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Merilampi Attorneys Ltd

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Merilampi Attorneys Ltd handles a broad variety of disputes, including commercial litigation, arbitration (both domestic and international proceedings), alternative dispute resolution, white-collar defence and insolvency-related claims. Construction and real estate disputes encompassing project management contracting matters and claims management issues, are a core strength; the team is also acting in a growing number of liability cases, including product liability, environmental liability and board of directors’ and auditor's liability cases. Jussi Ikonen specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration; he jointly heads up the practice with Teemu Taxell.

Practice head(s):

Jussi Ikonen; Teemu Taxell

Other key lawyers:

Heidi Merikalla-Teir


‘Easy to approach, pragmatic way of handling matters. Good value for the money.’

‘Jussi Ikonen provides timely and insightful advice.’

Key clients

Nordkalk Oy Ab

The Republic of Finland

Peab Oy

Elisa Corporation

Lassila & Tikanoja Plc

Skanska Oy

Huhtamäki Plc

Fujitsu Finland Oy

Employment Tier 2

Merilampi Attorneys Ltd successfully represented Posti in the Supreme Administrative Court in a dispute regarding occupational health and safety issues, and also counts high-profile clients including Microsoft on its client roster. The team has experience in consultation processes, reorganisations, transfers of business, drafting and negotiating high-level CEO contracts and cases involving claims of harassment and unequal treatment. Practice head Heidi Hiltunen is 'business-minded, innovative and solution seeking' and works with both domestic and multinational corporations.

Practice head(s):

Heidi Hiltunen


‘Deep understanding of client’s needs as an employer.’

‘Heidi Hiltunen is a long-term trustee who I can always contact when in need of legal advice. With her lead, we have managed many cases successfully that otherwise could have ended up costing us dearly. Even in the most complicated cases, it’s a pleasure to work with her.’

‘Incredible, reliable service which we can trust 100%. Very approachable and flexible with the ever changing environment. Very business-minded approach.’

‘Heidi Hiltunen has excellent legal knowledge and she’s also very business-minded and can help in any kind of situation when there are employment and labour law related challenges. She and her team are very customer-oriented. They also give you spot on legal advice so one can move fast when needed.’

‘Heidi Hiltunen is an outstanding professional who has been mainly supporting us. Incredible, always available, reliable service which we can trust 100%. Very approachable and flexible with the ever changing environment. Very business-minded, innovative and solution seeking approach.’

Key clients

Microsoft, including Microsoft Mobile Oy and Microsoft Oy

Canon Oy

University of Helsinki

Fondia Oy



EU and competition Tier 2

Merilampi Attorneys Ltd is recognised for its track record in merger control, cartel, abuse of dominance and follow-on damages claims, as well as public procurement cases. The telecoms and electricity sectors are particular areas of strength for the group, and are industries where practice head Erkko Ruohoniemi has significant experience. Satu-Anneli Kauranen is recommended for her expertise in compliance and EU regulatory law, especially concerning chemicals, food and product safety issues.

Practice head(s):

Erkko Ruohoniemi

Other key lawyers:

Satu-Anneli Kauranen


‘Proactivity, quick and friendly responses.’

‘Satu-Anneli Kauranen is a highly responsive, proactive and business-oriented subject matter expert.’

‘Satu-Anneli Kauranen brings excellent and broad knowledge and is a great communicator.’

‘All the team members in EU and competition practice are very service minded, hardworking and definitely highly professional. 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 times 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 the best interests of the client in different perspectives. She has excellent knowledge on competition law.’

Key clients

Kesko Corporation

Skanska Ltd

Posti Group Corporation

Elisa Corporation

Suominen Corporation

Isku Interior Ltd.

Pihlajalinna Corporation

Sanoma Corporation

Marimekko Corporation

Savonlinja Group

Sweco AB / Sweco Industry Ltd.

Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company

Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company

Real estate and construction Tier 2

The team at Merilampi Attorneys Ltd handles high-value real estate transactions and construction work, and advises on all elements of projects from planning matters to post-completion issues. Construction specialist and litigator Emma Niemistö is particularly recommended for high-risk projects and developments involving construction liability questions, and recently advised YIT Finland Ltd and Meridiam SAS on the successful financial close of the first social infrastructure PPP in Finland concerning schools and day care centres in Espoo. She jointly heads up the practice with Jani Ylä-Autio, who has a considerable track record in advising on cross-border real estate deals.

Practice head(s):

Jani Ylä-Autio; Emma Niemistö

Key clients

YIT Construction Ltd


Niam AB

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

Fennia Asset Management

University Properties of Finland (SYK)

Are Ltd

Senate Properties

Aberdeen Standard Investment

Banking and finance Tier 3

Key strengths at Merilampi Attorneys Ltd include real estate finance work, regulatory advice and fintech and alternative financing mandates. The practice also has an active insolvency team. Group head Tommi Elo has significant experience in licensing matters and other financial markets regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Tommi Elo

Other key lawyers:

Ari Keinänen

Key clients


Nordea Bank

Aberdeen Property Funds

Schroder Property Funds

Suominen Corporation

Posti Corporation

Kesko Corporation

Intellectual property Tier 3

Merilampi Attorneys Ltd assists clients with the full range of IP matters, including IP enforcement issues, brand protection work, patents, trade secrets, cross-border strategic advice and IP litigation, as well as media and marketing law mandates. Practice head Henrik af Ursin is highly recommended, and has experience in parallel importing and anti-counterfeit matters.

Practice head(s):

Henrik af Ursin

Other key lawyers:

Mika Pakarinen


‘Excellent partner access, wide ranging skill set and expertise.’

‘Henrik af Ursin has represented us for years. Excellent communicator and commercial mindset. Outstanding.’

‘Henrik is dedicated, highly responsive and commercially orientated. With exceptionally broad experience in design, trade mark and unfair competition cases, Henrik is a practitioner at the top of his game. Very warmly recommended.’

‘Henrik af Ursin is a modern and outstanding lawyer. He has managed to set up a first-class team in Finland, not only for trade mark matters but also for copyright and design infringement.’

‘Henrik af Ursin personifies the modern IP landscape: reactive, and innovative on how to provide solutions and services.’

Key clients


Tommy Hilfiger

Daniel Wellington

Swedish Tourism Association



Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Merilampi Attorneys Ltd handles private and public M&A deals for domestic clients, and is focused on the IT and private equity sectors. Jani Ylä-Autio jointly heads up the team with Antti Kahri, who has extensive experience handling real estate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Jani Ylä-Autio; Antti Kahri


‘Very down to earth, no-nonsense approach to negotiations’

‘Great advice and no-nonsense, straight forward feedback.’

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

Kesko Corporation

Fortum Corporation

Sweco AB

Total Specific Solutions

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Heidi Merikalla-Teir +358 40 750 6106
Jussi Ikonen +358 40 097 8281
Photo Name Position Profile
 Sakari Aalto  photo Sakari Aalto Sakari Aalto advises domestic and international clients in technology and IPR-transactions. He…
Mr Tommi Elo  photo Mr Tommi Elo Tommi Elo focuses on banking and finance, real estate and securities transactions…
Ms Heidi Hiltunen  photo Ms Heidi Hiltunen Heidi Hiltunen specialises in employment law. She counsels domestic and multinational corporations…
Mr Jussi Ikonen  photo Mr Jussi Ikonen Jussi Ikonen has vast experience in the legal field. Jussi specialises in…
 Tiina Järvinen  photo Tiina Järvinen Tiina Järvinen primarily counsels clients in commercial litigations and domestic and international…
Mr Antti Kahri  photo Mr Antti Kahri Antti Kahri specialises in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions and private…
Mr Antti Karanko  photo Mr Antti Karanko Antti Karanko specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration. Antti has successfully acted…
Mrs Satu-Anneli Kauranen  photo Mrs Satu-Anneli Kauranen Satu-Anneli Kauranen specialises in Competition and EU Law. She has extensive experience…
 Ari Keinänen  photo Ari Keinänen Ari Keinänen is one of our most experienced attorneys specialised in corporate…
 Jussi Koivu  photo Jussi Koivu Jussi Koivu is an expert in employment and labour law. He has…
 Liina Kokko  photo Liina Kokko Liina Kokko specialises in dispute resolution. She has extensive experience in various…
Mr Jukka Laitasalo  photo Mr Jukka Laitasalo Jukka Laitasalo is one of the founding partners of our 1992 establised…
 Mikko Laitinen  photo Mikko Laitinen Mikko Laitinen specialises in extensive assignments that require cross-border expertise in multiple…
 Heidi Merikalla-Teir  photo Heidi Merikalla-Teir Heidi is the Managing Partner of Merilampi. Heidi has extensive experience in…
 Emma Niemistö  photo Emma Niemistö Emma Niemistö specialises in construction and real estate matters. Her practice is…
 Olli Nikitin  photo Olli Nikitin Olli Nikitin assists our clients in corporate law and M&A and real…
Mr Mika Pakarinen  photo Mr Mika Pakarinen Mika Pakarinen specialises in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions and in…
Mr Erkko Ruohoniemi  photo Mr Erkko Ruohoniemi Erkko Ruohoniemi specialises in competition law related cases, such as merger control…
 Veli Siitonen  photo Veli Siitonen Veli Siitonen is specialised in company and securities law as well as…
 William Sjöberg  photo William Sjöberg William Sjöberg advises clients in the area of domestic and international mergers…
 Teemu Taxell  photo Teemu Taxell Teemu Taxell specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration. He has represented clients…
 Sara Walden  photo Sara Walden Sara Walden assists our clients with company and contract law as well…
 Jani Ylä-Autio  photo Jani Ylä-Autio Jani Ylä-Autio has extensive experience in various corporate and real estate assignments.…
 Henrik af Ursin  photo Henrik af Ursin Henrik specialises in the identification, acquisition, enforcement and commercialisation of intellectual property.…
Number of lawyers : 40