Firm Profile > Waselius & Wist > Helsinki, Finland

Waselius & Wist
ETELÄESPLANADI 24A
00130 HELSINKI
Finland

Banking and finance Tier 2

Waselius & Wist acts for several international banking clients including Danske Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Barclays on the Finnish law aspects of complex cross-border transactions; the group also provides regulatory advice. The practice is co-led by Timo Lehtimäki and senior counsel Lauri Peltola, who are both praised for their transactional and financing expertise, particularly in cross-border deals. Maria Lehtimäki made partner in early 2020, and is a specialist in structured financing and cross-border mandates. Tarja Wist left the firm.

Testimonials

Easy to work with and good at explaining the local law issues.

Key clients

Danske Bank

Barclays Capital

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Citigroup

Santander

Société Générale

Goldman Sachs

Deutsche Bank

BNP Paribas

Tax Tier 2

Niklas Thibblin and Jouni Weckström jointly head up the 'practical and to-the-point' team at Waselius & Wist, which acts on transaction-related tax and structuring matters alongside contentious issues. The practice's advisory work spans advice on the tax aspects of corporate reorganisations, acquisitions, financings and restructurings, where the group acts for major international financiers including JP Morgan and Santander. On the contentious side, the group handles complex disputes at a Finnish and EU level including transfer pricing and VAT litigation.

Testimonials

Very practical and to the point.

Niklas Thibblin, very nice person to work with and always straight to the point and provides user friendly advice.

The team forms a very coherent whole with a long term prospective of maximizing customer benefit.’ 

Niklas Thibblin demonstrates excellent analytical thinking.

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

Hemsö AB

Santander Consumer Finance

JP Morgan

Skylogic/Eutelsat

The Royal Bank of Scotland

HiQ International AB

Capital markets Tier 3

Waselius & Wist combines expertise in IPOs, public tender offers, bond issuances and private placements with a strong focus on regulatory advice relating to securities, hybrid instruments and other alternative investments. Clients include major international banks and financial institutions, with key examples including Santander and Goldman Sachs. The practice is now led by cross-border specialist Timo Lehtimäki following Tarja Wist's departure. Maria Lehtimäki became a partner in early 2020, specialising in cross-border financing, transactions, and associated regulatory elements.

Testimonials

The team has very good industry knowledge. They work quickly and efficiently and provide clear advice.

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

ING Bank N.V.

The Royal Bank of Canada

Société Générale Group

BNP Paribas

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

The practice at Waselius & Wist specialises in cross-border transactions acting as local counsel on several high-value deals and regularly advising foreign buyers. Christoffer Waselius and Fredrik Lassenius co-lead the team, which also advises industrial clients in the technology, transport, and telecoms sectors alongside financial institutions. The group recently advised Norwegian infrastructure company NRC Group on its €225m acquisition of VR Track, a subsidiary of the Finnish state-owned railway operator VR Group. Tarja Wist has left the firm.

Testimonials

An experienced team; flexible and quickly available in urgent cases.’ 

They are easily the best firm we have experienced in Helsinki. The firm is a crucial support to our Finnish operations. The attitude is very commercial and advice is very practical. As with other leading firms, they strive to assist.’

Key clients

NRC Group

Apax Partners

CMA CGM

Maksuturva Group Oy

Digital Colony

BASF

IFN Group

Brunswick Marine

Cerberus Capital Management

OpenText Corporation

AEM Holdings

Loomis

JOAB Group

Secto Automotive Oy

Inlook Group

Employment Tier 3

Led by Jan Waselius and Jouni Kautto, the team at Waselius & Wist advises primarily on employment matters relating to the firm's wider M&A transactions with an emphasis on reorganisations and redundancies. The practice also handles employment-related litigation including cases argued before the district courts and Finnish Labour Court.

Key clients

BASF Oy

Ejendals

SCA

NCH

Bristol-Myers Squibb

EU and competition Tier 3

The team at Waselius & Wist acts across the full range of competition matters, with a particular focus on merger control work and public procurement litigation. Practice head Lotta Pohjanpalo successfully represented Ascensia Diabetes Care before the Market Court in litigation against the Joint Municipal Authority of the Hospital District of Central Finland. Other clients include Bayer, NRC Group, Commonwealth Bank and First State Investments. Litigator Bernt Juthström is also a key name to note.

Testimonials

The Waselius & Wist team provides an undeniably compelling choice in the market. Their ability to handle complex issues with simplicity cannot be understated.

Key clients

Maksuturva Group Oy

Bayer Oy

Olympus

Essity

Digital Colony

Gardner Denver

BASF

Ejendals

APAX Partners

Oerlikon Group

Intellectual property Tier 3

Led by Bernt JuthströmWaselius & Wist's practice acts across the full spectrum of IP matters including the protection and enforcement of copyrights, trade marks, patents and trade secrets, with a particular strength in trade secrets disputes, which leveraged the firm's wider focus on litigation. Notable international clients include Mars and Samsung. In a recent mandate, Juthström represented MSD Finland in a high-profile patent dispute relating to medical biosimilars, the first case of this type in Finland.

Testimonials

Always give deep and thorough advice. Experienced lawyers with a good reputation.

Bernt Juthström is one of the best lawyers in his field in Finland and the Nordic region. He is sharp and to the point with excellent analytical skills.

Key clients

Chr. Hansen A/S

Hardware Group Finland Oy

Samsung

Electronics Nordic AB

Mars Incorporated

MSD Finland Oy

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Waselius & Wist's partner-led practice handles litigation and arbitration and is headed up by experienced arbitrator Jan Waselius and litigators Bernt Juthström and Christoffer Waselius. Notable clients include Bayer, Nordic Gold, and BASF; the team also successfully defended MSD Finland in a preliminary injunction case relating to biosimilars, which involved notable patent and trade mark elements.

Key clients

BASF Oy

Nordic Gold Oy

Essity

First Quantum Minerals

Ejendals

NCH

Bayer

HF Industriemontagen Franz Hofmaninger GmbH

MSD Finland Oy /Merck

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
Mr Kim Ekqvist  photo Mr Kim Ekqvist
Ms Mira Hänninen  photo Ms Mira Hänninen
Ms Essi Hietaoja  photo Ms Essi Hietaoja
Mr Bernt Juthström  photo Mr Bernt Juthström
Mr Henri Kaskimo  photo Mr Henri Kaskimo
Mr Jouni Kautto  photo Mr Jouni Kautto
Ms Ida Keränen  photo Ms Ida Keränen
Mr Matti Koivusalo  photo Mr Matti Koivusalo
Mr Fredrik Lassenius  photo Mr Fredrik Lassenius
Ms Maria Lehtimäki  photo Ms Maria Lehtimäki
Mr Timo Lehtimäki  photo Mr Timo Lehtimäki
Mr Niko Markkanen  photo Mr Niko Markkanen
Ms Mona Numminen  photo Ms Mona Numminen
Ms Linda Nyman  photo Ms Linda Nyman
Mr Lauri Peltola  photo Mr Lauri Peltola
Ms Lotta Pohjanpalo  photo Ms Lotta Pohjanpalo
Ms Emilia Saloranta  photo Ms Emilia Saloranta
Mr Matti Siiteri  photo Mr Matti Siiteri
Mr Niklas Thibblin  photo Mr Niklas Thibblin
Mr Christoffer Waselius  photo Mr Christoffer Waselius
Mr Jan Waselius  photo Mr Jan Waselius
Ms Charlotta Waselius Sittnikow  photo Ms Charlotta Waselius Sittnikow
Mr Jouni Weckström  photo Mr Jouni Weckström
Number of lawyers : 20
Number of partners : 10
English
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French
German
Swedish
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