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HPP Attorneys
BULEVARDI 1A
00100 HELSINKI
Finland

Finland > Maritime and transport Tier 1

HPP Attorneys handles the full range of issues in the maritime and transport space covering contentious and non-contentious work in the logistics sector. The group is actively involved in numerous large-scale projects, including ship outsourcings, financing matters and shipbuilding projects, and also has expertise in disputes relating to cargo and hull damage, casualty issues and charterparty work. Group head Nora Gahmberg-Hisinger has assisted various shipowners with complex newbuild projects, ship sales and purchases and issues relating to the financing and management of ships, while Matti Komonen leverages his insurance expertise to handle claims in the maritime and transport sectors.

Practice head(s):

Nora-Gahmberg-Hisinger

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A suitable variety of professionals for all kinds of purposes.’

‘Strong, calm and confident professionals that take the time to familiarise themselves with the cases every time.’

‘HPP is genuinely interested in its customers. Always available and has a huge experience and knowledge of issues. The lawyers’ replies are precise and reliable.’

‘HPP is a treasure for our company. No need to even try any others. The specific reports and teams with the lawyer have been our huge support.’

‘The team at HPP provides a professional and personable service, all while maintaining a collaborative approach. HPP goes the extra mile, highlighting a unique level of dedication and passion for what they do.’

‘Nora Gahmberg-Hisinger exhibits professionalism through her unrivaled attention to detail. She is always available and responsive, making her very reliable. She has been a true pleasure to work with.’

Finland > Real estate and construction Tier 1

HPP Attorneys has been active in real estate development projects and transactional work and has recently handed large investments into the Garden Helsinki event arena. The group also leverages the knowledge of the environmental team, which is led by Kari Marttinen, who has substantial expertise in mandates involving the protection of the environment, environmental permits, environmental liabilities, planning and zoning issues and domestic and EU environmental law. Jari Tuomala overseas the practice, with experience in developments, construction projects, and the sale, purchase and shutdown of real estate. Leif Laitinen handles complex cross-border real estate transactions, as does senior advisor Antti Rikala.

Practice head(s):

Jari Tuomala; Kari Marttinen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘HPP team has great communication. Cases move quickly and everything is solution oriented. Clients of HPP benefit from the experience of the team, they have faced and solved the majority of challenges in previous cases.’

‘Leif Laitinen understands how real estate business works. He has the ability to recognise relevant matters and focus on them. There’s minimal need for briefing thanks to his high level of understanding and good listening skills. He is highly driven and result oriented and that radiates to his team.’

‘Fast, uncomplicated and easy-going.’

‘Business oriented mindset when comparing to other practices. Ability to provide concrete recommendations for difficult negotiations. Really good understanding for customers business.’

‘Leif Laitinen and the team is highly motivated to resolve client cases. Good understanding of customers business and quick responses with high quality. Really good problem solvers with decent charges.’

Finland > TMT Tier 1

HPP Attorneys offers the full range of services in the TMT space including handling sector-related commercial contracts, competition issues, financings, dispute resolution and regulatory work. The firm has a range of corporate clients including leading broadband and telecoms companies, pharmaceuticals and technology businesses. Group co-head Kari-Matti Lehti has key experience in providing privacy and data protection advice to both national and international companies. Co-head Pekka Raatikainen advises IT clients on issues related to outsourcings, exploitation work, regulatory matters and licensing issues.

Practice head(s):

Kari-Matti Lehti; Pekka Raatikainen

Testimonials

‘Seamless co-operation, willingness to help and react at very short notice. The wide knowledge has given us an infinitely great advantage.’

‘We have our country’s most valued GDPR know how with long experience but not forgetting other areas.’

‘Fearlessness and expertise. This is a people business.’

‘Representing the client in negotiations, being one of our team instead of handing out suggestions or advice.’

Key clients

CGI

HiQ Finland Oy

Liikennevirta Oy

Sympa Oy

Esri Finland Oy

Foreca Oy

Liikennevirta

Mortgage Society of Finland

Finnish Medicine Verification Organisation

Work highlights

  • Advised CGI on the public procurement and contract negotiations relating to the delivery of a new customer and patient information system to Central Uusimaa Social Security and Municipal Corporation.

Finland > Banking and finance Tier 2

HPP Attorneys is well regarded for its ‘straightforward and businesslike approach‘ in matters relating to banking and finance work. The team is particularly known for its expertise in project financing, and often acts for international clients and assists with the development of renewable energy projects such as wind farms and green infrastructure. Björn Nykvist has expertise in borrower mandates and advises overseas lenders on the Finnish aspects of various financing arrangements. Antti Rintakoski heads up the banking and finance group and focuses on lender mandates spanning domestic and cross-border issues. Teija Lius was promoted to the partnership in early 2023 and has extensive experience in advising on domestic and cross-border financing transactions, project finance work and mandates in renewable energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Antti Rintakoski

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent service with reasonable pricing and efficient attitude.’

‘Straight forward and businesslike approach.’

‘We have worked with one Senior Counsel in the team. She has excellent background and expertise on international financial institutions and impact investment funds that is crucial for us.’

‘The Senior Counsel we’ve worked with has such a relevant background and expertise on matters important for us that she was the number one choice. She’s also very responsive and easy to work with, and communicates well and on timely manner.’

Finland > EU and competition Tier 2

HPP Attorneys is recognised for its knowledge of cartel litigation and administrative proceedings, and the team is also regularly involved in competition proceedings before the European Commission relating to anti-trust and merger control issues. Team co-head Tuomas Saraste has substantial experience in handling complex competition matters and has advised major, multinational corporations on investigations by the European Commission. Jouni Alanen is head of the public procurement group, and excels in state aid and state monopoly mandates. Fellow co-head Anna Roubier is also a key member of the team and has notable experience in the chemicals sector.

Practice head(s):

Tuomas Saraste; Anna Roubier; Jouni Alanen

Testimonials

‘Broad team with expertise in all areas.’

‘Quick to react when needed. Good expertise in key areas.’

‘Very solution-oriented mindset. Good co-operation between practices in substance matters.’

‘Partner Tuomas Saraste is definitely among the top competition professionals in the country.’

‘Tuomas Saraste is client oriented and has an amazing ability to present difficult law terms so that everyone understands, serious matters spiced with a good sense of humour.’

‘Agile team with great leadership on top.’

‘Commitment to the delivery. Clear communication on results, challenges and opportunities.’

Finland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

HPP Attorneys' corporate and M&A team continues to develop its presence in the Finnish market with its involvement in large and complex transactional work spanning a variety of sectors including the energy, infrastructure and technology industries. The practice has recently seen an increase in cross-border mandates, with the firm increasing its client roster of international strategic and private equity clients, including funds. Andrew Cotton is dual qualified in Finland and the UK and focuses on cross-border M&A deals, with additional experience advising on warranty and indemnity insurance matters. Antti Säiläkivi has over 15 years experience in corporate and M&A and financing transactions, while Emil Degerholm stands out for his experience in advising on M&A, private equity fund-related issues, joint ventures and corporate structuring transactions.

Practice head(s):

Antti Säiläkivi; Andrew Cotton

Other key lawyers:

Markku Mäkinen; Björn Nykvist; Emil Degerholm

Testimonials

‘They have very in-depth knowledge in specific areas such as W&I insurance and energy. In terms of client communication, they are very down-to earth and approachable.’

‘I’ve worked with Andrew Cotton and was surprised how proactively and confidently he steered the assignment to the client’s benefit.’

‘Lead partner Antti Säiläkivi makes the difference. His approach to transactions and ability to focus on relevant matters as well as capability to run a transaction process are of an extremely high level.’

‘Antti Säiläkivi is one of the best corporate legal professionals in Finland. His understanding of Finnish company regulation is thorough and he can combine that with business aspects delivering great solutions. Broad knowledge and long experience are a superb combination for the benefit of his clients.’

‘Good availability of the advisers at any time; professional preparation of documents, especially during a very fast and hectic closing procedure.’

‘Very competent in drafting and negotiating contracts in English even under time pressure or during a conference call.’

Finland > Dispute resolution Tier 3

HPP Attorneys handles a broad range of disputes with particular expertise in claims relating to infrastructure projects, construction and industrial supplies, competition law infringements, corporate issues, post-M&A matters, transport issues and technology work. Marko Wainio leads the firm’s practice and focuses on commercial dispute resolution covering both court and arbitration proceedings, areas of expertise which also align with fellow co-head Mikko Leppä's practice, who also handles disputes arising from project disputes and interim injunctions.

Practice head(s):

Mikko Leppä; Marko Wainio

Other key lawyers:

Risto Sandvik

Testimonials

‘Huge knowledge and experience, deep thinking about the case, out of the box thinking. Effective communication and guidance of the client.’

‘Very client friendly firm. Down to earth attitude and clear advice. Very practical approach handling disputes.’

‘Mikko Leppä is a true professional. Very analytical way to approach a case but still easy to understand the reasoning behind and communication towards the client.’

‘Team is very forthcoming and always up the task.’

‘Been working with two individuals: Mikko Leppä and Risto Sandvik. Both do exceptional work.’

‘The team is unique in terms of their business mindset and understanding of customer needs. They are also very efficient in the way they process the case making it very easy for the customer.’

‘Strong knowledge and experience in dispute resolution combined with a unique touch of customers business understanding.’

‘HPP’s dispute resolution team stands out because of their client-orientated approach. I have been working with the team on several complex matters, and they have always succeeded to distinguish relevant matters to make decision making easy for the client and present the case successfully in court. HPP is clearly more capable to use their own initiative when resolving the cases, and have a commercial understanding of the client’s business.’

Key clients

Metsäliitto Cooperative

Neste plc

Talvivaara Sotkamo Ltd.

Wärtsilä Finland Oy

Port of Helsinki

NCC Industry Ltd.

Destia Group

State of Finland/ Ministry of Finance

The Finnish Transport Agency

CGI Finland Ltd

SkartaNYAB Oyj

Amiko Oy

Collector Bank AB

Phillip Morris

Nevel Oy

PRO-Keskus Oy

Turun Vesihuolto Oy

Sumitomo SHI FW Energia Oy

Pohjolan Rakennus Oy

Anglo Manx Trust Company Ltd

GreenHorizon Renewables a.s.

Autotalo Järvi Oy

Järvileasing Oy

Reima Oy

RemaSawco Oy

Work highlights

  • Acting as counsel to GreenHorizon Renewables a.s. in a dispute related to a sale of a wind farm portfolio.
  • Acting as counsel to RemaSawco Oy in a dispute related to a supply of state of the art digital and X ray equipment to a major sawmill.
  • Acting as counsel to SkartaNYAB Oyj in a highly complex dispute against the bankruptcy estate of a Finnish construction company.

Finland > Tax Tier 3

HPP Attorneys offers tax advice to foreign shareholders and handles tax policy assignments. Group head Jaako Klemettilä specialises in M&A and general corporate tax issues, incentive schemes, group reorganisations and international tax work. Marko Koski is a key name to note for operational corporate tax, value added tax and excise duty mandates.

Practice head(s):

Jaakko Klemettilä

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Jaakko Klemettila’s service has been outstanding.’

‘Very knowledgeable about the subjects in scope. Advice received of highest standard. Local expertise, always available if needed, quick turnaround, highly motivated.’

‘Awake, listening and reflect upon that. Respond quickly with suggestions, which is utterly important for entrepreneurs.’

Finland > Employment

HPP Attorneys has continued the growth of its employment practice, which was kick started in 2019 following the recruitment of Henna Kinnunen, with notable expansion at the associate level. The group excels in reorganisations and employment disputes.

The firm: HPP Attorneys, established in 1975, is a full-service business law firm.

The firm has particularly strong experience in its core specialisms of M&A, competition, banking, finance and insolvency, environment, real estate and construction and dispute resolution with a particular focus on energy, mining, IT and technology, transport and logistics and financial sectors.

Areas of practice
Corporate and M&A: the firm has more than 30 years’ experience in both domestic and cross-border transactions. Its M&A experts constantly participate in major transactions. The firm’s services cover all issues related to mergers, acquisitions and other corporate arrangements. The firm offers specialised teams of exceptionally experienced experts for due diligence reviews.

Competition and EU: the firm offers services with an emphasis on efficient resolution of all competition-related issues. The firm carries out assignments in particular in the media, telecommunications, IT, logistics, energy and pharmaceutical sectors.

Banking and finance: the firm’s banking, finance and insolvency team has extensive experience in all kinds of financing arrangements, in particular corporate lending, acquisition finance and sale and lease back and leasing arrangements. The firm is widely known for its high standard and extensive expertise in the reorganisation of companies and insolvency law.

Dispute resolution: the firm’s specialists represent Finnish and foreign clients in domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration. A number of the firm’s partners regularly act as mediators and arbitrators.

Environment, real estate and construction: the firm’s environment, real estate and construction team has the most extensive experience and resources as providers of legal services in matters related to environment and nature protection, real estate and construction, energy and natural resources as well as infrastructure.

The firm regularly advises in environmental permit application proceedings and environmental liability issues, in major infrastructure and construction projects as well as in mining and renewable energy projects. Further, we advise on a regular basis in real estate transactions and development projects. The firm’s clientele comprise of national and multinational energy companies, environmental consulting companies, national and multinational mining companies and waste management companies as well as companies in the metal, construction, real estate investment and development and chemical industries.

Maritime and transportation: the firm is ranked as the leading Finnish law firm in shipping and transport law. The firm has broad and extensive experience in various kinds of maritime, transport, shipbuilding, insurance and tort-related cases, as well as related issues of international trade. Its expertise covers all elements of the logistics chain across all the transport modes: sea, road, rail and air.

IT and telecoms: the firm’s IT and telecoms work ranges from advising major international technology companies on their Finnish operations to assisting tech start-ups bringing new technologies to market. The firm is particularly experienced in advising on data protection and data security issues.

Employment: the employment law practice provides expertise in employment law in connection with questions relating to national, as well as cross-border business restructurings. The expertise of the practice covers areas such as employment law due diligence reviews, advising on questions relating to employment law in connection with transfers of business and other corporate restructurings, for example outsourcings. The employment law practice advises clients independently in all questions relating to various fields of employment law covering employment and director contracts, dismissals, terminating employment and service relationships by mutual agreement, non-competition and non-disclosure agreements, incentives, questions relating to annual leave and working hours, co-operative negotiations, and data protection issues, as well as occupational safety issues. In employment disputes, the firm surveys with the with client preconditions for settlements in order to secure the client’s best interest and undisturbed business operations.

Tax: the tax team provides domestic and international clients across a range of industry sectors with extensive assistance on taxation issues arising from transactions, business operations or tax dispute matters. The firm provides tax advisory both as part of HPP’s multidisciplinary teams handling major transactions or complex disputes, as well as discrete tax assignments. The firm’s goal is to provide solution-oriented tax advice by focusing on a clear understanding of clients¹ businesses. It assists clients in identifying the key taxation issues in their business and evaluating the tax consequences comprehensively and as a pre-emptive measure before any adverse consequences arise. In order to do this, it conducts a careful analysis of the different aspects of the client’s business or transaction structure.

The firm also defends clients’ interests if they are faced with tax disputes.If required, the firm will seek solutions to taxation issues in co-operation with the tax authorities. Its goal is to ensure a high-quality and truly solution-oriented dialogue between its clients and the tax authority.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and M&A Markku Mäkinen
Corporate and M&A Björn Nykvist
Corporate and M&A Andrew Cotton
Dispute resolution Marko Wainio
Dispute resolution Mikko Leppä
Competition and EU Tuomas Saraste
Banking and finance Antti Rintakoski
Environment, real estate and construction Kari Marttinen
Environment, real estate and construction Jari Tuomala
Environment, real estate and construction Tarja Pirinen
Energy and infrastructure Markku Mäkinen
Energy and infrastructure Kari Marttinen
Maritime and transport Nora Gahmberg-Hisinger
IT and technology Kari-Matti Lehti
IT and technology Pekka Raatikainen
Employment Henna Wiklund (née Kinnunen)
Tax Marko Koski
Tax Jaakko Klemettilä
Banking and Finance Teija Lius
Dispute Resolution Tatu Jaarinen
Competition and EU Anna Roubier
Environment, real estate and construction Leif Laitinen
Corporate and M&A Marius Af Schultén
Corporate and M&A Antti Säiläkivi
Number of lawyers : 75
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Contacts : Kari Marttinen
Contacts : Markku Mäkinen
Contacts : Björn Nykvist