Mr Jesper Nevalainen > Hannes Snellman > Helsinki, Finland > Lawyer Profile

Hannes Snellman
PO BOX 333
00130/00131 HELSINKI

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Jesper heads our Technology practice in the Helsinki office, and his practice focuses on commercial, technology, and data protection law, including outsourcing in the TMT sectors, and he has particular expertise in open source licensing issues. He advises both buyers and suppliers of information technology on a wide range of business-critical matters ranging from strategic advice, project management, contract drafting, negotiations, and disputes to re-engineering of distressed projects. In addition to outsourcing, his expertise also covers complex technology transactions, data protection and privacy, as well as non-contentious IP, software licensing, and compliance matters.


English, Finnish, Swedish


Member of the Finnish Bar Association
Member of ITechLaw
Member of the Finnish IT Law Association (Member of the Board 2008–2012, Secretary of the Board 2009–2010, Chairman of the Board 2011–2012)
Member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)


Partner, Hannes Snellman, 2017–
Partner, Head and Co-Head of the Tech & Comms group (Finland), Bird & Bird Attorneys Ltd, 2012–2017
Senior Associate, Bird & Bird Attorneys Ltd, 2008­–2012
Associate, Bird & Bird Attorneys Ltd, 2006–2008
Legal Counsel, Tecnotree Corporation, 2006
Associate, Roschier Attorneys Ltd, 2004–2006
Master of Laws, University of Helsinki, 2004

Lawyer Rankings

Finland > TMT

Hannes Snellman provides ‘high-quality performance’ on business-critical technology transactions, IT public procurement issues, contracting work and project disputes. Practice co-heads Jesper Nevalainen and Panu Siitonen are praised for their ‘high-level expertise‘; Nevalainen focuses on technology law and data protection issues and Siitonen handles IT projects and litigation. Clients include Microsoft, UPM-Kyremme and Telia. Senior associate Sarita Schröder joined the firm in late 2018 from Krogerus, bringing considerable experience in IT-related contractual matters, transactional work and disputes.

Finland > Intellectual property

Panu Siitonen and Jesper Nevalainen co-head the practice at Hannes Snellman, which handles complex cross-border IP work spanning trade marks, patents, and data protection issues for clients in the entertainment, telecoms and life sciences industries. Key clients include DNA, Microsoft and Santa Claus Licensing; the team also acted for BNIC in a landmark case regarding the protection of geographical indication labels and the illegal use of Cognac on labels. Senior associate Sarita  Schröder is also a key name to note and joined the firm in late 2018 from Krogerus.