina Mikander; Hanna Paloheimo

Testimonials

Very passionate about their work, swift replies, to the point, very individual solutions for each case.

Swift replies, high effort, swift replies, good communication.

Key clients

Alma Media Corporation

Altia Corporation

BBS GmbH

BMW AG

Boehringer Ingelheim

Crocs, Inc.

Finlayson Oy

Google

Johnson & Johnson (Janssen-Cilag Oy)

Merck KGaA and Merck Oy

OP Financial Group

PopSockets LLC

Wärtsilä Corporation

Tactic Games Oy

Maritime and transport Tier 1

Castrén & Snellman's practice can call on experienced shipping, transport and logistics lawyer and practice head Niklas Langenskiöld to assist its client roster of major Finnish shipowners, including Finnlines and Prima Shipping, and active freight shipping businesses. The group also has a strong ship finance practice, which includes highly regarded and 'fantastic lawyerRickard Langenskiöld.

Practice head(s):

Niklas Langenskiöld

Testimonials

Immediate responses, great lawyers and last but not least very nice people. In my view by far the leading maritime firm in Finland.

Rickard Langenskiold is a fantastic lawyer. There is nothing he does not know, the advice is solid and the turnaround time impressive. He is simply our go-to-guy! Like Rickard, Niklas Langenskiold is also an excellent lawyer. Very thorough.

Key clients

Finnlines Plc

Prima Shipping Ltd

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Castrén & Snellman's experienced team of specialist real estate lawyers handle complex development projects and high-value transactions for domestic and international buyers and sellers. The team is currently advising YIT on the Garden Helsinki project, a multi-functional development in central Helsinki that includes residential, entertainment and office properties. Other clients include OP Financial Group, Sponda and Finnish Real Estate. The practice is jointly led by Antti Kaakkola and Matti Lajunen, who both made partner in 2019, alongside experienced lawyers Matias WallgrenUwe Uusitalo and Tuomas Lehtinen.

Practice head(s):

Antti Kaakkola; Matti Lajunen; Matias Wallgren; Uwe Uusitalo; Tuomas Lehtinen

Testimonials

Full house services for real estate, excellent experience.

Good understanding of business both transactions and asset management.

Talented and practical professionals.’ 

Key clients

OP Financial Group

Special Mutual Fund Titanium Care Real Estate

Stockmann plc

GLL Pan European Property Fund

Special Investment Fund eQ Care

Special Investment Fund eQ Finnish Real Estate

LocalTapiola Group

Catella Real Estate AG

Sponda Plc

RBS Nordisk Renting

Suomen Osuuskauppojen Keskuskunta

GLL Real Estate Partners GmbH Munich

Turun Ratapihan Kehitys Oy

YIT Corporation

CapMan Real Estate Oy

TMT Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Pia Ek; Eija Warma-Lehtinen

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Google Inc.

Finnish Customs

Flowhaven Oy

Intrum Oy

Caruna Oy

Suomen Asiakastieto Oy

Federation of Finnish Debt Collection Agencies

Smart Energiapalvelut Oy

Oy Eli Lilly Ab

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Castrén & Snellman advises on cross-border M&A transactions involving numerous international clients and targets. The experienced and 'agile' team has expertise across multiple industries and is also highly active in restructuring mandates. The practice is jointly led by Jan ÖrndahlJarno TanhuanpääCarola Lindholm and Pauliina Tenhunen, and Benjamin Bade made partner in 2019; Bade has notable capabilities in international transactions and corporate governance work. In a recent highlight, the group advised a consortium led by Mirova and Infranode on its €200m acquisition of shares in Loiste. Kimmo Rekola has retired.

Practice head(s):

Jan Örndahl; Jarno Tanhuanpää; Carola Lindholm; Pauliina Tenhunen

Testimonials

Superb quality of work in all occasions and phases of the project.’

Excellent team coordination and prompt placing of adequate capacities, according to the need of the evolving situation.

Agile team built for our transaction. No fuss, no need to go through a partner every time when the senior was on top of things. Smoot and fast.

Benjamin Bade is outstanding.

Stand out distinctive level of partner work by Pauliina Tehnhunen.

Key clients

OP

Nordea Bank Abp

Efore Oyj

CapMan Oyj

Gasum Oyj

Collector Bank AB

S-Group

Finnish Industry Investment Ltd

Digia Plc

Vapo Plc

Mutares AG

Wolt Enterprises

Tax Tier 2

Castrén & Snellman works across a broad range of tax matters including M&A and restructuring-related work, tax disputes and cross-border tax issues. Clients include major regional banks, financial services providers and businesses in the manufacturing, energy and healthcare industries. Sari Laaksonen leads the practice, which fields newly-promoted partner Mikko Alakare, who specialises in venture capital and private equity-related tax work. In a recent highlight, the team advised Nordea Bank on its re-domiciliation from Sweden to Finland including the cross-border tax implications of the move.

Practice head(s):

Sari Laaksonen

Testimonials

Good structuring skills and pragmatic approach.

Not afraid to give concrete advice.

Mikko Alakare provides pragmatic advice that lets you concentrate on the deal you are making without having to second guess the tax perspective.

Key clients

Danske Bank A/S

Nordea Bank Abp

FIM Plc

T2H Yhtiöt Oy

Vapo Oy

Schott AG

OP Real Estate Asset Management

Keensight Capital

YIT Plc

CapMan Plc

Elenia Oy

Wolt

Gasum Oy

The firm:  Castrén & Snellman was founded in the late spring of 1888. Decades of supporting our clients’ success have enabled us to grow into a firm of over 240 people. We are 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. Our mission is to help our clients build sustainable success stories.

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 & investigations; Insolvency & 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 & transactions; Shipping & 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 Matti Lajunen
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
Mr Jan Örndahl  photo Mr 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
Ms Merja Kivelä  photo Ms Merja Kivelä Partner
Ms Anna Kuusniemi-Laine  photo Ms Anna Kuusniemi-Laine Partner
Ms Sari Laaksonen  photo Ms Sari Laaksonen Partner
 Matti Lajunen photo Matti Lajunen Partner
Mr Niklas Langenskiöld  photo Mr Niklas Langenskiöld Partner
Mr Rickard Langenskiöld  photo Mr Rickard Langenskiöld Counsel
Mr Janne Lauha  photo Mr Janne Lauha Partner
 Sakari Lukinmaa  photo Sakari Lukinmaa Managing Partner
 Jussi Nieminen photo 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
Mr Juha Väyrynen  photo Mr Juha Väyrynen Partner
 Eija Warma-Lehtinen  photo Eija Warma-Lehtinen  Partner
Number of partners : 32
Number of other lawyers : 98
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Contact : Sakari Lukinmaa (Managing partner)
Contact : Carola Lindholm (Partner)
Contact : Jarno Tanhuanpää (Partner)

Diversity:

Castrén & Snellman provides equal opportunities for all employees and job applicants regardless of their race, national origin, gender, religion, disabilities or sexual orientation. Professional skills and experience are central criteria in career advancement. Castrén & Snellman pays the same salary for the same work, regardless of the gender of the employee. 31% of our partners (10 persons) are women. 50% of the lawyers at Castrén & Snellman are women.

Castrén & Snellman has a Personnel Advisory Board with representatives from all employee groups. It also functions as an equality committee and has drafted an equality plan, monitors the realisation of equality, produces material on the development of equality and makes statements on any observed shortcomings in the realisation of equality at Castrén & Snellman.