Firm Profile > Avance Attorneys Ltd > Helsinki, Finland

Avance Attorneys Ltd
MANNERHEIMINTIE 20 A
00100 HELSINKI
Finland

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Avance Attorneys Ltd is active in corporate transactions and regularly acts for businesses, investors, and private equity companies on a variety of high-value matters. The team's client list includes companies in the game development, energy, and real estate sectors. The team, which is jointly led by Ulf-Henrik KullCarl-Henrik WallinMathias Lindqvist, and Ilkka Perheentupa, includes a high number of experienced transactional lawyers with international qualifications and experience.

Practice head(s):

Ulf-Henrik Kull; Carl-Henrik Wallin; Mathias Lindqvist; Ilkka Perheentupa

Testimonials

Very practical and solution-oriented approach.’

Carl-Henrik Wallin is a straightforward lawyer with excellent competence levels.

Key clients

CVC Capital Partners

Tradeka

Summa Equity

Alma Media

Elenia

Small Giant Games

MB Funds

Bravida

Sponsor Capital

Adelis Equity Partners

CapMan

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Avance Attorneys Ltd's strength lies in high-value transactional work, where it advises on the buy and sell-side of domestic and cross-border transactions for investment funds, asset managers and development funds; the group also assists with real estate development matters. In a recent highlight, the team advised Hemsö on its €200m acquisition of the Helsinki Court House. The practice is jointly led by Christoffer Charpentier and Mathias Lindqvist, who are praised by clients for their 'high level of knowledge' and 'strong track record' in real estate deals.

Practice head(s):

Christoffer Charpentier; Mathias Lindqvist

Testimonials

Very professional and deal-savvy team.

High level of expertise within real estate, construction and financing.

Mathias Lindqvist is one of the strongest real estate transaction partners in the country, very commercial and can handle a lot of complexity. Henrikki Tahkokallio is a super-solid senior associate, my pick for when the going gets tough and I want to rely on someone 100%.

Eeva Riivari is a good associate.

We have worked with Avance since 2015. We chose to work with them due to a high-level of expertise within real estate, construction and financing. Also being a smaller law firm compared to some others, we value their entrepreneurial attitude and willingness to assist us in all matters related to our projects.

Mr. Christoffer Charpentier: thorough understanding of all real estate related matters Mrs. Eeva Riivari: Hard working person who makes sure all details are solved.

Key clients

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Hemsö

YIT Construction and HGR Property Partners

Nordic Real Estate Partners (NREP)

Sagax

Sirius Capital Partners

Kielo

NCC Property Development

Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company

Nordisk Renting

eQ

Areim

Fennia Asset Management Ltd

Cobbleyard Real Estate

Kojamo Plc

Banking and finance Tier 2

Avance Attorneys Ltd acts for a variety of clients including banks, financial institutions and investment funds and has a strong focus on domestic and international financing transactions. Recent matters include M&A financings, loan issues, and credit facility work; the group advised Swedbank and other syndicate banks on a €200m credit facility to Metsäliitto Cooperative. The practice also has experience in the energy, retail and real estate sectors. Sari Wallgren and Selinda Näse jointly led the department and regularly handle structured financing deals.

Practice head(s):

Sari Wallgren; Selinda Näse

Testimonials

Deep knowledge of loan documentation preparation and excellent assistance in negotiations.’

Key clients

Elenia Oy

Swedbank AB

Tradeka-Yhtiöt Oy

Keilaniemen kiinteistökehitys Oy

Procuritas Capital Investors VI

CVC Capital Partners

Intera Partners

Kielo AB

Summa Equity

Rettig Group

Areim AB

Adelis Equity Partners

Erikoissijoitusrahasto Fennica Toimitilat I

Stockmann plc

EU and competition Tier 2

Avance Attorneys Ltd acts for clients in merger control work, competition law matters relating to mergers and abuse of dominance cases alongside state aid and public procurement proceedings. Clients include healthcare companies, private equity and insurance funds, public bodies and trade associations. The practice is jointly led by Mikko AlkioKatja Jaakkola and newly-hired senior economist Petri Rouvinen, who joined from the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy.

Practice head(s):

Mikko Alkio; Katja Jaakkola; Petri Rouvinen

Testimonials

Excellent competence.’

Mikko Alkio and Katja Jaakkola are excellent, fast, and innovative lawyers.

Key clients

Terveystalo Oyj

Adelis Equity Partners

Mehiläinen Oy

If P&C Insurance Ltd

Medialiitto ry (the Finnish Media Federation)

The City of Tampere

Kotipizza Group

Colosseum Dental Group

University of Eastern Finland

Greenfood AB

Capital markets Tier 3

Avance Attorneys Ltd handles a range of capital markets matters including public transactions, block trades, IPOs, bond issuances, and dual-track private equity exits. Practice head Robin Nordblad is an experienced transactional lawyer with a particular focus on financing and debt capital markets work.

Practice head(s):

Robin Nordblad

Key clients

Solidium

Kotipizza Group Oyj

Terex Corporation

Elenia Group

The Bank of Åland Plc

Next Games Corporation

Rettig Group Ltd

Alexandria Financial Services

CVC Capital Partners

CapMan

Intellectual property Tier 3

Avance Attorneys Ltd advises clients on all areas of IP work from the conception of protectable ideas to post-protection issues including licensing, trade mark and naming matters; the team acts for a client roster which includes companies in the entertainment industry and healthcare and pharmaceuticals sectors. The team, which is jointly led by Topi Siniketo and Elina Saviharju, also acts in IP and trade secret disputes.

Practice head(s):

Topi Siniketo; Elina Saviharju

Key clients

Oura Health Oy

Next Games Oy

Small Giant Games Oy

Pfizer Oy

Streamr Network AG

Paptic Oy

Snowprint Studios AB

Kaiho Republic Oy

TMT Tier 3

Avance Attorneys Ltd leverages its corporate capabilities to advise clients across the technology, media and telecoms industries on a range of mandates including financings, acquisitions and regulatory matters. Noteworthy clients include media organisations, electronic entertainment companies and telecoms operators. Practice head Topi Siniketo is highly regarded and recently advised Small Giant Games on its Series C financing and subsequent $700m exit to Zynga.

Practice head(s):

Topi Siniketo

Key clients

Oura Health Oy

Next Games Oyj

Small Giant Games Oy

Streamr Network AG

Paptic Oy

Freska Finland Oy

Alma Media Oyj

Keskisuomalainen Oyj

European Mobile Operator Oy

Canatu Oy

Traplight Oy

Realstocks Oy

Haja Networks Oy

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Avance Attorneys Ltd primarily handles commercial disputes acting for a variety of companies and individuals. The team is led by the 'highly respectedUlla Vuokila and Salla Suominen, who are both highly experienced litigators;  Vuokila is also in demand as an arbitrator, chairing a number of significant panels.

Practice head(s):

Ulla Vuokila; Salla Suominen

Testimonials

The firm has a really good reputation and has extremely good and experienced personnel who truly are the real experts in company law. Their experience was evident and assuring. I am confident that our relationship will last years to come.

There is a lot of expert knowledge and excellent experts in Avance in many legal areas and Ulla Vuokila has strongly strengthened Avance’s expertise in the area of dispute resolution.

Salla Suominen and Sanna Kaistinen’s professionalism and their dedication out won the opposition 10 to 0. I honestly felt sorry for the other company’s counsellors.

Ulla Vuokila is very experienced and a highly respected partner and lawyer. She has good competence and understanding of different circumstances of dispute resolution including criminal processes. She has also established a very good team around her.’

The firm: The Avance story on the Finnish legal market is completely unique. Since its launch in October 2011, the firm has grown from a start-up to a leading 50-lawyer firm, with an exceptional market standing in high-end, complex legal work.

The firm handles some of the most demanding transactions, large projects and disputes involving its market, with a focus on matters that call for the skills and sophistication of the Avance team. The firm’s high partner-associate ratio reflects the core strategy of providing a senior-oriented service that ensures concrete value-add to clients and distinguishes the firm from its key competition. Avance combines high-end advisory work with a unique breadth of international experience, focusing on regulated industries that are relevant for Finland, such as energy and infrastructure, financial services, healthcare, life sciences, media and telecommunications, and real estate and construction.

Areas of practice: Avance covers a broad range of legal services, such as corporate/M&A, capital markets, finance, real estate, energy and infrastructure, dispute resolution, IP, competition, tax and public sector advisory.

Evidencing the success of its strategy, the firm can showcase a broad selection of transactional advisory in key industrial arrangements in Finland, including: the $10.2bn acquisition by Tencent of Supercell, the largest ever divestment in Finnish corporate history; the acquisition by Bridgepoint of Evac Group, a world-leading provider of integrated waste, wastewater, and water management systems; the €114.5m acquisition by Scandic Hotels Group of Restel’s hotel portfolio; the €700m acquisition by Fortum of Ekokem, one of the largest private M&A deals in Finland in recent years; the acquisition by TH Real Estate of a 50% stake in the Kamppi Centre, a prime shopping centre located in Helsinki; the sale of Kasarmikatu 21 office property to a significant international property investor making its first investment in Finland; Canatu’s €22m late stage funding, one of the largest investments in a Finnish start-up; the listing of Next Games on the First North Finland marketplace maintained by Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd; and the construction of a multibillion-euro nuclear power plant in Finland.

The work has in most cases included advice on complex regulatory, competition law and financing issues. Please visit https://www.avance.com/cases-and-news/ for further details.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Sari Wallgren sari.wallgren@avance.com +358 40 556 6831
Banking and finance Selinda Näse selinda.nase@avance.com +358 40 730 3016
Public M&A and capital markets Elisa Heinonen elisa.heinonen@avance.com +358 40 846 6522
Public M&A and capital markets Robin Nordblad robin.nordblad@avance.com +358 50 323 3722
EU, competition and state aid Mikko Alkio mikko.alkio@avance.com +358 50 413 5502
Corporate advisory Carl-Henrik Wallin carl-henrik.wallin@avance.com +358 40 522 3902
Contract and commercial Ilkka Perheentupa ilkka.perheentupa@avance.com +358 40 559 9912
Contract and commercial Erkki-Antti Sadinmaa erkki-antti.sadinmaa@avance.com +358 40 847 4223
Employment, executive incentives and benefits Erkki-Antti Sadinmaa erkki-antti.sadinmaa@avance.com +358 40 847 4223
Dispute resolution Ulla Vuokila ulla.vuokila@avance.com +358 40 841 8433
Dispute resolution Salla Suominen salla.suominen@avance.com +358 40 706 0734
Environment Christoffer Charpentier christoffer.charpentier@avance.com +358 40 556 7815
Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures Ulf-Henrik Kull ulf-henrik.kull@avance.com +358 40 769 8229
Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures Ilkka Perheentupa ilkka.perheentupa@avance.com +358 40 559 9912
Real estate Mathias Lindqvist mathias.lindqvist@avance.com +358 400 677 875
Real estate Christoffer Charpentier christoffer.charpentier@avance.com +358 40 556 7815
Compliance Ulla Vuokila ulla.vuokila@avance.com +358 40 841 8433
Restructuring and Insolvency Salla Suominen salla.suominen@avance.com +358 40 706 0734
Tax and Structuring Sebastian Kellas sebastian.kellas@avance.com +358 40 752 0047
Intellectual property Topi Siniketo topi.siniketo@avance.com +358 40 727 2750
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Mikko Alkio  photo Mr Mikko Alkio
Ms Christa Anttila  photo Ms Christa Anttila
Mr Henrik Aro  photo Mr Henrik Aro
Ms Donya Baya  photo Ms Donya Baya
Mr Christoffer Charpentier  photo Mr Christoffer Charpentier
Mr Anders Floman  photo Mr Anders Floman
Ms Jessica Grönholm  photo Ms Jessica Grönholm
Ms Elisa Heinonen  photo Ms Elisa Heinonen
Ms Julianna Huhtanen  photo Ms Julianna Huhtanen
Ms Janina Järvi  photo Ms Janina Järvi
Ms Katja Jaakkola  photo Ms Katja Jaakkola
Mr Anton Johans  photo Mr Anton Johans
Ms Sanna Kaistinen  photo Ms Sanna Kaistinen
Mr Sebastian Kellas  photo Mr Sebastian Kellas
Ms Tanja Koivistoinen  photo Ms Tanja Koivistoinen
Ms Ada Korhonen  photo Ms Ada Korhonen
Mr Ulf-Henrik Kull  photo Mr Ulf-Henrik Kull
Mr Toni Kuosmanen  photo Mr Toni Kuosmanen
Mr Jaakko Kuusimäki  photo Mr Jaakko Kuusimäki
Ms Jenna Lampinen  photo Ms Jenna Lampinen
Mr Mathias Lindqvist  photo Mr Mathias Lindqvist
Ms Vilma Makkonen  photo Ms Vilma Makkonen
Mr Leevi Mehtäjärvi  photo Mr Leevi Mehtäjärvi
Ms Selinda Näse  photo Ms Selinda Näse
Ms Lotta Nahkala  photo Ms Lotta Nahkala
Ms Linda Nguyen  photo Ms Linda Nguyen
Mr Robin Nordblad  photo Mr Robin Nordblad
Mr Lasse Nordström  photo Mr Lasse Nordström
Ms Essi Paavolainen  photo Ms Essi Paavolainen
Mr Ilkka Perheentupa  photo Mr Ilkka Perheentupa
Mr Eino Rautanen  photo Mr Eino Rautanen
Ms Eeva Riivari  photo Ms Eeva Riivari
Mr Björn Söderblom  photo Mr Björn Söderblom
Mr Erkki-Antti Sadinmaa  photo Mr Erkki-Antti Sadinmaa
Ms Ella Seppänen  photo Ms Ella Seppänen
Mr Topi Siniketo  photo Mr Topi Siniketo
Mr Staffan Skult  photo Mr Staffan Skult
Mr Rasmus Sundström  photo Mr Rasmus Sundström
Mr Sampsa Suominen  photo Mr Sampsa Suominen
Ms Salla Suominen  photo Ms Salla Suominen
Mr Henrikki Tahkokallio  photo Mr Henrikki Tahkokallio
Mrs Ulla Vuokila  photo Mrs Ulla Vuokila
Mrs Sari Wallgren  photo Mrs Sari Wallgren
Mr Carl-Henrik Wallin  photo Mr Carl-Henrik Wallin
Number of lawyers : 50
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