Firm Profile > Merilampi Attorneys Ltd > Helsinki , Finland

Merilampi Attorneys Ltd

Employment Tier 2

At Merilampi Attorneys Ltd, practice head Heidi Hiltunen counts Canon and the University of Helsinki as clients and managing partner Jussi Ikonen is recommended for employment-related litigation, particularly pertaining to director liability.

EU and competition Tier 2

At Merilampi Attorneys Ltd, practice head Erkko Ruohoniemi recently defended Finnish Post in a damages claim relating to whether the imposition of VAT on postal services violated EU law. The group also counts Kesko and Elisa as key clients and defended Länsilinja in a high-profile cartel case brought against several bus companies. Satu-Anneli Kauranen is recommended for her expertise in merger control proceedings and abuse of dominance claims.

Real estate and construction Tier 2

At Merilampi Attorneys Ltd, construction expert Emma Niemistö advised Venator on the €400m rebuilding of its pigment plant following a fire; other transactional work for the department includes assisting Niam with the €150m sale of an office property portfolio. Aberdeen Real Estate Fund Finland, YIT and Skanska are also clients. Jani Ylä-Autio heads the practice and specialises in transactional work.

Banking and finance Tier 3

Tommi Elo heads up the practice at Merilampi Attorneys Ltd, which advised Suominen on its entry into a syndicated credit facility arrangement consisting of a €100m revolving credit facility and a €85m unsecured fixed-interest bond. Other clients include Citibank, Nordea Bank, and Aberdeen Property Funds.

Capital markets Tier 3

Merilampi Attorneys Ltd's group has experience across debt and equity work; it recently acted for Mercada in its issuance of a €175m senior secured bond and also counts Suominen as a client. Ari Keinänen leads the department, and Tommi Elo is also recommended.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Jani Ylä-Autio leads the department at Merilampi Attorneys Ltd, which recently advised Kesko on its separate acquisitions of Reinin Liha and Kalatukku E. Eriksson, and also counts Posti Group and telecoms company Elisa as clients. Ari Keinänen is recommended for his transactional work and Antti Kahri handles M&A matters and private equity transactions.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Merilampi Attorneys Ltd is defending Fujitsu Finland in a contractual dispute with the City of Espoo. Jussi Ikonen heads the practice, which recently gained Teemu Taxell from Lindfors & Co Attorneys at LawEmma Niemistö is recommended for construction-related disputes.

TMT Tier 3

At Merilampi Attorneys LtdErkko Ruohoniemi leads the telecoms practice, while newly promoted partner Sakari Aalto is the key contact for technology and media clients.

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:

Merilampi has well established practices in the areas of M&A, capital markets and banking and finance.

In M&A, the firm represented Posti Corporation in its acquisition of Suomen Transval Group Ltd, Total Specific Solutions B.V. in its acquisition of MediaMaestro Oy and Cxense ASA in its acquisition of Enreach Solutions 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.

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).

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 defense 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.

Merilampi’s highly regarded Competition and EU law practice continues to be one of the corner stones of the firm.

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) and Kesko Corporation in the creation of the joint venture with Oriola Corporation before the FCCA and the European Commission. Furthermore, Merilampi represented Kesko Corporation in merger control proceedings including Kesko’s acquisition of Onninen Ltd. Other examples of Merilampi’s versatile competition expertise include the successful representation of Posti Group Corporation and Posti Ltd before the Helsinki Court of Appeal in a case relating to the imposition of VAT in postal services. The firm is also involved in many follow-on damages cases (e.g. the Car Parts Cartel) and abuse of dominant position cases. In addition, the firm regularly represents high profile companies in cartel cases (e.g. the Bus Cartel), public procurement cases as well as cases related to distribution systems and e-commerce.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Tommi Elo
Capital markets Ari Keinänen
Competition and EU Satu-Anneli Kauranen
Competition and EU Erkko Ruohoniemi
Corporate advisory Ari Keinänen
Dispute resolution Jussi Ikonen
Dispute resolution Teemu Taxell
Employment and labour Heidi Hiltunen
Intellectual property Henrik af Ursin
Marketing and consumer Mika Pakarinen
Marketing and consumer Erkko Ruohoniemi
Media and entertainment Mika Pakarinen
Mergers and acquisitions Antti Kahri
Mergers and acquisitions Jani Ylä-Autio
Public procurement Erkko Ruohoniemi
Real estate and construction Emma Niemistö
Real estate and construction Jani Ylä-Autio
Restructuring and insolvency Jukka Laitasalo
Technology, IT and data privacy Sakari Aalto
Technology, IT and data privacy Mika Pakarinen
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 Teemu Kauttu  photo Mr Teemu Kauttu
Mr Ari Keinänen  photo Mr Ari Keinänen
Mr Jukka Laitasalo  photo Mr Jukka Laitasalo
 Mikko Laitinen  photo Mikko Laitinen
 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
Mr Lauri Tolvanen  photo Mr Lauri Tolvanen
 Sara Walden  photo Sara Walden
Mr Jani Ylä-Autio  photo Mr Jani Ylä-Autio
 Henrik af Ursin  photo Henrik af Ursin
Number of lawyers : 40
at this office : 40
Contacts : Jussi Ikonen