Firm Profile > Bird & Bird > Helsinki, Finland

Bird & Bird

Finland > Employment Tier 2

Bird & Bird's employment practice handles a wide variety of matters including business immigration, employee incentive and benefits work. The team also provides advice on collective negotiations, covenants and confidentiality issues, discrimination mandates and executive terminations, as well as providing support on M&A transactions, restructurings and outsourcings. Maisa Nikkola, who has extensive experience in outsourcings, trade secret issues, privacy and data protection matters and litigation, jointly heads up the team with Teea Kemppinen.

Practice head(s):

Maisa Nikkola; Teea Kemppinen


‘Bird & Bird provides truly international legal services with a single contact point. Our legal issues are not centred on any one country and often we are in a hurry to find a solution to the same problem in multiple countries. Bird & Bird answers this need with quick, usually reliable and cost-effective services.’

‘Teea Kemppinen provides quick and relevant advice in employment matters. Teea puts in the effort to genuinely understand what is important to the matter, which makes her able to deliver legal advice in a prompt manner so that it is of most use to the business.’

Key clients

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Fortum Oyj

Mitsui & Co., Ltd

Movial Corporation

Finland > TMT Tier 2

The TMT group at Bird & Bird advises blue-chip technology companies, mid-tier technology clients, start-ups, software vendors and users of technology products and services, with particular strengths in the healthcare, financial and automotive sectors. The firm's global network makes the practice a key choice for cross-border work, with a strong record in managing projects across multiple regions. Practice head Sakari Halonen focuses on outsourcing and IT contracting mandates.

Practice head(s):

Sakari Halonen

Other key lawyers:

Lasse Riski


‘Bird & Bird Finland, through its partner Sakari Halonen, provides excellent legal advice both from an industry knowledge as well as regional understanding perspective. Their commercial acumen, as well as vast experience, solidifies quality advice as well as quick responses to complex questions and situations. Bird and Bird give stellar support both in pre-contract negotiations as well as post-contract challenges, including settlements.’

‘The team has fast response times and they are able to prioritise work and assignments efficiently. They have a solid understanding of the business needs and they even have the ability to provide additional, non-legal support in decision-making and decision-making process.’

‘Broad expertise across various fields of industry, looking from customer perspective in finding solutions to both legal and commercial hurdles. Positive attitude and easy to work with.’

‘Extremely responsive, fast turnaround time, outstanding expertise. Internationally well connected.’

‘Partner Sakari Halonen has exceptional skills to understand businesses and their technology and to handle very complex cases. Combined with great communication skills he is really able to add value. I truly appreciate his work and he has become a trusted lawyer for our company.’

Key clients

Capgemini Finland Oy (Capgemini Group)

Cerner Corporation

Profit Software

Nordic Morning Group Plc

Edita Prima Oy

Sogeti Finland Oy

HPE (Hewlett-Packard Enterprises)

DXC Technology Finland Oy

Finland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

The commercial, corporate and M&A practice at Bird & Bird LLP focuses on private and cross-border transactions, with experience in joint ventures and private equity matters. Key sector strengths lie in the technology, communications and transport industries. Team head Maria Carlsson has extensive expertise in strategic contracting issues and acts for clients in the automotive and infrastructure industries.

Practice head(s):

Maria Carlsson


‘Very good attention to our case and internal coordination to perform the tasks.’

‘The individuals work with great attention and motivation to deliver excellent quality to customers.’

Key clients

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Prime Minister’s Office

National Instruments Corporation

ANS Finland Oy

Seafarer’s Pension Fund

Ministry of Transport and Communications



SPX Corporation

Eezy Oyj (previously VMP Group)

Exitteams Oy



Finland > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Bird & Bird handles a broad range of corporate disputes, and group co-head Tom Vapaavuori adds his extensive expertise in trade secrets litigation, which is a specialty of the practice. He jointly leads the group with Mikko Rajala, who specialises in construction and real estate claims. With access to an extensive global network, the team is highly recommended for cross-border disputes and international arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Tom Vapaavuori; Mikko Rajala


‘Highly professional, customer and business oriented lawyers.’

‘Business understanding, wide experience, excellent communication skills.’

Key clients

Mena Wood Oy Ltd (subsidiary of Stora Enso Plc)

Nokian Tyres Plc

Finland > EU and competition Tier 3

With a strong international and Nordic presence, Bird & Bird's competition team works closely with the firm's Brussels competition and EU group. The group uses technological innovations particularly in dawn raid situations, for which it provides a downloadable app to assist clients with compliance and an AI-based platform for document review. Practice head Katia Duncker leads the team and has notable experience in litigation including representing MTV Oy in an abuse of dominance dispute, as well as handling public procurement issues and M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Katia Duncker

Other key lawyers:

Päivi Tammilehto


‘The team is highly professional and they take very quick action following all our requests. We can always trust that our company’s benefit comes first.’

‘Päivi Tammilehto is absolutely the best professional that I have worked with. She has extremely wide knowledge about competition legislation and she has a very professional way to tell us what would be the best thing for our company. Päivi is my top person who I turn to whenever I need any kind of legal advice.’

Key clients


Lähitaksi Oy

Savon Taksidata Oy

Kymenlaakson Taksi Oy

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Erillisverkot Group

Finland > Intellectual property Tier 3

Bird & Bird's IP group is prominent in acting for start-ups in the retail and consumer, life sciences, healthcare, media and telecoms fields. The practice handles trade mark-related matters and joint research and collaboration contracts, as well as IP litigation. Team lead Ella Mikkola has extensive experience in licensing work, assignments, and supply and distribution matters.

Practice head(s):

Ella Mikkola

Key clients

Monster Energy

Everywear Games

Finland > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Bird & Bird handles a wide range of real estate matters, including transactions and development projects, investment and real estate funds, real estate financings, landlord and tenant matters, environmental and sustainability issues, construction work and insolvency mandates. Clients include domestic real estate portfolio and land owners, as well as government entities. Practice head Jaakko Hietala advises on industrial development projects and has notable dispute resolution experience.

Practice head(s):

Jaakko Hietala

Other key lawyers:

Tuukka Korhonen

Key clients


Real estate funds managed by Elite Alfred Berg

Trevian Asset Management

Pelican Self Storage

Finland > Tax Tier 3

The full-service tax practice at Bird & Bird advises domestic and international companies, individuals, families and non-profit organisations on matters including corporate income taxation, M&A-related tax services, VAT and other indirect tax, personal tax, transfer pricing and fund structuring mandates. The team is led by Sami Tuominen, who is experienced in cross-border issues as well as tax controversy matters and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Sami Tuominen

Key clients

Fingrid Oyj

UBS and its clients

Danske Bank and its clients

Lehto Group Oyj

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Delivery Hero Sweden AB

Asuntosalkku Oy

ASM Microchemistry

Romanoff Lattiat Oy

Wasserman Media Group

Movial Corporation

Finland > Banking and finance Tier 4

Bird & Bird handles both borrower and lender-side transactions, and is particularly well-equipped to advise on cross-border work. The team is active in acquisition financing, real estate financing, asset based financing and distressed financing transactions, and also provides regulatory advice. Practice head Kristiina Lehvilä has experience in investment services issues, lending work and payment matters.

Practice head(s):

Kristiina Lehvilä

The firm: Bird & Bird is an international law firm, with a long-established reputation for having a rare and invaluable grasp of strategic commercial issues. The firm combines exceptional legal expertise with deep industry knowledge and refreshingly creative thinking, to help clients operating at the forefront of their industries to achieve their commercial goals.

Bird & Bird has over 1,200 lawyers and legal practitioners with broad advisory transactional and contentious capability, with a particular focus on key industry sectors. The firm has an extensive international reach with 28 offices in 19 countries across Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, offering a seamless, cross-border service between locations and sector and practice groups.

The Helsinki office combines a firmly established full-service local practice with first-class cross-border capabilities and reach enabled by the firm’s international offices.

The firm serves both Finnish and international corporate clients in all areas of business law. It takes pride in its deep understanding of the businesses in which its clients operate. This means being fully conversant with current business, market and technical issues in addition to possessing in-depth expertise in the law and regulation of each relevant industry sector.

The Helsinki office is staffed by 75 employees, including 50 lawyers. The office is headed by managing partner Jaakko Hietala.

Bird & Bird stands out in the Nordic market as the only truly international firm with a presence in the key Nordic jurisdictions of Finland, Denmark and Sweden. Its 125 lawyers are spread across its four Nordic offices, enabling the firm to mobilise appropriate resources to support its clients on cross-border Nordic matters.

Areas of practice: Underpinned by deep client and industry knowledge, the firm’s key sectors include:

Automotive: advising on all stages of a life cycle of a motor vehicle, from initial design, to sales and distribution, through to disposals.

Aviation, aerospace, defence and security: advising on asset management and financing, civil aviation matters, including airlines, regulatory and competition issues, and aerospace and defence, including PPP/PFI and product liability.

Electronics: advising clients operating in or serving the electronics industry, from R&D and component manufacturing, to technology licensing agreements.

Energy and utilities: advising large multinationals, investors, project companies and large energy consumers on electricity generation, energy trading, renewable energy, cleantech and climate change, and upstream oil and gas.

Financial services: advising global clients in the financial services sector, such as global retail and investment banks, investors and hedge funds, on transactions, regulatory issues, commercial contracts and dispute resolution.

Food and beverage: advising on a full range of areas, including branding, labelling, health claims, fair trade and patents on novel foods.

Life sciences and healthcare: advising clients in biotechnology, bioinformatics and pharmaceutical companies on licensing and drug development agreements, R&D collaboration, IP acquisitions and joint ventures.

Media and entertainment: advising clients from across the media spectrum on a wide range of issues, including exploitation across all forms of digital media, such as user-generated content exploitation.

Sports: advising national and international sports governing bodies, event organisers and sponsors on issues including exploitation of commercial rights, brand management, regulatory and disciplinary issues.

Technology and communications: advising on matters ranging from smaller innovative projects to some of the largest, most complex and ground-breaking transactions and disputes of recent years. Its team includes lawyers with a particular focus on communications, devices and components, digital tech and eCommerce, and software and services as well as a number of more specialist industries including data centres, postal and satellites.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Jori Taipale
Banking and finance Kristiina Lehvilä
TMT Kimmo Reina
TMT Sakari Halonen
Intellectual property Ella Mikkola
Real estate Jaakko Hietala
Real estate Mikko Rajala
Employment Maisa Nikkola
Tax Sami Tuominen
Competition and EU Katia Duncker
Corporate Maria Carlsson
Corporate Jori Taipale
Corporate Kimmo Reina
Corporate Mikko Ahonen
Capital markets Kimmo Reina
Dispute resolution Tom Vapaavuori
Dispute resolution Mikko Rajala
Data protection Tobias Bräutigam
Insolvency Mikko Rajala
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Mikko Ahonen  photo Mr Mikko Ahonen Mikko is the Managing Partner of Bird & Bird’s office in Helsinki…
Mrs Maria Carlsson  photo Mrs Maria Carlsson Partner
Mr Sakari Halonen  photo Mr Sakari Halonen Partner
Mrs Nora Jaari-Hakola  photo Mrs Nora Jaari-Hakola Counsel
 Risto Sipilä  photo Risto Sipilä Senior Counsel
 Risto Sipilä  photo Risto Sipilä Senior Counsel
Mr Sami Tuominen  photo Mr Sami Tuominen Sami is a partner at Bird & Bird and the head of…
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at this office : 50
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