Firm Profile > Bird & Bird > Helsinki, Finland

Bird & Bird

Employment Tier 2

In a recent highlight, Bird & Bird advised Basware on the outsourcing of its global scan and capture operations to Xerox. Maisa Nikkola heads up the practice, which handles the full spectrum of employment matters. Other key clients include Mehiläinen and F-Secure.

TMT Tier 2

The practice at Bird & Bird is noted for its 'solid business understanding and broad insight' and fields group head Sakari Halonen and Tobias Bräutigam, who is recognised for his 'outstanding project management acumen'. Recent highlights include advising Oma Savings Bank on the replacement of its core banking solutions with a SaaS-based system; Capgemini and OneMed are also clients.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Maria Carlsson and Jori Taipale jointly lead the practice at Bird & Bird, which recently advised the management team of Mehiläinen on the sale of the company and subsequent reinvestment, and acted for F-secure on its acquisition of MWR InfoSecurity.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Bird & Bird's team is active across the full spectrum of dispute resolution work; practice head Tom Vapaavuori focuses on trade secret matters, while Mikko Rajala and Risto Sipilä are key names to note for construction disputes.

EU and competition Tier 3

Katia Duncker heads up the practice at Bird & Bird, which assists clients with the full spectrum of EU and competition matters from compliance advice to representation before the FCCA; it recently advised Lähitaksi on competition law issues relating to regulatory changes in the Finnish taxi market.

Intellectual property Tier 3

Bird & Bird's practice is led by Ella Mikkola and acts for many international clients including Monster Energy. The team handles the full spectrum of IP issues with particular experience in trade mark disputes.

Real estate and construction Tier 3

Jaakko Hietala heads up the group at Bird & Bird, which advised Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company on its real estate transactions; other key clients include Antilooppi, Esperi Care Group and NREP. Mikko Ahonen is also a key name to note.

Tax Tier 3

Bird & Bird's 'flexible' and 'practical' team acts for clients including Ironshore International and CapMan are also clients. Practice head Sami Tuominen is noted for his 'knowledge and professional experience in Finnish tax regulation'.

Banking and finance Tier 4

At Bird & Bird, the group handles the full spectrum of finance work and recently advised private equity company NREP on the financing of its funds, which invest in logistics, housing and retail real estate. Kristiina Lehvilä leads the department and Jori Taipale is another name to note.

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
Number of lawyers : 1,200
at this office : 50
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