Firm Profile > White & Case LLP > Helsinki, Finland

White & Case LLP
Aleksanterinkatu 44
FI-00100
Finland

Banking and finance Tier 1

The team at White & Case LLP focuses on cross-border transactions and recently acted on Technopolis' €930m refinancing, which involved securing Euro, Norwegian Krone and Swedish Krona-denominated facilities as part of a UK-based transaction. 'Excellent and experienced' practice head Tanja Törnkvist acts for both borrower and lender banking and financing clients, and Timo Airisto is also singled out for his expertise in cross-border real estate transactions. Senior associate Oona Lilja is an up-and-coming name in the market.

Testimonials

Handle the most demanding and high-profile cases in Finland in banking & finance. They always deliver on time and their quality of work is exceptional.

Highly competent and committed.’ 

The team work was efficient and flexible. High-standard of advice, with the customer’s best interests at heart.’

W&C is proactive and handles project management excellently and is willing to give suggestions also on non-legal issues.

Tanja Törnkvist is a highly regarded partner and her knowledge is in line with international standards. Oona Lilja is a senior associate who is visible in deals, very effective and knowledgeable.

Tanja Törnqvist is an excellent and experienced banking lawyer, with a thorough knowledge of the market.

Tanja Törnqvist is our main connection and she is very reachable and able to understand the commercial issues surrounding the legal questions.

Key clients

ÅF AB

Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj

Antilooppi Ky

Basware Oyj

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG

Kildare Partners / Curzon Advisers

Fingrid Oyj

Metso Corporation

Nordea Bank Abp

Outokumpu Plc

Sanoma Oyj

Sponda Oyj

Swedbank AB

Technopolis Plc

Capital markets Tier 1

Mikko Hulkko heads up the practice at White & Case LLP, which acts across the full range of capital markets work including debt, equity and hybrid transactions for issuer and underwriter clients. The firm's international network ensures notable expertise in high-value, multi-jurisdictional deals from its Helsinki office; it recently handled the €3.9bn merger of Metso Materials and Outotec, which involved a reverse takeover and involvement from several of the firm's offices across Europe and the US. Petri Avikainen is recommended for his work in high-value capital markets transactions in Finland. Petri Haussila has retired.

Testimonials

‘Strong team across multiple locations. Good experience.’

The team is very proactive and willing to also handle non-legal issues. They take an active view on project and timetable management and we have really come to rely on them for a smooth process.

Key clients

Metso Corporation

Nordea Bank Abp

Stora Enso Oyj

ÅF AB

Solidium Oy

Finnish State Ownership Steering Department

Basware Corporation

JP Morgan

SRV Group

SATO Corporation

Danske Bank A/S

Outokumpu Oyj

Pohjolan Voima

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

The practice at White & Case LLP, which is led by Timo Airisto, has a particular focus on high-value transactions especially public M&A deals. Buyer and seller clients encompass investment funds, companies and asset managers. The group is active in high-profile, high-value M&A transactions; a team led by Petri Avikainen and Airisto advised Amer Sports on the €4.6bn voluntary recommended cash tender offer made by Mascot Bidco, the largest recorded public tender offer for a Finnish listed company. Janko Lindros is a key contact for high-profile transactions and Petri Haussila has retired.

Testimonials

Well-positioned to handle complex cross-border transactions with a Finnish angle. Able to think commercially and give pragmatic advice in a solution-oriented way.’ 

In the Finnish market, they are able to provide advice under the different laws and market standards, quickly, efficiently and on a “one stop shop” basis.

Very committed partner with excellent availability throughout the whole project. Proactive approach to all legal related tasks. Business minded approach, which is very important in order to facilitate optimal outcome.’

Janko Lindros has broad experience from a diverse range of situations. We value Janko’s commercially-minded and pragmatic approach to legal advice. Can drive things forward efficiently behind the scenes so that we as the principal can focus on commercial / high-level issues in transactions.

Key clients

Amer Sports Corporation

The Blackstone Group, L.P.

Highland Europe (UK) LLP

Huhtamäki Oyj

Kemira Oyj

M&G European Property Fund

Metso Corporation

Technopolis Plc

UPM-Kymmene Corporation

Zynga Inc

ÅF AB

Real estate and construction Tier 3

Timo Airisto and Tanja Törnkvist co-lead the practice at White & Case LLP, which has a strong track record in transactional work including handling major real estate deals including office and retail property work for international investors. Other recent highlights include assisting with financing matters for banks and real estate investors.

Key clients

Antilooppi Ky

Cerberus European Investments, LLC

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG

Kildare Partners / Curzon Advisers

M&G European Property Fund

Nordea Bank Abp

SATO Corporation

Sponda Oyj

SRV Group Plc

Swedbank AB

Technopolis Plc

The Blackstone Group

South Africa > Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

White & Case LLP's Johannesburg team works closely with other offices around the global firm's network, including London and Dubai. The Johannesburg group has proved pivotal in gaining additional market share for the firm around Africa, including major and more mid-market projects. The team is developing its standing among DFIs, in particular, and has made an especially strong impression in West, East and Southern Africa. Gareth Hodder is a recognised oil and gas specialist, while Craig Whitley and Joz Coetzer are rated for project finance in South Africa.

Testimonials

The projects and infrastructure team are very pro-active and adaptable in their approach to clients and their legal matters. The team has access to an international team of project finance experts.

Craig Whitley has been a standout contributor to the projects and infrastructure team. He has good relationships with the investment banks in the South African market.’

Key clients

FirstRand Bank

International Finance Corporation

Nedbank

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria

The Standard Bank of South Africa

African Development Bank

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Tanja Törnkvist
Capital markets Petri Haussila
Capital markets Mikko Hulkko
Capital markets Petri Avikainen
Corporate/M&A Petri Haussila
Corporate/M&A Timo Airisto
Corporate/M&A Janko Lindros
Corporate/M&A Petri Avikainen
Real estate Timo Airisto
Real estate Tanja Törnkvist
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