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Mäkitalo Attorneys Ltd
ETELÄESPLANADI 12
00130 HELSINKI
Finland

Finland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

The team at Mäkitalo Attorneys Ltd is noted for its transactional and corporate work, especially regarding major Finnish construction and power plant projects. Ville Vyyryläinen and Jani Rantanen jointly lead the team, with specialisms in cross-border financings and M&A. Notably, the team has considerably expanded its breadth of expertise, with managing associate and corporate transactions expert Jussi Ekonen rejoining the team from Hannes Snellman in August 2021, public procurement specialist and senior associate Jenni Miettinen joining in April 2021 from PTCServices, and senior associate and real estate expert Alisa Montonen joining from Roschier in August 2021.

Practice head(s):

Ville Vyyryläinen; Jani Rantanen

Testimonials

I have used Mäkitalo’s team twice in a transaction and I appreciate their legal expertise and especially their support in negotiations prior to agreements. They have been able to get my goals to be part of the agreements.

I have mainly worked with Jani Rantanen who has a great understanding of business aspects of the transactions and has helped me greatly in achieving our business goals. Jani is a great support in negotiations, well articulated, firm and professional.’

Key clients

Suomen Voima Oy (Finnish Power Ltd)

Temet Group Oy

Keravan Energia Oy

Puhuri Oy

Nordic Biotech Group Oy

Ministry of Finance

SF Power Company

L2 Paloturvallisuus Oy, a Jensen Hughes Company

Straightforward Capital Fund Ky

CCEA Oy

Amua Oy

Luxus Advertising Limited

Vitec ALMA Oy (former ALMA Consulting Oy)

Cupori Oy

Ouman Oy

MAXA Holding Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised SF Power Company on all legal matters.
  • Supported the Ministry of Finance with Commercial, Corporate and M&A matters.
  • Advised Temet Group Oy and its subsidiaries Temet International Oy, Temet Finland Oy and Temet Construction Oy on all their legal matters.

Finland > Dispute resolution Tier 3

The dispute resolution team at Mäkitalo Attorneys Ltd focuses on litigation and arbitration cases, as well as handling conflict management issues for mid and large-sized multinational companies active in the construction and energy sectors. Team co-heads Annika Kiviharju and Marja Norrena specialise in both arbitration and litigation work, especially relating to commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Annika Kiviharju; Marja Norrena

Other key lawyers:

Juho Lönnblad

Testimonials

‘Mäkitalo is a true expert in dispute resolution, their approach is extremely proactive and both customer and case oriented. Very focused approach.’

‘Juho Lönnblad is a no-nonsense straight-to-the-point attorney but not overly aggressive, driving the customer’s case with extremely clear view on overall situation.’

Marja Norrena is an expert in legal proceedings, cross-examination and with her very analytical and cool approach she can drive the customer’s case very efficiently.’

‘Quick response to customers’ need, evaluating the need for special expertise, committing right specialist(s). High quality response in 24 hrs.’

‘In the field of dispute resolution Annika Kiviharju made great work at our case. Not only dispute solution itself but also advice to customer when to settle immediately.’

Key clients

Kymsote-Kiinteistöt Oy

Vantaan seurakuntayhtymä / Vantaa Parish Union, Evangelic Lutheran church

Helsingin kaupunki / City of Helsinki

Cembrit Oy

Cembrit Production Oy

Kokkolan Energia Oy

Work highlights

  • Represented Kymsote-Kiinteistöt Oy in a large-scale dispute concerning its building project for new hospital premises, where it faced claims from its construction company Skanska Talonrakennus Oy.
  • Represented Vantaa Parish Union in nine court cases and one arbitration relating to land lease agreements under which the Parish Union leases out land to several housing companies in a valuable seaside area of Helsinki.
  • Represented the City of Helsinki in a dispute against the construction company YIT Suomi Oy. The dispute concerned an infrastructure project in the city of Helsinki, where a landslide caused damages to neighbouring land and construction projects.

Finland > Employment Tier 3

Mäkitalo Attorneys Ltd covers day-to-day employment matters, as well as complex collective negotiation procedures and employment litigation and arbitration proceedings. The team also advises on occupational safety matters and employee privacy issues. Practice co-heads Annika Kiviharju and Marja Norrena are both highly experienced in employment disputes, collective negotiations and discrimination matters.

Practice head(s):

Annika Kiviharju; Marja Norrena

Key clients

Cembrit Production Oy

Work highlights

  • Providing Cembrit Production Oy with ongoing legal advice in all aspects of its HR processes including contracts, occupational safety issues and collective negotiations.

Finland > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Mäkitalo Attorneys Ltd is particularly strong in construction and energy projects, especially relating to environmental impact and real estate matters. The team also deals with energy sector work, as well as planning and zoning arrangements. Practice co-leader Juho Lönnblad  focuses on real estate-related alternative dispute resolution proceedings and works alongside co-leader Aimo Halonen , who works on energy-related construction projects.

Practice head(s):

Juho Lönnblad; Aimo Halonen

Other key lawyers:

Rosa Lång; Alisa Montonen

Testimonials

‘Very good knowledge of the architecture design branch.’

‘Excellent know-how, social and competence skills.’

‘Excellent advisory skills. Very good co-operation skills.’

‘Juho Lönnblad is an excellent adviser.’

Key clients

Lounavoima Oy

Vantaan Energia Oy

Suomen Hyötytuuli Oy

Institutional real estate owners in Otaniemi area in Espoo (Helsinki metropolitan area)

SF Power Company

Puhuri Oy

Tampereen Sähkölaitos Oy

Kiinteistö Oy Yrjönkatu 13

Work highlights

  • Advised Lounavoima Oy on the procurement process for the construction of eco-power plant.
  • Advised Vantaan Energia Oy on four separate major investment projects, all in connection with the client’s strategy to be a fossil free energy producer by the year 2026.
  • Provided legal support to institutional real estate owners in Otaniemi area in Espoo (Helsinki metropolitan area).

Finland > TMT Tier 3

The ‘highly professional' team at Mäkitalo Attorneys Ltd advises technology start-ups, internet and mobile service providers, and computer and video game developers on TMT matters including outsourcing transactions, contracts and general business negotiations. Practice head Jani Rantanen focuses on corporate restructurings and TMT-related M&A, while managing partner Ville Vyyryläinen specialises in IT service agreements and cross-border financing matters.

Practice head(s):

Jani Rantanen; Ville Vyyryläinen

Testimonials

I have used Mäkitalos team in reviewing and negotiating agreements with suppliers and customers. They have a wide area of expertise and have been able to help me in with complicated structures.’

The team is highly professional and understands the problems well and comes up with relevant solutions to solve issues.

High dedication to solve the issues in a timely way.’

Key clients

CCEA Oy

Luxus Advertising Limited

MAXA Holding Limited

Tramigo Ltd

Vitec ALMA Oy

A number of start-ups originating from Maria01 start-up hub

Ouman Oy

Keravan Energia Oy

Work highlights

  • Assisted CCEA Oy with several contract negotiations with its customers, and the acquisition of a software company complementing CCEA Oy’s business activities and with ensuring full GDPR compliance for the client.
  • Provided Luxus with all of its legal needs, including client and supplier contract negotiations and M&A work.
  • Assisted MAXA Group (formerly iAxept) with its contractual negotiations with several major mobile network operators, payment processors and SIM card vendors.

Finland > EU and competition Tier 4

Mäkitalo Attorneys Ltd is a law firm with focus on energy and infrastructure, construction and public sector. We have also a solid dispute resolution practice complementing our service offering for clients.

Our services include advisory on commercial contracts, corporate law, M&A and compliance, employment matters, public procurement, environmental matters and land use as well as privacy and data protection matters.

Our professionals are experienced lawyers with diverse backgrounds and hands-on skills. We are committed to developing unique solutions for businesses of all sizes regardless of the duration or scope of the assignment.

Our services are always based on a client-centric approach, which aims to produce efficient solutions for our clients’ unique challenges. We agilely combine a team of professionals with the adequate experience and knowledge to meet our clients’ needs.

We value quality, efficiency, and carefully tailored solutions.

Main areas of specialisation
Energy and infrastructure:
We are familiar with the regulation, procedures, and best practices of the energy industry.

We have experience in the largest projects in the industry – from nuclear power to wind energy, from biofuels to waste-to-energy and from LNG to energy storage. Our expertise also covers issues related to permitting as well as to transactions and financing.
Contacts: ville.vyyrylainen@makitalo.fi, aimo.halonen@makitalo.fi

Construction: We have exceptionally vast experience in real estate and construction related contract law, project management and dispute resolution.

In addition to resolving legal issues, our seasoned professionals work under our client’s project organization throughout the project. We operate as part of the project team, mapping contingencies and coming up with best solutions. With this approach we minimize risks, avoid disputes and improve our client’s competitiveness.
Contacts: juho.lonnblad@makitalo.fi, aimo.halonen@makitalo.fi

Public sector: We provide public sector operators with support and solutions in a challenging operating environment, when needed, in cooperation with the private sector.

We act as a strategic partner for ministries, municipalities, hospital districts and publicly owned companies.
Contacts: aimo.halonen@makitalo.fi, juho.lonnblad@makitalo.fi

Dispute resolution: We approach disputes by forming an overall picture of our client’s goals and strengths, and identifying possibilities of settlement. Our experts analyse each assignment and create a clear and straightforward strategy with a specific goal – win it or avoid it altogether.

In addition to dispute resolution, we help our clients in criminal procedures related to trade secrets, environmental law and occupational safety
Contacts: marja.norrena@makitalo.fi, annika.kiviharju@makitalo.fi

Commercial agreements: We are experts in contract law and understand the different situations and business strategies of our clients. We identify potential risks, assess practicality and offer solutions.
Contacts: jani.rantanen@makitalo.fi, ville.vyyrylainen@makitalo.fi

Company law, M&A and compliance: We have vast experience in various areas of company law and mergers and acquisitions. We help our clients in matters related to corporate and financial arrangements, private equity, shareholder agreements and corporate governance.

We act as a strategic partner for our customers in all corporate responsibility and compliance matters. We advise customers eg building compliance strategies, implementing, and building follow-up programs to ensure continuing compliance work.
Contacts: jani.rantanen@makitalo.fi, ville.vyyrylainen@makitalo.fi

Employment: Our services in employment matters cover operational consulting, management of co-operation procedures, employment law litigation and the organization of occupational safety matters.

Our goal is to ensure the efficiency of our client company in all situations. We assist especially in situations of change, where we provide – in addition to legal advice – assistance in internal and external communication.
Contacts: marja.norrena@makitalo.fi, annika.kiviharju@makitalo.fi

Public procurement: We have in-depth knowledge of public procurement legislation and practice. We assist all parties involved in public procurement, such as public authorities, municipalities, joint municipal authorities, government agencies and businesses, communities and companies.
Contacts: aimo.halonen@makitalo.fi, salla-maaret.lamberg@makitalo.fi

Environment and land use: Our comprehensive experience in environmental assignments and licensed projects guarantees the right solutions for even the most challenging situations related to environmental matters and land use.

We advise our clients on environmental law issues related to land use planning, transactions and energy projects, among others. In addition to preparing agreements that focus on real estate investment and the purchase, sale and rental of real estate, we assist in environmental permit processes, and in disputes and criminal matters related to environmental law.
Contacts: aimo.halonen@makitalo.fi, salla-maaret.lamberg@makitalo.fi

Privacy and data protection: Our extensive expertise enables us to solve our clients’ privacy and data protection challenges, taking into account the requirements of different industries.

We develop data protection know-how and act as a strategic partner who is involved in implementing and monitoring of the latest solutions.
Contacts: marja.norrena@makitalo.fi

Managing partner: Ville Vyyryläinen
Number of partners: 7
Number of lawyers: 19

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Energy & infrastructure Ville Vyyryläinen
Energy & infrastructure Aimo Halonen
Construction Juho Lönnblad
Construction Aimo Halonen
Public sector Aimo Halonen
Public sector Juho Lönnblad
Dispute resolution Marja Norrena
Dispute resolution Annika Kiviharju
Commercial agreements Jani Rantanen
Commercial agreements Ville Vyyryläinen
Company law, M&A and compliance Jani Rantanen
Company law, M&A and compliance Ville Vyyryläinen
Employment Marja Norrena
Employment Annika Kiviharju
Public procurement Aimo Halonen
Public procurement Salla-Maaret Lamberg
Environment and land use Aimo Halonen
Environment and land use Salla-Maaret Lamberg
Privacy and data protection Marja Norrena
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Paul Durac  photo Paul Durac Paul Durac specializes in data privacy and commercial agreements. Durac assists Mäkitalo’s…
Jussi Ekonen  photo Jussi Ekonen Jussi Ekonen specializes in energy and infrastructure sector assignments. Ekonen has extensive experience…
Aimo Halonen  photo Aimo Halonen Aimo Halonen specializes in energy and infrastructure sector projects, including related procurement…
Helena Kalmanlehto  photo Helena Kalmanlehto Helena Kalmanlehto specializes in commercial dispute resolution. Kalmanlehto’s dispute resolution assignments typically…
Annika Kiviharju  photo Annika Kiviharju Annika Kiviharju specializes in dispute resolution and employment law. Kiviharju represents our…
Rosa Lång  photo Rosa Lång Rosa Lång specializes in construction law, project management and various contracts. Lång…
Juho Lönnblad  photo Juho Lönnblad uho Lönnblad specializes in real estate, construction and project law issues and…
Salla-Maaret Lamberg  photo Salla-Maaret Lamberg Salla-Maaret Lamberg specializes in contract and commercial law, public procurement and the…
Ida Lindfors  photo Ida Lindfors Ida Lindfors specializes in company and contract law. Lindfors assists our clients…
Mikael Lindqvist photo Mikael LindqvistMikael Lindqvist specializes in public procurement and assists Mäkitalo’s public sector customers.…
Anniina Mäkikyrö  photo Anniina Mäkikyrö Anniina Mäkikyrö specializes in dispute resolution and employment law assignments. She assists…
Juha Mäkitalo  photo Juha Mäkitalo Juha Mäkitalo specializes in acquisitions, financing and capital arrangements, as well as…
Minna Marttiini  photo Minna Marttiini Minna Marttiini specializes in company law and corporate responsibility issues. Marttiini has…
Jenni Miettinen  photo Jenni Miettinen Jenni Miettinen specializes in procurement preparation, drafting procurement contracts and procurement procedures.…
Alisa Montonen  photo Alisa Montonen Alisa Montonen specializes in the drafting, negotiation and risk management of projects…
Essi Niitynpää  photo Essi Niitynpää Essi Niitynpää specializes in real estate and construction, as well as company,…
Anna Nikulina  photo Anna Nikulina Anna Nikulina specializes in company and employment law assignments as well as…
Marja Norrena  photo Marja Norrena Marja Norrena specializes in litigation and arbitration. Norrena regularly works with large…
Henna Pajulammi  photo Henna Pajulammi Henna Pajulammi specializes in dispute resolution and white-collar criminal cases. She has…
Mira Rantamoijanen  photo Mira Rantamoijanen Mira Rantamoijanen is specialized in dispute resolution, employment and company law. She…
Jani Rantanen  photo Jani Rantanen Jani Rantanen specializes in contract drafting, business negotiations, private equity, mergers &…
Hanna Tolonen  photo Hanna Tolonen Hanna Tolonen specializes in M&A transactions as well as company and contract…
Hanna Tuominen  photo Hanna Tuominen Hanna Tuominen specializes in contract, energy and environmental law. Tuominen also assists…
Panu Vasama  photo Panu Vasama Panu Vasama specializes in the law, contracts and projects regarding the operating…
Ville Vyyryläinen  photo Ville Vyyryläinen Ville Vyyryläinen specializes in legal issues related to the energy industry, in…
Number of lawyers : 26
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Contacts : Managing Partner Ville Vyyryläinen