Castrén & Snellman > Helsinki, Finland > Firm Profile

Castrén & Snellman
ETELÄESPLANADI 14
00130 HELSINKI
Finland

Finland > Banking and finance Tier 1

The ‘efficientCastrén & Snellman fields a market-leading team with experienced practitioners. The team provides advice to clients from various finance-related sectors and handles complex transactions and development finance issues as well as bond-related mandates. Managing partner Sakari Lukinmaa has over 20 years of experience in banking and finance, private equity, venture capital and capital markets work, and has acted as lead counsel on numerous domestic and international transactions. Lukinmaa jointly leads the practice with Tero Tuomisto, who has vast knowledge of finance agreements and is frequently involved in acquisition finance, real estate finance, project finance and syndicated finance matters, while Minna Korhonen regularly advises financial institutions, investors and borrowers on domestic and cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

Tero Tuomisto; Sakari Lukinmaa

Other key lawyers:

Minna Korhonen; Janne Lauha

Testimonials

‘Very good team, good understanding of banking business.’

‘Sakari Lukinmaa and Tero Tuomisto are both very good partners.’

‘The team has very strong experience in the banking & finance industry, they have a large network within industry and good connections towards authorities.’

‘Janne Lauha, partner — Highly experienced, can simplify complex cases and is able to find/create solutions in difficult cases in tight timelines. The quality of their work is very high.’

‘The team is very diverse in age, gender and experience. We know each other by now, which makes it very effective and pleasant to work together.’

‘Long term commitment to serve us. Deep understanding in relevant products and services. Also very impressive command of regulatory matters.’

‘Efficient team with great individuals.’

‘Minna Korhonen: Excellent speaking partner in complex real estate transactions.’

Key clients

Neste Corporation

Nordea Bank Abp

Aktia Bank Abp

Danske Bank A/S, Finland Branch

LocalTapiola Group

Swedbank AB

OP Corporate Bank plc

Ålandsbanken Abp

Borgo AB

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB

Huhtamäki Oyj

Helen Ltd

NREP Oy

VR-Group Plc

Svenska Handelsbanken AB, filialverksamhet i Finland

REDI Shopping Centre

Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft

Intera Partners Oy

WithSecure Oyj

Finnlines Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised a Nordic financier consortium including Nordea (as the co-ordinator), Aktia, Danske Bank and Swedbank on an arrangement in which eQ Community Properties Fund agreed on a significant financing package.
  • Advised VR-Group Plc as it issued an unsecured €300m green bond.
  • Advised OP Corporate Bank, Nordea and SEB as the financiers of an arrangement in which Nordic company OX2 signed an agreement with a consortium of Finnish energy companies, Kymppivoima, Oulun Energia and Kuopion Energia, to construct and divest a 455.4MW wind farm in Lestijärvi, Finland.

Finland > Capital markets Tier 1

The ‘easy-to-approach’ team at Castrén & Snellman has maintained a strong position in the capital markets space in Finland and also assists with financial regulatory issues. The group covers a broad range of areas, advising a range of clients from international financial institutions to insurance companies on regulatory matters, expertise which is complemented by the team’s knowledge of financial regulation and transactions in the financial and insurance sectors. Merja Kivelä has substantial capital markets experience and has acted as legal counsel for domestic and international clients on transactional mandates. Janne Lauha is described as having ‘excellent expertise‘ in securities transactions, derivatives work and securities issues, and counsel Anna-Maarit Laurila handles public tender offers, initial public offerings, rights issuances and other equity offerings. Newly promoted partner Thomas Landell is also a key individual.

Practice head(s):

Merja Kivelä; Janne Lauha; Thomas Landell

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is easy to approach. Their way of working is informal and relaxed, still very professional.’

‘Merja Kivelä is an excellent lawyer with good business understanding.’

‘Great availability, providing clear instructions to complex matters.’

‘Janne Lauha. Excellent expertise and very pleasant to work with. Provides business-oriented solutions.’

Key clients

F-Secure Corporation

WithSecure Corporation

Evli Plc

Mandatum Life

Aktia Life Insurance Ltd

Cargotec Corporation

Boreo Plc

Digital Workforce Services Plc

Norrhydro Group Plc

Lemonsoft Oy

EcoUp Plc

Loihde Plc

Solwers Plc

Danske Bank A/S, Finland Branch

QPR Software Plc

Netum Group Plc

Merus Power Plc

Aktia Alexander Corporate Finance Oy

Next Games Corporation

Carnegie Investment Bank AB, Finland Branch

Enedo Plc

UB Securities Ltd

Ålandsbanken Abp

Borgo AB

Multitude SE

Bilot Plc

Lloyd’s Insurance Company SA/NV

S-Bank Plc

NoHo Partners Plc

Mortgage Society of Finland

CRH Plc

POP Mortgage Bank Plc

Alexandria Pankkiiriliike Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised WithSecure Corporation, a global cybersecurity and privacy company, on the separation of the company’s consumer security business through a partial demerger.
  • Advised Evli, a publicly traded wealth management business, on a transaction in which EAB merged into Evli through a statutory absorption merger in accordance with the Finnish Companies Act.
  • Advised POP Mortgage Bank Plc on the establishment of a mortgage bank and obtaining the required permit licence under the Act on Mortgage Credit Banks.

Finland > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Castrén & Snellman fields one of the largest dispute teams in Finland and covers a wide variety of commercial disputes and criminal proceedings, risk management issues and pre-dispute work. The team is regularly involved in international arbitration proceedings with notable expertise in the energy sector, and also acts in large-scale antitrust damages claims and construction disputes. Anders Forss is highly regarded as a ‘very diligent attorney‘ and regularly acts in large-scale international disputes, while Marko Hentunen acts as lead counsel in disputes relating to construction and engineering, energy and antitrust claims. Tuomas Lehtinen represents clients in disputes concerning the energy sector and trade finance issues and is adept in coordinating cross-border disputes, while Ilona Karppinen, who was promoted to partner in February 2022, has a focus on international and domestic arbitration and commercial litigation, with additional experience in regulatory investigations and corporate and M&A disputes. Counsel Jerker Pitkänen is active in arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Anders Forss; Marko Hentunen; Ilona Karppinen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We have been very impressed by the partner Tuomas Lehtinen and his capabilities to find a strong team every time as well as independent opinion providers outside his office. The team has a good combination of experience and the younger generation.’

‘Tuomas Lehtinen and his negotiation skills. Ability to see essential things and evaluate the situation.’

‘Very professional but approachable team. Team works hard and puts clients interest first.’

‘Jerker Pitkänen is an outstanding lawyer and great to work with.’

‘All very smart people understanding our needs quickly , no or little need to explain more than once.’

‘The team focuses on large scale international arbitration disputes, primarily in the construction sector, and is probably the only Finnish firm to do so. The team is focused on finding swift and efficient resolution to disputes, taking a commercial view, whilst being underpinned by hugely competent and technical lawyers. This blend of international experience, commercial intelligence and pre-eminent legal acumen is unique in Finland.’

‘Anders Forss is excellent in many ways – easy to work with, very knowledgeable in terms of substance and has special skill for strategic and tactical considerations. He is committed to understanding and learning the client’s business. Ilona Karppinen also highly recommended. She is very thorough and has great attention to detail.’

‘Jerker Pitkänen is an exceptionally talented senior member of the team who has a clear vision of what needs to be done to resolve a dispute and the strategic direction required, whilst being completely on top of all the detail in the case, regardless of the volume of documentation or the number of issues. Mr Pitkänen is very skilled at cross examination when it comes to the evidential hearing. A very robust technical lawyer and a strong advocate and so a key member of the team.’

Key clients

BMW AG

Finnair Plc

Gasum Ltd

Google Inc

Lujatalo Oy

Metsä Group

Nordea Bank Finland Plc

Stora Enso Plc

Valio Ltd

Valmet Corporation

The Finnish Composer’s Copyright Society Teosto

Work highlights

  • Representing Gasum Ltd in an arbitration against Gazprom Export.
  • Acting for Lujatalo Oy in a dispute concerning the construction of a new hospital in Espoo, Finland.
  • Representing Google in Finnish court cases concerning data protection and privacy matters, including the ‘right to be forgotten’ as well as cases concerning issues under the Freedom of Speech Act.

Finland > Employment Tier 1

Castrén & Snellman’s employment team handles a broad range of mandates spanning employment litigation, complex restructurings and outsourcings, TUPE situations and mass redundancies. The firm has seen a surge in instructions from international clients and leverages its cooperation networks with firms in Scandinavia and outside the EU through its membership in the Employment Law Alliance. Outi Tähtinen is co-head of the team and is experienced in employment disputes, while fellow co-head Tomi Kemppainen advises domestic and foreign clients on cross-border outsourcings and reorganisation arrangements. Counsel Sanna Honkinen excels in the employment elements of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Tomi Kemppainen; Outi Tähtinen

Other key lawyers:

Sanna Honkinen; Suvi Kettunen; Jutta Nieminen; Mikko Hanni; Ville Kukkonen; Krista Gusev

Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive, quick and delivers useful legal advice – no long memos where I have to guess what the answer is to my questions. The team also has skilled associates that enable them to deliver cost-efficient advice.’

‘Tomi Kemppainen and Outi Tähtinen are both a pleasure to work with. They are both quick to realise the specific challenges for different types of business activities and they are always able to find a reasonable solution to the problems. They very seldom just say no to a question – they find a way around it!’

‘Eye for the details, easy and prompt accessibility.’

‘Castrén & Snellman’s employment team is unique and delivers excellent quality service. Even though its the leading law firm in Finland, the employment team is easy to reach and able to give assistance in the most difficult cases in a practical way so that the customer really gets value for money.’

‘Tomi Kemppainen is the key contact when in need of excellent legal advice with the sharpest industry-specific business understanding. Outi Tähtinen delivers only top quality with her stunning litigation skills.’

‘Highly skilled team, that always delivers. C&S employment team has broad shoulders with many top individuals to handle any case at any time.’

‘Sanna Honkinen – our go to lawyer for any employment law advice.’

‘Mikko Hanni – always a pleasure to work with Mikko – a skilled practitioner with emphasis on disputes.’

Key clients

Kesko Corporation

Fresenius Medical Care Suomi Oy

WithSecure Corporation

Finnair Plc

Multitude SE

Cargotec Corporation

Evli Plc

Gasum Ltd

Finnlines Oyj

OP Financial Group

Work highlights

  • Acted as the leading employment counsel to WithSecure Corporation in a multi-jurisdictional assignment regarding the proposed separation of its consumer security business through a partial demerger into a new company to be listed on the official list of Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd.
  • Acted as the leading employment counsel to Cargotec Corporation on a contemplated merger with Konecranes, and advised the client on various employment law matters related to the merger.
  • Advised Kesko Corporation on various employment law matters.

Finland > EU and competition Tier 1

Castrén & Snellman's market-leading EU, competition and public procurement practice is a key name for compliance work, competition proceedings and public and private competition litigation. The firm regularly handle international cases, and has been involved in a significant volume of private enforcement litigation in Finland. The team have successfully represented major clients in high-profile and complicated merger filings and multi-jurisdictional notification procedures. Jussi Nieminen is a leading expert in all aspects of competition law, and Anna Kuusniemi-Laine is a leader in public procurement, state aid and competition matters. Maarit Taurula is noted for her experience in merger control processes and cartel investigations.

Practice head(s):

Jussi Nieminen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent team and good business understanding.’

‘Jussi Nieminen is easy to approach, has very good business understanding and is willing to find solutions.’

‘One of the largest and comprehensive teams that can take care of all kinds of matters and inspections.’

‘Jussi Nieminen is very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Also Kiti Karvinen has excellent skills and ability to provide clear advice in complex matters.’

‘Big team of competition lawyers – all truly enthusiastic about it. Business minded advice.’

‘Definitively one of the best law firms in Helsinki in terms of pragmatic, accessible and professional approach. From our perspective the firm has enough resources in situations limited by time. We appreciate the firm’s solution driven and effective way of working. Basis for our good and long relationship is the firm’s true desire to deeply understand our activities and the business we are engaged in.’

‘Anna Kuusniemi-Laine can be described as efficient, business-minded and pragmatic in her practice. Anna emphasises 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. She has also developed a growing reputation in the area of sustainability and in sustainable practice of legal services.’

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

Cargotec Corporation

The Finnish Composer’s Copyright Society Teosto

Work highlights

  • Representing Gasum Ltd in an arbitration against Gazprom Export.
  • Acted as legal adviser to Cargotec, a leading Finnish provider of cargo and load handling solutions, in a contemplated merger with Konecranes, a Finnish world-leading group of lifting equipment and solutions.
  • Advised Lantmännen on its acquisition of Finnish food company Myllyn Paras from Sponsor Capital and minority owners.

Finland > Intellectual property Tier 1

Castrén & Snellman fields a prominent IP practice with clients spanning major industries including the technology, media, life sciences, automotive, energy, textile, retail, luxury and consumer goods sectors. The team provides advice on all aspects of trade mark, copyright and design prosecution, brand clearances and freedom to operate evaluations, and also handles multi-jurisdictional IP portfolio management issues. Sakari Salonen has key experience in the protection, commercialisation and enforcement of IP rights at a domestic and global level, and Kim Parviainen excels in data protection issues and patent, trade mark, design and franchise disputes. Hanna Paloheimo‘s practice covers patent litigation and pharmaceuticals regulatory matters, while Hilma-Karoliina Markkanen stands out for her knowledge of copyrights, trade marks, unfair competition issues, e-commerce work, and marketing and consumer law. Nina Mikander leads the IP prosecution team.

Practice head(s):

Sakari Salonen; Nina Mikander; Hanna Paloheimo

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Alma Media

Anora Group

BMW AG

Boehringer Ingelheim

Crocs Inc.

Finnish Olympic Committee

Google

Innohome Oy

Merck KGaA and Merck Oy

OP Financial Group

Sinituote Oy

The Finnish Composer’s Copyright Society Teosto

Valio Ltd

Wärtsilä Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acting for Google on IP advisory issues, trade mark enforcements, customs seizures, copyright and marketing law matters, as well as data privacy and technology related work.
  • Represented BMW in a complex trade mark dispute, where the Market Court prohibited the defendant from infringing BMW’s trade mark and dismissed the opposing party’s claim to invalidate BMW’s trade mark.
  • Advising Valio Ltd, the Finland’s biggest dairy business and food exporter, on brand protection and intellectual property enforcement matters globally.

Finland > Maritime and transport Tier 1

Castrén & Snellman fields an experienced team which excels in ship financing work, transport law and logistics issues. Niklas Langenskiöld is specialised in commercial litigation and domestic and international arbitration proceedings, and he regularly assists ship owners, insurers and other Finnish international clients in the shipping and logistics sectors. Rickard Langenskiöld advises ship owners as well as Finnish and foreign clients active in the logistics sector on matters ranging from commercial issues to shipbuilding mandates and shipping and logistics transactions.

Practice head(s):

Niklas Langenskiöld

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Finnlines Plc

Prima Shipping Ltd

Finland > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Castrén & Snellman hosts one of the largest real estate and construction teams in Finland, and covers large real estate projects and notable real estate developments in Helsinki. The firm is also involved in advising major international and domestic clients on their investments into the Finnish real estate market, where it also assists investors, developers, funds and construction companies. Antti Kaakkola is the head of the real estate investments and transactions department and has a wide variety of expertise in real estate transactions along with Matias Wallgren, who is the head of the environment, infrastructure and natural resources team and also handles property development projects. Senior associate Elina Marttala stands out for her knowledge of land use mandates and environmental legislation. Fellow group head Uwe Uusitalo is the key contact for construction work, particularly infrastructure projects in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Antti Kaakkola; Matias Wallgren; Uwe Uusitalo

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very good understanding of the sector as well the talent to support in negotiations far beyond the legal advice.’

‘Good knowledge, good service.’

‘Antti Kaakkola provides good service with attention to detail.’

‘C&S has handled many of the biggest real estate transactions in Finland during the past few years. The quality of the work is impeccable and they have a big group of highly skilled lawyers in the team. Antti and his team has a deep knowledge of the industry.’

‘Tuomas Lehtinen – superb skills in understanding how to negotiate with the opponent.’

‘Very nice people. Collaboration was easy. Due diligence was done very well and in time.’

‘Castrén & Snellman’s team has extensive and versatile expertise in real estate transactions. They know how to take their client’s side, but at the same time also find mediation solutions when they are needed.’

Key clients

Pohjola Insurance Ltd

Lumo Kodit Oy

Niam Nordic Core-Plus II

Sagax Finland Asset Management Oy

NREP Oy

DWS Real Estate GmbH

eQ Community Properties Fund

LocalTapiola Alternative Investment Funds

YIT Finland Oy

Tokmanni Oy

NSF IV Finland Advisory Oy

BEWI ASA

Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company

Fortum Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Pohjola Insurance Ltd on the sale of a portfolio comprising four hospital properties and a share of a parking company to an international investor.
  • Advised Lumo Kodit Oy, a subsidiary of Kojamo plc, on the acquisition of 942 apartments in Finnish growth centres from a fund managed by NREP.
  • Advised Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company on an office building project where Varma creates office and commercial premises in Central Pasila’s new Tower Area.

Finland > TMT Tier 1

Castrén & Snellman‘s data and technology practice focuses on complex private and public sector IT outsourcings and cross-border IT system procurement projects. The firm’s expertise extends to internet, e-commerce, data protection and regulatory matters in the media and telecoms sectors. Group head Eija Warma-Lehtinen is experienced in national and international matters revolving around digital transformation projects, outsourcings, cloud services issues, IT and IP-driven transactions, and data protection matters. Kim Parviainen has notable experience in trade mark design, copyright and advertising matters, and Janina Tahvanainen specialies in transactional IP, technology and data protection work. Former group co-head Pia Ek departed to Bird & Bird in 2024.

Practice head(s):

Eija Warma-Lehtinen

Other key lawyers:

Kim Parviainen; Miika Junttila; Petteri Günther; Janina Tahvanainen; Asta Salo

Testimonials

‘Data Protection & Privacy team is top class in terms of expertise and service mindset. People are really skilled in their area, service minded and I get business critical support.’

‘Eija Warma-Lehtinen and Asta Salo have been the key people to run data privacy for our company. They are independent, fast and adapted quickly to the critical needs and roles for the company’s daily business operation. I have not met similar humble but intelligent team members in other providers.’

‘Our long-time main contact at Castrén & Snellman has been Kim Parviainen (partner). We appreciate very much his industry knowledge and ability to provide us detailed hands-on legal advice (by himself or by the best suited associates or counsels) and to make available to us his professional experience in evaluating any legal aspects of our most important projects/agreements.’

‘C&S has not only super talented individuals but a wide range of people who are very skilled in what they do. You can always expect high end results that can be used safely without double checking.’

‘C&S has the stars of almost every legal branch. They don’t just follow the law and industry, they are also shaping it. Partners do not leave the work for associates but are actively involved with clients.’

‘The team has overall excellent competence in its field. The quality of their work, whether contracts, negotiations or advice, is virtually flawless. Great attention to detail is combined with a thorough understanding of the general business purposes of the case.’

‘All are very proper and businesslike, although (to their advantage) more relaxed than some of their nearest competitors. Miika Junttila is a highly competent lawyer and he is also friendly, easy to get along with and a great communicator in contract negotiations and similar situations.’

Key clients

WithSecure Corporation / F-Secure Corporation

Tulli

Helsingin seudun opiskelija-asuntosäätiö sr

Google LLC

CSC-Tieteen tietotekniikan keskus Oy

Yleisradio Oy

Fonecta Oy

Keskinäinen Vakuutusyhtiö Fennia

Veikkaus Oy / Fennica Gaming Oy

Work highlights

  • Advised F-Secure Corporation on the separation of F-Secure’s Consumer Security business and Corporate Security business through a partial demerger.
  • Advised Veikkaus Oy’s subsidiary Fennica Gaming Oy on the launch of its business-to-business operations after certain changes to Finnish lotteries legislation allowing the Veikkaus group to engage in business-to-business services.
  • Assisted Yleisradio with appealing against a decision by the Finnish Tax Administration.

Finland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

The ‘business-oriented‘ team at Castrén & Snellman has a focus on complex international and cross-border transactions, mergers, acquisitions and investments and also handles corporate governance work. The firm engages with clients from a broad spectrum of sectors including the energy, technology and transportation industries. As head of the M&A practice, Jan Örndahl advises public and private companies and private equity sponsors on domestic and cross-border acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures. Heidi Paalanen-Koev is experienced in M&A, commercial agreements and transaction and trade-related compliance matters, while Pauliina Tenhunen has notable experience in corporate governance and company law issues, and insolvency and restructuring matters. Benjamin Bade has advised a number of key clients in the technology, food and health sectors on complex cross-border transactions, and Jarno Tanhuanpää leads the firm's private equity and venture capital offering.

Practice head(s):

Jan Örndahl; Jarno Tanhuanpää; Pauliina Tenhunen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I highly appreciate their solution oriented approach and readiness to discuss not only about legal matters per se but also deal tactics and negotiation points from our viewpoint, and also how things might look at the opposite side of the table.’

‘Truly committed in helping us to find the best solutions in difficult situations. Each team member we have worked with has been extremely helpful and easy to reach, also outside of office hours.’

‘Business oriented way of working, fast but comprehensive solutions.’

‘Jan Örndahl: Excellent understanding of the business needs. Quick solutions to complex problems. Benjamin Bade: Excellent understanding of business needs. Quick solutions to complex problems.’

Key clients

Lantmännen ek för

Valio Oy

Oddlygood Global Ltd

Seraphim Space

Molten Ventures Plc

Evli Bank Plc

F-Secure Corporation

WithSecure Corporation

Oy Karl Fazer Ab

Metsä Fibre Oy

Ahlström Capital Oy

Kone Corporation

Gasum Oy

Next Games Corporation

Blackstone Growth

Intera Partners Oy

ClearCapital.com, Inc.

Level Equity Management

Work highlights

  • Advised WithSecure Corporation, a global cybersecurity and privacy company, on the separation of the company’s consumer security business through a partial demerger.
  • Advising Ahlström Capital and its portfolio company Enics Group on the contemplated merger between Enics Group and GPV International A/S, wholly owned by the public listed company Schouw & Co A/S.
  • Advised Blackstone Growth on the €500m funding round of Retail Logistics Excellence – RELEX Oy, a Finland-based provider of unified retail planning solutions.

Finland > Tax Tier 2

Castrén & Snellman has assisted listed companies and their subsidiaries on cross-border and domestic transactions involving complex tax issues, and matters involving securing tax neutrality. Group co-head Sari Laaksonen has a notable track record in advising on the cross-border aspects and structuring considerations of M&A, real estate and financing transactions. Co-head Mikko Alakare has key experience spanning direct and indirect tax and is singled out by clients as ‘a strong player when it comes to tax litigation‘. Jenni Korhonen has advised on a large amount of restructurings of listed companies and handled the related tax elements. In early 2023, Janne Juusela joined the practice from Borenius.

Practice head(s):

Sari Laaksonen; Mikko Alakare

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The C&S Tax team has shown its strength especially in the following areas: tax litigation/disputes, succession planning as well as M&A related tax issues. The C&S Tax team is strong and versatile when it comes to different fields of tax. Their main focus is in income taxation but the team has successfully handled various VAT related matters and disputes.’

‘Mikko Alakare is a strong player when it comes to tax litigation/disputes, Sari Laaksonen is the go-to person when it comes to transaction, private wealth or tax planning related questions. Jenni Korhonen is a rising star in the field of M&A tax and she is extremely pleasant to work with.’

‘Castren Snellmann’s tax team is characterised by excellent analytical skills and a high degree of precision. We have recently worked with them on comparative tax issues involving European law and found the cross-border cooperation productive, determined and highly professional. The working atmosphere is highly collegiate and pleasant.’

‘Mikko Alakare has a very good understanding of international contexts and the reflections of these contexts in national tax law. In the professional cooperation, one quickly notices that he always keeps an overview and analyses facts quickly and precisely.’

Key clients

Evli Bank

Bilot

Blackstone

Mobile Pay

F-Secure

Gasum

Intera Partners

Founders of a Foundation for the Conservation of the Paimio Sanatorium

Clear Capital

Finnfund

Helen and the Bank of Åland’s Wind Power Fund Non-UCITS

9 Lives

Lemonsoft

RLC Holding AB

Fortum

Vantaan Energia

Work highlights

  • Advised Evli Plc, the Finnish listed company, on two major transactions, the first involving the demerger and subsequent merger with Fellow Finance and the second involving the merger with EAB Group Plc.
  • Acted as legal and tax adviser to Bilot Plc on the merger of two Finnish listed companies Bilot Plc and Vincit Plc.
  • Acting as legal and tax adviser to F-Secure Corporation on the separation of F-Secure’s Consumer Security business through a partial demerger.

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.


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.