Firm Profile > Avance Attorneys Ltd > Helsinki, Finland

Avance Attorneys Ltd

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Avance Attorneys Ltd recently advised CVC Capital Partners on its acquisition of a majority stake in Mehiläinen group. Other work includes Ilkka Perheentupa assisting AddLife development with its acquisition of Väinö Korpinen, and working with Topi Siniketo and senior associate Anders Floman to handle the sale of Elenia Group to a consortium of domestic and international investors. Ulf-Henrik Kull heads the practice.

Banking and finance Tier 2

Sari Wallgren and Selinda Näse jointly lead the practice at Avance Attorneys Ltd; Wallgren advises banks and borrowers, and Näse focuses on domestic and cross-border financing transactions. Recent highlights include assisting Keskisuomalainen with the refinancing of its bank facilities and acting for Mercator Capital on a €31m secured financing arrangement.

Capital markets Tier 2

At Avance Attorneys LtdRobin Nordblad and Elisa Heinonen jointly lead the practice handling debt and equity work respectively. The team recently advised Ålandsbanken on the Finnish aspects of its SEK2.5bn covered bond issuance. Other key clients include Keilaniemen kiinteistökehitys and Terex; the group acted for latter on the sale of its stake in Konecranes through three separate accelerated bookbuild offerings.

EU and competition Tier 2

Avance Attorneys Ltd recently acted for The Federation of the Finnish Media Industry in its claim regarding alleged illegal state aid provided to public broadcaster Yleisradio; it also represented clients including Tradeka-Yhtiöt, Colosseum Dental Group and Stockmann in merger control proceedings. The practice is led by Mikko Alkio and also fields senior associates Katja Jaakkola and Elina Saviharju.

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Christoffer Charpentier and Mathias Lindqvist jointly lead the department at Avance Attorneys Ltd, which primarily acts for clients in transactional matters. It recently advised Kielo on its first three real estate investments as well as handling its first three property acquisitions and the related financing arrangements.

Intellectual property Tier 3

Avance Attorneys Ltd's recent work includes advising Streamr Network on software licensing issues; the group also counts Pfizer's Finnish subsidiary and Next Games as key clients. Newly promoted partner Topi Siniketo and senior associate Elina Saviharju jointly head up the practice.

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Avance Attorneys Ltd's department is co-led by Ulla Vuokila and Salla Suominen and handles the full spectrum of contentious issues with particular specialisms in director liability issues and arbitration work.

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 40-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, 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 for further details.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Sari Wallgren
Banking and finance Selinda Näse
Public M&A and capital markets Elisa Heinonen
Public M&A and capital markets Robin Nordblad
EU, competition and state aid Mikko Alkio
Corporate advisory Carl-Henrik Wallin
Corporate advisory Ulf-Henrik Kull
Contract and commercial Ilkka Perheentupa
Contract and commercial Erkki-Antti Sadinmaa
Employment, executive incentives and benefits Erkki-Antti Sadinmaa
Dispute resolution Ulla Vuokila
Dispute resolution Salla Suominen
Environment Christoffer Charpentier
Intellectual property Mikko Alkio
Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures Ulf-Henrik Kull
Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures Carl-Henrik Wallin
Real estate Mathias Lindqvist
Real estate Christoffer Charpentier
Compliance Ulla Vuokila
Compliance Elisa Heinonen
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
Number of lawyers : 40
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