Firm Profile > Bird & Bird > Helsinki, Finland

Bird & Bird

Employment Tier 2

Maisa Nikkola leads the team at Bird & Bird, which acts on a range of employment issues including management board restructurings, contractual issues, employee disputes, the employment aspects of M&A transactions and cross-border HR mandates. Clients include technology companies, private equity and investment funds and governmental institutions; the team notably advised the Ministry of Transportation and Communications on the employment elements of its introduction of new traffic control and management services.


Very fast delivery, always available, outstanding commercial understanding. Well balanced, motivated team that is willing to go the extra mile.

Very professional and a high level of knowledge and experience.

Strong professional attitude and short reaction times.

Easy to approach.

Great communication skills and fast replies when needed, great service and really positive lawyers. They seem to have endless interest and patience.’

I have mainly worked with Teea Kemppinen. The description of the team’s strengths equally apply to her. She also has excellent communication skills.

Up to date knowledge of employment law future changes, strong understanding of different laws.

Key clients

Terra Firma

The management of Mehiläinen Oy

SPX Corporation

TMT Tier 2

Bird & Bird advises a range of clients including software vendors, IT service providers and financial institutions; its roster also includes notable blue-chip companies including Microsoft, HP and Cerner as well as start-ups and product users. The practice is led by Sakari Halonen, who is a specialist in outsourcing arrangements, IT procurement issues and software licensing matters. The team recently advised Capgemini on the outsourcing of Valmet's application management, development and operation services activities.


Great knowledge of IT legal matters.

Professionalism, quality and trust. We can fully rely on the work done.

Key clients

Capgemini Finland

Oma Savings Bank Plc



Sogeti Finland

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Maria Carlsson and Mikko Ahonen jointly lead the practice at Bird & Bird, which specialises in cross-border transactions across a variety of industries including the mobility, finance and technology sectors. In a notable public sector mandate, Carlsson advised the Ministry of Transport and Communications on establishing the new state-owned company Traffic Management Finland Group, which will manage all traffic control services in the maritime, railway and road transport sectors in Finland. The group is also a key name for private equity clients including Terra Firma and recently bolstered its financial expertise with the arrival of Mika Puurunen from an in-house position at OP Corporate Bank.

Key clients

Ministry of Transport and Communications

Terra Firma

SPX Corporation









Dispute resolution Tier 3

Bird & Bird's practice specialises in corporate disputes and regularly represents clients in the forestry and transportation sectors in corporate malpractice cases; the group also has a key focus on trade secrets cases through the expertise of practice head Tom Vapaavuori. The team also defends clients in white-collar criminal cases.

Key clients

Mena Wood Oy Ltd

Nokian Tyres Plc

EU and competition Tier 3

Bird & Bird advises corporate clients on competition-related matters and primarily focuses on merger control filings and day-to-day advice on competition law considerations. The team also acts in contentious matters, including pricing and abuse of dominance proceedings. Practice head Katia Duncker is an experienced transactional lawyer and assists numerous business clients with competition and antitrust issues.

Key clients

Lähitaksi Oy


Terra Firma

Intellectual property Tier 3

IP specialist Ella Mikkola leads the practice at Bird & Bird, which acts for start-ups and businesses across a range of industries including healthcare, telecoms and gaming. The group handles patent work, employee invention matters and trade mark issues; in a recent highlight, the practice advised Monster Energy on its IP mandates. The department has also represented several noteworthy companies and individuals in IP litigation.

Key clients

Monster Energy

Real estate and construction Tier 3

Bird & Bird has particular expertise in real estate transactions and development projects and acts for investment and real estate funds. The firm's international reach also allows the group to work closely with clients in all Nordic countries and handle cross-border mandates. The practice is led by Jaakko Hietala, who advises on transactions, development projects and financing matters; he also has a strong record in industrial development projects.

Key clients


Elite Kiinteistökehitysrahasto

Ylva (former HYY Yhtymä / HYY Group)

Tax Tier 3

Bird & Bird provides a full range of tax advice to domestic and international companies, individuals, families and non-profit organisations, with expertise spanning corporate taxation, VAT, customs and personal taxation advice as well as specialist areas including inheritance and insurance premiums tax. The team, led by specialist tax lawyer Sami Tuominen, has also been instructed by the Finnish and Swedish governments for tax opinions.


B&B delivers solutions to tax issues. Spending your own time to quarrel with tax authorities in complex questions is pointless and usually does not solve problem. Quick contact with the tax authorities with the help of B&B has always worked and saved time. In this field of complicated matters, short to the point advice is sometimes the fastest way to solve matters – and the B&B team is frank with their expertise, and case by case chooses the most efficient way to advance their customers needs.

Sami Tuominen has a humble customer oriented attitude with strong substance knowledge of tax matters. Even more, he has insight into how government organisations works and, due to the enlightened personal and substance capabilities, he is a brilliant problem solver.

Key clients

HYY Yhtymä

Huzl Pty

Fingrid Oyj

Asuntosalkku Oy

The Ministry of Transport and Communications

Neon Underwriting Limited

SPX Corporation

Terra Firma

Banking and finance Tier 4

Bird & Bird is active across acquisition issues, mezzanine financing work and regulatory compliance advice, and the team has particular strength in real estate financing matters; it regularly advises financial institutions and investment funds on real estate transactions. The practice is led by Kristiina Lehvilä, who leverages her notable experience to act for local and international banks, private equity houses, corporations and listed companies.

Key clients


Elisa Oyj

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
Mrs Maria Carlsson  photo Mrs Maria Carlsson
Mr Sakari Halonen  photo Mr Sakari Halonen
Mrs Nora Jaari-Hakola  photo Mrs Nora Jaari-Hakola
Mr Risto Sipilä  photo Mr Risto Sipilä
Mr Sami Tuominen  photo Mr Sami Tuominen
Number of lawyers : 1,200
at this office : 50
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