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 > Intellectual property

Based in Helsinki and Stockholm, the cross-border practice at Hannes Snellman has both ‘wide and deep experience‘ in trade mark, patent and copyright disputes, particularly in the media, entertainment and sports, healthcare and pharmaceuticals sectors. Its expertise also extends to high-value IP-related transactions and brand protection work. Practice co-heads Panu Siitonen and Jesper Nevalainen cover both IP-related transactions and IP disputes, while ‘very talented‘ managing associate Sarita Schröder specialises in IP, consumer law and marketing issues, with a focus on litigation and brand protection matters.

Finland > TMT

The ‘flexible‘ and ‘customer-centric’ TMT team at Hannes Snellman regularly advises on high-profile technology transactions, especially related to heavily regulated and technology dependent sectors. It also is a key resource for IT disputes and advice on distressed IT projects, and collaborates with international law firms on Finnish tech-intensive M&A work. Practice co-heads Jesper Nevalainen and Panu Siitonen focus on complex technology transactions and IT-related litigation, respectively, and Lasse Riski joined in 2022 from Bird & Bird.