Castrén & Snellman

International & Cross-Border Capabilities Department

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What the team is known for One of the leading independent Finnish firms, Castrén & Snellman has a credible track record in international mandates and offers clients a high-quality Finnish practice with experience of collaborating on global matters. The firm's success is largely built on strong relationships with Finnish clients, and the firm is known to guide large domestic companies on dealings with foreign investors or overseas expansion. The firm also acts for international clients with connections to Finland and is involved in cross-border work as a Finnish counsel, as a popular choice for referrals from high-profile international firms typically from the USA, the UK and other parts of Europe.

The firm's high-quality full-service team means it is a capable partner on cross-border matters across many areas of work including transactions such as leveraged buyouts, financing, M&A and dealing with foreign securities as well as disputes and arbitration. The firm's involvement in pan-Nordic work is often noted, while the practice is also praised for its lawyers' familiarity with Russian law and practice. Recent work has also included assisting Finnish clients in deals with investors from China and India.

Strengths Clients note the benefits of the firm's good connections across the legal community, with one reporting: "C&S has a very strong and capable network all over Europe, so any international matter can be handled efficiently and professionally through them."

One client praises the firm's ability to co-ordinate cross-border issues on their behalf: "There have been cross-border questions, and C&S has handled the co-ordination between different law firms in a good way." Another adds that the firm's command of international issues is a vital selling point: "All our matters have had international aspects and I think that has been one of the reasons we've been using the firm in these engagements."