Firm Profile > Avance Attorneys Ltd > Helsinki, Finland

Avance Attorneys Ltd
MANNERHEIMINTIE 20 A
00100 HELSINKI
Finland

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Corporate and commercial law and M&A are key specialisms for transaction-focused firm Avance Attorneys Ltd. The team acts for investors, businesses and private equity houses, and has particularly strong offerings in the gaming, real estate and energy sectors. Ilkka Perheentupa, Ulf-Henrik Kull, Carl-Henrik Wallin and Mathias Lindqvist jointly head up the practice, which includes Anders Floman, who is noted for his experience in the infrastructure and technology industries.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Anders Floman

Testimonials

‘Highly competent, world-class team with a high work ethic.’

‘Always on top of things, always precise and accurate and always available, they have been a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

CVC Capital Partners

CapMan Oyj

Elenia Oy

Alma Media Oyj

Adelis Equity Partners AB

Mimir Invest AB

Nordic Capital

MB Funds

Sievi Capital

Ruukki/SSAB

Alfa Laval

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA)

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

Altor Equity Partners

Reworks

Vapo

Loimua

Uniper

Banking and finance Tier 2

The banking and finance department at Avance Attorneys Ltd assists a range of banks, financial institutions and corporate clients. Recent matters include secured financings, loan issues and credit facility work. The team stands out for its expertise in regulated industries including the healthcare, infrastructure, financial services and construction sectors. Real estate finance expert Sari Wallgren jointly leads the practice with Selinda Näse, who has extensive experience advising both lenders and borrowers on financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Sari Wallgren; Selinda Näse

Testimonials

‘Avance still has a boutique feeling but with the resources of a major law firm on the real estate side. Unbeatable combination. The team is very focused and willing to put in the hours to back the clients interests and get the deals done.’

The finance team is exceptional.’

‘Sari Wallgren shows dedication to understanding the big picture of our funding and strategy. Their holistic approach means that solutions work with changing corporate scenarios.’

‘Clear willingness to help on the issue at hand and tries to find the best solution. Sari Wallgren has clearly shown this kind of commitment.’

Key clients

Elenia Oy

Rettig Group Ltd

Fortaco Group Oy and CapMan Plc

Brunswick Real Estate

Alma Property Partners

EQT

Areim AB

CVC Capital Partners

Altor

AB Sagax

Summa Equity

Föreningen Konstsamfundet

Tradeka

Fingrid Oyj

Mimir Invest AB

Adelis Equity Partners

Sirius Capital Partners

DataCenter Group Oy

Ardian Infrastructure

Canatu

Ahlström Capital Oy and A. Ahlström Kiinteistöt Oy

EU and competition Tier 2

Avance Attorneys Ltd has particular expertise in merger control work, handling three Phase II cases notified to the FCCA. Co-led by Mikko Alkio and Katja Jaakkola, the practice works closely with head of economics Petri Rouvinen, combining legal expertise and economic analysis. The team has recently gained clients in the health and social care sector, advising on acquisitions as well as the competition aspects of a reform in the Finnish social welfare and healthcare system. The group also handles state aid regulation and public procurement work, and recently acted for Medialiitto ry (the Finnish Media Federation) in a state aid complaint before the European Commission.

Practice head(s):

Mikko Alkio; Katja Jaakkola; Petri Rouvinen

Testimonials

‘Extremely competent, trustworthy and flexible service. We have been very satisfied and have achieved remarkable victories with the team.’

‘Mikko Alkio – Understanding covers not only the legal side but all processes, communication and politics regarding our cases. Takes responsibility for our whole work, not just what we have asked for.’

Key clients

Alfa Laval AB

Ruukki Construction Oy

Antilooppi Ky

CapMan Oyj

Alma Media Oyj

Mehiläinen Oy

If P&C Insurance Ltd

Medialiitto ry (the Finnish Media Federation)

The City of Tampere

University of Eastern Finland

Greenfood AB

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Avance Attorneys Ltd focuses on real estate transactions and financing work, handling the buy and sell-side of domestic and cross-border transactions; it has a particularly strong offering for funds, asset managers and investors. Mathias Lindqvist jointly leads the team with Christoffer Charpentier, who has experience with infrastructure projects, environmental matters and the related regulatory work.

Practice head(s):

Christoffer Charpentier; Mathias Lindqvist

Other key lawyers:

Björn Söderblom

Testimonials

‘We chose to work with Avance due to a high-level of expertise within real estate, construction and financing. We value their entrepreneurial attitude and willingness to assist us in all matters related to our projects.’

‘Mr. Christoffer Charpentier has a thorough understanding of all real estate related matters.’

Key clients

Antilooppi

Hemsö

Regenero

YIT Finland

HGR Property Partners

Nordic Real Estate Partners (NREP)

Sagax

Sirius Capital Partners

Kielo

NCC Property Development

Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company

Nordisk Renting

eQ

Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company

Fennia Mutual Insurance Company

Areim

Ålandsbanken

Cobbleyard Real Estate

Kojamo Plc

Posti Kiinteistöt

Capital markets Tier 3

Avance Attorneys Ltd has notable experience in advising clients in regulated markets including the energy and infrastructure, pharmaceuticals and financial services sectors. The team handles a range of capital markets matters, including IPOs, block trades and public tender offers. Transactional lawyer Robin Nordblad, who primarily advises investment funds, leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Robin Nordblad

Other key lawyers:

Elisa Heinonen

Testimonials

‘Experienced and creative team in structured finance platforms.’

‘Extremely flexible team which is able to respond and allocate resources in line with urgent customer needs.’

Key clients

Mehiläinen Yhtiöt Ltd

Solidium Ltd

Konstsamfundet r.f.

Kusinkapital Ab

CapMan Plc

Elenia Oy

Alfa Laval AB

Berner Oy

Intellectual property Tier 3

Avance Attorneys Ltd handles all stages of the IP lifecycle, and regularly provides strategic advice on issues including external funding for innovation projects, and mandates relating to the development and commercialisation of IP. The department has significant experience in the entertainment, medical technology, healthcare and pharmaceuticals fields as well as the food industry. Practice head Topi Siniketo represents clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Topi Siniketo

Key clients

Oura Health Oy

Pfizer Oy

Streamr Network AG

Qualvista Oy

Paptic Oy

Snowprint Studios AB

Freska Finland Oy

Traplight Oy

Seriously Digital Entertainment

Finland Cinematic

Day 2 Media Oy

TMT Tier 3

Avance Attorneys Ltd advises clients from a range of industries, particularly the media and emerging technology sectors. Topi Siniketo leads the team, and has recently worked on projects in the entertainment, gaming and media sectors, as well as handling IT and health technology issues.

Practice head(s):

Topi Siniketo

Key clients

Oura Health Oy

Small Giant Games Oy

Streamr Network AG

Paptic Oy

Freska Finland Oy

Alma Media Oyj

Keskisuomalainen Oyj

Canatu Oy

Traplight Oy

Seriously Digital Entertainment

Realstocks Oy

Verdane Capital

Day 2 Media Oy

Finland Cinematic

Dispute resolution Tier 4

The team at Avance Attorneys Ltd acts in business disputes, insolvency disputes, regulatory investigations and proceedings, and handles M&A litigation, shareholders’ agreement cases, tax disputes and various kinds of liability and damages claims. Core strengths include arbitrating commercial and corporate disputes and defending clients in corporate crime cases. Ulla Vuokila and Salla Suominen jointly head up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Ulla Vuokila; Salla Suominen

Testimonials

‘Ulla Vuokila is an extremely experienced lawyer and her opinions are highly respected. Her advice is always to the point and practical.’

‘The whole process from day one all the way to the final resolution was extraordinary. Everything was done with 100% attention to detail and with outstanding professionalism.’

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 recent transactional advisory in key industrial arrangements in Finland, including:

    • advising Alma Media in the acquisition of Nettix Oy’s entire share capital from Otava Group for EUR 170m;
    • advising Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board (OTPP) and KKR on the acquisition of a total of a 40% interest in Caruna, the largest electricity distribution network in Finland, from First Sentier Investors;
    • advising Vapo Oy as lead counsel in the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary Nevel Oy to French private investment company Ardian;
      advising Procuritas Capital Investors V in the sale of the Fidelix group to Assemblin;
    • advising Tradeka-Yhtiöt Oy in the acquisition of A-Katsastus Group, the leading vehicle inspection, driver’s examinations, and other license services provider in Finland, from MB Funds and management;
    • advising Verso Fund II Ky and the other shareholders of Ginolis Oy in the sale of the company to CELLINK AB (publ) for a cash and debt-free purchase price of EUR 70m;
    • advising KKR in its investment in Wolt Enterprises Oy, a Helsinki-based technology company known for their food delivery platform in a EUR 440m in a financing round led by ICONIQ Growth;
    • advising TrademarkNow Oy and its shareholders in the sale of the company to Corsearch, a leading provider of trademark clearance and protection solutions for IP professionals and brands and
    • advising Nasdaq Stockholm listed Bravida in its acquisition of a 65% majority share of the Finnish solar energy company Savon Aurinkoenergia Oy.

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
 Mikko Alkio  photo Mikko Alkio Partner
 Henrik Aro  photo Henrik Aro Associate
 Donya Baya  photo Donya Baya Senior Associate
 Christoffer Charpentier  photo Christoffer Charpentier Partner
 Anders Floman  photo Anders Floman Partner
 Jessica Grönholm  photo Jessica Grönholm Senior Associate
 Laura Hartzell  photo Laura Hartzell Associate
 Elisa Heinonen  photo Elisa Heinonen
 Sonja Heiskala  photo Sonja Heiskala Senior Associate
 Julianna Huhtanen  photo Julianna Huhtanen Associate
 Janina Järvi  photo Janina Järvi Associate
 Katja Jaakkola  photo Katja Jaakkola Senior Associate
 Anton Johans  photo Anton Johans Associate
 Sanna Kaistinen  photo Sanna Kaistinen Senior Associate
 Sebastian Kellas  photo Sebastian Kellas Partner
 Tanja Koivistoinen  photo Tanja Koivistoinen Senior Associate
 Ada Korhonen  photo Ada Korhonen Associate
 Noora Korpelainen  photo Noora Korpelainen Associate
 Ulf-Henrik Kull  photo Ulf-Henrik Kull Senior Partner
 Toni Kuosmanen  photo Toni Kuosmanen Senior Associate
 Jaakko Kuusimäki  photo Jaakko Kuusimäki Senior Associate
 Jenna Lampinen  photo Jenna Lampinen Senior Associate
 Mathias Lindqvist  photo Mathias Lindqvist Partner
 Vilma Makkonen  photo Vilma Makkonen Asociate
 Leevi Mehtäjärvi  photo Leevi Mehtäjärvi Associate
 Selinda Näse  photo Selinda Näse Partner
 Lotta Nahkala  photo Lotta Nahkala Senior Associate
 Robin Nordblad  photo Robin Nordblad Partner
 Lasse Nordström  photo Lasse Nordström Senior Associate
 Anneli Nurminen  photo Anneli Nurminen Associate
 Emmi Ovaskainen  photo Emmi Ovaskainen Associate
 Essi Paavolainen  photo Essi Paavolainen Associate
 Ilkka Perheentupa  photo Ilkka Perheentupa Partner
 Eino Rautanen  photo Eino Rautanen Senior Associate
 Eeva Riivari  photo Eeva Riivari Senior Associate
 Björn Söderblom  photo Björn Söderblom Partner
 Erkki-Antti Sadinmaa  photo Erkki-Antti Sadinmaa Partner
 Essi Seppä  photo Essi Seppä Senior Associate
 Ella Seppänen  photo Ella Seppänen Associate
 Topi Siniketo  photo Topi Siniketo Partner
 Staffan Skult  photo Staffan Skult Associate
 Rasmus Sundström  photo Rasmus Sundström Partner
 Niklas Suni  photo Niklas Suni Associate
 Sampsa Suominen  photo Sampsa Suominen Partner
 Salla Suominen  photo Salla Suominen Partner
 Henrikki Tahkokallio  photo Henrikki Tahkokallio Senior Associate
 Valtteri Tapala  photo Valtteri Tapala Senior Associate
 Noora Vihonen  photo Noora Vihonen Associate
 Ulla Vuokila  photo Ulla Vuokila Partner
 Sari Wallgren  photo Sari Wallgren Partner
 Carl-Henrik Wallin  photo Carl-Henrik Wallin Managing Partner
Number of lawyers : 50
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