Firm Profile > Waselius & Wist > Helsinki, Finland

Waselius & Wist
ETELÄESPLANADI 24A
00130 HELSINKI
Finland

Banking and finance Tier 2

Waselius & Wist advises clients including international banks and other lending entities, private equity houses and corporates. Key areas of work include structured financing issues and regulatory mandates, with distinguishing experience in aircraft finance work, project financings and the tax implications of financing transactions. Practice head Timo Lehtimäki focuses on cross-border mandates.

Practice head(s):

Timo Lehtimäki

Other key lawyers:

Maria Lehtimäki; Olli Kiuru

Testimonials

‘We have worked alongside W&W on a number of key mandates in Finland. Timo and his team are top of their game, extremely responsive and provide clear advice to the clients. W&W are aware of market practice on the key points and deliver real value for money for their clients.’

‘The team was very diligent and responsive in all respects.’

‘Dealing with Timo Lehtimäki was efficient and effective and him involved in the transaction only made things run smoother.’

Key clients

AXA Real Estate Investment Managers

Danske Bank

Barclays Capital

Santander Consumer Finance Oy

Goldman Sachs International

Credit Suisse

Nomura

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

BNPP and Citibank

China Development Bank

ANZ Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited

BBAM Aircraft Management

TrueNoord

Genesis Aircraft Services Limited

CABB Chemicals

Tax Tier 2

The tax practice at Waselius & Wist focuses on high-end transaction-related tax mandates, legal structuring issues and tax litigation. Other key areas of work include corporate reorganisations, acquisitions, spin-offs and other tax dispositions, joint ventures, financings, and restructurings. The department's litigation expertise encompasses EU, transfer pricing, constitutional and VAT disputes. Niklas Thibblin and Jouni Weckström jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Niklas Thibblin; Jouni Weckström

Testimonials

‘Very hands-on, pragmatic and effective advice.’

‘Niklas Thibblin is a true star and a great pleasure to work with.’

‘ W&W has a sufficiently broad yet very closely knit team of professionals capable of efficiently addressing virtually any tax issue.’

‘Niklas Thibblin is one of the foremost tax lawyer of the firm and a very good one, too.’

Key clients

Sagax AB

Goldman Sachs

Hemsö AB

Compre Group

Santander Consumer Finance

JP Morgan

Skylogic/Eutelsat

The Royal Bank of Scotland

HiQ International AB

BBVA Funds

Loomis AB

Capital markets Tier 3

Waselius & Wist is particularly noted for international law firms looking for a Finnish team to assist with cross-border capital markets transactions. The team handles IPOs, bond issuances and private placements and has extensive regulatory expertise. Timo Lehtimäki, who advises international banks, lending entities, private equity houses and corporates, jointly leads the team with structured finance and regulatory specialist Maria Lehtimäki.

Practice head(s):

Timo Lehtimäki; Maria Lehtimäki

Testimonials

‘They have a great capital markets and securitisation practice. They have an in-depth knowledge of the distinctive features of the Finnish law that impact the securitisations.’

‘The team at Waselius & Wist provided advice above the surface need that we identified. They helped us craft a solution to the problems they identified and were engaged and transparent throughout the process.’

‘The team swiftly react at any time and the work is always high quality.’

‘Maria Lehtimäki is thorough, knowledgeable and very business-oriented.’

Key clients

Citibank

AMC Networks Ventures LLC

Santander Consumer Finance Oy

Barclays Bank plc / Barclays Bank Ireland

The Royal Bank of Canada

Société Générale Group

BNP Paribas

CABB Chemicals

Goldman Sachs International

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Deutsche Bank AG / DWS

Natixis

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Waselius & Wist is particularly recognised for acting as local counsel on large multi-jurisdictional deals; the team also handles domestic transactions including mergers, joint ventures, buy-outs and private equity investments. Christoffer Waselius has extensive experience in advising energy and chemicals companies on corporate law issues; he jointly heads up the practice with technology expert Fredrik Lassenius.

Practice head(s):

Christoffer Waselius; Fredrik Lassenius

Testimonials

‘W&W combines the breadth of competencies of a large firm with the entrepreneurial flair and access to people of a smaller firm.’

‘Fredrik Lassenius stands out in his ability to be solely responsible for the oversight and coordination across several, highly complex transaction documents that included sale and purchase, several service agreements, sale and leaseback agreements, among others. He is highly skilled in concisely presenting complex issues and pragmatic in finding solutions.’

Key clients

NRC Group

Joab group

E.ON

Euronext

Nederman Holding AB

Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc.

Apax Partners

CMA CGM

TKH Group

Digital Colony

BASF

IFN Group

Brunswick Marine

Cerberus Capital Management

Loomis AB

Employment Tier 3

Waselius & Wist specialises in advising international companies on employment issues relating to setting up business in Finland, and supports the firm's wider M&A transactions. Jan Waselius heads up the team with Jouni Kautto, who handles employment disputes, reorganisations and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Jan Waselius; Jouni Kautto

Key clients

BASF Oy

Ejendals

SCA

Mars

NCH

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Surfactor Finland Oy

EU and competition Tier 3

Lotta Pohjanpalo leads the practice at Waselius & Wist, which handles numerous domestic, multi-jurisdictional and EU merger control analyses and filings relating to cross-border transactions. Other key areas of work include horizontal agreements, abuse of dominance claims, distribution issues and other commercial relationships. The team particularly stands out for its experience in the pharmaceuticals and medical device sectors.

Practice head(s):

Lotta Pohjanpalo

Testimonials

‘Unique to this company is the ability to quickly understand the problem that needs to be solved and come up with correct advice – even under severe time pressure.’

‘Accurate and fast advice on corporate and public tenders matters.’

‘Lotta Pohjanpalo is the person who embodies the company in the best way. Together with her, we have won legal disputes that seemed completely impossible to win.’

‘I’ve worked with Lotta Pohjanpalo and her knowledge is excellent in connection with EU procurement law. She is familiar with previous Finnish Market Court cases. Her solid experience and skills set her apart from the lawyers used by competitors, for example.’

Key clients

Loomis AB

Maksuturva Group Oy

Bayer Oy

Olympus

Essity

Digital Colony

BASF

Ejendals

APAX Partners

First State Investments

Oerlikon Group

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Experienced arbitrator Jan Waselius heads up the dispute resolution practice at Waselius & Wist alongside litigators Bernt Juthström and Christoffer Waselius. The team has a particularly strong offering in IP-related disputes and complex commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Jan Waselius; Bernt Juthström; Christoffer Waselius

Key clients

BASF Oy

Otso Gold Oy

Essity

First Quantum Minerals

Ejendals

NCH

Bayer

HF Industriemontagen Franz Hofmaninger GmbH

MSD Finland Oy /Merck

Venator

Intellectual property Tier 4

Waselius & Wist advises on copyrights, trade marks, patents, trade names, domain names, designs and trade secrets, and regularly represents clients accused of infringing rights. Group head Bernt Juthström handles patent litigation and preliminary injunctions, and is experienced in the negotiation and drafting of IP licenses. Åsa Krook joined in 2020 from Borenius.

Practice head(s):

Bernt Juthström

Other key lawyers:

Åsa Krook

Testimonials

‘The IP team of Waselius & Wist is highly professional and led by a top partner, Bernt Juthström who has an exceptional experience and recognition in the IP sphere. Bernt is a true leader, focused on quality of the rendered legal services and driven by the goal to meet his clients’ interests.’

‘Waselius & Wist is a great law firm in the Finnish market that has broad experience in advising on a great variety of IP-related matters. The practice’s focus is on both non-contentious transaction work and prosecution and contentious IP litigation. Waselius & Wist has a wide client portfolio covering national Finnish and multinational companies which shows the level of trust among their clients and the firm’s professionalism.’

Key clients

MSD Finland Oy

Mars Incorporated

Essity

Waselius & Wist is a leading Finnish commercial law firm, committed to provide highly specialised legal services in complex business transactions. The firm is especially renowned for high-end advice within all fields of commercial law, with particular emphasis on capital markets, banking and finance, including financial restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, dispute resolution, real estate, energy and natural resources, tax law, employment law, competition law as well as IPR. The firm takes pride in being able to deliver tailor-made services and solutions with efficiency, accuracy and flexibility, aimed at satisfying the needs of the most demanding clients

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Timo Lehtimäki
Banking and finance Maria Lehtimäki
Capital markets Timo Lehtimäki
Capital markets Maria Lehtimäki
Competition and public procurement Lotta Pohjanpalo
Corporate governance and compliance Jan Waselius
Corporate governance and compliance Bernt Juthström
Corporate recovery Timo Lehtimäki
Dispute resolution Jan Waselius
Dispute resolution Bernt Juthström
Employment, pensions and incentives Jouni Kautto
Employment, pensions and incentives Jan Waselius
Energy and natural resources Christoffer Waselius
Environment Christoffer Waselius
General corporate and business law Lotta Pohjanpalo
General corporate and business law Fredrik Lassenius
IPR Bernt Juthström
M&A and private equity Christoffer Waselius
M&A and private equity Fredrik Lassenius
Real estate Fredrik Lassenius
Real estate Christoffer Waselius
Tax Niklas Thibblin
Tax Jouni Weckström
TMT Bernt Juthström
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Ann-Marie Eklund  photo Ms Ann-Marie Eklund Senior Associate. Practice Areas: Corporate and Commercial Law; Tax; Banking and Finance;…
Ms Mira Hänninen  photo Ms Mira Hänninen Associate. Practice Areas: Tax and Corporate Structuring; Dispute Resolution; Mergers and Acquisitions;…
Ms Essi Hietaoja  photo Ms Essi Hietaoja Associate. Practice Areas: Capital Markets; Banking and Finance; Corporate and Commercial Law;…
Mr Bernt Juthström photo Mr Bernt Juthström Partner 2009-. Practice Areas: Intellectual Property and Information Technology; Dispute Resolution; Corporate…
Mr Jouni Kautto  photo Mr Jouni Kautto Specialist Partner 2017- ; Practice Areas: Labour Law, Tax Law, Corporate and…
Ms Ida Keränen  photo Ms Ida Keränen Associate. Practice Areas: Dispute Resolution; Corporate and Commercial Law; EU and Competition;…
Mr Matti Koivusalo  photo Mr Matti Koivusalo Associate. Practice Areas: Tax Law; Mergers and Acquisitions; Corporate and Commercial Law.
Mr Fredrik Lassenius  photo Mr Fredrik Lassenius Partner. Practice Areas: Mergers and Acquisitions; Corporate and Commercial law, Real Estate
Ms Maria Lehtimäki  photo Ms Maria Lehtimäki Specialist Partner. Practice Areas: Banking and Finance; Capital Markets
Mr Timo Lehtimäki photo Mr Timo Lehtimäki Partner 2013-. Practice Areas: Banking and Finance; Financial Restructuring; Capital Markets; Mergers…
Mr Niko Markkanen  photo Mr Niko Markkanen Associate. Practice areas: Banking and Finance; Capital Markets; Corporate and Commercial Law
Ms Mona Numminen  photo Ms Mona Numminen Senior Associate. Practice Areas: Tax and Corporate Structuring; Mergers and Acquisitions; Corporate…
Ms Linda Nyman  photo Ms Linda Nyman Counsel. Practice Areas: Capital Markets; Banking and Finance; Corporate and Commercial Law.
Mr Lauri Peltola  photo Mr Lauri Peltola Senior Counsel. Practice Areas: Banking and Finance; Financial Restructuring; Capital Markets; Mergers…
Ms Lotta Pohjanpalo  photo Ms Lotta Pohjanpalo Partner 2009-. Practice Areas: EU and Competition; Corporate and Commercial; Mergers and Acquisitons
Mr Niklas Thibblin  photo Mr Niklas Thibblin Managing Partner 2015-. Practice Areas: Tax and Structuring
Mr Christoffer Waselius  photo Mr Christoffer Waselius Partner 2014-. Practice Areas: Mergers and Acquisitions; Energy & Natural Resources; Dispute…
Mr Jan Waselius  photo Mr Jan Waselius Partner 1997- (Founding Partner). Practice Areas: Banking and Finance; Capital Markets; Corporate…
Ms Charlotta Waselius Sittnikow  photo Ms Charlotta Waselius Sittnikow Counsel. Practice Areas: Data Protection & Privacy; Employment; Regulatory compliance, Market law
Mr Jouni Weckström photo Mr Jouni Weckström Partner. Practice Areas: Tax and Structuring
Number of lawyers : 20
Number of partners : 10
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Contacts : Jan Waselius
Contacts : Lauri Peltola
Contacts : Niklas Thibblin
Contacts : Lotta Pohjanpalo
Contacts : Bernt Juthström
Contacts : Timo Lehtimäki
Contacts : Christoffer Waselius
Contacts : Fredrik Lassenius
Contacts : Jouni Kautto
Contacts : Jouni Weckström
Contacts : Maria Lehtimäki