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Maria is a partner in our International Corporate Group, based in Helsinki.

She specialises in mergers and acquisitions and has over 15 years’ experience of structuring and negotiating complex commercial transactions, including private and cross-border M&A as well as private equity and venture capital deals.

Maria also has longstanding experience in the field of strategic contracting, advising clients on e.g. joint ventures and cooperation contracts, purchase and supply contracts, distribution and agency models, greenfield establishment as well as contract compliance and risk management matters.

Additionally, Maria is experienced in the field of technology licensing and intellectual property, and her past positions of trust include steering group work with TEKES (the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation). In recent years, Maria has actively worked in the Life Sciences and Healthcare, Food & Leisure, Technology and Communications and Financial Services sectors.

Maria enjoys lecturing and writing and is a regular speaker on topics relating to M&A and commercial contracts. In 2014 she published the book Contract Risks (Talentum, 2014).

She has previously worked as a partner in another leading Finnish firm.


Finnish, Swedish, English and Spanish


Member of the Finnish Bar, International Bar Association (IBA) and Licensing Executives Society (LES).


Maria was admitted to the Finnish Bar in 2005. She holds an LL.M from King’s College London and a Master of Laws from the University of Helsinki.

Lawyer Rankings

Finland > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Maria CarlssonBird & Bird

The corporate and M&A team at Bird & Bird covers inbound transactions, as well as corporate and regulatory assistance, particularly for clients based in the US, Europe and Asia. It is especially strong in advising clients in the energy, technology and transportation sectors and has previously supported Finnish government ministries and cities on M&A transactions. Team leader Maria Carlsson is an expert in private M&A, acting primarily for international clients. Equity and debt capital markets specialist Laura Huomo  joined the team in mid-2021 from Roschier; she is qualified in both New York and Finland.