Firm Profile > Krogerus > Helsinki, Finland


Banking and finance Tier 1

Krogerus has a strong record acting for international clients on financing transactions and counts Nordea Bank and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken on its client roster. The team has experience in real estate financing issues and transactions in the renewable energy sector, and regularly handles cross-border mandates in these areas. Other areas of expertise include corporate lending and debt refinancing work. The practice is jointly led by the 'experienced and skilled' Päivi Toivari, who specialises in acquisition and structured financing issues; and 'hardworking' real estate and project financing expert Heidi KivenjuuriKimmo Mettälä has retired.


They offer high-quality service with a competitive pricing. They are capable of taking care of all kinds of assignments and they have decent resources.

Hands-on and solution-oriented.

Krogerus’ strong banking and finance team ranks among the best in town. Strong individuals with excellent legal knowledge make the team.

Päivi Toivari is among the best Finnish finance lawyers, very experienced and skilful. She always gives an impression that the matter is under control. Heidi Kivenjuuri is very hard-working and has good legal knowledge; she is up and coming.

Partner Päivi Toivari. Pragmatic and very through understanding on the field.

Päivi Toivari has excellent legal knowledge and great negotiating skills. Heidi Kivenjuuri has great practical knowledge on the variety of banking law matters. Josefina Aalto is a rising star.’

Key clients

Nordea Bank Abp

Hamburg Commercial Bank AG (formerly HSH Nordbank AG)

Landesbank Hessen Thüringen Girozentrale

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG

Cibus Nordic Real Estate AB

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB

Danske Bank A/S, Finland Branch

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Krogerus is a key name for high-value and high-profile deals spanning domestic and cross-border M&A transactions for financial institutions, private equity firms and investment funds alongside companies in several industries, including the telecoms, retail services, and mining sectors. In a substantial recent matter, the team advised DNA on the €3.1bn sale of 54% of its shares to Telenor, which will trigger a mandatory offer for its remaining shares. Mika Ståhlberg and Sami Martola jointly lead the practice, while experienced senior counsel Lennart Simonsen has worked extensively on transactions. Senior associate Taru Kovanen is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):


Hands-on team that gives great attention to client service.’

‘Great flexibility in service delivery. Very experienced team with great knowledge of substance matters.’

My experience of working with the Krogerus Commercial, corporate and M&A team is entirely positive. Great attention and availability. The firm’s full service offering and including a strong tax practice is important for the type of work that I use them for.’

I really enjoy working with Sami Martola, who is a skilled transactional lawyer. Joakim Jansson seems to be up and coming and has been very good on a recent transaction.

Partner Sami Martola shows great flexibility when needed and can perform well in tight negotiations. He understands business issues well and can reflect those in high quality juridical advice.

Lennart Simonsen is a brilliant counsel, having a unique capability to lead large teams and act as lead counsel in the most complex transactions.

Key clients


Compass Group


VR Group





Flex Ltd


Autotalo Laakkonen

Walki Group

NRC Group

Quant AB

Nomo Kullager AB

Solera Holdings, Inc.

Sentica Partners

Tukkuheino Oy

Miilukangas Oy


Real estate and construction Tier 1

Marcus Möller and newly-promoted partner Joakim Jansson head up the team at Krogerus, which has strong capabilities in real estate transactions across all asset classes, development projects, leasings and construction matters, and fields an extensive team of specialists. Clients include domestic real estate funds and foreign investors. The team has recently advised on a number of high-profile transactions including Wereldhave's sale of the Itis shopping centre in Helsinki to a fund advised by Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing.

Practice head(s):


‘A large and well-respected team in real estate matters.’

An excellent, dedicated, and very much client-oriented team.’

In-depth knowledge of private equity real estate.’ 

Marcus Möller is one of the pre-eminent partners in complex real estate deals in the country. He can handle the most complex deals and support also in commercial negotiations.

Marcus Möller is an excellent negotiator and appears to always be available with great energy and enthusiasm for all cases and situations, truly a pleasure to work with. Kalle Hakkarainen surely is a rising star, very dedicated and into all details, yet has the ability to see the big picture and to find solutions. Both very efficient and trustworthy.

Exceptionally efficient and productive to work with both Pyry Somervuori and Marcus Möller. You always get the feeling that they listen and represent the customer. Also the advice they give is clear and timely.

Key clients

AB Sagax

Avant Capital Partners Oy

AXA Real Estate Investment Managers

Scandinavia AB

Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company

Lehto Group Plc

LocalTapiola Mutual Insurance Company

Ragde Eiendom AS

Savills Investment Management LLP

United Bankers Plc

VR Group


Onvest Oy

Catella Residential Investment Management

Round Hill Capital

Niam AB

JMB Kiinteistöt Oy

Northern Horizon Capital

Capital markets Tier 2

Krogerus has continued its growth in capital markets mandates with recent work including acting on equity and debt capital markets matters for issuers and underwriters, as well as advising on regulatory compliance issues, public listings and tender offers. The practice is led by well-regarded transactional lawyer Tom Fagernäs, who maintains a broad portfolio of capital markets work, while Mårten Knuts is highly recommended for his advice on complex regulatory compliance matters and securities work.

Practice head(s):


Technically skilled, dedicated and good to work with.

The team really masters the substance and is able to give reasoned advice. The communication and cooperation with the team has always been easy and straightforward.

Mårten Knuts is undisputed as number one in securities market law knowledge and has an in-depth understanding in Finland. He combines academic level knowledge with practical advice in a unique way that can only be admired and valued by his clients. He truly understands the business of the client and his advice goes well beyond the traditional legal advice. Therefore, he is not only valued as an adviser by lawyers but also the business people and CFOs. He is also very pleasant to work with and always arranges availability when needed.’

Key clients


UPM Corporation

Nokia Corporation

Kesko Corporation

Neste Plc

HKScan Corporation

Danske Bank A/S

Lehto Group Plc

Suomen Hoivatilat Plc

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Krogerus acts in a range of disputes across multiple industries including the banking and finance, construction and healthcare sectors. Notable clients include DNA and Danske Bank; the group represented the latter in a dispute relating to the 'branchification' of its Finnish operations. The team also has a particular strength in corporate liability and internal investigations and handles regulatory compliance issues. The practice is led by experienced litigators Mikko ElonheimoKirsi Kannaste and Juha-Pekka Katainen.


We have been working with Krogerus for a substantial amount of time. I would like to highlight the outstanding performance of the team of Krogerus during the years of collaboration. We appreciate having worked with a team of true professionals in the Finnish legal market. We have also worked with other law firms in the Finnish market, and we would say that those are in different league in terms of the work delivered.’

Strong partner engagement with the help of excellent associates. They are responsive and provide a good legal advice.

A highly motivated and skilled team that is incredibly flexible and dynamic in its approach to the client.’

Juha-Pekka Katainen is a man of detail (which is important in litigation), but at the same time demonstrates a strategic approach when implementing goals / tasks outlined by the client.

Recently we had a pleasure of working with Juha-Pekka Katainen: very much result orientated, keeps an eye on every detail until the end of project and at the same time strategic thinking is always ahead. Highest level professional!

Key clients


Danske Bank

Svenska Handelsbanken

Eniro AB

Santander Consumer Finance

Axel Johnson International


State of Finland (acting through its enterprise Metsähallitus)

VRJ Group

Westerback and Kultajousi

Employment Tier 2

Led by employment specialist Carola Möller, the team at Krogerus advises on the employment aspects of M&A transactions, restructurings, day-to-day employment issues including contracts, and contentious issues regarding the workplace environment, discrimination and wrongful termination. The team's client roster spans domestic and international clients including the Santander Group and several logistics businesses.

Practice head(s):


I just love to work with the Krogerus labour legislation team because they are always well aware of my case, it seems like the communication between the team members works perfectly. I always get very quick responses to my questions and problems and if the right person is not available at that moment, I get some idea when they will get back to me. They are always very customer oriented and I get that feeling that they are doing their very best for me.’

Key clients



Santander Consumer Finance



Iduna Group


EU and competition Tier 2

Experienced pair Katri Joenpolvi and Leena Lindberg head up the practice at Krogerus, which works on merger control matters, public procurement and EU litigation including state aid and horizontal cooperation disputes. The team also has a strong focus on the healthcare and pharmaceuticals industries, and recently successfully represented the University of Helsinki Pharmacy in an appeal to the General Court of the European Union regarding whether its favourable regulatory and tax treatment constitute state aid. Other notable clients include Samsung, Nordic and Danske Bank.  Senior associates Simo Autio and Tulia Tanskanen are also noteworthy individuals.


Talented, innovative and high quality team.’

Leena Lindberg (Partner) and Tuulia Tanskanen (Senior Associate) are both committed and highly talented experts. Both of them are innovative and have great knowledge of the industry.’

Key clients

Finnish Food and Drink Industries’ Federation

Danske Bank Oyj

Samsung Electronics

Nordic AB

HKScan Oyj


Neste Oyj

Attendo AB

Cargotec Oyj

Intellectual property Tier 2

The 'first-class' practice at Krogerus is headed up by Kalle Hynönen, and specialises in trade mark and IP work for media and telecoms companies including DNA,  Moskito Television and Rabbit Films; the group also handles data protection and compliance matters. Senior associate Henri Kaikkonen recently joined from Inventio Attorneys, bringing unique experience in patent-related work. The team also advised Technology Industry of Finland, the industry organisation for technology companies in Finland, on the creation of standard contractual terms for the use and licensing of industrial big data. Sarita Schröder is now at Hannes Snellman.

Practice head(s):


The team works very well together and provides excellent advice when needed – on a tight schedule.’

High quality knowledge of intellectual property matters.’ 

First-class IP practice.’

High quality legal skills and understanding combined with hardworking practical approach. They do their best to make complex issues clear in a simple language.

Mr Kalle Hynönen and Mr Henri Kaikkonen are very engaged and truly care about our business and our company’s needs. They are talented and smart but also very easy to work with and I appreciate their help a lot.

My company mainly works with Kalle Hynönen who I personally see as one of the top intellectual property lawyers in Finland. Kalle’s background as a corporate lawyer together with high knowledge and understanding of the intellectual property legislation makes him stand out from competitors. He has a genuine interest in the world of IPR that gives an extra boost to the legal services provided.

Partner Kalle Hynönen is among the best IP professionals in Finland.

Key clients

Technology Industries of Finland


Cloetta Finland

Rabbit Films


Moskito Television



TMT Tier 2

Krogerus primarily advises major domestic and international companies on IT procurement, outsourcing and digitalisation projects. The client roster spans the technology, media and telecoms industries with Tieto, Samsung and DNA as key examples, and also includes banking and insurance clients. The practice is led by Mika Puittinen, who is active in outsourcing and procurement matters, and also includes Juha-Pekka Katainen, who is highly recommended for his work with blue-chip clients in the financial sector.

Practice head(s):


Adjustable to client needs. Very competent and swift in answering.

The team gives very practical advice and works efficiently. They also cooperate/communicate easily with both in-house counsel, as well as with the business and technical people.

Mika Puittinen provided valuable, well focused support in highly difficult IT-agreement negotiations.

Key clients


Valmet Corporation


S Group

Aktia Bank Plc

Lassila & Tikanoja Plc

Otava Group

Rabbit Films Oy Ltd

Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company

Moskito Television

Tax Tier 3

Krogerus has a strong record advising buyers, portfolio holders and investors on the tax elements of real estate transactions, share purchases and divestments. The team counts major domestic and international investment funds, banks and private equity firms as clients, and recently advised Savills Investment Management on the due diligence and structuring elements of a sale and lease-back acquisition. The practice is led by experienced 'tax expert' Antti Lehtimaja, who is particularly experienced in advising on inbound investment into Finland.

Practice head(s):


Solution-oriented, providing clear recommendations instead of the series of disclaimers that one usually receives from tax advisers.

Key clients


Bloomberg BNA



One Equity Partners


Ilmatar Windpower

European Energy Exchange



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
Mr Tom Fagernäs  photo Mr Tom Fagernäs Partner
Mr Ville Hailikari  photo Mr Ville Hailikari Partner
Ms Katri Joenpolvi  photo Ms Katri Joenpolvi Partner
Mr Juha Pekka Katainen  photo Mr Juha Pekka Katainen Managing Partner
 Mårten Knuts photo Mårten Knuts Professor
Mr Sami Laine  photo Mr Sami Laine Partner
Mr Antti Lehtimaja  photo Mr Antti Lehtimaja Partner
Ms Leena Lindberg  photo Ms Leena Lindberg Partner
Mr Sami Martola  photo Mr Sami Martola Partner
Mr Marcus Möller  photo Mr Marcus Möller Partner
Mr Mika Puittinen  photo Mr Mika Puittinen Partner
Mr Mika Ståhlberg  photo Mr Mika Ståhlberg Partner
Mr Mikko Tiilikka  photo Mr Mikko Tiilikka Partner
Ms Päivi Toivari  photo Ms 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