Hannes Snellman

Stockholm Office

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Chairman: Richard Åkerman (Stockholm)

Managing Partners: Riikka Rannikko (Helsinki), Fredrik Olsson (Stockholm)

Senior Partner: Mikko Heinonen (Helsinki)

Number of partners: 37

Number of lawyers: approx. 210

Languages: English, Finnish, Swedish

Firm Overview:

Hannes Snellman is a top-tier Nordic law firm with 350 outstanding lawyers and other professionals based in Finland and Sweden. Lawyers advise leading international and local corporations across all business sectors. The firm has the expertise and capacity to handle any demanding local or cross-border matters in which assets are being developed, protected, financed, acquired or under dispute. In 2019, Hannes Snellman celebrates 110 years of offering a first-class client experience. Main Areas of Practice:

Capital Markets:

Hannes Snellman’s capital markets practice advises issuers, financial advisers and other market participants in connection with IPOs; public tender offers; share issues; securities offerings; private placements; debt instruments; share buy-backs; and regulatory matters.

Competition & Procurement:

Hannes Snellman’s competition expertise covers the full spectrum of both domestic and EU competition law, including the identification and assessment of competition concerns, preventing them through compliance programmes, and if necessary, representing clients before authorities, courts or arbitral tribunals. Hannes Snellman’s public procurement team advises on complex procurements and also supports companies in tender procedures by outlining strategies, preparing bids, and assisting in contract negotiations. The team has represented clients in more than 100 public procurement court proceedings, placing Hannes Snellman as the leading practice in the Nordic region.

Corporate Advisory:

Hannes Snellman’s corporate advisory team assists clients in complex corporate affairs in the context of corporate transactions as well as board level and shareholder matters. The team has extensive experience from decades of advising leading domestic and foreign corporations on corporate law, securities regulation and compliance matters.

Corporate Responsibility & Compliance:

Hannes Snellman’s corporate responsibility and compliance team advises clients on a vast number of areas, such as antibribery and anti-corruption, corporate governance, data protection, tax, competition, employment, public procurement, sustainability, and transparency, to mention but a few.

Dispute Resolution:

Hannes Snellman’s dispute resolution practice advises clients in their business disputes, regulatory investigations and cases of insolvency. It has a wealth of experience in domestic and cross-border litigation, ad hoc and administered arbitration proceedings as well as in mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.


Hannes Snellman’s employment practice advises clients on all aspects of employment law, including general and transactional employment law advice, contractual matters, and contentious employment law matters.

Environment & Natural Resources:

Hannes Snellman’s environment and natural resources team focuses on environmental law, planning matters and legal aspects relevant to mining and other exploitation of natural resources.


Hannes Snellman’s finance practice is recognised as a pioneer in its field and it has vast experience in advising on leveraged acquisitions; corporate lending; asset finance and securitisation; and restructurings acting for financial sponsors, borrowers and lenders.

Financial Services Regulation:

Hannes Snellman’s Financial Services Regulation practice advises local and international clients on all aspects of banking, investment, asset management, payment services, insurance, and financial markets law and regulation. Clients include top-tier banks, investment firms, fund managers, and insurance companies, as well as new entrants to the fast-evolving financial services industry.

Infrastructure & Energy:

Hannes Snellman’s infrastructure and energy team is a multi-disciplinary group of lawyers experienced in large transactions and infrastructure and energy projects. The team combines skills in the areas of procurement, construction, finance and real estate as well as expertise in energy law and various regulatory matters affecting the energy sector.

Intellectual Property:

Hannes Snellman’s cross-border intellectual property practice is one of the leading practices in the Nordic market. The business-oriented IP team has vast experience in all aspects of intellectual property covering copyright, patents and utility models, designs, trademarks and domain names, as well as trade secrets.

Joint Ventures & Commercial Cooperation:

Hannes Snellman’s joint ventures and commercial cooperation practice advises clients regarding joint ventures and other strategic partnerships, complex long-term supply, distribution and outsourcing agreements, integrated production sites and other forms of commercial cooperation.

Private Equity:

Hannes Snellman’s private equity practice covers the full range of transactional work and fund formation encompassing all aspects of this rapidly changing field. The team has advised on some of the highest-profile and most complex buyouts and restructurings in the Nordic region.

Private M&A:

Hannes Snellman is consistently ranked as one of the top M&A advisers in the Nordic region. The private M&A practice provides advice and support on all types of transactions, including acquisitions; divestments; joint ventures; group restructurings and venture investments.

Projects & Construction:

Hannes Snellman’s projects and construction practice advises project sponsors, operators, lenders, construction companies and contractors on all aspects of projects and project financing, e.g. in the energy and infrastructure sectors, as well as on industrial outsourcing.

Public M&A:

Hannes Snellman is regarded as one of the premier law firms in the Nordic region, representing bidders and target boards as well as large shareholders in takeover situations. The lawyers have considerable experience working as international lead counsel and handling complex cross-border transactions.

Real Estate:

Hannes Snellman’s real estate practice is unrivalled in terms of specialisation and expertise in the Nordic markets. The practice offers a wide range of real estate services covering transactions, property development, fund formation, strategic advice, structuring, planning and zoning, and sale-and-leaseback.

Restructuring & Insolvency:

Hannes Snellman’s restructuring and insolvency practice provides a broad range of legal, strategic and commercial advice, with extensive experience in domestic and international restructuring and insolvency matters.


Hannes Snellman’s tax practitioners have a strong international reputation for providing sophisticated tax counselling on domestic and cross-border tax issues and provide high quality, innovative tax solutions. The tax team also provides advice on EU tax law, general corporate tax matters, and represents clients in tax litigation.


Hannes Snellman’s cross-border technology team has vast experience in all aspects of technology law matters, ranging from traditional IT and outsourcing transactions to cloud computing, the Internet of things (IoT), agile software development, FinTech, data and data regulation, as well as robotic process automation and artificial intelligence (AI).