Bird & Bird

International & Cross-Border Capabilities Department

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What the team is known for In accordance with the firm's global mandate, Bird & Bird's Finland practice has a strong focus on acting internationally for clients within regulated industries, particularly the TMT and life sciences sectors. The firm's presence in Finland is largely praised for its cross-border M&A work for businesses in those areas, serving a mixture of local clients growing out and global clients which are represented in conjunction with other offices within the Bird & Bird network. The firm also offers reputable capabilities across disputes, employment law and TMT matters.

The team in Helsinki is particularly active on cross-border issues across the Nordics, offering a useful combination with the firm's presence in Stockholm to handle issues involving Finland and Sweden. The team is also noted for taking lead and local counsel roles in cross-border matters involving Norway, the Baltic region and the UK, with work typically involving technology platform acquisitions, GDPR compliance and small to mid-market value M&A deals.

Strengths One client highlights the good value proposition the firm offers regulated businesses, praising the team's "co-ordination efforts" on matters with an international element and its ability to take on board the expertise of other law firms in the process. The client concludes that the team delivers "very robust legal advice and always adjusted their perspective to the changing dynamic of the transaction process, remaining open-minded despite multiple complex transactions."

One client explains their relationship with the firm is due to the firm's international scope, saying: "We are an international company," and that "they work internationally." The same client adds that the service is "very fast" and that "it is very easy to work with them." Another source notes: "I see them in international deals and they produce a good quality of work," noting the firm's support to Chinese clients investing in Finland.