Firm Profile > DLA Piper > Helsinki, Finland

DLA Piper

Maritime and transport Tier 2

Janne Tuulos leads the team at DLA Piper, which acts for shipping companies, banks and public transport authorities on a variety of matters including insurance arrangements, transactions, ship financing work, bankruptcy proceedings and disputes. In a recent highlight, the practice represented the Helsinki Transport Authority against Siemens affiliates in a dispute relating to  terminated metro automation agreements.

Key clients

Helsinki City Transport Authority

Nurminen Logistics Plc

Transport Company Ville Silvasti

HSBC Bank Plc

Real estate and construction Tier 2

DLA Piper advises a range of clients including banks and investment funds on property acquisitions, financing work and development projects. 'Outstanding professional' Mikko Larvala and Antti Niemi jointly head up the team, which works closely with a client roster of lenders and borrowers including Deutsche Bank and Olo Asunnot; Larvala advised the latter on its high-value acquisition of a residential portfolio comprising 980 units from Finnish private investors.


Very talented, effective, solutions-orientated and business-minded team.’ 

Mikko Larvala is an outstanding professional and delivers value-add legal advice. As a client I appreciate his ability to see the big picture, also from the business perspective and head for pragmatic resolutions.

Key clients


Erikoissijoitusrahasto Trevian Suomi Kiinteistöt

lmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company

Senate Properties

Corum Asset Management

Agore Kiinteistöt Ky

Oy HYY-Yhtiöt Ab,

Round Hill Capital

Banking and finance Tier 3

DLA Piper has notable expertise in structured export and trade finance, export credit agency financing and project financing mandates. The team also acts for a number of export credit agencies and international banks on complex credit transactions and Finnish regulatory issues; notable clients include National Westminster and Royal Bank of Scotland. Practice head Mikko Ojala specialises in debt financing and derivatives issues and acts for a number of financial institutions, insurance companies and pension funds.


True experts in the Finnish legal market. They understand the issues and what international banks are looking for from their advisers in Finland. Always responsive and deliver accurate advice on budget.

Key clients

Kreate Oy

IPR VC Fund I Ky

Sentica Partners

Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

Deutsche Bank AG

Nordea Bank Abp

Capital markets Tier 3

DLA Piper specialises in advising clients on medium-term note (MTN) programmes, and recently advised four Finnish issuers on programmes worth a combined €40bn. Additionally, the team is a key name for green bond work and was involved in the first green bond issuances in Finland, and also advises on debt issuances, structuring work and regulatory compliance matters. The practice is led by Mikko Ojala, who combines extensive experience in MTN programmes with knowledge of bond issuances, international fund investments and derivatives.

Key clients

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association

Avidly Plc

Sotkamo Silver AB

Sotkamo Silver Oy

Wulff Group Plc

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

DLA Piper has a strong track record in mid-market M&A and private equity transactions, utilising the firm's international and Nordic reach to advise on cross-border deals for a client roster of foreign multinationals including chemicals, retail and IT companies. The practice is led by experienced lawyer Ilkka Liljeroos, who handles transactions and corporate advisory matters. M&A lawyer Matti Ylä-Mononen is also a key name to note.


Client-friendly, open, timely, and professional service.

Ilkka Liljeroos and Antti Eeva are very hands-on in engagements and I can rely on them to think of those matters that are not on my mind.

Key clients

Sponsor Capital

Sentica Partners

MB Funds

Vision+ Fund


Croda International Plc


Dustin Group AB

Brockwell Capital Limited

Abry Partners

Euclid Transactional

Dispute resolution Tier 3

The experienced team at DLA Piper acts across a broad range of domestic and cross-border disputes including white-collar crime, insurance, banking, finance and project supply matters, while also maintaining a strong track record in international arbitration. The practice is led by white-collar specialist Jussi Savonen and also fields John-Henrik Spåre and Pia Bräysy. Notable clients includes Helsinki City Transport Authority, Danske Bank and Fennia Insurance Group; the team also acts for ECHA across multiple jurisdictions.


The dispute resolution team is really proactive. They are capable of providing strategic advice with a great results.

The firm’s approach in truly business minded and they are devoted to the issue at hand. There is always an easy going atmosphere even though schedules are tight and questions are difficult.’

The team always provides practical legal advice. They manage to focus on the key legal issues. The members possess a great legal understanding with respect to all aspects of dispute resolution.’

The most distinguishing element DLA Piper has is the enthusiasm the lawyer has when he takes the time to know all relevant details of the case.

I have worked with John-Henrik Spåre who turned out be a very efficient and reliable person who also quickly understood what was the essence of the case. He seems to be genuinely interested in the cases and asks several questions to be sure that he understood everything and did not leave out anything. He is also very efficient and thorough and takes the deal to the end.

John-Henrik Spåre concentrates on the main issue of the case and does not get entangled with irrelevant details. He investigates the case personally and maintains a hands on approach throughout the process.’

Key clients

Helsinki City Transport Authority

Danske Bank A/S, Finland Branch

Asset Management Company Arsenal Ltd

Solteq Plc

Nurminen Logistics Plc

Wulff Group Plc

Fennia Mutual Insurance Company

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)

EU and competition Tier 3

'Highly skilled and experienced' lawyer Mika Oinonen heads up the team at DLA Piper, which assists clients with a range of competition matters including merger control work, competition analyses and state aid issues as well as acting in cartel proceedings and horizontal and vertical dominance cases. The firm's international reach enables the practice to act on significant cross-border transactions for international clients.


Top-quality, prompt and easy-to-work with.

Partner Mika Oinonen is highly skilled and experienced as well as a brilliant lawyer; associate Auriina Holck, a rising star, is also a name to note.

They have excellent information on competition law.’

They are experts. They make people understand what to do and how to act. They are effective and convincing.’

Key clients

Sponsor Capital

Valtion Eläkerahasto

Kaslink Oy

Intellectual property Tier 3

Led by Markus Oksanen and John-Henrik SpåreDLA Piper advises clients on a variety of IP issues including trade mark strategies, licensing agreements, trade secret matters and IP disputes. Clients include food and beverage, technology and real estate companies. The team also strengthened its IT and privacy expertise with the recruitment of Sami Rintala from Lexia Attorneys Ltd in 2019.

Key clients

Func Food Finland Oy

Lehtipiste Ltd.

Huoneistokeskus Oy


Primehotels Oy

Solteq Plc

Verifone Finland

Infocare Finland

Samlink Oy

Patrol Ltd

PYN Fund Management Oy

TMT Tier 3

DLA Piper recently strengthened its practice with the arrival of Sami Rintala from Lexia Attorneys Ltd in mid-2019; Rintala is a key name for IT contract and outsourcing work and jointly leads the practice with data and privacy expert Markus Oksanen. Other notable areas of expertise span transactions, data protection and privacy issues, media work, franchisings, software licensing mandates and litigation. As part of the group's increased focus on Finnish technology companies seeking to expand their global operations, the team's client roster includes fintech, cleantech and education technology companies; the department also advises public sector clients on IT outsourcing and procurement matters.


Sami Rintala is easy and pleasant to interact with. No “lawyer” talk, deep understanding on ICT contracts and ICT outsourcing which can be applied to commercial business goals.

Key clients

LähiTapiola General Mutual Insurance Group

Helsinki City Transport Authority

Solteq Plc

Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company

Verifone Finland

Sitowise Oy

iLoq Oy

Thirdpresence Oy

Spinnova Oy


Primehotels Oy

The firm: DLA Piper is a global law firm that provides its clients with legal and business solutions locally, regionally and internationally using integrated teams of lawyers with experience that spans a broad range of disciplines. DLA Piper is widely recognised for its pioneering approach and extensive geographic reach, which enables the practice to look after the business issues that matter to its clients – whether they are large or small. Clients of DLA Piper include single-owner startups, local and household name companies, multinationals, financial institutions, FTSE and Fortune 500 enterprises and their subsidiaries, public bodies and governments.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Mikko Ojala
Banking and finance Janne Tuulos
Dispute resolution Jussi Savonen
Dispute resolution John-Henrik Spåre
Dispute resolution Pia Bräysy
Corporate Ilkka Liljeroos
Corporate Hans Sundblad
Corporate Petri Morelius
EU and competition Jukka Luostarinen
Employment Antti Rajamäki
Employment Riikka Autio
Employment Harriet Lagus
Mergers and acquisitions Ilkka Liljeroos
Mergers and acquisitions Matti Ylä-Mononen
Private equity Mikko Ojala
Private equity Ilkka Liljeroos
Private equity Matti Ylä-Mononen
Real estate and construction Antti Niemi
Real estate and construction Mikko Larvala
Environment and energy Hans Sundblad
Restructuring and insolvency Nina Aganimov
Restructuring and insolvency Pia Bräysy
Transportation and insurance Esa Salonen
Transportation and insurance John-Henrik Spåre
IP and technology Markus Oksanen
IP and technology Timo Ruikka
Commercial agreements Markus Oksanen
Commercial agreements Tuija Kaijalainen
Startups Markus Oksanen
Startups Salla Tuominen
Number of lawyers : 4,000
at this office : 40
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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.

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