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Dittmar & Indrenius > The Legal 500 RankingsDittmar & Indrenius fields a large corporate practice, which advises on complex, high-value transactions in the corporate and private equity spheres, often containing cross-border elements. The team has recently been engaged on large public M&A and private equity deals and issues relating to energy and infrastructure projects in Finland. Jan Ollila has extensive experience in high-profile public and private transactions. Group co-head Wilhelm Eklund is a recognised M&A and private equity lawyer, while fellow co-head Mikko Eerola is involved in top Finnish and cross-border private equity deals, acting for clients including major international and Finnish private equity houses. Gabrielle Dannberg has a specific focus on technology mandates, and is respected for her work on complex M&A and private equity transactions, while newly promoted partner Jasper Kuhlefelt is a key name for public M&A in Finland. Senior partner Anders Carlberg is also a noteworthy practitioner.
Wilhelm Eklund; Mikko Eerola
‘Very deep knowledge on certain topics, e.g. tech.’
‘Great combination of expertise and nice, easy to work with, flexible and available support.’
‘Very experienced team with high commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.’
‘Wilhelm Eklund is a true professional with great negotiation skills and commitment to address client’s issues.’
‘Always provides a human touch to the work they do – Can fully be trusted to discuss with the management team of our portfolio businesses and any new potential investments – Are always careful not to duplicate work/requests to the client.’
‘Gabrielle Dannberg is incredibly diligent. She will always take the time to talk through points and explain comments. I have been working with her for over 5 years and she has always taken the time to go the extra mile. She never rushes through anything.’
‘Jasper Kuhlefelt is always available when needed, is attentive and makes a client feel valued.’
Brookfield Asset Management Inc.
Tiger Global Management
Providence Strategic Growth
- Advising MB Funds on the sale of Raksystems to Trill impact.
- Advising Brookfield Asset Management on the acquisition of 49% of Telia Company’s tower business in Finland and Norway.
- Advising Colas on its acquisition of Destia.
Finland > Employment Tier 1Dittmar & Indrenius is well regarded for its expertise in all HR matters including negotiating collective agreements, handling internal investigations and assisting with public sector employment matters. The firm has a strong presence in the Finnish courts, and regularly appears in the Labour Court representing Finnish employers’ organisations. Seppo Havia has substantial experience in complex precedent-setting employment law matters including work involving employee benefits. Suvi Knaapila is head of the practice and is a well regarded expert with experience in whistleblowing mandates, while Petteri Uoti is praised by clients as 'the most experienced and skilled lawyer in employment law in Finland'. Counsel Mika Kärkkäinen is also active in the practice and has 'outstanding skills'.
‘The Dittmar & Indrenius employment team are forward looking, patient, attentive to details, and pro-active. They ask the right questions that help you determine the outcome you are actually looking for and what is the best way to get there. They are also very diligent and responsive. I greatly appreciate how fast they revert to me, as well as how clearly they explain both the context and legal framework around the topic.’
‘In the employment practice I work with Suvi Knaapila who is excellent. Suvi has helped me through a resizing of the organization, providing key materials, engaging with other stakeholders on our behalf and taking a calm and pragmatic approach. This has been very key when certain tasks have felt overwhelmed. When I work with Suvi I feel that we are a true team, and that her patience with my numerous questions, as well as her advice and consistent ability to help me see the larger picture, makes me a better leader.’
‘Dittmar is a very innovative law firm that comes up with new solutions to difficult problems. This is backed by extremely good knowledge on current employment law.’
‘Petteri Uoti is in my opinion the most experienced and skilled lawyer in employment law in Finland. He also has a very wide network of contacts including top experts and decision-makers. Mr. Uoti is also a very convincing person who gives the (well earned) impression that he is on top of the issue he is handling. Seppo Havia has extensive knowledge of employment law and is a leading expert. Mika Kärkkäinen is a rising star who has worked in Dittmar for a relatively short time but has shown outstanding skills especially regarding his knowledge of the current legislation, relevant court cases etc.’
‘Dittmar’s Employment team is definitely the top in Finland when it comes to supporting clients in most challenging situations. Their approach is both practical and intelligent, making it easier for the clients to tackle their unique challenges.’
‘Seppo Havia, Petteri Uoti and Suvi Knaapila are, in my mind, the very top experts on essential labour laws and legal practice in Finland.’
‘Overwhelming expertise in labour law topics and customer oriented approach. Extraordinary capability to understand customers needs and always supporting customer in decision making – Dittmar can really bring added value to customer who is seeking a solution. They are not only giving legal interpretations but advice. That I highly respect.’
Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities
Delivery Hero Finland Ltd
Alma Media Plc
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland
Kirby Engineering Group
- Represented Etteplan Embedded Finland Oy in Supreme Court proceedings regarding the legal effect of the so-called competitiveness pact concluded between all the central labour unions and corresponding employer’s associations.
- Acted for Delivery Hero/Foodora in multiple matters and in many different instances regarding food riders’ position as employees or contractors.
- Represented the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland in two cases involving alleged discrimination.
Finland > EU and competition Tier 1Dittmar & Indrenius is a key name in the market for competition infringement and antitrust damages cases, with group head Ilkka Leppihalme and Aarne Puisto leveraging notable experience in cartel investigations, horizontal and vertical agreements and abuse of dominance mandates; the firm has also seen a notable increase in high-end transactional and merger control work. Toni Kalliokoski specialises in competition litigation acts in antitrust damages claims, while Jussi Koivusalo assists with domestic and EU level merger control filings and complex transactions.
‘The team has a really high level and wide competence in the area of competition law.’
‘The extremely high competence and a long experience within the business of key lawyers brings value to the customer. Especially Ilkka Leppihalme is recognised as one of the best within competence and experience.’
‘Business acumen and no-nonsense approach. Highly professional, flexible and quick to propose innovative solutions.’
‘Aarne Puisto has provided my company invaluable assistance in large public tenders. His vast understanding of the public tenders, ability to act as an interpreter between the suppliers and the customers needs and targets, and exceptional competence in inventing innovative solutions to complex problems is unique in the market.’
‘Aarne Puisto, their associate – is very exceptional and talented. His attitude, his knowledge is something I have never seen in younger professionals. I am pretty sure Aarne will be one of the top competition lawyers in the Nordic countries within a few years. He can already now see 1) what is important and 2) what is not – and justify his opinions in a way not many seniors can. He is exceptional in many ways.’
‘We do very much enjoy working with the Dittmar competition team. Ilkka Leppihalme is a strong professional and a great team leader.’
‘Ilkka Leppihalme is truly our go-to partner in the Finnish competition law market. He has excellent communication skills which he combines with top knowledge in the competition field.’
‘Dittmar’s team has probably the best know-how on EU competition legislation in Finland. They can offer solid support from the Finnish case law to the EU case law. Since complex competition cases that go all the way to different EU courts are rare, Dittmar has a unique competence and relevant network to find external help when needed.’
Brookfield Asset Management Inc.
City of Espoo
Nordic Entertainment Group
Starwood Capital Group
- Advised the Bouygues Group on its acquisition of Destia from Ahlström Capital, obtaining (i) an unconditional merger control clearance from the European Commission and (ii) the Foreign Direct Investment approval from the Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.
- Represented Nobina in the Court of Justice of the European Union in Finland’s largest state aid recovery case over unlawful aid granted to Nobina’s competitor.
- Advised Brookfield on the acquisition of 49% of Telia Company’s tower business in Finland and Norway.
Finland > TMT Tier 1Dittmar & Indrenius has excellent expertise in technology law combined with regulatory knowledge and leverages the knowledge of the technology, data protection, marketing and consumers, IP and life sciences and healthcare groups to handle a broad range of issues. The group is particularly noted for its experience in technology deals involving complex technology elements, R&D collaboration projects and contentious work. Anna Haapanen is the head of technology group and has experience in the copyright and patent aspects of code work and technology licensing issues including proprietary and open source licensings. Jukka Lång heads up the data protection, marketing and consumers practice group, and is a trusted adviser for companies requiring data protection and cybersecurity advice. Eila El Asry is a name to watch and advises international and domestic clients on all legal aspects relating to the use, commercialisation and protection of technology assets. Senior associate Johanna Tuohino joined the group in January 2022 and focuses on commercial technology issues. Life sciences and healthcare group head Juli Mansnérus also contributes to the practice.
Anna Haapanen; Jukka Lång; Juli Mansnérus
‘The team understands and interprets complex issues very well and can interpret legal requirements in a practical context. Dittmar has the best up-to-date knowledge of topical legal developments.’
‘Jukka Lång is fun to work with and he takes great care of his clientele. He always has the most recent up-to-date know-how of data protection and legal tech developments.’
‘Anna Haapanen is extremely result oriented and wants to deliver high value work within budget. She has a clear understanding of the industry and is able to ask the right questions in order to get to the root of the customer’s need.’
‘Strong and extensive knowledge in the area of general data protection law. Very experienced team that can be relied on in demanding cases.’
‘Expertise, customer focus, commitment, understanding the client’s needs.’
‘Expertise, availability, customer focus, in-depth way of working.’
City of Espoo
Helvar Oy Ab
Nordic Investment Bank (NIB)
Sweco Finland Oy
Veho Oy Ab
- Representing DNA Oyj in an appeal in the Supreme Administrative Court against the telecoms regulator’s and administrative court’s decisions.
- Representing the City of Espoo in administrative court proceedings against the data protection regulator’s decision that prohibits schools throughout Finland from using digital education platforms.
- Advised ICEYE Oy on preparing legal arguments to the governmental bill draft of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment regarding amendments to the Finnish Act on Space Activity.
‘Juha-Pekka Mutanen is our go to person for issues around credit risk mitigation in Finland. The team is providing exactly the advice we require and takes a very pragmatic approach.’
‘The banking and finance practice of Dittmar is truly a team not a group of individuals. They operate together as a unit and everyone knows their responsibilities. This results in spot on thought-out end products delivered on time and second to none in terms of quality.’
‘The team consists of highly capable individuals led by partner Juha-Pekka Mutanen, the true legal mind and genius of banking and finance in Finland. Mr. Mutanen’s ability to simplify highly complex matters not only to clients but also to other parties involved has solved a number of potential issues in transactions. He is the true legal mind and genius of the field.’
Svenska Handelsbanken AB
Finland > Capital markets Tier 2Dittmar & Indrenius advises clients on the issuance of debt and equity instruments, securities transactions, disclosures, corporate governance work and regulatory issues. The team has worked on a number of high-profile capital markets matters, with key clients including fintech companies and financial institutions. Juha-Pekka Mutanen’s work focuses on finance and capital market transactions, mergers and acquisitions and corporate law, while Hanna-Mari Manninen has extensive experience in capital markets transactions and assists clients with deals involving novel financial services and licensing questions. Anders Carlberg’s experience includes IPO mandates as well as dual-track processes.
‘I work regularly with Dittmar within its Capital markets/Regulatory/Fintech practice, where they have key capabilities in terms of their expertise and experience.’
‘Kristian Karlsson is my key contact, always available, gives clear, short and to-the-point advice.’
‘The capital markets practice of Dittmar is truly a team not just a group of individuals. They operate together as a unit while everyone still knows their tasks and responsibilities. This results in spot on thought-out end products delivered in time and second to none in terms of quality.’
‘The team consists of highly capable individuals led by partner Juha-Pekka Mutanen, the true legal mind and genius of capital markets in Finland. Mr. Mutanen’s ability to simplify highly complex matters not only to clients but also to other parties involved has solved number of potential issues in transactions. He is the true legal mind and genius within the field.’
Finland > Tax Tier 2Dittmar & Indrenius' tax and structuring practice focuses on transactional tax advice, tax litigation and tax advisory work including setting up sustainable and tax efficient business models. The firm has been involved in M&A tax work and structuring issues and has handled the tax optimisation of transactions and investment funds. Practice head Kai Holkeri assists with structuring and optimising M&A transactions from a tax perspective and also advises on financial transactions and tax disputes, with expertise in international tax structuring work. Ritva Aalto is noted for her experience in high-end tax matters and high-profile tax disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Ritva Aalto; Vilho Lammi
Providence Strategic Growth Capital Partners L.L.C.
AMP Capital Investors
HANSAINVEST Real Assets
AXA Real Estate
The Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities
Aberdeen Standard Capital
Wipunen Asia Capital
Elite Asset Management Plc
- Advised Colas on the acquisition of Destia.
- Acted for a multinational group in a significant transfer pricing dispute in Finland.
- Represented a global bank in a tax related dispute in Finland.
Finland > Dispute resolution Tier 3Dittmar & Indrenius has an integrated dispute resolution practice, with in-depth knowledge of advocacy, mediation and settlement negotiations and cross-border and domestic arbitration proceedings, acting for clients from a wide variety of sectors including the telecoms, automotive and technology industries. The firm has a focus on privacy and data protection related disputes, and has acted in a number of landmark data protection disputes. Jussi Lehtinen has been active in cross-border arbitration proceedings, while Jan Ollila has a practice focused on advising clients on dispute management and strategy, arbitration proceedings and mediation. Helen Lehto has broad expertise in disputes concerning international trade and purchase and supply agreements, while Tom Ehrström is praised as 'a true professional'.
‘Highly talented professionals.’
‘Easy to work with, broad view, depth of bench and solid ethics.’
‘Jussi Lehtinen, partner – seasoned litigator with good strategic view.’
‘You can trust that they always do what they have promised. Very easy to discuss, always reachable etc.’
‘I have worked the most with Tom Ehrström. He has always been very constructive and a true professional. Also, a very likeable person.’
‘Commitment to your case is excellent, their capabilities in “out-of box”-thinking in very demanding cases. They understand your needs and are very goal oriented. Also, the way they communicate (i.e. recommendations) is open, clear and easily understandable.’
‘Jussi Lehtinen, partner – exceptional, reliable, the way he takes care of your case is more than you can hope, always available and very good in communication.’
Veho Oy Ab
- Represented Nobina in the Court of Justice of the European Union in Finland’s largest state aid recovery case over unlawful aid granted to Nobina’s competitor.
- Acting for a large Finnish city in administrative court proceedings against the data protection regulator’s decision that prohibits schools throughout Finland from using digital education platforms.
- Representing a specialty metal products company in arbitral proceedings to secure a rare total cancellation of its purchase agreement for faulty production equipment.
Anna Haapanen; Juli Mansnérus; Iiris Kivikari
Other key lawyers:
‘Good service, Wide legal expertise area. Trustful partner.’
‘All individuals are putting the customer first.’
‘We know the team. They are good.’
HANSAINVEST Hanseatische Investment-GmbH
Mirabel Partners Oy
Ingka Centres Finland Oy
Food Folk Suomi Oy (former McDonald’s Finland Oy)
Specsavers Finland Oy
Silvestica Green Forest Finland Oy
- Advised HANSAINVEST on acquiring a modern logistics and warehouse property located in Turku, Finland.
- Advised Mirabel Partners on acquiring industrial properties located in the Greater Helsinki area on a continuous basis.
- Advised Ingka Centres on divesting a retail and development property located in Tampere, Finland.
Dittmar & Indrenius > Firm Profile
The firm: Dittmar & Indrenius is a leading Finnish law firm established in 1899. Since 1899 the firm has been engineering landmark transactions, solving major disputes and been there for our clients in times of significant change.
D&I serves its clients across all legal areas and industry sectors. Our full-service Powerhouse model seamlessly connects cross-silo specialists to support our clients in achieving their objectives and growth.
The firm represents leading domestic and international corporations and institutions, as well as acting for a number of governments and international organisations. D&I continuously represents half of the 50 largest listed companies in Finland and more than every third Dow Jones Industrial Average company in their operations in Finland.
Areas of practice
Transaction powerhouse: The firm takes a holistic view on transactions and combine all its areas of expertise into a uniquely integrated transaction service.
D&I serves demanding transaction clients locally and globally, often operating as the trusted gateway into and out of the Nordic region. The firm focuses on providing comprehensive advice to sophisticated market participants in complex transactions, with an emphasis on public M&A including takeover defence and public to private transactions as well as divestments, reorganisations and structured sales processes.
D&I is known for its high-end work in large and complex transactions, frequently with cross-border and capital markets elements.
Dispute powerhouse: The firm offers integrated dispute resolution services combining in-depth knowledge of all its specialist areas of law and industry sectors with unparalleled experience in advocacy, mediation and settlement negotiations.
D&I is known for its success in challenging international arbitration proceedings, complex commercial litigation as well as high-profile cartel damages litigation proceedings.
D&I serves demanding corporate clients in preventing and resolving all commercial conflicts, often involving complex cross-border elements requiring professional experience from various different jurisdictions.
In addition to arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution as well as commercial litigation and administrative proceedings, the firm regularly advises its clients on disputes relating to taxation, IPR, employment, competition, data protection and cyber security matters, as well as relating to M&A and other transactions.
Innovation powerhouse: The firm’s innovation powerhouse is all about its clients’ innovations. The firm helps businesses transform and grow in the digitalized world.
D&I offers one-stop-shop strategic legal advice for companies in any industry dealing with new innovations transforming their business. D&I is known for being the leading digital disruption team in Finland. Our exceptional track record covers new digital business models, data, cybersecurity, Fintech, blockchain and other disruptive technologies.
References: For recent work highlights, please visit www.dittmar.fi/references
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|Mr Antti Aaltonen||Focus on large-scale real estate transactions, all types of lease arrangements as…||View Profile|
|Mr Johan Åkermarck||Focus on complex cross-border transactions with all aspects of M&A and private…||View Profile|
|Mr Anders Carlberg||Focus on complex cross-border transactions in the fields of public and private…||View Profile|
|Mrs Gabrielle Dannberg||Focus on complex domestic and cross-border M&A and private equity transactions. Managing…||View Profile|
|Mr Mikko Eerola||Focus on M&A and private equity, especially in the field of energy…||View Profile|
|Mr Wilhelm Eklund||Focus on complex cross-border transactions with all aspects of M&A, private equity…||View Profile|
|Dr Anna Haapanen||Focus on technology transactions, complex IP and IT intensive contracts and negotiations…||View Profile|
|Mr Jonatan Hallvar||Focus on corporate law matters as well as real estate and energy…||View Profile|
|Mr Seppo Havia||Focus on complex precedent-setting employment law matters and employment law related dispute…||View Profile|
|Mr Kai Holkeri||Focus on structuring and tax optimisation of M&A transactions, financial transactions, and…||View Profile|
|Mr Mika Kärkkäinen||Focus on complex employment law, company restructurings and related dispute resolution. Counsel…||View Profile|
|Mr Kristian Karlsson||Focus on securities law, investment funds, regulatory matters and financing transactions. Partner…||View Profile|
|Ms Iiris Kivikari||Focus on legal development of innovative technologies and businesses, and the strategic…||View Profile|
|Ms Suvi Knaapila||Focus on complex employment law, restructurings and related dispute resolution. Partner Suvi…||View Profile|
|Mr Jukka Lång||Focus on complex data protection, cyber security and IT law matters. Partner…||View Profile|
|Mr Jussi Lehtinen||Focus on demanding commercial arbitration and litigation proceedings. Partner Jussi Lehtinen heads…||View Profile|
|Mr Ilkka Leppihalme||Focus on high-profile EU and Finnish competition law matters; litigation and arbitration…||View Profile|
|Ms Hanna-Mari Manninen||Focus on strategic corporate governance and sustainability as well as leveraged acquisitions…||View Profile|
|Dr Juli Mansnérus||Focus on IP & life sciences dispute resolution and transactions as well…||View Profile|
|Mr Juha-Pekka Mutanen||Focus on complex finance and capital market transactions, M&A and corporate law.…||View Profile|
|Mr Jan Ollila||Focus on high-level transactions and transaction related disputes. Partner Jan Ollila heads…||View Profile|
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D&I’s external sustainable advice and internal procedures go hand-in-hand. Sustainability in our internal actions also has intrinsic value as it promotes the well-being of our employees.
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