Firm Profile > Krogerus > Helsinki, Finland

Fabianinkatu 9

Finland > Banking and finance Tier 1

Krogerus handles a variety of domestic and cross-border financing work for both borrowers and lenders, with expertise in complex acquisition and leveraged financing work, structured finance transactions, restructurings and asset finance mandates. Real estate finance and trade and export finance matters are further core areas of strength, and the team's renewable energy work stands out thanks to a range of notable project finance mandates. Practice head Päivi Toivari specialises in acquisition finance and corporate lending matters, and has additional experience in internet banking issues and payment transaction services. Up-and-coming partner Heidi Kivenjuuri is noted for her real estate and project finance practice.

Practice head(s):

Päivi Toivari

Other key lawyers:

Heidi Kivenjuuri

Key clients

Nordea Bank Abp

National Australia Bank

Ilmatar Energy Oy

Cibus Nordic Real Estate AB

HKScan Corporation

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB

Sampo plc

Danske Bank A/S


Lehto Group plc

Finland > Capital markets Tier 1

Krogerus' full-service capital markets practice handles a broad spectrum of mandates including high-profile IPOs, large-scale rights issuances, buybacks and debt issuances, tender offers and public takeovers. The team acts for credit institutions, investment firms and fund managers, as well as both issuers and buyers. Practice head Tom Fagernäs has a strong track record in cross-border and international transactions, while managing partner Mårten Knuts is an expert in financial regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Tom Fagernäs

Other key lawyers:

Mårten Knuts; Paul Raade


‘Young, ambitious team with top expertise.’

‘Highly available, business-minded, easy to approach.’

‘Mårten Knuts is undisputedly the best expert in Finland in capital markets matters. The combination of academic excellence with great practical advice is unique. He truly understands the client’s business context, always gives to the point advice and is very pleasant to work with.’

‘Paul Raade has great expertise in capital markets regulation and is able to see both the details and the big picture.’

‘Tom Fagernäs is clearly the leading young capital markets lawyer in Finland. A very strong name despite his young age. Ability to execute large and complex transactions with a presence on par with the oldest and most experienced lawyers.’

Key clients

Citibank Global Markets

SRV Group Plc

TietoEVRY Corporation

UPM-Kymmene Corporation

Nordea Bank Abp

Cramo Plc


Neste Corporation

Sampo Plc

Carnegie Investment Bank, Finland Branch

Cargotec Corporation

eQ Asset Management Ltd

Finland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

The corporate practice at Krogerus handles high-profile transactions for a range of private equity houses and investment funds, and has a strong offering for domestic investors. The team has particular strength in the healthcare, energy, construction, IT, leisure and food sectors. Sami Martola leads the practice alongside Mika Ståhlberg, who has extensive experience in the finance sector. Marcus Möller is noted for his track record in advising private equity and real estate investors, and senior associate Taru Kovanen is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Mika Ståhlberg; Sami Martola

Other key lawyers:

Marcus Möller; Taru Kovanen


‘People make the difference. Sami Martola, partner, truly leaves a feeling that he cares about your matters and works to solve them as if they were his own.’

‘Strong involvement and presence and support.’

Key clients

Attendo AB


Owens Corning

State of Finland

Neste Corporation

VR Group

Storytel AB

One Equity Partners

ABB Corporation

Curium Pharma



Compass Group


Providence Equity Partners


Finland > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Krogerus is recommended for complex and high-value real estate transactions; other central pillars of work include the day-to-day management and development of real estate portfolios, drafting, negotiating and amending lease agreements, and portfolio restructurings. The team has a strong construction offering, covering planning and zoning work, and handles environmental matters and construction disputes. Clients encompass a wide range of international and domestic investors, real estate funds, construction companies, insurance companies, and the real estate arms of private equity houses, with a particular niche in acting for foreign investors entering the Finnish market. Transactional specialist Marcus Möller jointly heads up the team with Joakim Jansson.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Möller; Joakim Jansson

Other key lawyers:

Teppo Vuorela; Pyry Somervuori


‘Great negotiation skills backed up with lots of knowledge.’

‘Very high level of knowledge and very thorough work.’

‘Very strong and professional team, with super individuals.’

‘They have a hands-on approach and they help quickly. A versatile and competent team.’

‘Extraordinary client care and response times, great attention to detail and good comprehensive knowledge of previous cases and the entire client relationship.’

‘Pyry Somervuori – understands the client’s business and needs extremely well.’

‘Joakim Jansson and Marcus Möller have an in depth-knowledge of private equity real estate, and an understanding of the business side as well as legal matters.’

‘Pyry Somervuori: the leading master of creating effective acquisition structures in private equity real estate.’

Key clients

AB Sagax

AIP Asset Management

Avant Capital Partners Oy

AXA Real Estate Investment Managers Scandinavia AB


Catella Residential Investment Management

Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company

Hemsö Fastighets AB

Lehto Group Plc

LocalTapiola Mutual Insurance Company

Nordisk Renting

SRV Group Plc

Round Hill Capital

United Bankers Plc

JMB Kiinteistöt Oy


Sponda Plc

Finland > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Krogerus is particularly praised for its handling of corporate and management liability claims, corporate offenses and internal investigations. Other central pillars of work for the practice include follow-on damages litigation; IP, employment and marketing disputes; and litigation in the construction, healthcare, insurance and financial services sectors. Practice head Mikko Elonheimo is recommended for matters relating to commercial agreements, non-contractual liability questions and unfair marketing practices, while Thomas Kolster is noted for his banking and finance litigation expertise.

Practice head(s):

Mikko Elonheimo

Other key lawyers:

Juha Pekka Katainen; Kirsi Kannaste; Thomas Kolster


‘The team is very proactive and responsive. Always available to help.’

‘Unique combination of litigation experience and commercial law understanding.’

‘Team members are very professional. They have practical approach and are able to get a grasp on the issue in a very short timetable.’

‘Juha-Pekka Katainen is very active, takes the client’s needs in consideration. He also considers the different possible outcomes in a very natural way. Thomas Kolster is very clear and professional in expressing the legal facts.’

‘Very careful, punctual, thorough and highly professional service. You can trust the service completely. They know how to present the case clearly and effectively.’

‘The team is incredibly flexible and are highly responsive. Other than that, they give clear and well articulated explanations and instructions when needed. Proactiveness is also something we highly appreciate in the team.’

‘Thomas Kolster is highly analytical but never loses his focus on the grand strategy. Thomas is also always available and appreciates the client’s time. A friendly and social personality is an added bonus.’

Key clients


Danske Bank

Axel Johnson International

P. H. Glatfelter Ltd


Gree Inc



Byggmax Group


Finland > Employment Tier 2

Krogerus' full-service employment practice assists with employment and director agreements, dismissals and redundancies, employment-related disputes and due diligence associated with major transactions. In addition to its standalone work, the team collaborates closely with the firm's M&A and insolvency groups, and is also recommended for privacy and data protection advice. The practice has a strong track record in high-profile disputes and arbitration proceedings. Team lead Carola Möller focuses on providing strategic advice to international clients, and has extensive experience in employment litigation.

Practice head(s):

Carola Möller


‘Krogerus was very prompt in their response, and their advice was very precise and practical.’

‘We have worked with Krogerus for many years and they know our business and cases very well. We’ve had the same contact person/partner over the years which makes co-operation valuable and effective.’

‘I had an opportunity to work with Carola Möller of Krogerus, Finland. She was very patient and analytical. She was very honest on our chances of success, and helped us in getting the matter resolved.’

‘The team’s strengths from my point of view is accessibility, clarity and knowledge. The team is almost always available, if not, they always let me know when they will be getting back to me.’

Key clients




Santander Consumer Finance




Iduna Group

Leijona Catering

SE Mäkinen Logistics

Rabbit Films

Finland > EU and competition Tier 2

The team at Krogerus regularly acts in demanding merger control procedures, before the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority and the European Commission. Other key areas of work include abuse of dominance and public procurement issues; the practice has numerous clients in the energy, media, pharmaceuticals and telecoms sectors. Department co-heads Katri Joenpolvi and Leena Lindberg both previously worked at the Finnish Competition Authority and have wide-ranging experience handling investigations and litigation. Simo Autio and Tulia Tanskanen are noted for their EU law expertise.

Practice head(s):

Katri Joenpolvi; Leena Lindberg

Other key lawyers:

Simo Autio; Tulia Tanskanen


‘High level of expertise and experience.’

‘Professionalism, service ability, innovation ability, fast responsiveness.’

‘A broad experience and knowledge of national competition law and practice especially in maritime sector.’

‘Partner Leena Lindberg continues to provide valuable hands-on advice. An extremely experienced professional.’

‘Excellent team with very experienced lawyers who have good understanding.’

‘Very high-level knowledge of EU competition law combined with business-driven approach.’

Key clients

Finnish Bus and Coach Association

Finnish Food and Drink Industries’ Federation

Danske Bank Oyj

Steveco Oy

HKScan Oyj


Neste Oyj

Abloy Oy

Attendo Suomi Oy

Cargotec Oyj

Finland > Intellectual property Tier 2

Krogerus focuses on commercialisation and licensing work for companies in the technology, media, entertainment and telecoms industries. The team also frequently advises leading international companies on the IP aspects of digital services in Finland, as well as IP matters relating to the internet of things, including the licensing and exploitation of data and data strategies. Copyright and media expert Kalle Hynönen heads up the practice, which includes Henri Kaikkonen, who specialises in contentious IP and technology matters, and has particular experience in patent and trade secret disputes.

Practice head(s):

Kalle Hynönen

Other key lawyers:

Henri Kaikkonen


‘Young and ambitious team with great knowledge of the subject matter. Prompt and practical advice.’

‘Indisputable legal knowledge and advice, understanding of the business, as well as an incredible eye for detail. You can always count on them and they never miss a thing! ’

‘Very adaptive and reactive.’

‘Kalle Hynönen is a skilled lawyer who is really pleasant to work with and delivers great practical advice. He has also worked as an in-house counsel which gives him great perspective and ability to really understand the client’s reality.’

‘They are in my opinion the best for our business: indisputable legal knowledge and advice, understanding of the business, as well as an incredible eye for detail. You can always count on them and they never miss a thing!’

Key clients

Oy Hartwall Ab

Cloetta Finland

Rabbit Films


Unisport Group

KKM Power Oy

Technology Industries of Finland

Anaika Timber

Naughty BRGR

Finland > TMT Tier 2

Krogerus' full-service practice advises clients from all segments of the telecoms, media and technology sectors, with further strength in the insurance and banking industries, where it regularly advises blue-chip financial sector clients; digitalisation projects are another key area of work for the department. Team leader Mika Puittinen is noted for his experience in outsourcing and procurement mandates, assisting both domestic and international corporations. Juha-Pekka Katainen stands out for his longstanding expertise in compliance work and investigations.

Practice head(s):

Mika Puittinen

Other key lawyers:

Juha-Pekka Katainen

Key clients


Valmet Corporation


S Group

Aktia Bank Plc

The Finnish Government Shared Services Centre for Finance and HR

Lassila & Tikanoja Plc

Otava Group

Rabbit Films Oy Ltd

Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company

Finland > Tax Tier 3

The team at Krogerus is particularly recommended for matters arising from M&A, real estate and infrastructure mandates, and has a significant track record in cross-border work. The practice also provides strategic advice and assists with compliance issues. Practice head Antti Lehtimaja is experienced in tax work relating to private equity and real estate transactions, and fund formation matters.

Practice head(s):

Antti Lehtimaja

Key clients

Lundin Energy

Providence Equity Partners



Bloomberg BNA



One Equity Partners


Ilmatar Windpower


The firm: Krogerus is one of the leading business law firms in Finland, advising Finnish and international clients in a broad spectrum of transactional, dispute resolution and regulatory matters. The firm is particularly apt at issues that pertain to the energy, finance, food and beverage, healthcare, real estate, technology and communications sectors. Krogerus is regularly retained in some of the most challenging and high-profile assignments in the market.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Päivi Toivari
Capital markets and securities Tom Fagernäs
Commercial contracts and outsourcing Mika Puittinen
Competition and regulatory Katri Joenpolvi
Corporate advisory Marko Vuori
Dispute resolution Mikko Elonheimo
Employment and benefits Carola Möller
Energy Ville Hailikari
Environment Sami Laine
Intellectual property Kalle Hynönen
Mergers and acquisitions Mika Ståhlberg
Private equity Sami Martola
Real estate and construction Marcus Möller
Restructuring and insolvency Hannu Ylönen
Taxation Antti Lehtimaja
Technology and data protection Mika Puittinen
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Mikko Elonheimo  photo Mr Mikko Elonheimo Partner
 Tom Fagernäs  photo Tom Fagernäs Partner
Mr Ville Hailikari  photo Mr Ville Hailikari Partner
 Kalle Hynönen  photo Kalle Hynönen Partner
Ms Katri Joenpolvi  photo Ms Katri Joenpolvi Partner
 Kirsi Kannaste  photo Kirsi Kannaste Partner
Mr Juha Pekka Katainen  photo Mr Juha Pekka Katainen Managing Partner
 Mårten Knuts  photo Mårten Knuts Managing Partner
Mr Sami Laine  photo Mr Sami Laine Partner
 Samu Lassila  photo Samu Lassila Partner
Mr Antti Lehtimaja  photo Mr Antti Lehtimaja Partner
Ms Leena Lindberg  photo Ms Leena Lindberg Partner
 Marcus Möller  photo Marcus Möller Partner
 Carola Möller  photo Carola Möller Partner
Mr Sami Martola  photo Mr Sami Martola Partner
Mr Mika Puittinen  photo Mr Mika Puittinen Partner
 Mika Ståhlberg  photo Mika Ståhlberg Partner
Mr Mikko Tiilikka  photo Mr Mikko Tiilikka Partner
 Päivi Toivari  photo Päivi Toivari Partner
Mr Marko Vuori  photo Mr Marko Vuori Partner
Mr Juha Wessman  photo Mr Juha Wessman Partner
Numbers of partners : 28
Number of lawyers : 105