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Dittmar & Indrenius > The Legal 500 RankingsDittmar & Indrenius specialises in complex, high-value transactions for international corporates and private equity houses, mainly handling matters with a cross-border element. It is also highly experienced in capital markets and public M&A energy and infrastructure deals in the Nordics and Baltics. Practice co-leader Jan Ollila focuses on high-profile transactions; he also is an M&A-related arbitration specialist. Additionally, co-leader Wilhelm Eklund advises on complex and high-value transactions, while managing partner Anders Carlberg is known for his work on capital markets-related transactions.
Jan Ollila; Wilhelm Eklund
Other key lawyers:
Brookfield Asset Management Inc.
Tiger Global Management
Providence Strategic Growth
- Advised Brookfield Asset Management Inc., together with Alecta, on the acquisition of 49% of Telia Company’s tower business in Finland and Norway.
- Advised OMERS Infrastructure on the Finnish aspect of the sale of 40% indirect shareholding in Caruna to Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board and KKR.
- Advised Infracapital and AMP Capital on the sale of Adven Group to institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management.
Finland > Employment Tier 1The ‘innovative‘ employment team at Dittmar & Indrenius is highly regarded by clients for its broad and deep expertise in employment law, covering collective bargaining issues, food riders, pensions and outsourcing and discrimination matters. Seppo Havia is a ‘leading expert‘ is employment law and a noted litigator, and jointly leads the team with Suvi Knaapila, who is a key contact regarding collective terminations, pensions issues and employment disputes. Clients praise Petteri Uoti for his expertise in employment disputes and arbitration proceedings, while counsel Mika Kärkkäinen deals with restructurings, employment agreement negotiations, and discrimination and harassment claims.
Seppo Havia; Suvi Knaapila
‘Best overall knowledge of employment law in Finland. Very innovative team finding new ways to tackle difficult tasks. Extensive network of important contacts (civil servants, employer organizations, trade unions, judges) that helps the team be aware of what is happening or about to happen in employment issues.’
‘Petteri Uoti is in my opinion the best employment law expert among attorneys in Finland. He has both extensive knowledge and negotiation skills. Seppo Havia is also a leading expert in employment law. Mika Kärkkäinen is a rising star.’
‘I have worked with two partners and both are very knowledgeable and also have a pragmatic approach to giving advice. I have appreciated their wider knowledge of legislation that is being prepared with individuals being involved in shaping the legislation and hence having deep knowledge of the relatively new topic.’
‘Great performance and effective operations.’
‘Highly professional approach and good communications.’
Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities (Suomen Kuntaliitto)
Confederation of Finnish Forest Industries (Metsäteollisuus ry)
Delivery Hero Finland Ltd (Foodora)
Etteplan Embedded Finland Ltd
Kirby Group Engineering (UK) Limited
- Represented Finnair in Helsinki in a complex employment dispute related to equal treatment of pilots regarding salaries.
- Assisted a major provider of robotics and automation machinery for metal industries throughout an extensive internal investigation process regarding e.g. the potential misuse of the company’s assets.
- Acting for Etteplan Embedded Finland Ltd in a precedent setting case pending in the Supreme Court on the possibility to extend working hours with a collective labour agreement beyond what has been agreed in the employee’s individual employment contract.
Finland > EU and competition Tier 1The ‘unique‘ team at Dittmar & Indrenius is noted for its ‘very thorough expertise‘ in EU and competition law, particularly regarding high-end transactional and merger control work. It also covers major cartel and abuse of dominance cases, as well as highly significant infringement cases. Practice leader Ilkka Leppihalme is considered a ‘powerhouse‘ competition lawyer by clients, especially in merger control filings and cartel investigations, while senior attorney Heidi Muukkonen ‘shows a high degree of expertise‘ in abuse of dominance cases, merger control work and horizontal and vertical agreements.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is unique, they are very professional and they still know how to communicate directly and intelligibly.’
‘The team performance is really professional and efficient. The way they utilize internal task responsibilities together with system tools makes the process easy to follow and they take part from customer perspective. The processes and responsibilities are clearly defined also from customer’s side. The team includes high professional individuals led by highly skilled team leader. As a summary its really easy for customers to take care of it’s own part in the process. The customer doesn’t need to worry about the performance and progress at all within a case.’
‘Ilkka Leppihalme has a unique profession and experience what comes to competition law. At first he wants to know every single detail in a case ensuring the understanding and dynamics of the market overall practices that are connected to the case. After that he has a clear idea of the situation and he knows the right way to ‘dig into a case’. He also finds the right subjects to point out easily. That comes from the legal knowledge as well as from the key experience among subject.’
‘The team was very helpful and also very attentive to all our needs. They were great at explaining the local legislation and their relationship with the local authorities was essential to our case.’
‘Ilkka Leppihalme has strong knowledge of Finnish competition law and was able to give us the right recommendations to make sure we obtained clearance from the relevant authorities in a timely manner. He understood our needs very quickly and was providing clear and concise advice throughout the process.’
‘Ilkka Leppihalme is a powerhouse in the sector, in addition to being a fantastic personality.’
‘The firm has very thorough expertise in their field and they have the ability to use their expertise and experience to provide practical and hands-on advice which are very useful and often of critical importance. This is particularly true with a view to any matter involving the Finnish Competition Authority and Finnish courts.’
‘Ilkka Leppihalme provides sharp advice and shows a very good understanding of any market or business involved. Heidi Muukkonen also shows a high degree of expertise and is efficient to work with.’
Blackstone Group, Starwood Capital Group
Nordic Entertainment Group
- Acted for bus traffic operator Nobina in the European Court of Justice and Finnish courts in Finland’s all-time largest state aid case with a matter value exceeding €60m.
- Acted for MB Funds as lead counsel on the sale of Kotkamills Group Oyj to Mayr-Melnhof Group, Europe’s largest producer of carton board and folding cartons, for an EV of approximately €425m.
- Acted for Blackstone Group and Starwood Capital Group in their acquisition of joint control in Extended Stay America, Inc. and its paired-share REIT, ESH Hospitality, Inc.
Finland > TMT Tier 1Dittmar & Indrenius is known for its strength in data protection work, especially related to healthcare data projects; it also covers technology-intensive assignments for international clients, as well as day-to-day GDPR compliance and enforcement issues, due diligence and data transfers. Data protection team head Jukka Lång is an expert in cybersecurity and data protection matters, while the head of technology team Anna Haapanen is dual-qualified in Finland and New York; she is particularly strong in technology-related transactions. Newly-appointed head of the life sciences and healthcare team Juli Mansnérus joined from Hannes Snellman in August 2021; she is highly experienced in advising on the commercialisation of biotechnology medicine.
Anna Haapanen; Jukka Lång; Juli Mansnérus
‘The team has excellent abilities to understand and interpret complex issues that are a combination of practical issues in an international law context. They have probably the best up-to-date understanding of current legal developments as well as great practical experience. What I admire the most is the team’s spirit and skills to identify and resolve relevant issues in complex sets. In fact, the team could identify our issues and define the needed actions better than we did. Coming from a very busy in-house legal world, this is something to remember when it is the time to pay the bills.’
‘Jukka Lång is one of the best professionals in his field of expertise, and yet he remains as a very humble and nice person. Jukka 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 legal development.’
‘A growing and eager TMT team is always an asset for a client.’
‘Juli Mansnérus is able to combine her academic background with business acumen.’
‘One of the select few most outstanding Privacy Law teams in Finland.’
‘Professionalism, substance matter expertise, accessibility.’
‘The people I have worked with are extremely talented in communication & teams skills and deliver every time over the expected outcomes. They are innovative, understand the phenomena around us and the different factors that influence in their work and the work they do with us. I give specific thanks for Juli Mansnérus in working with me. Many thanks Juli!’
Helvar Oy Ab
Nordic Investment Bank (NIB)
Sweco Finland Oy
Veho Oy Ab
- Supported Garmin Ltd and its subsidiary Firstbeat Analytics Oy in analysing the highly complex data protection aspects related to the processing of physiological data on employees in connection with the development of wellness analytics technologies.
- Provided tailored legal advice for both day-to-day matters as well as at a strategic decision making level to Kivra, the Nordic unicorn company providing digital mailboxes.
- Provided strategic advice to Cargotec on data privacy and transactional matters in relation to the sale of Cargotec’s Navis business to technology investment firm Accel-KKR for an estimated valuation of €380m.
Juha-Pekka Mutanen; Hanna-Mari Manninen
Other key lawyers:
‘We have been working with Dittmar on banking regulatory matters for quite a while now. They are very knowledgeable in that area.’
‘My go-to person is Juha-Pekka Mutanen. He is very pragmatic and has been extremely helpful in a number of cases now.’
‘Very professional people with a “business oriented” approach. Always good value for money. Excellent energy, M&A and finance teams.‘
‘Juha-Pekka Mutanen is business oriented and easy to work with. Knows his area of expertise (finance law) in depth. I always feel I have learned something useful having discussed with him.’
- Advised Norvestor on the financing of the acquisition of PHM Group and the financing of its acquisition of Kotikatu Group.
- Advised Foresight Energy Infrastructure Partners on the acquisition of the 88MW Puskakorpi onshore wind farm project.
- Advised Nomentia and its owner Providence Strategic Growth on the financing for the new Nomentia group, which was created by a combination of OpusCapita’s Cash Management business and Analyste International Oy.
Finland > Capital markets Tier 2The capital markets group at Dittmar & Indrenius ‘provide solid support‘ to financial institutions and companies on securities transactions, corporate governance work and regulatory matters. It is also known for debt capital market, public-to-private and other capital markets transactions, acting for alternative investment funds and major Finnish fintech corporates. Juha-Pekka Mutanen co-leads the team, and advises on securities law, regulatory issues, and finance and capital markets transactions, while practice co-head Hanna-Mari Manninen deals with transactions in the fintech sector.
Juha-Pekka Mutanen; Hanna-Mari Manninen
Other key lawyers:
‘Solid support for an offshore investment manager marketing in Finland. They understand the issues, are efficient and are responsive.’
‘Kristian Karlsson is responsive and easy to work with. He understands what issues are relevant for us and focuses on them.’
‘I am using Dittmar mainly for regulatory advice and fintech work, where they are second to none in the Finnish market.’
‘Kristian Karlsson is always available and is always to the point.’
Nordisk Film Games
Svenska Handelsbanken AB
Glenview Capital Management
- Advised Nexi S.p.A., a leading Italian payment services and technology provider listed on the Borsa Italiana, on the Finnish aspects of Nexi’s acquisition of Nets.
- Advised Solidium, the second largest shareholder in Konecranes, on the combination of Cargotec and Konecranes through a statutory merger.
- Advised Handelsbanken on the Finnish aspects of the divestment of Handelsbanken’s card acquiring operations to Worldline.
Finland > Dispute resolution Tier 2Dittmar & Indrenius has developed a strong reputation regarding settlement negotiations and cross-border commercial arbitration and mediation proceedings, cartel damages litigation, M&A-related disputes, and high-profile state aid cases. It is particularly strong in representing clients in the telecoms and technology, automotive, aviation and energy sectors. Practice leader Jussi Lehtinen is noted for his expertise in international arbitration and criminal proceedings, and Tom Ehrström is particularly strong in strategic dispute management.
Other key lawyers:
‘Team works well together and provides value to the customer.’
‘The individuals focus on the customer’s case and if there are any unclear issues they do not hesitate to ask about it. Individuals also want to find the best possible solution for the customer.’
‘Well organised, use of virtual document handling tools, friendly and constructive in and outside the courtroom.’
‘Attention to the detail, young and enthusiastic.’
‘We have primarily worked with Jussi Lehtinen and Tom Ehström who are both hands-on, quickly identify the relevant core issues and pleasant to work with.’
‘Dittmar & Indrenius’ team have all the capabilities they need to serve customers. Very good performance and fast progress, clear communication including the reasoning makes it easy to trust the team.’
SPX Flow Technology Germany GmbH
Veho Oy Ab
- Acted for bus traffic operator Nobina in the European Court of Justice and Finnish courts in one of Finland’s largest state aid case with a matter value exceeding €60m.
- Acted as Finnish co-counsel in ICC arbitration proceedings arising from services agreements in the telecoms field, against a publicly listed Finnish telecoms corporation.
- Represented a leading European provider of source-to-pay and e-invoicing solutions in international arbitration proceedings under the FAI Expedited Rules.
Finland > Tax Tier 2Dittmar & Indrenius focuses on complex tax litigation, tax planning issues, day-to-day tax advisory work, and tax-related M&A transactional advice. The team is particularly strong in cross-border tax structurings and transfer pricing assignments, as well as representing clients in tax litigation before the Supreme Administrative Court. Tax team head Kai Holkeri deals primarily with tax structuring issues and the optimisation of M&A transactions, as well as tax disputes.
‘The team is very swift, available and professional.’
Aedifica and Hoivatilat Oyj
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 Norvestor on the tax and structuring aspects of the acquisition of a majority stake in PHM Group and Kotikatu.
- Advised MB Funds on the tax aspects of the sale of Kotkamills Group Oyj to Mayr-Melnhof Group.
- Advised Aedifica and Hoivatilat Oyj on the tax and structuring aspects of the recent acquisition of two healthcare property portfolios.
Anna Haapanen; Iiris Kivikari; Juli Mansnérus
Other key lawyers:
Helvar Oy Ab
Peanuts Worldwide LLC
- Advised Hexagon AB on the IP intensive acquisition of Immersal Oy.
- Advised Helvar Oy Ab on the implementation of a new, data-driven digital services offering, as well as preparing and negotiating technology, patent, domain and trade mark licensing agreements, ICT outsourcing agreements, manufacturing and software development agreements and value added reseller agreements.
- Advised CMI on updating its intellectual property portfolio.
Other key lawyers:
‘The Dittmar & Indrenius team is very pragmatic and focused on getting things done.’
‘Antti Aaltonen has got a solid knowledge base.’
HANSAINVEST Hanseatische Investment-GmbH
Ingka Centres Finland Oy
Food Folk Suomi Oy (former McDonald’s Finland Oy)
Specsavers Finland Oy
Silvestica Green Forest Finland Oy
Veho Oy Ab
Kämp Collection Hotels Oy
AMP Capital and Infracapital
Foresight Energy Infrastructure Partners
- Advised Hoivatilat Oyj on the acquisition of a portfolio of ten healthcare properties from Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company.
- Advised Hoivatilat Oyj on the acquisition of a portfolio of seven healthcare properties in Finland from MVH-Kiinteistöt Oy.
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, 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
|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|
|Johan Åkermarck||Partner Johan Åkermarck heads the firm’s Life Sciences & Healthcare practice. He…||View Profile|
|Antti Aaltonen||Counsel Antti Aaltonen heads the firm’s Real Estate, Construction & Environment practice.…||View Profile|
|Anders Carlberg||Anders Carlberg was elected Dittmar & Indrenius’ Managing Partner in 2015. Prior…||View Profile|
|Mikko Eerola||Partner Mikko Eerola heads the firm’s Energy, Infrastructure and Natural Resources practice.…||View Profile|
|Wilhelm Eklund||Partner Wilhelm Eklund co-heads the firm’s M&A & Private Equity practice. He…||View Profile|
|Seppo Havia||Partner Seppo Havia heads the firm’s Employment, Benefits & Pensions practice. He…||View Profile|
|Kai Holkeri||Partner Kai Holkeri heads the firm’s Tax & Structuring practice. He focuses…||View Profile|
|Suvi Knaapila||Partner Suvi Knaapila co-heads the firm’s Employment, Benefits & Pensions practice. She…||View Profile|
|Jukka Lång||Partner Jukka Lång heads the firm’s Innovation Powerhouse and Data Protection, Marketing…||View Profile|
|Kari Lautjärvi||Partner Kari Lautjärvi co-heads the firm’s Corporate Advisory, Compliance & CSR practice.…||View Profile|
|Jussi Lehtinen||Partner Jussi Lehtinen heads the firm’s Dispute Powerhouse. He focuses on demanding…||View Profile|
|Ilkka Leppihalme||Partner Ilkka Leppihalme heads the firm’s Competition & Public Procurement practice. He…||View Profile|
|Juha-Pekka Mutanen||Partner Juha-Pekka Mutanen heads the firm’s Finance & Capital Markets practice. He…||View Profile|
|Jan Ollila||Senior Partner Jan Ollila heads the firm’s Transaction Powerhouse and M&A &…||View Profile|
|Petteri Uoti||Partner Petteri Uoti focuses on employment law matters relating to mergers and…||View Profile|
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