Firm Profile > Roschier > Helsinki, Finland

Kasarmikatu 21 A
00130 Helsinki

Banking and finance Tier 1

Roschier's finance and restructuring practice focuses on high-value transactions, acting for both buyers and sellers; the team assists clients across the Nordics including banks, large corporates and a variety of international private equity, infrastructure and real estate investors. The three practice heads divide the team's areas of expertise between them: Helena Viita focuses on securitisation and structured financing work, Johannes Ahti specialises in corporate and real estate financings, and Jonne Järvi handles energy, infrastructure and project financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Helena Viita; Johannes Ahti; Jonne Järvi


‘Strong and efficient team.’

‘Johannes Ahti is a very helpful and efficient partner with very good understanding of financial markets.’

‘Leading finance team in Helsinki. Very professional and service-oriented team.’

‘Johannes Ahti brings a deep understanding of the bank’s perspective.’

‘Strong team of professionals who have good insight to the market.’

‘Jonne Järvi is a very hands-on, enthusiastic person with good problem-solving skills.’

Key clients


OP Corporate Bank


Danske Bank


Stora Enso

IK Investment Partners

Triton Partners


Trevian Asset Management

Capital markets Tier 1

Roschier handles the full slate of debt and equity capital markets transactions, with a strong track record in IPOs and share recapitalisation work. Helena Viita is key to the group's debt capital markets expertise and acts on bond financings. She jointly leads the team with Antti Ihamuotila, who has extensive experience in international transactions and private equity work, and financing experts Johannes Ahti and Jonne Järvi. Associates Laura Huomo and Katri Piiparinen are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Antti Ihamuotila; Helena Viita; Johannes Ahti; Jonne Järvi

Other key lawyers:

Laura Huomo; Katri Piiparinen


‘Roschier is very experienced in international transactions, and is able to work well together with London firms.’

‘Helena Viita has to my understanding had a role in many of the bond tender transactions carried out in Finland.’

‘Proactiveness, ability to focus on the most important/relevant things, timeliness, commercial knowledge.’

Key clients

TietoEVRY Corporation

Loxam S.A.S.

Boels Topholding B.V.

Investor consortium led by ANTA Sports Products Limited


Musti Group Oy

Huhtamäki Oyj

Finnair Oyj

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Roschier has particularly strong expertise in complex industrial and private equity transactions, corporate governance and risk management mandates, and industrial restructurings. The practice is also recommended for public and private M&A, where Antti Ihamuotila and Jouni Salmi are the key contacts respectively. Jon Unnérus heads up the private equity team, and Manne Airaksinen leads the corporate advisory group, which also deals with high-level boardroom and liability issues. The practice acts for a broad range of large listed companies, private equity firms, banks and lending institutions, and technology and telecoms companies.

Practice head(s):

Jouni Salmi; Jon Unnérus; Antti Ihamuotila; Manne Airaksinen


‘Innovative thinking and capable of challenging current practices and models related to the traditional judicial concepts. High level of professionalism and attitude in everything they do.’

‘Jon Unnérus brings a pragmatic and straight-forward approach with unique experience.’

Key clients

Fortum Corporation

Stora Enso

IK Investment Partners

Bonnier AB


Nokia Corporation


Tieto Corporation

Nets Holding A/S

Telia Company

InfraVia Capital

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation

Boels Topholding B.V.

Intera Partners

Orkla ASA

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Roschier represents a roster of prestigious international clients in a variety of litigation, with particular strength in M&A, energy, project and construction-related disputes. Group co-head Gisela Knuts specialises in commercial dispute resolution, including international and domestic arbitration and complex cross-border litigation, and also acts as counsel in white-collar criminal cases. Fellow co-head Aapo Saarikivi counts dispute avoidance, claims management and strategic advisory work as key facets of his practice. Petri Taivalkoski departed to start his own firm, and Minna Katajoki moved in-house.

Practice head(s):

Gisela Knuts; Aapo Saarikivi


‘The team is very experienced and sophisticated.’

‘The work done by Gisela Knuts and Aapo Saarikivi has been uniformly outstanding. Their insights are spot-on, the written work product is excellent and they are highly engaged and proactive.’

‘We have been working with Roschier’s Helsinki office and are impressed by their arbitration team, lead by Gisela Knuts. The team is creative, yet at the same time very practical and down to earth. You are sure that they really understand your case.’

‘We are impressed by the leadership and case management skills of Gisela Knuts.’

Key clients



Stora Enso





Mash Group Plc

Employment Tier 1

Roschier's employment group is particularly well known for its advisory team, which handles high-end day-to-day advice, contentious matters and transactional issues. Other key areas of work include restructurings and negotiation procedures, workplace harassment investigations and occupational health and safety matters including sensitive internal investigations. Practice head Anu Waaralinna provides advice on boardroom matters, company restructurings and cooperation procedures, and service and executive employment contract issues, and also handles employment disputes. Senior associate Mari Mohsen is noted for her expertise in collective bargaining work and employment-related criminal cases, while Leenamaija Heinonen has experience in cross-border mergers.

Practice head(s):

Anu Waaralinna

Other key lawyers:

Mari Mohsen; Leenamaija Heinonen


‘We appreciated the cooperative spirit and the attention to detail that enabled us to have a victory in our case.’

‘Our case was managed by Leenamaija Heinonen who did an extraordinary job. She provided proper and honest guidance through the case, helping out wherever and whenever needed.’

‘Excellent employment law knowledge and capability to advise the customer in a practical way.’

‘Mari Mohsen is excellent for employment law matters for any general counsel. Exceptional in cooperation negotiations, gives good and practical advice. Solution-oriented.’

‘Proactive and professional.’

‘True professionals! Easy to work with.’

‘Clear opinion and clear instructions. ’

‘Leenamaija Heinonen is on her way to being one of the leading employment law experts in Finland.’

Key clients

Keskinäinen työeläkevakuutusyhtiö Varma (Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company)

TietoEVRY Oyj

Fortum Oyj

EU and competition Tier 1

Roschier's full-service team regularly advises on a range of issues including merger control, cartel, dominance and other competition law processes and litigation. The group fields a strong private enforcement practice, representing clients in private damages claims, and has niche expertise in assisting non-EU residents with foreign investment control notifications. The competition advisory practice also draws on the expertise of the firm's M&A, corporate, dispute resolution and IP practices. Key sector strengths lie in the energy, forestry, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, transport, media and telecoms, retail and agriculture industries. Practice head Ami Paanajärvi has appeared before the European Commission, the Finnish Competition Authority and domestic courts as well as the European Court of Justice; Christian Wik is also active in this space.

Practice head(s):

Ami Paanajärvi

Other key lawyers:

Christian Wik


‘Christian Wik is a very practical and knowledgeable competition lawyer offering quality advice. He is direct and to the point thus communicating very efficiently.’

‘They are able to take a very practical approach to problems at hand. Their availability / speedy responses are also much appreciated.’

‘High level of professionalism and attitude in everything they do. Communication skills and ability to co-operate are great.’

‘Ami Paanajärvi is very approachable and excellent in communicating complex competition rules to business people in a practical and pragmatic manner.’

Key clients

Stora Enso Oyj

SSAB Europe

TietoEvry Oyj

Fortum Oyj

Carlsberg/Oy Sinebrychoff Ab


Nokia Corporation

Eltel Networks and Eltel Group

Rettig Group

Telia Company

YIT Corporation

TV4 Media AB

Konecranes Corporation

Finnair Plc

Neles Corporation

Fiskars Corporation

Intellectual property Tier 1

Roschier's IP practice handles a broad spectrum of matters, and advises on the entire life cycle of IP, from identification, acquisition and registration issues to enforcements and transactions. Key areas of expertise for the team include anti-counterfeiting and parallel import-related strategies, enforcement issues, licensing work, and IP identification and acquisition strategies. Department head Rainer Hilli has a strong track record in multi-jurisdictional litigation in the pharmaceuticals, media, telecoms and engineering industries, while Mikko Manner and principal associate Johanna Flythström are recommended for strategic and non-contentious IP and technology advice.

Practice head(s):

Rainer Hilli

Other key lawyers:

Mikko Manner; Johanna Flythström; Johanna Lilja


‘A superb practice with capable and talented individuals that provide important contributions to multi-jurisdictional disputes.’

‘They are very commercially minded and able to respond in a commercial manner which suits us.’

‘We have good personal relationships in place with key employees who make an effort to understand our business and needs.’

‘Johanna Lilja is a supremely talented practitioner – Capable, adaptive, reassuring. Rainer Hilli is a smooth operator, carrying his years of experience with panache. The pre-eminent IP litigation practitioner in Finland.’

Key clients


Merck Sharp & Dohme

Nokia Oyj

Lumene Oy

The Telia Company


Procter & Gamble

Neste Oyj


Brown-Forman/Jack Daniel’s

Supercell Oy

Fiskars Oyj Abp

Moomin Characters Oy Ltd

Marimekko Oyj

Nokian Tyres

Metso Oyj

Halti Oy

Autoliv Inc.

Fortum Oyj

HERE Global B.V.

Konecranes Oyj

Rovio Entertainment Corp.

Stora Enso Oyj

Outotec Oyj

Orion Oyj

Gilead Sciences Inc.

Eli Lilly and Company Limited


Deutsche Telekom AG

Alko Oy

InterMune Inc.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

The 'responsive' team at Roschier acts for a number of international investors, real estate funds, developers and corporations. Key areas of expertise include portfolio transactions, green, retail, office and residential property transactions, and development projects. Mika Alanko heads up the practice, and has extensive experience in real estate transactions, financing work and real estate deal structuring matters; he recently advised Trevian Asset Management on the sale of a real estate portfolio of 18 retail assets to Cibus Nordic Real Estate. Newly promoted partner Antti-Jussi Partanen  is also a key name to note for transactional work.

Practice head(s):

Mika Alanko

Other key lawyers:

Antti-Jussi Partanen


‘The Roschier team is responsive, great with initiative and thoughtful in their advice.’

‘Mika Alanko is a great partner.’

‘Antti-Jussi Partanen: simplifies complex issues well and is always on hand to provide advice.’

Key clients

Deka Immobilien GmbH

Union Investment Real Estate GmbH

AXA Real Estate

CBRE Global Investors

UBS Real Estate GmbH

HANSAINVEST Hanseatische Investment GmbH

Trevian Asset Management Oy

Savills Investment Management


Hemfosa Fastigheter AB

CapMan Real Estate


Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate GmbH

GIC (the Singapore Sovereign Wealth Fund)

eQ Finnish Real Estate

Technopolis Oyj

Orion Capital Managers

Citycon Oyj

M7 Real Estate

Telia Finland Oyj

Corpus Sireo Real Estate GmbH

Pareto Securities AB

Cromwell European Real Estate Investment Trust (CEREIT)

Royal Areena Oy

eQ Care

Amundi Asset Management

Tax Tier 1

The 'solution-oriented' team at Roschier regularly provides tax advice on national and cross-border transactions including M&A, private equity deals, real estate matters and tender offers. The team has 'excellent availability' and provides 'good quality support' to its client roster, which encompasses Nordic and international private equity companies and foreign multinationals. Mika Ohtonen, who has extensive experience in cross-border transactions and international taxation, and Ossi Haapaniemi, who has significant expertise in tax advisory work and tax disputes, jointly head up the department.

Practice head(s):

Mika Ohtonen; Ossi Haapaniemi


‘Flexibility, well on target with competence, excellent availability, good quality support during an exceptional period and environment for business. Good project management and control.’

‘Best legal tax advice money can buy. Thinking is always solution-oriented and the team will come up with concrete advice in any situation.’

‘Ossi Haapaniemi – the best legal tax adviser.’

Key clients

Pfizer Oy

Esperi Care Group

Nets Holding A/S

Trevian Asset Management

Huhtamäki Oyj

Konecranes Oyj

Rexel Group

IK Investment Partners

Nordic Capital

Assa Abloy AB

Ahlström Capital

Stora Enso Oyj

TietoEvry Oyj

Telia Company

Borealis Group

Consolis SAS

Bravedo Group (ex. Barona Group)


TMT Tier 1

Roschier provides an exceptionally broad range of advice across the TMT field, with clients including network operators, gaming companies and disruptive service providers. Central areas of work include technology disputes, licensing issues, strategic policies, commercialisation projects and outsourcings; the latter is an area in which practice head Arto Linnervuo is highly regarded. Managing partner Mikko Manner has extensive experience in patent, copyright and trade secrets commercialisation and licensing mandates, while Johanna Lilja is the key contact for data protection, privacy and compliance advice. Up-and-coming partner Miikka Konttinen is highly active in the energy industry and industrial technology contracting work.

Practice head(s):

Arto Linnervuo

Other key lawyers:

Mikko Manner; Johanna Lilja; Miikka Konttinen


‘Excellent understanding of the underlying technologies as well as dynamics of the relevant operational and business models.’

‘Roschier’s team has a unique combination of world-class partners and top-tier young associates. Their partners are competitive globally and they have managed to recruit some of the best talent.’

‘Mikko Manner as the managing partner has built a first-class team and created a strong culture. The firm has an excellent range of younger associates.’

Key clients



GE Healthcare


Epic Systems


Discovery Media



Moomin Characters


Metso Outotec



Bauer Media Finland Oy


Quest Diagnostics Inc.

The firm: Roschier is one of the leading law firms in the Nordic region. The firm is well known for its excellent track record of advising on demanding international business law assignments and large-scale transactions. Roschier’s offices are located in Helsinki and Stockholm. The firm’s clients include leading domestic and international corporations, financial service and insurance institutions, investors, and growth and other private companies with international operations, as well as governmental authorities.

Areas of practice: Roschier is a full-service law firm offering a comprehensive range of legal services, with a main focus on high-end corporate advisory, dispute resolution, M&A, banking and finance, and EU and competition. The firm also has a particularly strong intellectual property and ICT practice, handling, for example, large-scale patent and other IP disputes. In addition to the above-mentioned areas of focus, Roschier advises on matters ranging from employment and real estate to tax and restructuring.

Roschier’s recent highlights include, among other things,

  • Acting for First Sentier Investors in the sale of their interest in Caruna to Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board and KKR;
  • Acting for Wolt in their latest EUR440m financing round led by ICONIQ Growth;
  • Acting for Bain Capital in their public cash tender offer of approximately EUR2.1bn for Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj;
  • Acting for Neles in Alfa Laval’s recommended public cash tender offer of EUR1.7bn for Neles Corporation;
  • Acting for Tornator on the issuance of its EUR350m secured green bond;
  • Acting for Finnair in their EUR500m rights offering;
  • Acting for Sibanye–Stillwater in their investment in Keliber Oy;
  • Acting for Renewable Power Capital in the acquisition of a wind projects portfolio from OX2;
  • Acting for the lenders (European Investment Bank, Nordic Investment Bank and OP Corporate Bank) in the Public-Private Partnership project financing for Kumppanuuskoulut Oy (a joint venture between Meridiam and YIT Corporation) in relation to eight schools and day-care centres in Espoo, Finland; and
  • Acting for Veoneer in the split of the Zenuity group.
Department Name Email Telephone
Brand Protection Markku Tuominen +358 20 506 6594
Corporate Advisory, Compliance & Investigations Seppo Kymäläinen +358 20 506 6502
Data Protection Johanna Lilja +358 20 506 6631
Digitalization & TMT Arto Linnervuo +358 20 506 6589
Dispute Resolution Gisela Knuts +358 20 506 6539
Employment Anu Waaralinna +358 20 506 6657
Energy & Infrastructure Toni Siimes +358 20 506 6578
Equity Capital Markets Antti Ihamuotila +358 20 506 6555
EU & Competition Ami Paanajärvi +358 20 506 6528
Finance & Restructuring Helena Viita +358 20 506 6522
Intellectual Property Rainer Hilli +358 20 506 6217
Marketing & Consumer Mikael Segercrantz +358 20 506 6585
Outsourcing Arto Linnervuo +358 20 506 6589
Private Equity Jon Unnérus +358 20 506 6298
Private M&A, Public M&A Jouni Salmi +358 20 506 6546
Public M&A Antti Ihamuotila +358 20 506 6555
Public Procurement Ami Paanajärvi +358 20 506 6528
Real estate & Environment Mika Alanko +358 20 506 6270
Tax & Structuring Mika Ohtonen +358 20 506 6607
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Niklas Östman  photo Mr Niklas Östman
Mr Johannes Ahti  photo Mr Johannes Ahti
Mr Manne Airaksinen  photo Mr Manne Airaksinen
Mr Mika Alanko  photo Mr Mika Alanko
Ms Johanna Flythström  photo Ms Johanna Flythström
Mr Ossi Haapaniemi  photo Mr Ossi Haapaniemi
Mr Rainer Hilli  photo Mr Rainer Hilli
Ms Laura Huomo  photo Ms Laura Huomo
Mr Antti Ihamuotila  photo Mr Antti Ihamuotila
Mr Jonne Järvi  photo Mr Jonne Järvi
Mr Tero Jormanainen  photo Mr Tero Jormanainen
Ms Gisela Knuts  photo Ms Gisela Knuts
Mr Miikka Konttinen  photo Mr Miikka Konttinen
Mr Seppo Kymäläinen  photo Mr Seppo Kymäläinen
Ms Johanna Lilja  photo Ms Johanna Lilja
Mr Arto Linnervuo  photo Mr Arto Linnervuo
Mr Mikko Manner  photo Mr Mikko Manner
Ms Mari Mohsen  photo Ms Mari Mohsen
Mr Mika Ohtonen  photo Mr Mika Ohtonen
Ms Ami Paanajärvi  photo Ms Ami Paanajärvi
Mr Antti-Jussi Partanen  photo Mr Antti-Jussi Partanen
Ms Katri Piiparinen photo Ms Katri Piiparinen
Mr Aapo Saarikivi  photo Mr Aapo Saarikivi
Mr Jouni Salmi  photo Mr Jouni Salmi
Mr Mikael Segercrantz  photo Mr Mikael Segercrantz
Mr Toni Siimes  photo Mr Toni Siimes
Mr Markku Tuominen  photo Mr Markku Tuominen
Mr Jon Unnérus photo Mr Jon Unnérus
Ms Helena Viita  photo Ms Helena Viita
Ms Anu Waaralinna  photo Ms Anu Waaralinna
Mr Christian Wik  photo Mr Christian Wik
Mr Jan-Anders Wik  photo Mr Jan-Anders Wik
Number of lawyers : 295
at this office : 170
Lex Mundi
Other offices : Stockholm

We respect human rights and strive to ensure that our work environment enables us to attract, retain and fully engage diverse talent regardless of race, gender, transgender identity or expression, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, parenthood, disability, religion or belief, age or any other factor. We encourage and expect everyone to actively support and maintain an equal and supportive work environment free of all discrimination and harassment. Equality and diversity mean that people have equal rights, opportunities and obligations in all areas. It is a natural principle throughout our business operations, including areas such as recruitment, competence development and performance, and reward management.

We have a special focus on diversity and inclusion and work actively to abolish any kind of discrimination. Diversity and inclusion are an essential part of the Roschier Way guidelines and are identified as a business imperative for the firm. We work closely with our personnel to enhance and increase awareness relating to these questions. We follow our diversity plan in order to mitigate the risk of any kind of discrimination. Trainings on diversity and inclusion and human rights are offered to all personnel throughout their Roschier career path.

By engaging our people in everyday actions, and ensuring that everyone has the same opportunities, we strive to develop both our firm and the industry. The actions taken are continuously assessed, analyzed and evaluated within the framework of our annual diversity plan. We have zero tolerance for any kind of sexual or other harassment as well as reprisals, and our Roschier Way guidelines, available on the intranet, include clear instructions on how to take action.