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Dittmar & Indrenius
POHJOISESPLANADI 25 A
00100 HELSINKI
Finland

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Wilhelm Eklund and Jan Ollila jointly lead the practice at Dittmar & Indrenius, which handles a broad range of complex, high-value transactions in the corporate and private equity spheres. Leveraging its close relationships with international networks, the team is highly recommended for cross-border transactions as both lead and local counsel. Managing partner Anders Carlberg has a strong track record in transactions with capital markets aspects. Key sectors for the group include the energy, infrastructure, healthcare, retail and technology industries.

Practice head(s):

Jan Ollila; Wilhelm Eklund

Other key lawyers:

Anders Carlberg

Key clients

Telenor Group

Aedifica

Capman and Capman Infra

Tesla

Garmin

IKEA

GlaxoSmithKline

Ericsson

General Motors

Providence Equity Partners

Employment Tier 1

Dittmar & Indrenius' full-service employment practice handles matters ranging from company reorganisations to employment disputes, transactions to compensation schemes, and collective employment issues and outsourcing work to pensions and discrimination issues, including the related criminal proceedings. Litigator Seppo Havia, who has extensive experience in collective bargaining agreements, jointly leads the team with Suvi Knaapila, whose practice focuses on complex reorganisations and international employment law. Petteri Uoti is noted for his expertise in restructurings and dispute resolution. The group cooperates closely with the firm's tax, data protection and M&A experts for a fully joined-up service.

Practice head(s):

Seppo Havia; Suvi Knaapila

Other key lawyers:

Petteri Uoti; Mika Kärkkäinen

Testimonials

‘Suvi Knaapila is by far the best HR legal advisor I’ve worked with in 15 years. She always makes time for us, covers different scenarios and approaches, and has taken extra time to understand our working culture and how her HR input and counsel aligns with that. She helped with everything from contracts, to layoffs, furloughs, negotiations, and other HR scenarios. We’ve also talked about different growth scenarios and how decisions I make now may impact us in the future. I really feel we’d be lost with Suvi’s excellent direction.’

‘Top team when facing complicated cases which need out-of-the-box thinking.’

‘Best overall knowledge of employment legislation among Finnish firms. Wide network of contacts.’

‘I truly enjoy working with Dittmar & Indrenius. I’ve worked with them on contracts and HR- their responses are always swift, and even though we are perhaps on the smaller side in terms of workload- I am always made to feel like a priority. Their attention to detail, and their forward thinking is highly valued. They look to prevent and solve future problems as well, not just whatever I’ve called them for.’

‘Petteri Uoti is by far a leading star in Employment issues in Finland. He has outstanding knowledge of Employment legislation and problem solving. He is also very good at presenting his views. Seppo Havia also has top notch capabilities. Mika Kärkkäinen is a rising star with extremely good knowledge of Employment issues.’

‘I think that Suvi Knaappila is just superb in building a trusting relationship. Supporting me through a though process in a very professional and friendly way. She is always available with very short notice.’

‘True professional team that knows how to speak to us in an understandable language. Not using too many difficult terms and expression. Very friendly and understanding. Supporting in a professional way.’

‘Petteri Uoti – strong knowledge base and talent to open the issues at hand. Seppo Havia – marvellous litigator keen on finding new approaches. Suvi Knaapila –  hard working solid, convincing top performer.’

Key clients

Aller Media Group

Alma Media Group

Amcham Finland

Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities

Azolver Group

Crisis Management Initiative ry (CMI)

Etteplan Embedded Finland Ltd

Finnair Plc / Finnair Group

Ikea Ltd

Jet Time Ltd

Neste Corporation

Orthodox Parish of Helsinki

Stockmann Plc

Veho Group

EU and competition Tier 1

Involved in landmark infringement and damages matters including large cartel and abuse of dominance cases, Dittmar & Indrenius acts for both defendants and the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA). The team has recently defended a client against the FCCA's current infringement investigation into the taxi market, and has seen its high-end transactional work increase; it recently advised Telenor on its €1.5bn acquisition of DNA, and practice head Ilkka Leppihalme led on a rare Phase II merger control mandate. Senior attorney Heidi Muukkonen has particular experience in advising automotive clients and handles public procurements.

Practice head(s):

Ilkka Leppihalme

Other key lawyers:

Heidi Muukkonen

Key clients

Nobina AB

City of Espoo

MB Funds

Tampereen Aluetaksi Oy

Nordic Entertainment Group AB

Norvestor

Betsson

Nordstjernan AB

Blackstone

CapMan Oyj

Providence Strategic Growth Capital Partners L.L.C.

Ahlström Capital Oy

Auris Kaasunjakelu Oy

Baxter Oy

Fennia Mutual Insurance Company

Mondi AG

Nets Denmark A/S

Nielsen

Telenor Group

Trustly Group AB

TMT Tier 1

The TMT practice at Dittmar & Indrenius is prominent in fintech and healthtech projects, particularly those involving big data. Other key areas of work include outsourcings, technology transactions, data and cybersecurity work, disruptive technology and AI issues, cleantech work and disputes. Anna Haapanen is an expert in code and the related technology licensing mandates including proprietary and open source licensing issues. She leads the team with Jukka Lång, who has significant compliance and data protection expertise.

Practice head(s):

Jukka Lång; Anna Haapanen

Key clients

Garmin Ltd

Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom

Metso Corporation (now Metso Outotec Corporation)

Metsä Group

Neste Corporation

TietoEVRY Corporation

Helvar Oy Ab

Veho Oy Ab

Sweco Finland Oy

Skanska Oy

IKEA Oy

Banking and finance Tier 2

Dittmar & Indrenius advises a roster of leading banks, financial institutions, insurance companies, corporates, private equity houses and other investors; key clients are in the fintech, energy, mining and automotive sectors. Practice co-head Hanna-Mari Manninen focuses on leveraged acquisitions, corporate lending work and payment services transactions; she also has extensive fintech experience. Manninen heads up the team with Juha-Pekka Mutanen, who is recommended for project financings, bond finance mandates and pan-Nordic investments. Associate Kristian Karlsson is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Juha-Pekka Mutanen; Hanna-Mari Manninen

Other key lawyers:

Kristian Karlsson

Key clients

Infracapital’s Greenfield Fund

Loiste Group

MB Funds

Pandion Mine Finance, LP

Ikea Oy

Veho Oy Ab

CapMan

Aberdeen Standard Investments (formerly SL Capital Partners), Auris Kaasunjakelu, Suomen Kaasuenergia

Kotkamills Group Oyj

Nordisk Film Games

Norvestor

Vaisala Oyj

KLAR Partners Ltd

Opus Capital and its owner Providence Strategic Growth Capital Partners L.L.C

Capital markets Tier 2

Juha-Pekka Mutanen and Hanna-Mari Manninen lead the capital markets group at Dittmar & Indrenius, and are active in a variety of debt and equity capital markets transactions. The team handles securities transactions and private to public mandates, and regularly assists alternative investors. Other key strengths for the group include providing regulatory, compliance and fintech advice to banks, start-ups and regulators.

Practice head(s):

Juha-Pekka Mutanen; Hanna-Mari Manninen

Key clients

Aedifica SA/NV

Telenor Group

Anamered Investments

Nooa Savings Bank

CapMan Plc

Dasos Capital Oy

Finnfund

Nordic Trustee

Nightingale Health Oy

Kotkamills Group Oyj

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Dittmar & Indrenius is particularly well-known for acting in high-level international arbitration proceedings; practice head Jussi Lehtinen has a strong track record in both domestic and international proceedings. Other key strengths for the practice include complex commercial litigation, with specialist expertise in cartel damages claims. Tom Ehrström is noted for his specialisation in strategic conflict management work. The team handles a wide variety of disputes relating to tax, IP, employment, competition, data protection and cyber security issues.

Practice head(s):

Jussi Lehtinen

Other key lawyers:

Tom Ehrström

Testimonials

‘People in this team are really professional and their customer service is really good. They respond quickly and with high quality. Compared to other firms I think their quality of service is better.’

‘Individuals are really professional, subject matter experts in their own domain area. Their way to treat the customer is really friendly. They respond quickly and with high quality.’

‘D&I has a very powerful research function ensuring that there is always the best possible case law knowledge available when needed. D&I has been able to use their expertise of different legal sectors in order to find a comprehensive strategy for the cases. D&I has very good knowledge of EU law as well as contacts to legal authorities of EU. That is something that makes D&I unique in the Finnish market.’

‘Friendly and very professional atmosphere, quick response to service orders, capability to understand customer issues from their point of view and good skills to work and solve international issues.’

‘Every contact has been very professional and I get the feeling that they have the time to explain things deep enough that I can understand the facts clearly.’

Key clients

Aedifica SA/NV

BDO Audiator Oy

The City of Espoo

General Motors

Nobina AB

Oriflame Oy

Realpro Oy

Telenor ASA

Veho Oy Ab

Tax Tier 2

Dittmar & Indrenius focuses on transactional tax advice, tax litigation and complex tax advisory work, with M&A tax work including the structuring and tax optimisation of corporate and financial transactions, investment funds and incentive schemes. Clients include multinational groups, investors, banks and financial institutions. Practice head Kai Holkeri focuses on general corporate tax work and tax disputes, especially related to transfer pricing issues.

Practice head(s):

Kai Holkeri

Key clients

IKEA Oy

Telenor

AMP Capital Investors

HANSAINVEST Real Assets

AXA Real Estate

Garmin Ltd.

Expedia Group

Ratos

MB Funds

The Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities

SL Capital Partners

Boston Scientific

Aller Media

Wipunen Asia Capital

Elite Asset Management Plc

Veho

CapMan

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA)

Allianz Capital Partners

The State Pension Fund of Finland

Intellectual property Tier 3

Dittmar & Indrenius stands out for its strong trade mark practice, and also advises on enforcement, litigation and brand protection issues, licensing matters, copyrights and patents. The team has extensive experience handling IP, technology and data-heavy transactions, with a particular focus on the health technology, wellness and sport industries. Anna Haapanen, who is a noted authority on the patent and copyright aspects of code and technology licensing matters, jointly heads up the practice with Iiris Kivikari.

Practice head(s):

Anna Haapanen; Iiris Kivikari

Other key lawyers:

Gabrielle Dannberg

Key clients

Juuri Partners Oy

Garmin Ltd

Kämp Collection Hotels Oy

Quuppa Oy

Sarpaneva Design Oy

Aller Media Oy

Micropower Oy

Helvar Oy Ab

Real estate and construction Tier 3

Dittmar & Indrenius handles real estate transactions, complex lease arrangements as well as construction and general real estate issues, and regularly advises on large real estate portfolios with cross-border elements. The team also has a significant niche in forestry investments. Department head Antti Aaltonen focuses on large-scale real estate transactions and lease arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Antti Aaltonen

Key clients

HANSAINVEST Hanseatische Investment-GmbH

IKEA Oy / IKEA Real Estate Oy

Ingka Centres Finland Oy

Food Folk Suomi Oy (former McDonald’s Finland Oy)

Specsavers Finland Oy

Silvestica Green Forest Finland Oy

Pfizer Oy

Veho Oy Ab

Aedifica SA/NV

Kämp Collection Hotels Oy

Infracapital’s Greenfield Fund

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, even revolutions.

D&I serves its clients in three core service areas: transactions, disputes, innovations with its client-centric ‘powerhouse’ method.

Powerhouses are client-centric hubs of high-end expertise and experience from landmark cases. Seamlessly connected teams support our clients in achieving their objectives and growth. As a powerhouse the firm takes a global approach to a case and assemble a mix of specialists with experience from across practice groups and industries to form teams capable of delivering exceptional added value.

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

Department Name Email Telephone
Competition and public procurement Ilkka Leppihalme
Corporate, advisory and CSR Hanna-Mari Manninen
Corporate, advisory and CSR Kari Lautjärvi
Data protection, marketing and consumers Jukka Lång
Dispute resolution Jussi Lehtinen
Dispute resolution Jan Ollila
Employment, benefits and pensions Seppo Havia
Employment, benefits and pensions Suvi Knaapila
Employment, benefits and pensions Petteri Uoti
Energy, infrastructure and natural resources Mikko Eerola
Finance and capital markets Juha-Pekka Mutanen
Finance and capital markets Hanna-Mari Manninen
Intellectual Property Iiris Kivikari
Knowledge management Inari Kinnunen
Life sciences and healthcare Johan Åkermarck
M&A and private equity Jan Ollila
M&A and private equity Wilhelm Eklund
Real estate, construction and environment Antti Aaltonen
Tax and structuring Kai Holkeri
Technology and outsourcing Anna Haapanen
Photo Name Position Profile
 Johan Åkermarck  photo Johan Åkermarck Partner Johan Åkermarck heads the firm’s Life Sciences & Healthcare practice. He…
Mr Antti Aaltonen  photo Mr Antti Aaltonen Counsel Antti Aaltonen heads the firm’s Real Estate, Construction & Environment practice.…
Mr Anders Carlberg  photo Mr Anders Carlberg Anders Carlberg was elected Dittmar & Indrenius’ Managing Partner in 2015. Prior…
Mr Mikko Eerola  photo Mr Mikko Eerola Partner Mikko Eerola heads the firm’s Energy, Infrastructure and Natural Resources practice.…
Mr Wilhelm Eklund  photo Mr Wilhelm Eklund Partner Wilhelm Eklund co-heads the firm’s M&A & Private Equity practice. He…
Mr Seppo Havia  photo Mr Seppo Havia Partner Seppo Havia heads the firm’s Employment, Benefits & Pensions practice. He…
Mr Kai Holkeri photo Mr Kai Holkeri Partner Kai Holkeri heads the firm’s Tax & Structuring practice. He focuses…
Ms Suvi Knaapila  photo Ms Suvi Knaapila Partner Suvi Knaapila co-heads the firm’s Employment, Benefits & Pensions practice. She…
 Jukka Lång  photo Jukka Lång Partner Jukka Lång heads the firm’s Innovation Powerhouse and Data Protection, Marketing…
 Kari Lautjärvi  photo Kari Lautjärvi Partner Kari Lautjärvi co-heads the firm’s Corporate Advisory, Compliance & CSR practice.…
Mr Jussi Lehtinen  photo Mr Jussi Lehtinen Partner Jussi Lehtinen heads the firm’s Dispute Powerhouse. He focuses on demanding…
Mr Ilkka Leppihalme  photo Mr Ilkka Leppihalme Partner Ilkka Leppihalme heads the firm’s Competition & Public Procurement practice. He…
Mr Juha-Pekka Mutanen  photo Mr Juha-Pekka Mutanen Partner Juha-Pekka Mutanen heads the firm’s Finance & Capital Markets practice. He…
Mr Jan Ollila  photo Mr Jan Ollila Senior Partner Jan Ollila heads the firm’s Transaction Powerhouse and M&A &…
Mr Petteri Uoti  photo Mr Petteri Uoti Partner Petteri Uoti focuses on employment law matters relating to mergers and…
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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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