Firm Profile > DLA Piper > Helsinki, Finland

DLA Piper
FABIANINKATU 23
FI-00130 HELSINKI
Finland

Maritime and transport Tier 2

DLA Piper assists with a range of transactional matters in the maritime and transport sector, including ship finance work, share issues, lease financings, and bankruptcy cases. The practice also fields a highly regarded disputes practice. Department head Janne Tuulos focuses on financing, contracting and M&A mandates.

Practice head(s):

Janne Tuulos

Testimonials

‘Long-term building of expertise in maritime sector know-how.’

‘Janne Tuulos has over the years put strong emphasis on understanding customer’s business and thus building capability to provide on-target service packages. He also takes into consideration how to appropriately build up a team for each case to avoid over-shooting the resources, which makes the quality and cost balance good.’

Key clients

Helsinki City Transport Authority

Pääkaupunkiseudun Junakalusto Oy

Transport Company Ville Silvasti

Finavia

Real estate and construction Tier 2

DLA Piper is recommended for real estate financings, development projects and real estate and construction disputes, acting for a client roster of banks and investment funds. Mikko Larvala has experience in complex real estate transactions, lease negotiations and property conversion projects, and jointly heads up the team with expert litigator Antti Niemi, who works with international clients on energy projects, particularly wind power projects.

Practice head(s):

Antti Niemi; Mikko Larvala

Testimonials

‘Mikko Larvala has lenghty experience within the real estate industry and brings a very pragmatic approach.’

‘They are incredibly responsive, forward-thinking and business minded, and they effortlessly integrate into your in-house teams. As a client you feel that you are being given priority, and that they quickly understand various requests and needs.’

‘DLA Piper Finland is experienced as an innovative service provider; being open to the discussion of alternative billing arrangements and by offering tailor made solutions for support upon request.’

‘Antti Niemi is always available and very knowledgeable. He takes true ownership of the task they are delegated, and ensures that what comes back is of high quality. Antti also has the important ability to integrate into the in-house teams, taking a true interest in the companies he works for, which makes the collaboration very effortless.’

Key clients

Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company

Erikoissijoitusrahasto Trevian Suomi Kiinteistöt

BASF

Samla Toimitilat II Ky

Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company

Senate Properties

Collector Bank AB

Skandinaviska Eskilda Banken

Corum Asset Management

Ares Management Limited

Oy HYY-Yhtiöt Ab

AXA Investment Managers

Round Hill Capital

Helaba

XPO Logistics

FTI Consulting

Suomen Kaupunkikodit Oy

Banking and finance Tier 3

DLA Piper counts structured export and trade finance work, export credit agency financings and project finance mandates among its core strengths, and also has a notable regulatory and compliance offering. Practice head Hans Sundblad focuses on advising banks and other financial institutions, and is particularly noted for his corporate lending and ship and project finance experience.

Practice head(s):

Hans Sundblad

Other key lawyers:

Kristiina Hirva; Mikko Luukkonen

Testimonials

‘Team with good depth covering all key areas relevant to a credit fund. Good knowledge, availability and experience.’

‘Hans Sundblad brings great knowledge, good relevant experience and availability. Commercial in negotiations / good big picture view.’

‘Mikko Luukkonen has proven to be easily accessible and able to provide diverse services within short time frames.’

Key clients

Raksystems Group Oy

NTR Renewable Energy Income Fund II

IPR VC Fund I Ky

Nordea Bank Abp

Helaba

Landesbanken Hessen-Thüringen

Danske Bank A/S, Finland Branch

Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners (CSEIP)

Deutsche Bank AG

Capital markets Tier 3

DLA Piper is particularly singled out for its expertise in medium-term note programmes; other key areas of work include green bond issuances and synthetic risk-sharing transactions. The team is a key name for venture capital funds, particularly those looking to invest in the food and media technology sectors. Private equity expert Hans Sundblad jointly heads up the practice with Salla Tuominen, who has extensive experience in equity capital markets mandates.

Practice head(s):

Hans Sundblad; Salla Tuominen

Key clients

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA)

NFT.VC Fund I Ky

Avidly Plc

Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company

IPR. VC Fund I Ky

Solteq Plc

Sotkamo Silver Oy

Picosun Oy

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

DLA Piper focuses on mid-market M&A and private equity transactions, with particular strength in the chemicals, pharmaceuticals and retail sectors. The practice has a varied roster of clients including multinational businesses and private equity houses, and the firm's global and pan-Nordic network ideally positions the team to advise on cross-border deals. Practice head Ilkka Liljeroos has extensive experience in corporate advisory work in addition to transactional knowledge.

Practice head(s):

Ilkka Liljeroos

Other key lawyers:

Matti Ylä-Mononen; Salla Tuominen

Testimonials

‘We have found the team in Finland to be extremely responsive and supportive, with a higher degree of partner level engagement than typical. More broadly, the wider DLA network means that we have found we can readily secure advice across a wide range of jurisdictions; in our experience with a consistently high standard of technical expertise and service. This has been particularly valuable to us given the degree of cross-border work we undertake.’

‘Ilkka Liljeroos is an experienced but still hands-on partner and has been able to build a team with strong resources around him. DLA Piper Finland team is fun to work with and they stretch whenever it is needed.’

‘Ilkka Liljeroos is phenomenal, both commercially minded and with a great legal mindset. Fantastic “getting to yes” approach.’

‘Matti Ylä-Mononen – good discussions, practical approach, states his opinion if different than mine resulting in progress and better results.’

Key clients

Læringsverkstedet

Gruppen AS

Enersense International Oyj

Raksystems Group / MB Funds

Liana Technologies

AAC Capital and a private equity fund managed by AAC Capital

Bregal

Milestone

AddSecure Group

Jeven Global Oy

Elisa Plc

Kaslink Oy

ABRY Partners

MB Funds

Sponsor Capital

INEOS

Bravedo

Dispute resolution Tier 3

DLA Piper acts in a wide variety of disputes, including insurance and damages claims, white-collar crime litigation (especially bribery and business secret issues), banking and finance disputes, project delivery cases and international arbitration proceedings. Practice head Jussi Savonen has a strong track record in handling insolvency and restructuring cases, particularly those involving multi-jurisdictional asset recovery issues.

Practice head(s):

Jussi Savonen

Other key lawyers:

John-Henrik Spåre; Pia Bräysy

Testimonials

‘The overall level of service is exceptional.’

‘I was impressed, both in terms of speed and execution, but also in terms of output. Team was able to provide solid advice on a difficult topic, from both a commercial and legal point of view.’

Key clients

Helsinki City Transport Authority and Länsimetro Oy

Danske Bank A/S , Finland Branch

Solteq Plc

SEB Life International Assurance Company DAC

Fennia Mutual Insurance Company

European Chemicals Agency

Dentsu Aegis Network

MTV Oy

Nurminen Logistics Plc

Asset Management Company Arsenal Ltd

EU and competition Tier 3

DLA Piper is active in public procurement and state aid matters, with experience in competition neutrality and cartel cases as well as vertical and horizontal dominance claims. Practice head Mika Oinonen has a background in merger control and public and private regulatory work. With access to an extensive global network, the team is well-positioned to act for international clients.

Practice head(s):

Mika Oinonen

Testimonials

‘The team is top-quality: it is prompt, knowledgeable and helpful.’

‘Practice head Mika Oinonen is extremely skilled and experienced.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable, their professionalism can be trusted and in addition it is nice to work with them.’

‘They have extensive experience in the field and they are easily approachable.’

Intellectual property Tier 3

DLA Piper handles a broad range of IP matters, advising on trade mark, copyright, patent, commercial contracting and outsourcing mandates for clients on an international level. Markus Oksanen jointly leads the team with Sami Rintala, who both specialise in technology, outsourcing and IT matters.

Practice head(s):

Markus Oksanen; Sami Rintala

Key clients

LähiTapiola General Mutual Insurance Group

Helsinki City Transport Authority

Finavia Corporation

Varma Mutual Pension

Insurance Company

Verifone Finland

Solita Plc.

iLoq Oy

Thirdpresence Oy

Spinnova Oy

Picosun

TMT Tier 3

Technology is a core practice area for DLA Piper, and the group handles outsourcings, commercial contracting issues, franchising work, privacy mandates, media projects and dispute resolution. The team works closely with the firm's M&A group on technology-intensive transactions, and has extensive experiencing acting for international and domestic procurement organisations. Practice heads Markus Oksanen and Sami Rintala both specialise in outsourcings, including cloud computing and software matters.

Practice head(s):

Markus Oksanen; Sami Rintala

Testimonials

‘The team has good knowledge of technology agreements on a practical level, and hence it is able to provide very hands-on advice on the agreement wordings that work in practice.’

‘More business oriented mindset than their peers. Understands the targets beyond legal aspects.’

‘I would like to mention Partner Sami Rintala, who has given hands-on and practical advice on IT related issues.’ 

‘Sami Rintala has demonstrated deep contractual/legal knowledge combined with business oriented thinking on ICT-outsourcings.’

Key clients

LähiTapiola General Mutual Insurance Group

Helsinki City Transport Authority

Finavia Corporation

Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company

Verifone Finland

Solita Plc.

iLoq Oy

Thirdpresence Oy

Spinnova Oy

Picosun Oy

Global Co-Chairs: Roger Meltzer and Andrew Darwin
Co-Chief Executive Officers: Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
Number of partners: 1,500
Number of lawyers: 5,000
Languages: The firm speaks over 60 languages
Offices: Lawyers located in more than 60 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Please see https://www.dlapiper.com for further information about the firm.


 

At DLA Piper we are firmly committed to diversity and inclusion. For us, diversity isn’t just about visible differences, it’s the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it’s crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued. As a global business law firm, with a diverse client base, we know that our clients expect our people to represent the communities in which we work and value our ability to advise them on both local and global cultures and markets. We believe that our approach to diversity and inclusion enables us to attract the best talent, build the most effective teams and deliver the highest level of client service.

For more information on our specific D&I initiatives please see www.dlapiper.com