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Castrén & Snellman

Banking and finance Tier 1

Tero Tuomisto leads the practice at Castrén & Snellman; he recently advised Pihlajalinna on a five year €120m unsecured financing arrangement and acted for Nordea Bank on the financing of Apax Digital Fund's acquisition of Solita. Managing partner Sakari Lukinmaa also assisted OP Corporate Bank with its €200m refinancing of Kolsin Voima. The group also counts Danske Bank, Finnlines and Ilmarinen as clients. Pekka Lehtinen retired.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Castrén & Snellman's practice defended forestry company Stora Enso against damages claims relating to cartel activities, acted for Asfaltmix in a large follow-on damages case, and represented Google in matters pertaining to data protection and privacy law. Marko Hentunen and Anders Forss jointly head the practice, which 'brings to bear significant experience'. 'Heavy hitterTuomas Lehtinen is recommended for his experience in arbitration work, while senior associate Jerker Pitkänen has 'an uncanny ability to identify and analyse the facts'.

Employment Tier 1

Castrén & Snellman is noted for its 'diligence and professionalism' thanks to 'knowledgeable and helpful team', which is jointly headed by the 'highly skilled and experiencedOuti Tähtinen (who returned from DLA Piper in 2017) and 'brilliant lawyerTomi Kemppainen; 'business-focused' senior associate Sanna Alku is also recommended. The group recently advised L'Oréal Finland on a range of employment and benefits issues, and assisted Gardner Denver Holdings, Colliers International, and Restamax with the employment aspects of their separate acquisitions.

EU and competition Tier 1

Castrén & Snellman's 'top-quality, prompt, easy-to-understand and practical assistance' attracts significant mandates including representing several private ambulance companies in a state aid dispute in the Supreme Court. The practice is also acting in several of the market's largest follow-on damages claims, representing clients including Asfaltmix and Valio. Practice head Sari Hiltunen is singled out as 'one of a kind', while procurement specialist Anna Kuusniemi-Laine is 'exceptionally skilled'. Newly promoted partner Jussi Nieminen and 'rising star' associate Suzanne Simon-Bellamy are also key names to note.

Intellectual property Tier 1

Recent highlights for Castrén & Snellman include successfully representing BBS in a trade mark dispute with a Finnish hubcap manufacturer and advising Crocs on its IP enforcement and customs seizure matters. Other key clients include Merck, Google, Alma Media and BMW. Sakari Salonen heads up the practice, while European trade mark and design attorney Nina Mikander is recommended for IP prosecution matters and Hanna Paloheimo is noted for her expertise in the life sciences sector.

Maritime and transport Tier 1

Castrén & Snellman's 'extremely high-level' team is active in maritime disputes and is also noted for its prominent vessel financing practice; the group advised Finnlines on the financing of the purchase of a passenger vessel by its subsidiary. The practice is led by Niklas Langenskiöld, while Tero Tuomisto handles financing matters; the 'extraordinarily good' Rickard Langenskiöld is also a key name to note.

TMT Tier 1

Castrén & Snellman's 'very strong' team recently acted for Silta in an ad hoc arbitration regarding independent data usage by IT service providers and acted for Google in privacy disputes as well as advising it on licensing and regulatory issues. Other key clients include Metso and Oriola. Pia Ek and the 'approachableEija Warma-Lehtinen jointly lead the team and handle TMT and data protection matters respectively; technology law expert Kimmo Rekola is also recommended.

Capital markets Tier 2

Castrén & Snellman's 'responsive' team is 'easy to work with'; clients single out 'pragmatic and solution-oriented' practice co-head Merja Kivelä, who is 'one of those rare individuals with both professional expertise and business acumen'; 'experienced' co-head Janne Lauha, and senior associate Anna-Maarit Laurila, who is 'a young talent'. Recent highlights include advising Efecte on its listing on First North, raising €11.3m.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Castrén & Snellman's 'very efficient' team is noted for its 'personal service and professional competence' and is led by Jan ÖrndahlKimmo Rekola and Jarno Tanhuanpää handle private equity and venture capital matters, while Benjamin Bade is 'a rising star' and is 'already very experienced with a good hands-on approach'. The team recently advised Danfoss on its acquisition of Visedo. Jan Kuhlefelt retired in 2018.

Real estate and construction Tier 2

At Castrén & Snellman, environment and infrastructure specialist Matias Wallgren advised Nord Stream 2 on the construction of two underwater natural gas pipelines. The firm recently established its real estate investments and transactions team, which is jointly led by Antti Kaakkola and Matti Lajunen.

Tax Tier 2

Sari Laaksonen leads the group at Castrén & Snellman, which has 'a wide range of expertise' and 'takes a strategic view'. The team has substantial experience in transactional and capital markets-related tax work. In a recent highlight, the team represented Leppäkosken Sähkö in a tax dispute relating to the accuracy of the valuation models applied in management incentive schemes. Mikko Alakare joined the practice in 2018 from Borenius.

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
 Benjamin Bade photo Benjamin Bade
Ms Pia Ek  photo Ms Pia Ek
 Anders Forss  photo Anders Forss
Mr Marko Hentunen  photo Mr Marko Hentunen
Ms Sari Hiltunen  photo Ms Sari Hiltunen
Mr Pekka Jaatinen  photo Mr Pekka Jaatinen
 Antti Kaakkola photo Antti Kaakkola
Mr Tomi Kemppainen  photo Mr Tomi Kemppainen
Ms Merja Kivelä  photo Ms Merja Kivelä
Ms Anna Kuusniemi-Laine  photo Ms Anna Kuusniemi-Laine
Ms Sari Laaksonen  photo Ms Sari Laaksonen
 Matti Lajunen photo Matti Lajunen
Mr Rickard Langenskiöld  photo Mr Rickard Langenskiöld
Mr Niklas Langenskiöld  photo Mr Niklas Langenskiöld
Mr Janne Lauha  photo Mr Janne Lauha
 Sakari Lukinmaa  photo Sakari Lukinmaa
Ms Hanna Paloheimo  photo Ms Hanna Paloheimo
Mr Miika Pinomaa  photo Mr Miika Pinomaa
Mr Sakari Salonen  photo Mr Sakari Salonen
 Outi Tähtinen  photo Outi Tähtinen
 Samuli Tarkiainen  photo Samuli Tarkiainen
Ms Pauliina Tenhunen  photo Ms Pauliina Tenhunen
Mr Tero Tuomisto  photo Mr Tero Tuomisto
Mr Uwe Uusitalo  photo Mr Uwe Uusitalo
Mr Juha Väyrynen  photo Mr Juha Väyrynen
Mr Matias Wallgren  photo Mr Matias Wallgren
Ms Eija Warma  photo Ms Eija Warma
Number of partners : 32
Number of other lawyers : 98
the Scandinavian languages
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. 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.