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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 LLP

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.