Chairman of the Board: Kari Marttinen
Number of partners: 21
Number of other lawyers: 68
Languages: Chinese, English, Finnish, French, German, Russian, Swedish
HPP Attorneys, established in 1975, is a full-service business law firm.
The firm has particularly strong experience in its core specialisms of M&A, competition, banking, finance and insolvency, environment, real estate and construction and dispute resolution with a particular focus on the pharmaceutical, energy, mining, IT and telecoms, transport and logistics and financial sectors.
■ Dispute Resolution
■ Environment, Real Estate & Construction
■ Maritime Transport & Insurance
■ Competition & EU
■ Banking, Finance & Insolvency
■ Other Business – including Pharmaceutical
■ IT & Technology
Main Areas of Practice:
The firm has more than 30 years’ experience in both domestic and cross-border transactions. Its M&A experts constantly participate in major transactions. The firm’s services cover all issues related to mergers, acquisitions and other corporate arrangements. The firm offers specialised teams of exceptionally experienced experts for due diligence reviews.
Contacts: Markku Mäkinen (partner), Björn Nykvist (partner), Harri Hynninen (partner)
Competition & EU:
The firm offers services with an emphasis on efficient resolution of all competition-related issues. The firm carries out assignments in particular in the media, telecommunications, IT, logistics, energy and pharmaceutical sectors.
Contact: Tuomas Saraste (partner)
Banking, Finance & Insolvency:
The firm’s banking, finance and insolvency team has extensive experience in all kinds of financing arrangements, in particular corporate lending, acquisition finance and sale and lease back and leasing arrangements. The firm is widely known for its high standard and extensive expertise in the reorganisation of companies and insolvency law.
Contacts: Björn Nykvist (partner), Juho Lenni-Taattola (partner)
The firm’s specialists represent Finnish and foreign clients in domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration. A number of the firm’s partners regularly act as mediators and arbitrators.
Contacts: Marko Wainio (partner), Mikko Leppä (partner)
Environment, Real Estate & Construction:
The firm’s environment, real estate & construction team has the most extensive experience and resources as providers of legal services in matters related to environment and nature protection, real estate and construction, energy and natural resources as well as infrastructure.
The firm regularly advises in environmental permit application proceedings and environmental liability issues, in major infrastructure and construction projects as well as in mining and wind power projects. Further, the firm advises in real estate transactions and development projects on a regular basis. The firm’s clientele comprise of national and multinational energy companies, environmental consulting companies, national and multinational mining companies and waste management companies as well as companies in the metal, construction, real estate investment and development and chemical industries.
Contacts: Kari Marttinen (partner), Jari Tuomala (partner), Tarja Pirinen (partner)
Maritime & Transportation:
The firm is ranked as the leading Finnish law firm in shipping and transport law. The firm has broad and extensive experience in various kinds of maritime, transport, shipbuilding, insurance and tort-related cases, as well as related issues of international trade. Its expertise covers all elements of the logistics chain across all the transport modes: sea, road, rail and air.
Contact: Nora Gahmberg-Hisinger (partner)
IT & Technology:
The firm’s IT and telecoms work ranges from advising major international technology companies on their Finnish operations to assisting tech start-ups bringing new technologies to market. The firm is particularly experienced in advising on data protection and data security issues.
Contacts: Kari-Matti Lehti (partner), Pekka Raatikainen (partner), Andrew Cotton (partner)
The employment law practice works as an integral part of HPP’s M&A group by providing expertise in employment law in connection with questions relating to national as well as cross-border business restructurings. As to mergers and acquisitions, the expertise and the work of the practice covers for example performing employment law due diligence reviews, advising on questions relating to employment law in connection with transfers of business and other corporate restructurings, for example outsourcings.
The employment law practice advises clients also independently in all questions relating to various fields of employment law covering for example employment contracts and director contracts, dismissals, terminating employment and service relationships by mutual agreement, non-competition and non-disclosure agreements, incentives, questions relating to annual leaves and working hours, cooperative negotiations, and data protection issues as well as occupational safety issues. In employment disputes, HPP surveys with the client preconditions for a settlement in order to secure the client’s best interest and undisturbed business operations.
Contact: Juha Saarinen (Specialist Counsel)
Tax team provides domestic and international clients across a range of industry sectors with extensive assistance on taxation issues arising from transactions, business operations or tax dispute matters. HPP provides tax advisory both as part of HPP’s multidisciplinary teams handling major transactions or complex disputes as well as discrete tax assignments. The firm’s goal is to provide solution-oriented tax advice by focusing on a clear understanding of clients’ businesses. The firm assists clients in identifying the key taxation issues in their business and evaluating the tax consequences comprehensively and as a pre-emptive measure before any adverse consequences arise. In order to do this, the firm conducts a careful analysis of the different aspects of its client’s business or transaction structure. HPP also defends its clients’ interests if they are faced with tax disputes. If required, the firm will seek solutions to taxation issues in co-operation with the tax authorities. HPP’s goal is to ensure a high quality and truly solution-oriented dialogue between its client and the tax authority.
Contact: Marko Koski (Senior Advisor)