Procopé & Hornborg > Helsinki, Finland > Firm Profile

Procopé & Hornborg
ETELÄESPLANADI 18
PO BOX 1077
00101 HELSINKI
Finland

Finland > Maritime and transport Tier 1

Procopé & Hornborg has ‘broad knowledge’ in the transport and logistics sectors, including handling cargo claims, vessel damage and collision issues, and negotiating purchase agreements. It also deals with disputes relating to equipment for shipping vessels and has been involved in complex insurance issues and project financing work. Practice head Ulla von Weissenberg ‘has exceptional industry knowledge‘, ranging from shipbuilding and docking issues to purchasing agreements, while Turo Sumu covers regulatory compliance work and transport litigation.

Practice head(s):

Ulla von Weissenberg

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team has broad knowledge in their area of expertise and can very well also apply previous experience to current tasks and cases at hand.’

Ulla von Weissenberg has exceptional industry knowledge and experience and has very deservedly been ranked many times as one of Finland’s top maritime lawyers. She is down to earth and very perceptive to the client’s needs.’

The firm is very reactive and pragmatic with a high degree of legal expertise in maritime matters.’

Ulla von Weissenberg immediately understands the legal issues and practical consequences, and provides great support to build the strategy of international complex disputes. Turo Sumu is a talented lawyer, efficient, clear and friendly with a strong legal background. His approach to cases is made with intelligence, from both a legal and practical point of view.’

Ulla von Weissenberg has excellent knowledge of maritime law, good networks in Northern Europe to other maritime lawyers and she is exceptionally pleasant to work with.’

I have instructed Ulla von Weissenberg on two recent cases, and have been impressed at the speed of the advice, the clarity of the advice, the value for money and her excellent written and spoken English.’

Key clients

Manga LNG Oy

Pohjola Insurance Ltd

Finland > EU and competition Tier 3

Procopé & Hornborg covers both national and EU merger control issues, abuse of dominance claims, cartel investigations, antitrust audits and damages disputes. It is also experienced in handling enforcement issues for EU clients, as well as acting for key players in the Finnish energy sector. Practice co-head Lotta Uusitalo focuses on EU and competition law, while co-head Asta Siponen specialises in damages claims, public procurement issues and state aid work.

Practice head(s):

Lotta Uusitalo; Asta Siponen

Testimonials

‘Good advice and quality work with short response times.’

Finland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Procopé & Hornborg is experienced in domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, venture capital work and joint ventures, acting for clients active in the energy, technology and engineering sectors; It also advises on liability issues, corporate governance work and due diligence. Practice head Petri Kyllönen  leads on major M&A projects, while Ismo Hentula leads the corporate advisory team. Managing partner Pia Tanskanen  also contributes.

Practice head(s):

Petri Kyllönen; Ismo Hentula; Pia Tanskanen

Other key lawyers:

Helena Wist; Sampsa Perttunen

Testimonials

‘Very responsive and technically strong.’

‘Ismo Hentula always makes himself available and is a very trusted business adviser.’

‘Competent and has good team members.’

‘Extremely friendly, easy to approach and reach out. Fast responses even outside office hours. Seem to care about the cases and clients. Personal involvement.’

‘Petri Kyllönen & Pia Tanskanen are both incredibly hard-working and very involved in the details of a transaction. They are very experienced, and they know all the ways that a transaction can develop. On a personal level they are really easy to work with, very enjoyable and very committed to the individual case.’

‘Petri Kyllönen has extensive deal execution experience and early on in the process he is able to identify the most relevant key issues for the client and focus on delivering the best overall solution. Partner Pia Tanskanen is able to organise and run a smooth legal process to support the deal in the best possible way.’

Key clients

Ensto Group

EPV Energy Ltd

Etteplan Oyj

Firstbeat Technologies Ltd

Haltija Group Oy

Indutrade Oy

Pohjolan Voima Oyj

Viafin Service Oyj

LikeIT Solutions Oy

Nepton Group Oy

Work highlights

  • Advised Ensto Group on the divestment of the Ensto Building Systems business to Legrand S.A.
  • Advised Etteplan on its acquisition of the Polish software company Skyrise.tech and a related directed share issuance.
  • Advised HR SaaS providers Nepton and LikeIT on their consolidation into LikeIT Nepton Group and a private equity investment.

Finland > Dispute resolution Tier 4

The dispute resolution team at Procopé & Hornborg covers both litigation and arbitration matters for Finnish municipalities and European clients active in the construction and pharmaceuticals sectors. Asta Siponen is an experienced litigator and specialises in complex contract disputes, while Ulla von Weissenberg focuses on disputes and sanctions in the shipping, transport, aviation and international trade arenas.

Practice head(s):

Asta Siponen; Ulla von Weissenberg

Testimonials

‘Always very good and competent advice taking into account customer’s needs and business, even with short notice for the assignment from the customer.’

‘Asta Siponen is very competent and experienced professional with a customer focused mindset.’

Procopé & Hornborg Attorneys Ltd  (P&H) provides high quality business law services in Finland with first-class efficiency and on a no-nonsense basis. The firm pursues to resolve clients’ legal challenges by offering individualised and proactive services as required by each case.

Competition:

P&H’s competition law team has a long domestic and EU level experience and broad knowledge in various industry sectors, such as automotive, railway, energy and retail. The team advises companies and public entities on all aspects of competition law, including merger control, cartel investigations, assessments of dominant position and its abuse, information exchange between competitors, joint ventures and competition law related litigations. Additionally, P&H’s experts regularly assist clients in matters concerning all areas and phases related to state aid and public procurement.

Energy:

P&H regularly advises companies operating in the energy and mining sector. The team has exceptional and extensive experience relating to power production and electricity market questions and their expertise covers all segments of the energy sector, including hydropower, nuclear power, LNG and CHP, along with more recent recourses developed for tackling challenges relating to climate change, such as wind and solar power.

Corporate Advisory:

P&H offers high-quality legal expertise in matters of contract and commercial law. The team assists clients in various matters relating to corporate law, commercial agreements, financing, capital markets and environmental liability. P&H’s representative also regularly acts as chairman of the shareholders’ meetings for listed and large privately held companies.

Data Protection, IPR & Technology:

The team provides legal expertise in matters relating to data protection, technology and intellectual property rights, such as trademark matters. Services include, for example, carrying out compliance reviews, privacy audits and data protection impact assessments and establishing effective licensing arrangements as well as preparing practical R&D and cooperation agreements. Also advising on data protection roles, balancing tests and cross-border data transfers, and assisting in responding to data security incidents.

Dispute Resolution:

P&H’s dispute resolution team advises clients in both domestic and international legal disputes in different courts and in arbitration. The team has extensive experience of handling large and complex matters across a range of practice areas, such as competition, corporate and administrative law, financing, information technology, construction, real estate, environment, and IPR as well as insurance, transport and logistics matters. The team finds the best solutions for avoiding and resolving disputes, including through mediation. The team also supports clients with insolvency and restructuring matters.

Employment:

P&H’s employment law team provides employment advice in all matters across the employment law spectrum. The team has strong experience in supporting employers in HRM issues with, e.g. terms of employment, employment contracts, agreement drafting, cooperation negotiations and proceedings, collective agreements, national and cross-border restructurings, terminations of employment and dispute handling.

Finance:

P&H’s specialists combine the latest methods and solutions with decades of experience from the financial market. Covering all finance sectors, including international syndicated loans, bond issues, convertible bonds, other hybrid loans and structured finance products, private placements, and group financing. P&H also has a long experience in providing assistance with restructuring of distresses companies and in insolvency.

Insurance:

The team advises clients in regulatory insurance matters, such as in matters related to insurance distribution and compliance, as well as in contentious matters, such as in complex coverage and liability disputes. The team has extensive experience on liability insurance (e.g. professional liability and D&O), marine insurance and transport insurance matters.

International Trade & Transport:

The team covers all areas of shipping, transport, and logistics – from regulatory matters to drafting of comprehensive logistics frame agreements and from cargo claims to assistance in relation of collisions, charter parties, newbuilding contracts and related issues. Expertise from the international trade include drafting of various type of purchase and project agreements with special knowledge from the maritime and aviation sector, and related international and domestic disputes.

M&A:

P&H’s M&A team provides legal advice across the wide spectrum of transactions such as in private M&A, private equity and venture capital, real estate and joint ventures. The team captures the essential in each transaction and manages deals with their broader context constantly in mind. The approach is always solution-oriented and firmly led by the clients’ business objectives. The team likes to work hands-on with each project and they always aim at generating practical yet legal and commercially sound solutions for their clients.

Private:

P&H provides individual services to private persons, families, and their companies. The firm’s lawyers are experienced in family and estate law, private wealth management, strategic planning, tax law, real estate, and housing transactions law, as well as in associations and foundations law.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate Advisory, Energy Ismo Hentulaismo.hentula@procope.fi+358 40 8338 002
M&A Petri Kyllönenpetri.kyllonen@procope.fi+358 40 0757 732
Dispute Resolution Asta Siponenasta.siponen@procope.fi+358 50 0407 446
Intellectual Property Anna Liinamaaanna.liinamaa@procope.fi+358 40 7292 979
EU and Competition Lotta Uusitalolotta.uusitalo@procope.fi+358 40 8338 008
Banking and Finance Kirsti Myllyläkirsti.myllyla@procope.fi+358 50 5619 557
Procopé Private Harriet Rydbergharriet.rydberg@procope.fi+358 50 5544 565
M&A Pia Tanskanenpia.tanskanen@procope.fi+358 50 3143 143
Employment Tomi Haapmantomi.haapman@procope.fi+358 40 0494 495
International Trade & Transport Ulla von Weissenbergulla.weissenberg@procope.fi+358 40 8205 732
Insurance Turo Sumuturo.sumu@procope.fi+358 40 5089 008
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Ms Katariina Aarnio  photo Ms Katariina Aarnio Specialist Counsel and Attorney at Law Katariina Aarnio specializes in family law…
Ms Kira Ebeling  photo Ms Kira Ebeling Specialist Counsel Kira Ebeling specialises in family law and inheritance law. She…
Mr Tomi Haapman  photo Mr Tomi Haapman Counsel Tomi Haapman is specialised in employment law, collective agreements and employee…
Ms Sonja Heinonen  photo Ms Sonja Heinonen Associate Sonja Heinonen specialises in in data protection, IPR & technology, in…
Mr Ismo Hentula  photo Mr Ismo Hentula Partner Ismo Hentula specialises in corporate law, contract law, M&A and private…
Ms Iida Kangaspeska photo Ms Iida KangaspeskaAssociate Iida Kangaspeska specialises in mergers and acquisitions.
Ms Helena Kettunen  photo Ms Helena Kettunen Associate Helena Kettunen specialises in family law and inheritance law. She also…
Mr Petri Kyllönen photo Mr Petri KyllönenPartner Petri Kyllönen is specialised in mergers & acquisitions, private equity, contract…
Ms Anna Liinamaa  photo Ms Anna Liinamaa Counsel Anna Liinamaa specialises in data protection and privacy law. Her main…
Ms Kirsti Myllylä  photo Ms Kirsti Myllylä Counsel Kirsti Myllylä specialises in international financing transactions and debt governance issues.…
Mr Joel Nurmi photo Mr Joel NurmiAssociate Joel Nurmi specializes in dispute resolution, as well as in general…
Ms Katarina Rontu  photo Ms Katarina Rontu Associate Katariina Rontu specialises in EU & Competition law.
Ms Harriet Rydberg  photo Ms Harriet Rydberg Partner Harriet Rydberg specialises in family law, inheritance law and tax law,…
Ms Leea Salminen  photo Ms Leea Salminen Specialist Counsel Leea Salminen specialises in energy law, in particular in the…
Ms Asta Siponen  photo Ms Asta Siponen Partner Asta Siponen is spesialized in contract law, real estate and contruction matters, environmental…
Mr Turo Sumu photo Mr Turo SumuCounsel Turo Sumu advises on transport law, insurance and international trade related…
Ms Pia Tanskanen  photo Ms Pia Tanskanen Partner and CEO Pia Tanskanen is specialised in mergers & acquisitions, private…
Ms Lotta Uusitalo  photo Ms Lotta Uusitalo Partner Lotta Uusitalo specializes in competition law and assists clients in preparing…
Mr Emil Vartiainen  photo Mr Emil Vartiainen Associate Emil Vartiainen specialises in dispute resolution, and international trade and transport.
Ms Ulla von Weissenberg  photo Ms Ulla von Weissenberg Partner Ulla von Weissenberg is the head of Procopé & Hornborg’s International…
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The firm 

Procopé & Hornborg has been well-known for being the provider of a wide spectrum of legal services for number of major Finnish stock listed and private companies and international companies as well as local authorities. The firm’s lawyers have extensive experience in handling large and complex matters across a range of business sectors in different countries. They regularly assist clients in organising activities all around Europe, such as in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, and Switzerland. They also have wide experience in handling cross-border disputes and international arbitration. 

The team 

Procopé & Hornborg’s team is made up of different individuals with international backgrounds. The team has the ability to provide services in a wide range of different languages, for example: 

  • Finnish 
  • English 
  • Swedish 
  • German 
  • French 

The Network 

In international arrangements, the team already has a global network of partners ready. The firm is part of an extensive global network, Lawyers Associated Worldwide, that enables international mandates to be handled effectively. In addition, some of the firm’s lawyers are actively involved at the International Bar Association on the officer level, well as some other international business networks.  


1. Procopé & Hornborg acted as the Legal Advisor to Firstbeat Technologies Oy and its shareholders on the divestment of the Consumer Licensing Business unit Firstbeat Analytics Oy to Garmin Ltd Group.

Firstbeat Analytics is a leader in the market of physiological analytics and metrics for wearable products. Firstbeat Technologies Oy shall continue its operations through its Professional Sports and Wellness businesses, providing tools for the physiological assessment of performance for professional athletes as well as for enhancing wellbeing in workplaces.

2. Procopé & Hornborg advised Likeit Group Oy and Nepton Group Oy and their Management in the merger into Likeit Nepton Group Oy and investment by Sponsor Capital Funds.

Likeit provides SaaS and financial administration services for the labour-intensive sectors. Nepton is the most recommended work time management SaaS service in Finland.

The completed transaction with Sponsor Funds belongs to the long-term strategy of Likeit Nepton Group to grow into a large HR services company with an ever growing, strong and valued position in the business sector in question. After the combination, over 110,000 people utilizes the services of Likeit Nepton Group Oy in Finland and Northern Europe, and the company has over 700 customers in different business sectors.

3. Procopé & Hornborg acted as the legal advisor, together with Accura Advokatpartnerselskab as the local legal advisor, to Etteplan in its acquisition of TekPartner A/S, a Danish engineering and IT company specialised in electronics and software. In line with its growth strategy Etteplan intends to expand its business in the Nordics. With this strategic acquisition, the company opened up operations in a new country, Denmark.

4. Procopé & Hornborg acted as the legal advisor to Etteplan in the outsourcing of part of Kalmar’s, which is part of Cargotec, crane engineering operations in China and the transfer of approximately 70 Kalmar’s engineering employees to Etteplan.

With the planned long-term agreement Kalmar aims to improve the efficiency of its crane engineering operations in China by ensuring scalability and cost competitiveness. The deal is among the largest outsourcing agreements in Etteplan’s history and also marks the opening of Etteplan’s ninth office in China.

5. Procopé & Hornborg advised Indutrade on its acquisition of Pistesarjat Oy. Pistesarjat offers heating and frost protection cable systems, fire-resistant cable systems and data cable systems for global leading suppliers and customers in Finland.

Procopé & Hornborg advised Indutrade during the negotiation process, supported Indutrade to include Pistesarjat Oy in its portfolio and thereby enabling Pistesarjat Oy’s future steps.


Procopé & Hornborg provides a work community where people have opportunities to learn, thrive and achieve their full potential regardless of their age, race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.

The firm has long traditions of equality between women and men and has more women in the office than average in the industry, and the firm pays equal salary to those in the same position regardless of gender.

The age distribution of the staff is extremely wide, and we have experts from different age groups. In addition, the firm puts a lot of value on developing young professionals. Our staff speaks several native languages, and it is considered a valuable feature for the whole firm.

We are committed to provide a diverse and equal workplace for our employees regardless of their background. We genuinely believe that diversity is a strength that we should cherish and value.