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Chairman: Jussi Ikonen
Managing Partner: Heidi Merikalla-Teir
Partners: Tommi Elo, Heidi Hiltunen, Jussi Ikonen, Antti Kahri, Satu-Anneli Kauranen, Ari Keinänen, Heidi Merikalla-Teir, Emma NiemistÖ, Henrik af Ursin, Teemu Taxell, Sakari Aalto Erkko Ruohoniemi, Jani Ylä-Autio
Number of partners: 13
Number of lawyers: 40
Languages: English, Finnish, French, German, Swedish

Firm Overview:
Merilampi Attorneys Ltd. is one of the leading Finnish business law firms. Many of its clients are major international corporations and listed Finnish companies. The firm is regularly involved in high-profile M&A, real estate, competition law and dispute resolution cases.

Main Areas of Practice:

Transactions & Finance:
In M&A, the firm represented, among others (1) Pihlajalinna Plc in a Mehiläinen Yhtiöt Oy public cash tender offer for all shares in Pihlajalinna Plc (transaction value approximately MEUR 362), (2) Sweco Finland Oy in its acquisition of Optiplan Oy from NCC Group, (3) Posti Group Corporation in its sale of Posti Kotipalvelut Oy to Stella Care Oy and (4) Total Specific Solutions in its acquisition of Futunio Oy. A great deal of the banking and finance work undertaken by the firm was made in relation to real estate market, including both property acquisition financing and refinancing transactions. Clients in that sector included, among others, Mercada and Aberdeen Standard Real Estate Funds. During the year, the firm also experienced increase in demand for regulatory advice especially by foreign financial institutions operating in the Finnish market. During the past year, Merilampi completed a substantial number of real estate transactions. Among others, the firm advised the following clients in their major transactions: Union Investment Real Estate, Aberdeen Standard Investments, Schroder Nordic Real Estate Fund, Lindström Invest Oy, Terrieri Kiinteistöt, A. Ahlström Kiinteistöt and Savills Investment Management.

Dispute Resolution:
In the field of dispute resolution, Merilampi has top assignments from all relevant areas: commercial litigation, arbitration (both domestic and international), ADR, white-collar defence and insolvency related advice. The firm’s lawyers are constantly active in a number of arbitration and mediation cases, both as counsel and arbitrators/mediators. Merilampi continues to represent clients in a wide variety of industries and areas of substantive law. Lately, there has been a notable increase especially in the firm’s caseload in complex construction and engineering disputes. The firm’s lawyers have recently been very active also in different types of liability cases (such as product liability, environmental liability, board of directors’ or auditor’s liability). During the past year, the DR team has advised, among others, Fujitsu Finland Oy in its complex contract dispute with the City of Espoo. The team also regularly represents Lassila & Tikanoja plc in controversial matters with their subcontractors, employees and other stakeholders. They also represent one of the big-four auditing companies in many of its high-profile liability cases.

Competition & EU:
The firm’s competition experts have recently been busy with merger proceedings before the competition authorities. For example, Merilampi represented Pihlajalinna Plc in the merger control proceedings before the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority and the Market Court in Mehiläinen Yhtiöt Oy/Pihlajalinna Plc case. Merilampi has also continuously advised Sweco AB and its subsidiaries in various competition matters relating to Sweco’s acquisitions taking place in markets for sustainable development and design. In addition, the firm regularly represents high profile companies in public procurement cases as well as cases related to abuse of dominant position as well as distribution systems and e-commerce. Another example of Merilampi’s versatile competition expertise is the successful representation of telecom company Elisa Corporation in yet another access pricing case against the Finnish telecom regulator Traficom in the Supreme Administrative Court.

Real Estate & Construction:
Merilampi’s real estate and construction practice is one of the advisors in the forefront of advising in the most prominent real estate developments and construction endeavours in the market. The expertise of the team is utilised by private and public sector property owners, developers, contractors, financiers and consultants in a variety of assignments, both contentious and noncontentious, in the construction and real estate field. The team has a steady flow of mandates particularly concerning complex infrastructure and engineering projects, and a strong specialisation in design & build and construction management contracts. During the past year, some of the most notable references include advising YIT Finland and Meridiam SAS in their successful bid for the first social infrastructure PPP in Finland, assisting several hospital districts and social and health care authorities in the largest hospital build projects in Finland, and several litigation and arbitration proceedings relating to construction and engineering endeavours.

Employment & Labour Law:
Merilampi’s employment team is one of the most experienced in the industry. They are involved in building new and restructuring old organisations, creating and amending working rules and contracts of employment as well as supporting company management with employment related questions and challenging situations. They represent clients in civil and criminal cases relating to employment and assist in cooperation negotiations. During the past year, the team has advised, among others, Microsoft on a regular basis in both national and global HR-issues, University of Helsinki on several significant court cases and Posti Ltd in the Supreme Administrative Court related to decisions of the Administrative Court and the Regional State Administrative Agency.

Technology, IT & Data Privacy:
Merilampi’s technology and IT law specialised practice is experienced in handling technology and IT law related contentious and non-contentious assignments with high quality. The team routinely assists clients in a variety of contractual arrangement related to the exploitation and distribution of technology, such as licensing and distribution agreements. In addition, the team routinely advises clients in matters of software and IT service development, sales, licensing, distribution and maintenance. Their expertise also covers data privacy questions.

Intellectual Property & Media:
Merilampi’s intellectual property and media practice manages assignments from protection and commercialisation of IP to regulatory questions and dispute resolution in complex IP matters. The IP team assists among others the Nordic luxury brand Daniel Wellington and the iconic Burberry brand in the defence of their valuable copyright and trademark portfolios. Furthermore, they represented a major German automotive company in Finland’s largest anti-counterfeiting litigation as well as the packaging giant DS Smith, medical equipment company Steris Finn-Aqua, the Finnish National Rescue Association and the Swedish Tourist Association. In 2020, the IP practice’s caseload consisted of e.g. complex marketing and unfair business practices cases, trade secret infringement cases, patent, utility model, trademark and design enforcement as well as drafting employee invention strategies. The IP practise works in close co-operation with outside patent attorneys to bring added technical insight into patent and utility model enforcement and in creating insightful employee invention processes. Merilampi’s team also has extensive experience in the field of media and entertainment law.

Product Compliance and Product Liability:
Merilampi’s product compliance and product liability practice advises companies manufacturing, importing and distributing products in a wide variety of issues and obligations stemming from EU’s and national legislation. Recently the team has been particularly busy with appeal proceedings before the relevant authorities as well as court proceedings in product safety matters, in which Merilampi team represented, for example, known international luxury accessory manufacturers as well as vehicle manufacturers. The team also regularly assist clients in product recalls.

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Finland

Competition/European Law
Band 3
Dispute Resolution
Band 3
Employment
Band 3
Real Estate
Band 2

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Finland

Competition/European Law


Erkko Ruohoniemi
Band 4
Satu-Anneli Kauranen
Band 4

Dispute Resolution


Jussi Ikonen
Band 3
Teemu Taxell
Band 4

Dispute Resolution: Most in Demand Arbitrators


Jukka Laitasalo
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Employment


Heidi Hiltunen
Band 2

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Jani Ylä-AutioReal Estate
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Heidi HiltunenEmployment
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Jussi IkonenDispute Resolution
Henrik af UrsinIntellectual Property
Tommi EloReal Estate
Band 4
Erkko RuohoniemiCompetition/European Law
Satu-Anneli KauranenCompetition/European Law
Teemu TaxellDispute Resolution
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Jukka LaitasaloDispute Resolution: Most in Demand Arbitrators
Emma NiemistöReal Estate: Construction

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