Firm Profile > Roschier > Helsinki, Finland


Banking and finance Tier 1

Roschier's 'solid professional offering' was recently bolstered by the arrival of the 'outstandingJohannes Ahti from Borenius (he is noted for his 'timely service and excellent documentation and processing skills') and Jonne Järvi from Castrén & Snellman. Clients also praise team head Gunnar Westerlund as 'one of the most experienced finance lawyers in the country' thanks to his 'excellent negotiating abilities and superior project finance knowledge'. In a recent highlight, Helena Viita advised Stockmann on its €900m refinancing comprised of credit facilities and a note issuance. Other clients include Nordea Bank, Danske Bank and SEB.

Capital markets Tier 1

Roschier recently acted for the underwriters and bookrunners on the €150m IPO of Altia, handled Kojamo's IPO totalling €556m, and assisted Konecranes with a €250m senior unsecured note issuance. The practice advises clients on the full spectrum of capital markets work, with Antti Ihamuotila and Gunnar Westerlund handling ECM and DCM work respectively. Paula Linna is no longer practising law.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Roschier's department is noted by clients for its ability to 'steward matters to a quick and satisfactory outcome'. Antti Ihamuotila and Jouni Salmi deal with public and private M&A matters respectively, while Jon Unnérus is a private equity specialist and Manne Airaksinen is the name to note for corporate governance matters. Recent highlights include acting for funds managed by KKR and Triton on the sale of Mehiläinen Group, and advising Nets on a $5.3bn all-cash takeover offer by Evergood5.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Roschier's practice is jointly led by Petri Taivalkoski and the 'highly experiencedGisela Knuts, while 'reachable' senior associate Mari Vanhanen is another key name to note. The 'outstanding' department receives praise for its 'pragmatic approach' and clients 'would not go anywhere else in Finland' for legal advice; it recently acted for the owner of a power plant in an ICC arbitration pertaining to construction issues, and represented a claimant in a large follow-on damages case arising from cartel activity.

Employment Tier 1

Roschier's practice provides 'exceptional stand-alone legal advice' whilst also being able to 'work perfectly as an integrated part of the firm's transactional team'. Practice head Anu Waaralinna is 'a highly recognised expert in the field' who is 'very hands-on', and Jukka Paloheimo is an 'excellent legal adviser' who specialises in employment litigation. Recent highlights include acting for Vapo Group on the employment aspects of its restructuring, and providing labour advice to the firm's transactional clients including CapMan Buyout, Telia and YIT.

EU and competition Tier 1

Christian Wik leads the group at Roschier, which represented Eltel in cartel proceedings before the Finnish Market Court and Supreme Administrative Court of Finland. Ami Paanajärvi led the group's defense of Savonlinja in the FCCA's bus cartel case, and is particularly experienced in antitrust and state aid matters. Niko Hukkinen is now with Frontia Attorneys at Law Ltd.

Intellectual property Tier 1

Rainer Hilli heads Roschier's 'proactive and involved practice', which recently represented Deutsche Telekom as claimant in a dispute against DNA pertaining to the infringement of a colour trade mark. Niklas Östman is noted for his 'in-depth knowledge and skill' and recently represented CrossFit in a Market Court dispute relating to trademark infringements and cancellation. Mikko Manner is also recommended and specialises in patent, copyright, and trade secret matters.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Mika Alanko leads the group at Roschier, which is recognised for its 'great client support' and 'strong knowledge of the market'. The team recently advised Pareto Securities on its €767m acquisition of a real estate portfolio from Sirius Capital Partners, and assisted Deka with its €190m acquisition of KPMG's Finnish headquarters from Ilmarinen. Other clients include Trevian Asset Management and AXA Real Estate. Toni Siimes heads up the firm's infrastructure and energy practice.

Tax Tier 1

Roschier's tax team recently advised funds managed by KKR and Triton on the structuring of the sale of Mehiläinen Group and acted for Axcel Management on the tax elements of its acquisition of Orion Diagnostica. The 'always available' practice is headed by Mika Ohtonen, who specialises in the tax structuring of transactions. Transfer pricing specialist Merja Raunio joined the group in 2017 from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

TMT Tier 1

Key practitioners at Roschier include department head Arto Linnervuo, data protection specialist Johanna Lilja and Mikko Manner, who handles media-related matters. Notable mandates included assisting Discovery Networks with the application process for the renewal of its digital FTA broadcasting licenses, and advising Telia on the establishment of its data centre operations.

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 +358 20 506 6594
Corporate Advisory, Compliance & Investigations Manne Airaksinen +358 20 506 6200
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 Christian Wik +358 20 506 6215
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
Mr Ossi Haapaniemi  photo Mr Ossi Haapaniemi
Mr Rainer Hilli  photo Mr Rainer Hilli
Mr Antti Ihamuotila  photo Mr Antti Ihamuotila
Mr Tero Jormanainen  photo Mr Tero Jormanainen
Ms Gisela Knuts  photo Ms Gisela Knuts
Ms Johanna Lilja  photo Ms Johanna Lilja
Mr Arto Linnervuo  photo Mr Arto Linnervuo
Mr Mikko Manner  photo Mr Mikko Manner
Mr Mika Ohtonen  photo Mr Mika Ohtonen
Ms Ami Paanajärvi  photo Ms Ami Paanajärvi
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
Number of lawyers : 300
at this office : 170
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Other offices : Stockholm