Firm Profile > Roschier > Helsinki, Finland

Roschier
KESKUSKATU 7A
00100 HELSINKI
Finland

Banking and finance Tier 1

Roschier regularly handles high-value transactions and acts as key counsel on several significant deals for both buyers and sellers. The team's client list includes OP Corporate Bank, Nordic Bank, and a consortium of Amer Sports' investors; and the group was recently lead counsel to Tieto on its €3bn cross-border merger with Evry. Gunnar Westerlund's retirement was followed by the arrival of infrastructure and project financing expert Jonne Järvi from Castrén & Snellman, who now jointly leads the practice with Helena Viita and Johannes Ahti, who focus on structured and corporate financing work respectively.

Practice head(s):

Helena Viita; Johannes Ahti; Jonne Järvi

Testimonials

Good project management skills, excellent partner availability.

Wide ranging skill set among Partners with complementing resources from more junior personnel.

Understanding of what is important with focus on getting things done.

Key clients

SEB

Danske Bank

DnB

Nordic Capital

IK Investment Partners

Triton Partners

Altor Equity Partners

Capital markets Tier 1

Roschier has a strong offering across debt and equity capital markets transactions, with recent work including IPOs, private equity issues, and share recapitalisation work; it also recently advised a consortium led by ANTA on the €4.6bn public offer for Amer Sports. Other clients include international banks and investment funds. The practice is jointly led by the key combination of Antti IhamuotilaHelena ViitaJohannes Ahti, and Jonne Järvi, who joined from Castrén & Snellman in mid-2018, bringing significant experience in project and acquisition financing work. Senior associate Laura Huomo is also noteworthy. Gunnar Westerlund retired.

Practice head(s):

Antti Ihamuotila; Helena Viita; Johannes Ahti; Jonne Järvi

Key clients

Loxam S.A.S

Tieto Corporation

Investor consortium led by ANTA Sports Products Limited

AS Tallink Grupp

Kojamo Plc

Orkla ASA

VMP Plc

Outokumpu Oyj

CapMan Plc

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken and Nordea

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Roschier combines strong expertise in public and private M&A, private equity, and large-scale cross-border transactions with high-end corporate knowledge on corporate governance, risk management, and board liability issues, particularly at the boardroom level. The practice is led by the highly-rated combination of Jouni SalmiJon UnnérusAntti Ihamuotila, and Manne Airaksinen, who specialise in multi-jurisdictional transactions, private equity work, financing issues and corporate advisory work respectively. Clients include listed companies, private equity houses, banks and financial institutions, and prominent technology and telecoms companies. The team notably advised Tieto on its complex cross-border merger with Evry.

Practice head(s):

Jouni Salmi; Jon Unnérus; Antti Ihamuotila; Manne Airaksinen

Testimonials

Highly skilled with very good knowledge of the law; very professional.

‘Excellent client management.

Roschier’s team is extremely committed to delivering high quality services with a practical mindset.’

Roschier’s corporate team provided top quality M&A advice. They covered off the necessary technical aspects of Finnish law and market practice, as well as being commercially focused and understanding the broader context of the transaction.

Jon Unnérus is a great professional while being still practical – able to make the impossible possible. Manne Airaksinen is able to combine, in an exceptional way, deep juridical knowledge and common sense. The Best Lawyer in Finland in the context of governance matters.

Jouni Salmi was excellent to work with on an M&A transaction. He has a calm approach and makes his points clearly and articulately. He has strong technical skills, but delivers his advice within the context of the transaction and understands the underlying business drivers for the transaction. He was responsive and always willing to make himself available.’

Joni Salmi is a solid general advisor, excellent to drive project forward.

Key clients

Fortum Corporation

Stora Enso

IK Investment Partners

Bonnier AB

SSAB

Nokia Corporation

Triton

Finnair Plc

Nets Holding A/S

Telia Company

InfraVia Capital

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Roschier represents notable international clients including Microsoft and Nokia in complex commercial disputes and international arbitration. The group's experience includes M&A, project and construction-related disputes, with particular expertise in the energy industry and white-collar crime proceedings. The practice is jointly led by Petri Taivalkoski, 'excellent leader' and managing partner Gisela Knuts, and Aapo Saarikivi, and fields a wider team of experienced litigators and arbitrators with extensive industry experience. Niko Hukkinen departed to Frontia Attorneys at Law Ltd.

Practice head(s):

Petri Taivalkoski; Gisela Knuts; Aapo Saarikivi

Testimonials

Extremely capable and experienced in running large and complex litigation matters. Seamless cooperation between specialized department and dispute resolution staff.’ 

The Roschier team was able to help manage proceedings in multiple jurisdictions, which require close co-ordination with other counsels in different jurisdictions. In the end, Roschier was able to provide a comprehensive legal strategy to resolve global issues between the parties.

The Roschier dispute resolution team provides legal services at the highest quality level.

Gisela Knuts was an excellent leader and co-ordinator, able to grasp key issues swiftly and deliver clear, practical options and solutions even under difficult situations, and can articulate well in the English language.

Aapo Saarakivi is my main contact. He is extremely diligent and knowledgable, he is very responsive and has a great understanding of our business so that he always keeps our business needs in his focus.

Gisela Knuts is an experienced litigator. We always felt completely comfortable, and she is very easy to work with.

Key clients

Microsoft

Nokia

Stora Enso

Arla

Fennovoima

Pfizer

Kemira

Employment Tier 1

Roschier's practice handles a variety of employment mandates encompassing day-to-day employment advice, contentious employment cases and the employment aspects of complex domestic and cross-border M&A mandates. In a recent highlight, the team advised Tieto on the employment aspects of its merger with Evry including handling the implementation of EU Article 133, which relates to employee participation and representation. The practice is led by 'trusted adviser' Anu Waaralinna, and senior associate Mari Mohsen is highly praised as 'one of a kind' and a 'rising star' in the field.

Practice head(s):

Anu Waaralinna

Testimonials

A team effort for sure, but there is very strong feeling of accountability and ownership.’

Anu Waaralinna has been our trusted advisor for years. She is already part of my core team.’

Practical and well-formulated opinions.

Devoted professionals.’

Very hands on team with good competence also on practical level. Capable to take the lead in matters on very short notice.

Mari Mohsen is one of a kind. Very practical and solution oriented. Values customer’s time and money and does not create billable hours when they are not needed. Especially good in cooperation negotiations.

Professional but at the same time very approachable way of acting towards the customer.

I have been working with Anu for years and she is always easy to reach when I have an issue. Anu’s know how and the way she handles your case makes me feel comfortable and I always know I am in good hands. Anu has the ability to explain difficult things in a down to earth way and she is repeating the message again and again until you know what is it all about (without embarrassing you). 

Key clients

Keskinäinen työeläkevakuutusyhtiö Varma (Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company)

Tieto Oyj

EU and competition Tier 1

The 'highly skilled and competent' team at Roschier acts across the full spectrum of European and competition law matters, with practice heads Christian Wik and Ami Paanajärvi leveraging deep expertise in merger control, abuse of dominance, state aid and antitrust litigation; the group regularly argues cases before the European courts. Clients stem from a variety of industries with examples including Nokia, Tieto and Bonnier Broadcasting; Wik also represented Arla in the FCAA's investigation and subsequent Market Court proceedings into abuse of dominance by Valio. Niko Hukkinen departed to Frontia Attorneys at Law Ltd in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Christian Wik; Ami Paanajärvi

Testimonials

Professional, enthusiastic, proactive as well as responsive in their work.

The attendance to matters is very high and we have a very good experience working with the firm.

We have been fortunate to work with Ami Paanajärvi and her team at Roschier. They were all very professional, enthusiastic, proactive as well as responsive in their work. Much appreciated. ‘

‘Strong expertise in competition law – best in class.’

Christian Wiik understands business needs, he is available for both the big assignments but also available for brief discussions.

Roschier excel in both legal matters and in customer service. The communication is quick and clear, and there is no threshold in contacting the team at any moment with any concerns. They are considerate both in legal matters as well as the business-aspects of any given situation; they recognise that what could be a good legal decision could be a bad business decision and vice-versa. The main strength is that we can trust the judgement of Roschier which is expressed through excellent legal expertise.’

The team was devoted and capable, as well as business oriented! Proactive but still cost conscious!

Ami Paanajärvi had a capability to explain complex legal processes and regulations in plain text, so that we non-lawyers also understood. Also she and her team were easy to work with.

Key clients

Arla Ingman Oy

Stora Enso Oyj

Tieto Oyj

Fortum Oyj

Carlsberg/Oy Sinebrychoff Ab

Metso Corporation

Orkla

Nokia Oyj

Eltel Networks and Eltel Group

Rettig Group

Digita Oy

Telia Company

YIT Corporation

Bonnier Broadcasting SJ AB

Konecranes Corporation

Intellectual property Tier 1

Roschier maintains a strong IP practice, which advises clients in the life sciences, IT and telecoms industries; key examples include Nokia, Pfizer, and Gilead Sciences. Recent mandates include providing advice on the full IP life cycle from formulation to protection, assisting with the management of trade mark portfolios, and acting in high-profile trade mark infringement proceedings. The experienced and 'agile' team is led by litigator Rainer Hilli; other key individuals includes Mikko Manner, who handles patents, copyright and trade secrets licensing work; and senior associate Johanna Flythström, who focuses on transactional IP matters and technology issues.

Practice head(s):

Rainer Hilli

Testimonials

The team is excellent. They are quick and communicate well.

Very active, agile and responsive office which understands customer needs.’

Unique skill set and dedication.

Roschier is a leading law firm in Finland and in the Nordics. There is little that needs to be said about the high level of professional skills, which is well known and established. There is however an additional aspect that is perhaps less obvious: they do not seem to rest on their laurels, but continue to develop their competence and offering. The nice thing is that they often involve their clients in training and seminars, creating a better bond and also taking a role of social responsibility in raising awareness and competence in the local IPR and legal community. Many law firm use events as a way to show off their knowledge. Roschier’s message is rather “let’s grow together”.

Markku Tuominen is able to think beyond what is expected of him.

Key clients

Pfizer

Nokia Oyj

Lumene Oy

The Telia Company

LEGO

Procter & Gamble

Novartis

Brown-Forman/Jack Daniel’s

Moomin Characters Oy Ltd

Halti Oy

Autoliv Inc.

Fortum Oyj

KONE Oyj

Konecranes Oyj

Rovio Entertainment Corp.

Stora Enso Oyj

Outotec Oyj

Gilead Sciences Inc.

Eli Lilly and Company Limited

Specsavers

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Roschier has a strong track record in transactional real estate work, where the team acts for a number of international investors; the group recently handled the first Finnish real estate purchase made by Cromwell and also advised clients on portfolio transactions, retail, office and residential property transactions, and development projects. Mika Alanko leads the practice, and has extensive experience in transactions, financing work, and real estate deal structuring matters.

Practice head(s):

Mika Alanko

Testimonials

When we have a complicated real estate transaction in Finland we usually appoint Roschier because we know that they get the job done.

Antti-Jussi Partanen is our go-to-person in the Helsinki office. He is extremely dedicated to a transaction, has an excellent understanding of the Finnish and international market practice and has very strong negotiating skills.

Key clients

Deka Immobilien GmbH

Union Investment Real Estate GmbH

AXA Real Estate

CBRE Global Investors

UBS Real Estate GmbH

HANSAINVEST Hanseatische Investment GmbH

Savills Investment Management

Genesta

Hemfosa Fastigheter AB

CapMan Real Estate

NREP

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

Tax Tier 1

Roschier's tax team works closely with the firm's transactional and financing practices to advise on the complex tax elements of major acquisitions, restructurings, financing agreements and public tender offers. The team also acts in tax disputes and audits relating to corporate tax, transfer pricing, VAT, customs and excise issues. The practice is jointly led by Mika Ohtonen, who specialises in the tax elements of M&A and financing transactions, and Ossi Haapaniemi, who focuses on tax advisory work and tax disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mika Ohtonen; Ossi Haapaniemi

Testimonials

Always high-quality work.’

High-quality team who also understand financial issues.

Key clients

Pfizer Oy

Attendo Group

Nets Holding A/S

Trevian Asset Management

Huhtamäki Oyj

Konecranes Oyj

Rexel Group

IK Investment Partners

Assa Abloy AB

Ahlström Capital

Tieto Oyj

Telia Company

Consolis SAS

Bravedo Group

Axcel

TMT Tier 1

Roschier has a strong client portfolio across the technology, media and telecoms sectors and counts a number of international companies on its roster including Nokia, PayPal and Bauer Media; the team handles issues arising from their Finnish operations including broadcast licensing work, sales agreements, commercialisation matters and regulatory issues. The team is headed up by Arto Linnervuo, who specialises in digitalisation and outsourcing work. Other key names include Johanna Lilja, who is highly praised for her data protection and privacy expertise including cross-border data transfers; managing partner Mikko Manner, who handles litigation and arbitration; and newly promoted partner Miikka Konttinen, who is praised for his 'excellent understanding' of IT matters.

Practice head(s):

Arto Linnervuo

Testimonials

Very good capabilities in terms of legal and IT-related issues and contract templates.’ 

Globally top-tier in their understanding of the field.

‘Genuine interest in client’s business developments between assignments. Clear interface & contact.

Mikko Manner offers business minded, to-the-point-advice. Excellent understanding of the overall deal dynamics and drivers. Reliable and caring.

Very good capabilities in terms of legal and IT-related issues and contract templates.

Miikka Konttinen has an excellent understanding of IT operations, which supports very well the legal negotiations with suppliers. Miikka has exceptionally good capabilities at the negotiation strategy creation level as well as performing the negotiations.

Niklas Ostman and Mikko Manner stand out as globally recognised talents in the team. Roschier has the unique capability in attracting the best young talents in the country, and you can get amazing service from the the younger partners and associates.

Key clients

Nokia

Autoliv

GE Healthcare

Telia

Epic Systems

Fiskars

Discovery Media

Qvantel

Neste

Moomin Characters

Kemira

Metso

Veoneer

Bauer Media Finland Oy

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 Tieto Corporation on their cross-border merger with Evry ASA
  • Acting for Fortum in the divestment of the majority stake in its Nordic wind portfolio
  • Acting for Boels Group in its public cash tender offer for Cramo Plc
  • Acting for Loxam S.A.S in the EUR 970 million public tender offer for Ramirent Plc
  • Acting for Fazer Group in the acquisition of Kaslink Group
  • Acting for Relais Group on its initial public offering
Department Name Email Telephone
Brand Protection Markku Tuominen markku.tuominen@roschier.com +358 20 506 6594
Corporate Advisory, Compliance & Investigations Manne Airaksinen manne.airaksinen@roschier.com +358 20 506 6200
Data Protection Johanna Lilja johanna.lilja@roschier.com +358 20 506 6631
Digitalization & TMT Arto Linnervuo arto.linnervuo@roschier.com +358 20 506 6589
Dispute Resolution Gisela Knuts gisela.knuts@roschier.com +358 20 506 6539
Employment Anu Waaralinna anu.waaralinna@roschier.com +358 20 506 6657
Energy & Infrastructure Toni Siimes toni.siimes@roschier.com +358 20 506 6578
Equity Capital Markets Antti Ihamuotila antti.ihamuotila@roschier.com +358 20 506 6555
EU & Competition Christian Wik christian.wik@roschier.com +358 20 506 6215
EU & Competition Ami Paanajärvi ami.paanajarvi@roschier.com +358 20 506 6528
Finance & Restructuring Helena Viita helena.viita@roschier.com +358 20 506 6522
Intellectual Property Rainer Hilli rainer.hilli@roschier.com +358 20 506 6217
Marketing & Consumer Mikael Segercrantz mikael.segercrantz@roschier.com +358 20 506 6585
Outsourcing Arto Linnervuo arto.linnervuo@roschier.com +358 20 506 6589
Private Equity Jon Unnérus jon.unnerus@roschier.com +358 20 506 6298
Private M&A, Public M&A Jouni Salmi jouni.salmi@roschier.com +358 20 506 6546
Public M&A Antti Ihamuotila antti.ihamuotila@roschier.com +358 20 506 6555
Public Procurement Ami Paanajärvi ami.paanajarvi@roschier.com +358 20 506 6528
Real estate & Environment Mika Alanko mika.alanko@roschier.com +358 20 506 6270
Tax & Structuring Mika Ohtonen mika.ohtonen@roschier.com +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 Tero Jormanainen  photo Mr Tero Jormanainen
Ms Gisela Knuts  photo Ms Gisela Knuts
Mr Miikka Konttinen  photo Mr Miikka Konttinen
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
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 Petri Taivalkoski  photo Mr Petri Taivalkoski
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 Jan-Anders Wik  photo Mr Jan-Anders Wik
Mr Christian Wik  photo Mr Christian Wik
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