Firm Profile > Borenius > Helsinki, Finland
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Banking and finance Tier 1
Borenius 'really makes the effort to deliver added value to its clients' and ' takes care of matters carefully and efficiently'. The practice recently advised a syndicate of international banks on the financing of Mehiläinen's acquisition by CVC and other investors; OP Financial Group and Morgan Stanley are also clients. The 'pragmatic and approachable' practice is led by Niina Nuottimäki, who is 'helpful, professional and can help solve problems quickly'. Mikko Heinonen joined the team from Roschier and is 'a real star when it comes to finance law; there is no question to which he could not give an analytical answer'. Johannes Ahti joined Roschier.
Capital markets Tier 1
Borenius, noted for its 'strong equity capital markets (ECM) background', recently acted for the joint coordinators and bookrunners on the €876m IPO of Terveystalo and advised Oma Savings Bank on its €1.5bn covered bond programme. 'Dedicated and seasoned expert' Juha Koponen heads the 'very responsive and helpful' practice, which also fields 'knowledgeable' counsel Ari Syrjäläinen and counsel Mikko Heinonen, who recently arrived from Roschier and has significant experience in debt capital markets (DCM) work.
Intellectual property Tier 1
Borenius' 'customer-oriented' team is particularly experienced in the life sciences sector; it recently defended Orifarm in a trade mark infringement dispute relating to the repackaging of pharmaceutical products and successfully represented new client Insud Pharma in a preliminary injunction dispute with Merck Sharp & Dohme. Ben Rapinoja, Åsa Krook, and 'excellent IP professional' Lasse Laaksonen jointly head the practice, which is 'focused on providing solutions'. Other key clients include Pernod Ricard, LänsiAuto, and Vaisala.
Maritime and transport Tier 1
Borenius is active in transport-related insurance matters and contentious work and attracts praise from clients for its 'very professional' approach. The practice is led by Ulla von Weissenberg and also fields the 'down-to-earth' Turo Sumu and senior associate and maritime employment expert Maija Mattila. Key clients include Helsinki City Transport, OP Insurance and Neste Shipping.
Tax Tier 1
The 'results-oriented' team at Borenius is noted for its 'exceptional client handling' and is jointly led by Janne Juusela and newly promoted partners Heikki Wahlroos and Einari Karhu; clients praise Karhu as 'one of the best tax lawyers in Finland'. The group recently represented the Finnish National Theatre in a tax dispute pertaining to the company's status as a non-profit organisation, and defended Nokian Tyres in a transfer pricing dispute.
TMT Tier 1
The 'excellent' Samuli Simojoki leads the practice at Borenius; his recent work includes advising Aalto University on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) procurement and assisting Fingrid with its development of a national data hub for the Finnish electricity market including related IT procurement issues. The team receives praise for its 'excellent data protection law capabilities' and clients single out senior associate Peter Hänninen, who has 'great potential'; Hänninen recently assisted Nanoform with its negotiation of a framework agreement with a pharmaceutical manufacturer.
Clients praise Borenius' practice as 'very professional, knowledgeable and extremely hardworking'; it recently advised the owners of Runtech on its €80m sale to Gardner Denver. CapMan and Paroc Group are also clients. The practice is jointly led by Johannes Piha and the 'efficient' Johan Roman. Also recommended are Jari Vikiö, who is 'a highly effective negotiator', and the 'very experienced' Jyrki Tähtinen.
Dispute resolution Tier 2
Borenius defended three executives of Talvivaara Mining in criminal proceedings relating to environmental damage issues including sulphate emissions, represented Kuopion Biotehdas in a dispute regarding the allegedly unjustified termination of a subcontracting agreement, and acted for several shipowners in a challenge to the Finnish government's fairway dues legislation. The practice is headed by Markus Kokko.
Employment Tier 2
At Borenius, the 'exceptionally skilled and service-minded' Jani Syrjänen heads the practice, while senior associate Emma Halminen is noted for being 'highly skilled in collective bargaining and cooperation negotiation issues'. The 'very professional' group recently advised Qatar Airways on the employment elements of its entry into the Finnish market.
EU and competition Tier 2
The 'practical and extremely helpful' team at Borenius recently represented Prevent 360 in second-stage merger control proceedings following its merger with Avarn Security Holding. Practice head Ilkka Aalto-Setälä assisted Matkahuolto with the filing of a state aid complaint against TVV lippu- ja maksujärjestelmä, and cartel expert Asko Lindqvist is defending Matkahuolto in the high-profile bus cartel litigation.
Real estate and construction Tier 2
Borenius' real estate group recently advised Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing on its €97m acquisition of a residential real estate portfolio and assisted Citycon with the sale of a shopping center portfolio. Taaleri and YIT are also clients. Saara Paronen leads the practice and specialises in construction-related work, while Ari Kaarakainen and Christian Fogelholm are the key names for transactional work.
Borenius > Firm Profile
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, and the United States. 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.
|Association and foundations||Lasse Laaksonen|
|Banking and finance||Niina Nuottimäki|
|Capital markets||Juha Koponen|
|Commercial contracts||Åsa Krook|
|Competition and public procurement||Ilkka Aalto-Setälä|
|Corporate advisory and compliance||Andreas Doepel|
|Corporate crime||Markus Kokko|
|Dispute resolution||Markus Kokko|
|Energy and infrastructure||Ari Kaarakainen|
|Environment and natural resources||Casper Herler|
|Financial institutions and regulations||Juha Koponen|
|Fund formation and investment management||Paulus Hidén|
|Intellectual property||Ben Rapinoja|
|M&A and private equity||Johannes Piha|
|Real estate and construction||Saara Paronen|
|Restructuring and insolvency||Jyrki Tähtinen|
|Technology, media and telecommunications||Samuli Simojoki|
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