Firm Profile > Merilampi Attorneys Ltd > Helsinki, Finland

Merilampi Attorneys Ltd
KESKUSKATU 7
00100 HELSINKI
Finland

Dispute resolution Tier 2

The practice at Merilampi Attorneys Ltd is led by Jussi Ikonen and Teemu Taxell, and acts across the full range of dispute resolution matters spanning litigation and arbitration. Ikonen specialises in white-collar criminal defence cases, while Taxell has expertise in commercial litigation. Emma Niemistö is also singled out for her work in construction disputes. Clients include Nordkalk, Elisa and Skanska. The arrival of managing partner and dispute and arbitration specialist Heidi Merikalla-Teir from the Finland Chamber of Commerce has also bolstered the practice.

Testimonials

Good, solid traditional law firm.

Jussi Ikonen provides insightful and timely advice.’

Key clients

The Republic of Finland

Peab Oy

Elisa Corporation

Lassila & Tikanoja Plc

Skanska Oy

Huhtamäki Plc

Employment Tier 2

Merilampi Attorneys Ltd acts across the full range of employment matters including day-to-day advice, reorganisation issues and the drafting of CEO contracts; the group also has employment litigation capabilities. The team acts for noteworthy clients including Microsoft, and also advises the Finnish government. Specialist lawyer Heidi Hiltunen heads up the department and advises a range of corporate clients on employment mandates.

Key clients

Microsoft, including Microsoft Mobile Oy and Microsoft Oy

Canon Oy

EU and competition Tier 2

The 'trusted' team at Merilampi Attorneys Ltd, which handles the full range of competition mandates, is led by public procurement specialist Erkko Ruohoniemi  and also fields Satu-Anneli Kauranen, who focuses on merger control and vertical dominance matters. The group's expertise encompasses merger control matters, abuse of dominance issues, market position work and public procurement proceedings. The practice also has notable litigation capability, and recently successfully represented Länsilinjat in the bus cartel proceedings.

Testimonials

Really good, trusted team.

Erkko Ruohoniemi is one of the best public procurement lawyers in Finland.

Erkko Ruohoniemi knows his public procurement legislation all the way. Very good at getting on top of the current matter quickly and giving practical advice and analysis.

Key clients

Kesko Corporation

Skanska Ltd

Posti Group Corporation

Elisa Corporation

Isku Interior Ltd

Pihlajalinna Corporation

Savonlinja Group

Real estate and construction Tier 2

With notable capabilities in high-value real estate transactions on the buy and sell-side, Merilampi Attorneys Ltd is also highly active in construction work and advises on all elements of projects from planning to post-completion issues. The team is jointly led by Jani Ylä-Autio, who is an experienced transactional lawyer and advises major domestic and international real estate funds; and construction specialist Emma Niemistö, who focuses on the contentious and non-contentious elements of complex and high-risk projects.

Testimonials

Very much client and deal oriented team.

Jani Yla-Autio is a very experienced professional, easy to work with him. Tommi Elo has  good knowledge on JVs and complex structures.

Key clients

YIT Construction Ltd

Skanska

Niam AB

Union Investment Real Estate GmbH

Keva

Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company

South Savo Social and Health Care Authority

Fennia Asset Management

Are Ltd

Senate Properties

Banking and finance Tier 3

Tommi Elo leads the practice at Merilampi Attorneys Ltd, which provides regulatory advice to clients including Citibank and Nordea Bank. The team also works closely with the firm's M&A and real estate teams to assist with the financing and regulatory elements of transactions, particularly in the real estate sector. The practice has also grown its expertise in fintech and alternative financing work.

Key clients

Nordea Bank

Aberdeen Property Funds

Schroder Property Funds

Niam

Suominen Corporation

Posti Corporation

Hemsö

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

The practice at Merilampi Attorneys Ltd advises on public and private corporate M&A transactions between domestic and international clients. Jani Ylä-Autio leads the practice, which acts for clients including Škoda, Nordea Bank and Elisa. Antti Kahri is praised for his specialisation in M&A and private equity work; he recently advised Posti Group on its acquisition of Transval Group. Lassi Ketula and Jussi Lampinen departed to Merkurius Attorneys.

Testimonials

Dedicated, hardworking, individual responsibility is never diluted to the team. The responsible partner is always on top of things. One contact point approach, which is highly appreciated.

Very “straight to the point” attitude and constructive, bringing efficiency and savings for the client.

Antti Kahri is responsive and knowledgable.

They are more inclined to think of the client’s best interests, knowing the way the deals are done and not inflating their billing.

‘Jani Ylä-Autio is a highly recommendable attorney with excellent negotiation skills and customer approach.’

Key clients

Škoda Transportation Group

Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company

Magenta Advisory Oy

Nordea Bank AB

Suominen Corporation

Sanoma Corporation

Elisa Corporation

Ramirent Plc

Posti Corporation

Neste Corporation

Uponor Corporation

Kesko Corporation

Fortum Corporation

Intellectual property Tier 4

At Merilampi Attorneys Ltd, the arrival of new practice head Henrik af Ursin from Dittmar & Indrenius has significantly boosted the firm's IP expertise, which encompasses the full range of IP-related matters including IP enforcement issues, brand protection work, patents, trade secrets, cross-border IP strategies and IP litigation. In a notable recent trade mark mandate, the group advised Burberry in Finland on infringements of its significant international trade mark portfolio; the team also advised on the IP elements of several M&A transactions.

Testimonials

We are working with lateral hire Henrik af Ursin and his team. The team is super-responsive, very easy to work with, down to earth, superb qualified and always provides clear and sharp results.

Henrik af Ursin has stellar expertise in all trademark and counterfeit matters. He knows what he is talking about and always comes up with thoughtful, efficient and pragmatic solutions. He has an impressive client base and network.

So great to work with this team: It is very versatile, and they provide excellent advice with IP from IP protection to enforcement to litigation to entertainment law. I appreciate their responsiveness, and they always have a very keen eye on the business ramifications of all legal advice they dispense.

Henrik af Ursin is definitely an outstanding lawyer. I have been working with him for many years. I had worked with others when conflicted and I always come back to Henrik! He has a deep knowledge of Finnish but also EU law. He was a real business partner when we had to deal with complex parallel import cases or regulatory questions in Finland, Needless to say that he is responsive.

Willing to fully serve customer needs. It truly feels their focus is not on just completing the assigned task but to solve your challenges to the extent required.’

I worked with Noora Arkia on our company IPR strategy. She was an absolute expert on the field. What we mostly appreciated was how she not only answered the questions we had but also provided valuable insights to areas and topics we had not considered ourselves. Through that the end result was better than we had expected, leaving us satisfied and committed to work with Noora also in the future.

I have only worked with Noora Arkia. She’s outstanding!

Henrik af Ursin is all around a great lawyer to work with. Sharp, committed, responsive and very good at anti-counterfeiting.

Key clients

Burberry

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 AB in its acquisition of NRC Group’s rail infrastructure engineering and consulting services business (transaction value approximately MEUR 42,5), (3) K Caara Oy in its acquisition of the Volkswagen, Audi and SEAT businesses of Laakkonen Group and Länsiauto Group (two separate transactions), (4) Kesko Corporation in its acquisition of the foodservice wholesaler Heinon Tukku Oy and (5) Posti Group Plc in its acquisition of Suomen Transval Group Oy.

For several years in a row now, 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: Aberdeen, Barings Real Estate Advisers GmbH, Elo Mutual Pension Insurance, Nordea Life Assurance and Schroders Real Estate Funds.

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.

Merilampi is also known for their work in the biggest insolvency related assignments in the Finnish market. Furthermore, Merilampi is renowned for their work in high-profile white-collar defence cases, which has given them extensive workload also in the past year. 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 particularly busy with merger proceedings before the competition authorities. For example, Merilampi represented Posti Corporation in its acquisition of Suomen Transval Group Ltd before the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA). Merilampi also represented Sweco AB in merger control proceedings related to Sweco’s acquisition of NRC Group’s rail infrastructure engineering and consulting services business. Furthermore, Merilampi represented Mutual Pension Insurance Company Elo and Mutual Pension Insurance Company Varma in merger control proceedings relating to the creation of a joint venture that combines the shopping centre Jumbo and entertainment centre Flamingo to form one of the largest shopping centres in the Nordic region. Firm also successfully represented transport company Länsilinjat Ltd. in the Bus Cartel case in all national judicial instances.

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 a recent 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 breadth of services of the team covers not only demanding real estate transactions but assistance in all stages of a construction project from inception, contract advisory, risk and dispute management to post-completion. 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 practice group has a steady flow of mandates particularly concerning complex infrastructure and engineering projects, and a strong specialisation in design & 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 (concerning schools and day care centres in Espoo), 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 group of employment lawyers is one of the most experienced in the industry. The team offers legal support to employers in all aspects of employment and labour law. They are involved in building new organisations, 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 Fondia Plc in its dispute with two of former founders.

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 commercialization 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 represent a major German automotive company in Finland’s largest anti-counterfeiting litigation.

In 2019, the IP practice’s caseload consisted of e.g. complex marketing and unfair business practices cases, trade secret matters, trademark and design litigation as well as drafting employee invention strategies.

Furthermore, Merilampi’s IP team has extensive experience in the field of media and entertainment law. One of Merilampi’s high-profile cases from 2019 was a dispute where the firm represented a large media client in a complex litigation involving the right of an artist in music.

Photo Name Position Profile
 Sakari Aalto  photo Sakari Aalto
Mr Tommi Elo  photo Mr Tommi Elo
Ms Heidi Hiltunen  photo Ms Heidi Hiltunen
Mr Jussi Ikonen  photo Mr Jussi Ikonen
 Tiina Järvinen  photo Tiina Järvinen
Mr Antti Kahri  photo Mr Antti Kahri
Mr Antti Karanko  photo Mr Antti Karanko
Mrs Satu-Anneli Kauranen  photo Mrs Satu-Anneli Kauranen
Mr Ari Keinänen  photo Mr Ari Keinänen
 Jussi Koivu  photo Jussi Koivu
 Liina Kokko  photo Liina Kokko
Mr Jukka Laitasalo  photo Mr Jukka Laitasalo
 Mikko Laitinen  photo Mikko Laitinen
 Heidi Merikalla-Teir  photo Heidi Merikalla-Teir
 Emma Niemistö  photo Emma Niemistö
 Olli Nikitin  photo Olli Nikitin
Mr Mika Pakarinen  photo Mr Mika Pakarinen
Mr Erkko Ruohoniemi  photo Mr Erkko Ruohoniemi
 Veli Siitonen  photo Veli Siitonen
 Teemu Taxell  photo Teemu Taxell
 Sara Walden  photo Sara Walden
Mr Jani Ylä-Autio  photo Mr Jani Ylä-Autio
 Henrik af Ursin  photo Henrik af Ursin
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