Firm Profile > Borenius > Helsinki, Finland


Banking and finance Tier 1

Niina Nuottimäki leads the practice at Borenius, which is notably focused on high-value transactions including financing mandates, real estate purchases, and energy development projects. The team's varied client list of financial institutions includes an investment fund managed by Morgan Stanley, Nordea Bank and University Properties of Finland. In a recent highlight, the group advised a banking syndicate including Nordea, BNP Paribas, Citi and Danske Bank on the €400m refinancing of Kemira, an arrangement subject to several sustainability conditions.

Practice head(s):

Niina Nuottimäki


The Borenius banking team is very competent and knows the international markets. They are also very good at being lead counsels on deals. It is also the Finnish firm we see the most on international deals.

Good understanding of real estate financing projects.’

Niina Nuottimäki, Hanna Lindberg and Ben Fallström are excellent lawyers and we see them as being very responsible and client oriented.

Niina Nuottimäki is up to date on the lending side of financing transactions.

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Nordea Bank Abp

OP Financial Group

Danske Bank

Svenska Handelsbanken AB


CapMan Plc


Municipality Finance Plc


Capital markets Tier 1

Juha Koponen leads the experienced practice at Borenius, which advises on high-value cross-border capital markets transactions including IPOs, public listings and tender offers; the group acts as both underwriter and issuer counsel on debt and equity capital markets matters. Ari Syrjäläinen is recommended for his work on equity transactions as well as his regulatory expertise. The practice's client list includes Nordea Bank, Danske Bank and JP Morgan, demonstrating its international capabilities; the team also recently advised EAB Group on its listing on Nasdaq Helsinki. Senior associate Katri Piiparinen is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Juha Koponen


Motivated, deeply helpful team.

Strong and broad know-how of the space and underlying market. Team is responsive and proactive in their communication when working with them. Against competition in Helsinki they are easier to work with, have top understanding of the legal aspects of ECM deal in Fiinalnd, and also more broadly.’

Very experienced team with the capability to handle all sorts of capital market assignments.

Juha Koponen is key; he has a commercial mind and approach. Juha is really easy to work with and would assume other clients share this view. He is very knowledgeable and solid when it comes to legal aspects in the Capital Market space and beyond.

Key clients

Nordea Bank

Danske Bank

SEB – Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken

OP Corporate Bank

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

JP Morgan

CapMan Plc

Intera Partners Oy

Credit Suisse


Morgan Stanley

Deutsche Bank

Carnegie Investment Bank

Etteplan Corporation

Citycon Oyj

Paroc Group Oyj

Office of the Finnish Prime Minister

Oma Savings Bank

Tieto Corporation

Garantia Insurance Company

Yleiselektroniikka Oyj

Goldman Sachs


Intellectual property Tier 1

The strong team at Borenius manages a number of trade mark portfolios for its client roster of major international brands, and also provides IP advice and acts in trade mark and patent litigation. The practice is jointly led by experienced IP advisers and litigators Ben RapinojaLasse LaaksonenÅsa Krook and Samuli Simojoki and handles the full spectrum of litigation, commercial and technology-related IP matters. Clients regularly originate from the life sciences industry; the team also advises businesses in the technology, IT and chemicals sectors and handles trade mark portfolio issues for Fazer, Kesko and Pernod Ricard.

Practice head(s):

Ben Rapinoja; Lasse Laaksonen; Åsa Krook; Samuli Simojoki


Borenius are one of my go-to firms in the whole of Europe, not just Finland. They are brilliant in IP litigation.

Lasse Laaksonen has never let me down in about 10 years that we have worked together. I don’t think that he has ever lost a hearing for me! A brilliant communicator – his submissions have incredible clarity even regarding very complex issues. One of the very best.’

Key clients

SodaStream International B.V.

Pernod Richard Europe

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

Insud Pharma

Orifarm Generics

Karl Fazer

Kesko Corporation


Raisio Plc.

Vaisala Plc

Absolut Company AB

Tax Tier 1

Borenius handles a wide range of tax matters including tax aspects of high-value M&A transactions, indirect tax issues and tax advisory work; the team also has a particularly strong offering in contentious work and represents clients in significant tax and transfer pricing disputes. The team has recently advised on the tax elements of several major real estate transactions and assists with the tax planning and structuring elements of cross-border investments. The practice is led by Janne Juusela, and also fields Einari Karhu and Heikki Wahlroos.

Practice head(s):

Janne Juusela

Key clients

Freeport-McMoRan Inc.

Nokian Tyres Plc

Paroc Group

CapMan Plc

Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing

Intera Partners Buyout Funds


Aberdeen Standard Investments

Fortum Plc

Harvia Plc

Rettig Group

TMT Tier 1

Borenius' strong TMT practice acts for clients in the healthcare, media, entertainment, telecoms and fintech industries, and it is particularly active in IT public procurement mandates, where it represents several public bodies. Practice head Samuli Simojoki has 20 years' experience working in technology law, and is praised for his 'deep knowledge' of technology and IT-related transactions, as well as issues affecting growth companies and corporate venturing projects. Senior associate Peter Hänninen is a key contact for healthcare companies and data-driven businesses, which he advises on growth strategies, tech spin-offs and data protection mandates.

Practice head(s):

Samuli Simojoki


Samuli Simojoki has demonstrated a deep understanding for our industry and his support and advice goes far beyond what we normally get from any lawyer.

Key clients

Fingrid Plc

The Social Insurance Institution of Finland

Jolla Ltd

HUS (The Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa)

Nanoform Finland Plc

Valo Therapeutics Plc

LeadDesk Plc

M-Files Oy

HappyOrNot Oy

Megical Oy

Yokogawa Electric Corporation

Askel Healthcare Oy Services Oy

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Borenius has a notable focus on private equity and cross-border M&A transactions and acts for a roster of clients from the investment fund, healthcare and IT sectors. The team advises on the buy and sell-side of transactions; it recently handled the Finnish healthcare provider Coronaria's cross-border divestment of Coronaria Hoiva to Swedish company Humana for €71m. The practice is jointly led by the 'hands-on' Johannes Piha and the 'reliable and diligent' Johan Roman, with Jyrki Tähtinen  also praised for his 'strong commitment' to clients.

Practice head(s):

Johannes Piha; Johan Roman


The output from Borenius’s M&A team is always very high quality regardless of the nature of the task.’

High level of service, wide competence across the whole team and most importantly a can-do attitude.’

Longstanding fruitful co-operation. Easy access, valuable advices and always drive for solution.

The Borenius team are helpful and user-friendly to an English-speaking audience. They work hard and have an excellent team dynamic with legal teams in other jurisdictions.

Great teamwork! Borenius had their entire team thoroughly prepared for every negotiation throughout the entire deal process.’

Jyrki Tähtinen, shows very strong ownership of the case and utilizes resources in a client friendly manner, never jeopardizing the quality of the work.’

Johan Roman is a hands on advisor with a good business perspective.’

Johannes Piha is pragmatic, diligent and careful about the client relationship.

Jyrki Tähtinen really impressed us with his experience and capability to always concentrate on the right topics without spending any unnecessary time on the secondary items.

Key clients

CapMan Plc

Vitruvian Partners LLP

Aspo Plc

Synlab International GmbH

Coronaria Group

Componenta Plc

Accountor Oy

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Borenius represents corporate clients in disputes, with a particular strength in corporate crime matters including management liability, insider trading and corporate accident issues. The experienced team also manages precedent-setting cases including several environmental crime disputes. The practice is led by Markus Kokko, while Kristiina Liljedahl contributes to the team's corporate crime expertise. Kokko successfully represented NCC Roads and Interasfaltti in a €120m asphalt cartel damages case, which is pending a final Supreme Court judgement. Senior associate Tero Kovanen is also praised for his work in commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Markus Kokko

Key clients

NCC Group

Agnico Eagle Mines

PKC Group

Tamro Plc


Teknos Group

Taaleri Plc

Outokumpu Plc

Anglo American Plc

Employment Tier 2

Borenius acts for its client roster of international businesses on a variety of employment-related matters including international restructurings, outsourcing work and day-to-day employment advice. The team also represents corporate clients in disputes related to occupational heath and safety issues, workplace conditions and employee terminations. Noteworthy clients include Electronic Arts and Qatar Airways; other clients stem from the mining, chemicals and real estate industries. The practice is led by Jani Syrjänen, who has extensive experience advising clients on complex employment issues including collective bargaining agreements, outsourcings and reorganisations.

Practice head(s):

Jani Syrjänen


Good competence, quick reaction times, and effective co-operation.

A wide level of high quality support available.’

Practical advice.

For my point of view, Borenius has a mix of judicial expertise in various areas, value-based leadership (and strong values with a well thought social responsibility action) and general ownership.’ 

Specialists in immigration laws, very efficient. Have good knowledge of day to day functioning of local immigration departments. Very prompt in responding as well which is critical and last minute business travel advice.

Borenius’ labour law team has been winning most of our cases in court. They always prepare thoroughly and fearlessly fight for our standpoint but have also the courage to tell us when it’s time to settle the case.

Strong local knowledge and heritage.’

Very accessible and professional and swift responses.’

Key clients

Qatar Airways Group

HMD Global

Agnico Eagle Mining






Electronic Arts

American Express Europe, S.A.

Arctic Container

Automatia Pankkiautomaatit Oy


City of Orivesi

The Walt Disney Company

Finnish Paralympic Committee

Kesko Oyj

LänsiAuto Oy

NVIDIA, Helsinki Oy

Pernod Ricard Finland Oy

Realia Group Oy

EU and competition Tier 2

Borenius has a strong and varied practice, which represents clients in high-profile and contentious competition matters including state aid, antitrust and public procurement proceedings, phase II merger control filings and investigations; the group is also involved in the high-profile asphalt and bus cartel cases. The practice is led by Ilkka Aalto-Setälä, who is an antitrust expert with a strong record in advising businesses and governmental bodies on national and EU-level competition matters. In a recent highlight, the group represented the City of Helsinki in a precedent-setting state aid case relating to €54m in allegedly unlawful state aid funds paid to Helsingin Bussiliikenne, the highest such figure to be contested in Finland.

Practice head(s):

Ilkka Aalto-Setälä


Borenius is very customer orientated, offering high quality services for versatile needs. Highly capable and fast, keeps its promises.

Highly skilled individuals, high level of quality and service attitude.

They have strong experience, they can come up with innovative and creative solutions. I am impressed by their abilities.

They are very experienced and successful in the field of EU and competition law.

They are very customer-oriented.’

Key clients

NCC Industry Oy

The City of Helsinki

Finnair Oyj

Destia Oy

Kela  – the Social Insurance Institution of Finland

Nordea Bank Finland Plc

Oy Matkahuolto Ab

The Finnish Bus and Coach Association

Uponor Infra

L’Oréal Finland

The Finnish Real Estate Management Federation

Hankkija Oy

The Finnish Taxi Drivers Association

Raisio Plc

Valmet Automotive Oy

Fox Networks Group

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Borenius handles high-value real estate transactions and development projects and advises an array of international investors including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Capman on the buy and sell side of transactions. The team also works on major infrastructure and construction projects in the energy sector. Practice co-heads Saara ParonenChristian Fogelholm and Ari Kaarakainen are experienced transactional lawyers; Paronen is regularly involved in real estate arbitration proceedings and Kaarakainen acts for foreign institutional investors on portfolio transactions. Casper Herler is a key contact for environment work.

Practice head(s):

Saara Paronen; Christian Fogelholm; Ari Kaarakainen

Key clients

Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing

Exilion Management



Goldman Sachs



Aberdeen Standard Investments

Premico Group


CapMan Real Estate

Cromwell Property Group

Erindale Investments

Ness, Risan & Partners (NRP)

The firm: Borenius is a Finnish law firm established in 1911. Throughout its history the firm has handled some of the most challenging assignments for the most interesting clients. It has also actively developed legal practice in Finland, upholding the rule of law since the early days of Finnish independence. As businesses have become increasingly globalised, the demand for high-calibre legal advice has followed – it has grown to a firm that currently employs over 120 lawyers. Its business-minded approach to providing its clients with premium-quality legal services is the result of several decades of innovation.

Borenius has always been committed to extending its global reach. Currently it has offices in Finland, Russia, London and New York. It offers a convenient gateway for international companies looking to invest and do business in the Finnish, Russian, Baltic and Nordic territories. As a leading independent Finnish law firm, it also co-operates with other leading independent law firms on a global basis.

Areas of practice: Clients value the firm’s efforts on meeting their highest expectations and its focus on building long-term client relations. In order to be trusted with bet-the-company deals and disputes and to provide strategic advice in complex advisory assignments, Borenius invests in talent and innovation. Borenius’ key service areas are transactions, advisory and dispute resolution, in which it serves clients’ needs with leading practitioners in some 20 different practice areas.

It reflects on current trends and phenomena to develop the most innovative business solutions and to ensure the best possible service for its clients.

Department Name Email Telephone
Intellectual property Lasse Laaksonen +358 20 713 3521
Banking and finance Niina Nuottimäki +358 20 713 3506
Capital markets Juha Koponen +358 20 713 3285
Intellectual Property Åsa Krook +358 20 713 3522
EU & Competition Ilkka Aalto-Setälä +358 20 713 3545
Corporate advisory and compliance Andreas Doepel +358 20 713 3416
Dispute resolution, Corporate crime Markus Kokko +358 20 713 3482
Employment Jani Syrjänen +358 20 713 3565
Energy and infrastructure Ari Kaarakainen +358 20 713 3524
Environment and natural resources Casper Herler +358 20 713 3288
Fund formation and investment management Paulus Hidén +358 20 713 3436
Intellectual property Ben Rapinoja +358 20 713 3424
M&A and private equity Johannes Piha +358 20 713 3225
Real estate and construction Saara Paronen +358 20 713 3213
Restructuring and insolvency Jyrki Tähtinen +358 20 713 3411
Tax Janne Juusela +358 20 713 3431
Technology, media and telecommunications Samuli Simojoki +358 20 713 3500
Real Estate Christian Fogelholm +358 20 713 3519
Tax Einari Karhu +358 20 713 3488
Dispute Resolution, Corporate Crime Kristiina Liljedahl +358 20 713 3464
EU & Competition Asko Lindqvist +358 20 713 3413
M&A and private equity Johan Roman +358 20 713 3489
M&A and private equity Jari Vikiö +358 20 713 3503
Tax Heikki Wahlroos +358 20 713 3589
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Ilkka Aalto-Setälä  photo Mr Ilkka Aalto-Setälä Partner Ilkka Aalto-Setälä has worked over 25 years with antitrust and merger…
Mr Andreas Doepel  photo Mr Andreas Doepel Partner Andreas Doepel advises on corporate governance matters and other matters related to…
Mr Christian Fogelholm  photo Mr Christian Fogelholm Partner Christian Fogelholm advises on real estate, energy and infrastructure transactions and…
Mr Jari Gadd  photo Mr Jari Gadd Partner Jari Gadd is head of Borenius’ Tampere office. Jari advises clients on…
Mr Peter Hänninen  photo Mr Peter Hänninen Peter advises clients on technology-, data protection-, and general corporate law related…
Mr Mikko Heinonen  photo Mr Mikko Heinonen Counsel Mikko Heinonen advises our clients on banking and finance and debt…
Mr Casper Herler  photo Mr Casper Herler Managing Partner Casper Herler is a strategic adviser to large natural resources, industrial…
Mr Paulus Hidén  photo Mr Paulus Hidén Partner Paulus Hidén advises on all aspects of private equity with particular…
Mr Janne Juusela  photo Mr Janne Juusela Partner Janne Juusela advises on domestic and international tax matters in corporate…
Mr Ari Kaarakainen  photo Mr Ari Kaarakainen Partner Ari Kaarakainen advises on real estate, M&A and financing transactions with particular…
Mr Einari Karhu  photo Mr Einari Karhu Partner Einari Karhu advises on domestic and international tax matters in corporate…
Mr Markus Kokko  photo Mr Markus Kokko Partner Markus Kokko regularly advises major domestic and international clients on dispute resolution…
Mr Juha Koponen  photo Mr Juha Koponen Partner Juha Koponen is a dual-qualified (Finland and New York) transactional lawyer…
Mr Tero Kovanen  photo Mr Tero Kovanen Tero advises on questions related to dispute resolution. In addition to litigation…
Ms Åsa Krook  photo Ms Åsa Krook Partner Åsa Krook advises in the field of contentious and non-contentious intellectual…
Mr Lasse Laaksonen  photo Mr Lasse Laaksonen Partner Lasse Laaksonen specialises in both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property and technology…
Ms Kristiina Liljedahl  photo Ms Kristiina Liljedahl Partner Kristiina Liljedahl advises on dispute resolution, including litigation and arbitration, as well…
Mr Asko Lindqvist  photo Mr Asko Lindqvist Partner Asko Lindqvist advises on all aspects of competition law as well…
Ms Niina Nuottimäki  photo Ms Niina Nuottimäki Partner Niina Nuottimäki advises on banking and finance, debt capital markets and…
Ms Saara Paronen  photo Ms Saara Paronen Partner Saara Paronen advises clients on real-estate and construction law. Her scope includes real…
Mr Robert Peldán  photo Mr Robert Peldán Counsel Robert Peldán advises on insolvency and dispute resolution. Robert has substantial…
Ms Henriikka Piekkala  photo Ms Henriikka Piekkala Counsel Henriikka Piekkala advises on legal issues related to regulated markets and competition…
Mr Johannes Piha  photo Mr Johannes Piha Partner Johannes Piha is a transactional lawyer focusing on M&A and private…
Mr Ben Rapinoja  photo Mr Ben Rapinoja Partner Ben Rapinoja is a renowned litigator in patent, trademark and intellectual…
Mr Johan Roman  photo Mr Johan Roman Partner Johan Roman advises clients in the field of mergers and acquisitions…
Mr Samuli Simojoki  photo Mr Samuli Simojoki Partner Samuli Simojoki advises companies in different fields of media and technology,…
Mr Ari Syrjäläinen  photo Mr Ari Syrjäläinen Counsel Ari Syrjäläinen advises clients on various capital markets matters, including transactions and…
Mr Jani Syrjänen  photo Mr Jani Syrjänen Partner Jani Syrjänen advises international and domestic clients in all employment law…
Mr Jyrki Tähtinen  photo Mr Jyrki Tähtinen Senior Partner Jyrki Tähtinen advises on public and private M&A and corporate…
Mr Tuomas Tikkanen  photo Mr Tuomas Tikkanen Counsel Tuomas Tikkanen advises clients on a wide variety of financial transactions,…
Mr Jari Vikiö  photo Mr Jari Vikiö Senior Partner Jari Vikiö advises on banking and finance, M&A and private…
Ms Kaisa Voutilainen  photo Ms Kaisa Voutilainen Counsel Kaisa Voutilainen Kaisa advises on dispute resolution and insolvency related questions.…
Mr Heikki Wahlroos  photo Mr Heikki Wahlroos Partner Heikki Wahlroos advises on domestic and international tax matters in corporate…
Ms Sha Wang  photo Ms Sha Wang Counsel Sha Wang is a native Chinese speaker and is a member…
Number of lawyers : 120
Contact : Casper Herler (Managing Partner)
: Borenius Attorneys Ltd is one of the largest leading law firms in Finland. The firm was established in 1911 and consists of over 200 employees in three jurisdictions. The firm provides easy access to full-scale business law solutions in Finland, Russia, London and in New York. Borenius provides services in all areas of law for corporate clients.