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Finland > Dispute resolution Tier 2Merilampi Attorneys Ltd handles a broad range of commercial litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. Its recent caseload has shifted to include shareholder disputes and product and environmental liability cases, which are usually led by Jussi Ikonen, who is an experienced mediator and ‘excellent litigator‘. Managing partner Heidi Merikalla-Teir focuses on construction and real estate arbitration and mediation issues. Teemu Taxell departed to Lindfors & Co Attorneys at Law in 2023.
Other key lawyers:
‘Jussi Ikonen has long history and experience in dispute resolution. Very good insight into different strategies in the process. Good engagement with customer and timely execution of the process. Very professional argumentation of the customer viewpoints in the dispute resolution.’
‘We have received well argued advice in our disputes with different stakeholders from Merilampi’s Dispute resolution team. There are many experts in the team with a business oriented approach to legal proceedings and capability to give ad hoc tips for ongoing processes in different phases.’
‘Jussi Ikonen is a very experienced dispute resolution professional who has the necessary knowledge for both the legal questions but also for the claim management of a project as a whole from the business perspective.’
‘Jussi Ikonen is absolutely an excellent litigator. I have been his client now for four years. He has won all the processes we have gone through. He is supportive and a very intelligent litigator. I think all the opponents are afraid of him. I would not like to sit on the other side of the table. He has high moral.’
‘Jussi Ikonen always thinks the best of the client. Even as a litigator he wants to solve the cases peacefully and tactically. I think he is one of the best litigators in Finland.’
‘A very strong team of professionals works here. The employees of the company quickly understand the essence of the problem and give all options for the development of events.’
Lassila & Tikanoja plc
Fujitsu Finland Oy
Municipality of Sysmä
Saxdor Yachts Oy
- Represented Fujitsu Finland Oy in a complex litigation initiated by the municipality of Espoo. The contractual dispute involves the alleged loss of several thousands of leased IT equipment items and Fujitsu Finland Oy’s alleged failures to attend to Espoo’s IT equipment register.
- Advised a leading Finnish company operating in the energy sector in a significant matter that involves an insurance related dispute against the liability insurer as well as other complex environmental and contractual liability issues.
- Represented a Dubai-based holding company in arbitration proceedings under the SCC Arbitration Rules related to several loan agreements.
Finland > Employment Tier 2Merilampi Attorneys Ltd is noted for its expertise in advising international companies and their Finnish subsidiaries on employment-related issues including high-value complex employment disputes. It is especially strong regarding sensitive and complex harassment and unequal treatment matters. Practice head Heidi Hiltunen and Jussi Koivu both specialise in transfer of business work, company reorganisations, terminations and harassment claims. The team frequently advises companies operating in the technology, construction and pharmaceuticals sectors.
Other key lawyers:
‘Heidi Hiltunen is a very knowledgeable, service-oriented employment partner who is a pleasure to work with.’
‘Excellent legal knowledge and customer-orientated approach.’
‘Heidi Hiltunen is the best employment lawyer in Helsinki. She has excellent legal intuition for solving complex legal employment issues.’
University of Helsinki
Aviator Airport Services Finland Oy
FSHS Finnish Student Health Service
- Advising Microsoft in relation to domestic and international HR matters.
Finland > EU and competition Tier 2Merilampi Attorneys Ltd is best known for its work on merger control, public procurement, cartel enforcement and abuse of dominant position cases. It has acted in high-profile competition cases, often involving private healthcare providers and energy and telecoms operators. Practice head Erkko Ruohoniemi covers both public and private enforcement work and is also highly experienced in public procurement issues, while Satu-Anneli Kauranen specialises in merger control proceedings and often represents clients before the European Commission and Finnish competition authorities.
Other key lawyers:
‘Satu-Anneli Kauranen was extremely reachable and easy-going. Her knowledge was impressive.’
‘All the team members in EU and competition practice are very service minded, hardworking and absolutely top professionals. The team works seamlessly together and the responsible partner is always on top of the things. One of the biggest strengths of the team is the fast response time and ability to get acquainted with things quickly.’
‘Satu-Anneli Kauranen and the whole team is easily approachable and easy to work with. Satu-Anneli is able to think of the best interests of the client from different perspectives. She has excellent knowledge of competition law.’
‘Satu-Anneli Kauranen is a very capable competition partner. Customer-oriented, responsive and pleasure to work with.’
‘The team has been extremely easy to work with. The lawyers are diligent in their work, the team takes the initiative in handling the competition processes and we can rely on the fact that all the necessary steps are taken in due time and correctly. They know how to present the case in the right way and what things the authorities look into in the competition processes. It is easy to rely on such an experienced and diligent team.’
‘Satu-Anneli Kauranen has an outstanding knowledge not just about the legislation but of the processes and authorities’ mindset when handling competition cases. She is convincing and experienced and it is easy to rely on her expertise.’
‘Our company has used Merilampi services for competition practice. Merilampi has top, up to date information in this area.’
‘The individuals we work with have deep understanding of both competition practice and the position of our company in the changing business environment.’
Posti Group Corporation
Isku Interior Ltd
Sweco AB / Sweco Industry Ltd
Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company
Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company
- Represented Pihlajalinna plc in a merger control case before the European Commission, FCCA and thereafter the Market Court concerning a public bid by Mehiläinen plc for the shares of Pihlajalinna plc.
- Represented Elisa in the Supreme Administrative Court in two separate appeal cases concerning significant market power decisions by the Finnish telecoms regulator Traficom.
- Advised Sweco Finland Ltd on a regular basis concerning applicable merger control rules as well as other competition issues.
Finland > Real estate and construction Tier 2Merilampi Attorneys Ltd is noted for its work in Finnish real estate transactions regarding a wide range of retail, logistics and public sector properties. The team is particularly strong in construction law, advising on complex industrial projects, and is experienced in construction litigation and arbitration. Department head Emma Niemistö is a key resource for construction litigation and arbitration, especially concerning construction liability matters, while Jani Ylä-Autio advises on complex domestic and international real estate deals. Tommi Elo focuses on real estate transactions and finance mandates.
Other key lawyers:
YIT Construction Ltd
Union Investment Real Estate GmbH
Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company
Pirkanmaa Hospital District
South Savo Social and Health Care Authority
Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company
University Properties of Finland (SYK)
Aberdeen Standard Investment
- Advised Lindström Invest Oy’s shareholders on the sale of the real estate company’s entire share capital to Swedish listed real estate company Castellum.
- Advised Skanska on a development project with Union Investment Real Estate GmbH whereby the objective was to build rental apartments in Helsinki, Finland.
- Represented Sweco Industry Oy in negotiations relating to an EPCM agreement concerning a lithium plant to be built by Keliber Oy in Central Ostrobothnia, Finland.
Finland > Banking and finance Tier 3Merilampi Attorneys Ltd is especially strong in real estate finance work, often acting on the borrower side, as well as handling other financing work for Finnish companies active in the fintech space. The team is also experienced in regulatory matters involving corporate lending transactions and the financing of PPPs. Practice head Tommi Elo deals with licensing and regulatory proceedings, as well as cross-border securities transactions, while Ari Keinänen specialises in corporate and real estate transactions.
Other key lawyers:
Aberdeen Property Funds
Schroder Property Funds
Finland > Intellectual property Tier 3
The ‘highly skilled team’ at Merilampi Attorneys Ltd often represent clients before the Market Court in IP matters. It is particularly strong in advising real estate companies and leading international corporates on trade mark, patent and copyright portfolios, and often works alongside major European law firms on IP-related matters. Practice head Henrik af Ursin is noted for his breadth of experience in IP law, ranging from day-to-day advisory work to cross-border trade mark prosecution and transactional matters. He works alongside Mika Pakarinen, who is a specialist in litigation and arbitration proceedings as well as entertainment and media law.
Henrik af Ursin
Other key lawyers:
‘Henrik af Ursin who leads the firm IP practice is an outstanding IP lawyer. Excellent client communicator and IP legal strategist. Great knowledge of the material law and has always delivered strong outcome in our cases. I had no reason to test any other alternatives in Finland since starting with him.’
‘The practice has a very structured, client-friendly approach which is probably the firm’s recipe for attracting more and more new clients. The firm has established sizeable trade mark and patent licensing programs and is very well managed by head of trade mark practice Henrik af Ursin.’
‘Henrik af Ursin, who is heading the trade mark practice of Merilampi, is a trade mark expert with a veritable cornucopia of case and even court experience. This is something particularly hard to find in Finland where trade mark court cases are counted. Henrik is highly professional, always super-prompt in responding, extremely diligent and always nice to work with.’
‘Proactive and very reactive team. Highly skilled team in trade marks and patents.’
‘Henrik af Ursin provides very efficient strategies in IP.’
‘The team is a gem to be found for those who know the Finnish IP market. It is fairly new and fairly small, but still very experienced with a high level of specialization. Although not comparable to size, its advice given has the highest quality and stands strong in the competition with other Finnish firms.’
‘Henrik af Ursin is head of practice and he leads the way. For trade mark law his is today No. 1 in Finland. He has an impressive global reach acting for foreign clients in Finland and he keeps up with the demands set by the most demanding in-house teams.’
Swedish Tourism Association
The Finnish National Rescue Association
- Represented a Swedish tourism entity in a case against a Finnish company.
- Worked on several complex patent and utility model-related matters for a client related to a number of enforcement matters as well as dispensed combined strategic legal and technical advice to clients with regard to product portfolios and other strategic decisions related to IP portfolios.
- Set up a technology licensing scheme for a Finnish technology company.
Finland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4Merilampi Attorneys Ltd is active in public and private M&A transactions, often involving IP, IT or environmental aspects. Practice co-head Jani Ylä-Autio is noted for his advice regarding corporate and real state transactions, while co-head Antti Kahri focuses on both domestic and international M&A, as well as private equity transactions.
Jani Ylä-Autio; Antti Kahri
Škoda Transportation Group
Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company
Magenta Advisory Oy
Nordea Bank AB
Total Specific Solutions
- Advised Pihlajalinna Terveys Ltd, part of Pihlajalinna Group, on the acquisition of the entire share capital of Pohjola Hospital Ltd from its current owner Pohjola Insurance Ltd.
- Advised Sweco Finland Oy on the acquisition of shares in Optiplan Oy from NCC Group.
- Advised Total Specific Solutions on its acquisition of Prime from Innofactor.
Merilampi Attorneys Ltd > Firm Profile
The firm: Merilampi is one of the leading Finnish business law firms. Many of its clients are major international corporations and listed Finnish companies. The firm is regularly involved in high-profile M&A, real estate, competition law and dispute resolution cases.
Main areas of practice
Transactions and finance: In M&A, the firm represented, among others (1) Pihlajalinna Plc in a Mehiläinen Yhtiöt Oy public cash tender offer for all shares in Pihlajalinna Plc (transaction value approximately MEUR 362), (2) Sweco Finland Oy in its acquisition of Optiplan Oy from NCC Group, (3) Posti Group Corporation in its sale of Posti Kotipalvelut Oy to Stella Care Oy and (4) Total Specific Solutions in its acquisition of Futunio Oy.
A great deal of the banking and finance work undertaken by the firm was made in relation to real estate market, including both property acquisition financing and refinancing transactions. Clients in that sector included, among others, Mercada and Aberdeen Standard Real Estate Funds. During the year, the firm also experienced increase in demand for regulatory advice especially by foreign financial institutions operating in the Finnish market.
During the past year, Merilampi completed a substantial number of real estate transactions. Among others, the firm advised the following clients in their major transactions: Union Investment Real Estate, Aberdeen Standard Investments, Schroder Nordic Real Estate Fund, Lindström Invest Oy, Terrieri Kiinteistöt, A. Ahlström Kiinteistöt and Savills Investment Management.
Dispute resolution: In the field of dispute resolution, Merilampi has top assignments from all relevant areas: commercial litigation, arbitration (both domestic and international), ADR, white-collar defence and insolvency related advice. The firm’s lawyers are constantly active in a number of arbitration and mediation cases, both as counsel and arbitrators/mediators.
Merilampi continues to represent clients in a wide variety of industries and areas of substantive law. Lately, there has been a notable increase especially in the firm’s caseload in complex construction and engineering disputes. The firm’s lawyers have recently been very active also in different types of liability cases (such as product liability, environmental liability, board of directors’ or auditor’s liability).
During the past year, the DR team has advised, among others, Fujitsu Finland Oy in its complex contract dispute with the City of Espoo. The team also regularly represents Lassila & Tikanoja plc in controversial matters with their subcontractors, employees and other stakeholders. They also represent one of the big-four auditing companies in many of its high-profile liability cases.
Competition and EU: The firm’s competition experts have recently been busy with merger proceedings before the competition authorities. For example, Merilampi represented Pihlajalinna Plc in the merger control proceedings before the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority and the Market Court in Mehiläinen Yhtiöt Oy/Pihlajalinna Plc case. Merilampi has also continuously advised Sweco AB and its subsidiaries in various competition matters relating to Sweco’s acquisitions taking place in markets for sustainable development and design.
In addition, the firm regularly represents high profile companies in public procurement cases as well as cases related to abuse of dominant position as well as distribution systems and e-commerce. Another example of Merilampi’s versatile competition expertise is the successful representation of telecom company Elisa Corporation in yet another access pricing case against the Finnish telecom regulator Traficom in the Supreme Administrative Court.
Real estate and construction: Merilampi’s real estate and construction practice is one of the advisors in the forefront of advising in the most prominent real estate developments and construction endeavours in the market. The expertise of the team is utilised by private and public sector property owners, developers, contractors, financiers and consultants in a variety of assignments, both contentious and non-contentious, in the construction and real estate field.
The team has a steady flow of mandates particularly concerning complex infrastructure and engineering projects, and a strong specialisation in design and build and construction management contracts. During the past year, some of the most notable references include advising YIT Finland and Meridiam SAS in their successful bid for the first social infrastructure PPP in Finland, assisting several hospital districts and social and health care authorities in the largest hospital build projects in Finland, and several litigation and arbitration proceedings relating to construction and engineering endeavours.
Employment and labour law: Merilampi’s employment team is one of the most experienced in the industry. They are involved in building new and restructuring old organisations, creating and amending working rules and contracts of employment as well as supporting company management with employment related questions and challenging situations. They represent clients in civil and criminal cases relating to employment and assist in cooperation negotiations.
During the past year, the team has advised, among others, Microsoft on a regular basis in both national and global HR-issues, University of Helsinki on several significant court cases and Posti Ltd in the Supreme Administrative Court related to decisions of the Administrative Court and the Regional State Administrative Agency.
Technology, IT and data privacy: Merilampi’s technology and IT law specialised practice is experienced in handling technology and IT law related contentious and non-contentious assignments with high quality. The team routinely assists clients in a variety of contractual arrangement related to the exploitation and distribution of technology, such as licensing and distribution agreements. In addition, the team routinely advises clients in matters of software and IT service development, sales, licensing, distribution and maintenance. Their expertise also covers data privacy questions.
Intellectual property and media: Merilampi’s intellectual property and media practice manages assignments from protection and commercialisation of IP to regulatory questions and dispute resolution in complex IP matters. The IP team assists among others the Nordic luxury brand Daniel Wellington and the iconic Burberry brand in the defence of their valuable copyright and trademark portfolios. Furthermore, they represented a major German automotive company in Finland’s largest anti-counterfeiting litigation as well as the packaging giant DS Smith, medical equipment company Steris Finn-Aqua, the Finnish National Rescue Association and the Swedish Tourist Association.
In 2020, the IP practice’s caseload consisted of eg complex marketing and unfair business practice cases, trade secret infringement cases, patent, utility model, trademark and design enforcement as well as drafting employee invention strategies. The IP practice works in close co-operation with outside patent attorneys to bring added technical insight into patent and utility model enforcement and in creating insightful employee invention processes. Merilampi’s team also has extensive experience in the field of media and entertainment law.
Product compliance and product liability: Merilampi’s product compliance and product liability practice advises companies manufacturing, importing and distributing products in a wide variety of issues and obligations stemming from EU’s and national legislation. Recently the team has been particularly busy with appeal proceedings before the relevant authorities as well as court proceedings in product safety matters, in which Merilampi team represented, for example, known international luxury accessory manufacturers as well as vehicle manufacturers. The team also regularly assist clients in product recalls.
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|Sakari Aalto||Sakari Aalto advises domestic and international clients in technology and IPR-transactions. He…||View Profile|
|Mr Tommi Elo||Tommi Elo focuses on banking and finance, real estate and securities transactions…||View Profile|
|Ms Heidi Hiltunen||Heidi Hiltunen specialises in employment law. She counsels domestic and multinational corporations…||View Profile|
|Mr Jussi Ikonen||Jussi Ikonen has vast experience in the legal field. Jussi specialises in…||View Profile|
|Tiina Järvinen||Tiina Järvinen primarily counsels clients in commercial litigations and domestic and international…||View Profile|
|Mr Antti Kahri||Antti Kahri specialises in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions and private…||View Profile|
|Mr Antti Karanko||Antti Karanko specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration. Antti has successfully acted…||View Profile|
|Mrs Satu-Anneli Kauranen||Satu-Anneli Kauranen specialises in Competition and EU Law. She has extensive experience…||View Profile|
|Mr Ari Keinänen||Ari Keinänen is one of our most experienced attorneys specialised in corporate…||View Profile|
|Jussi Koivu||Jussi Koivu is an expert in employment and labour law. He has…||View Profile|
|Liina Kokko||Liina Kokko specialises in dispute resolution. She has extensive experience in various…||View Profile|
|Mr Jukka Laitasalo||Jukka Laitasalo is one of the founding partners of our 1992 establised…||View Profile|
|Mikko Laitinen||Mikko Laitinen specialises in extensive assignments that require cross-border expertise in multiple…||View Profile|
|Heidi Merikalla-Teir||Heidi is the Managing Partner of Merilampi. Heidi has extensive experience in…||View Profile|
|Emma Niemistö||Emma Niemistö specialises in construction and real estate matters. Her practice is…||View Profile|
|Olli Nikitin||Olli Nikitin assists our clients in corporate law and M&A and real…||View Profile|
|Mr Mika Pakarinen||Mika Pakarinen specialises in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions and in…||View Profile|
|Mr Erkko Ruohoniemi||Erkko Ruohoniemi specialises in competition law related cases, such as merger control…||View Profile|
|Veli Siitonen||Veli Siitonen is specialised in company and securities law as well as…||View Profile|
|William Sjöberg||William Sjöberg advises clients in the area of domestic and international mergers…||View Profile|
|Teemu Taxell||Teemu Taxell specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration. He has represented clients…||View Profile|
|Sara Walden||Sara Walden assists our clients with company and contract law as well…||View Profile|
|Mr Jani Ylä-Autio||Jani Ylä-Autio has extensive experience in various corporate and real estate assignments.…||View Profile|
|Henrik af Ursin||Henrik specialises in the identification, acquisition, enforcement and commercialisation of intellectual property.…||View Profile|