Industries

We meet client needs by understanding the industries in which they operate.

Krogerus lawyers combine their business acumen with a proven track record of providing the sophisticated advice needed for our clients to succeed. Our ability to develop a long-term understanding of each client's business enables us to deliver the appropriate outcome, whether the assignment relates to sophisticated corporate transactions, complex litigation or arbitration, negotiating commercial contracts and employment agreements, protecting intellectual property rights or addressing competition law and regulatory issues.

Energy and Infrastructure

We advise on the specific requirements of the energy industry, including renewables and conventional energy sources, energy distribution, nuclear power, and infrastructure-related matters. We are regularly involved in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and large-scale projects, public-private partnerships and financing of energy and infrastructure projects. In addition to transactional matters, our work includes counsel related to electricity and other energy sector regulation, distribution and transmission related matters, power purchase agreements, and permitting and expropriation for energy and infrastructure projects. Our work also encompasses a full range of other industry-specific matters, such as competition law issues, feed-in tariff and state aid matters, administrative and other procedural requirements, as well as commercial agreements.

Rankings:

Chambers Europe 2016: "The lawyers have very good connections with the authorities and they keep up with the industry. It's a very good team, which is why we choose it."; "The firm has a good reputation and experience in advising clients in the energy business."

Chambers Europe 2015: "Excellent team winning particular plaudits for work on wind power mandates, recently advising on both the acquisition and financing of wind farms. Advises on hydropower and electricity grid transactions and also offers associated regulatory expertise." Quotes from sources: "The team offers tailored solutions, works very hard and meets tough deadlines."    

Chambers Europe 2014: “Widely recognised for substantial presence in Finland’s large wind farm industry, as part of a broader transaction and project-focused energy practice. Particularly strong on the financing aspects of sizeable energy mandates.” Says a client: “This team is very effective – the lawyers are really fast, but everything is still done with attention to detail.” “Ville Hailikari is this firm’s foremost lawyer in the Finnish energy market, lauded by clients as a ‘no-nonsense communicator, with the ability to identify and clearly communicate critical issues and to find creative solutions for these problems.’ He demonstrates an extensive presence across the renewables sphere.”

IFLR1000 2016: “They delivered the product in a highly professional and quality way, and that was in part because they delivered it to a level that we might expect out of a London office.” “They are a very good team for regulated infrastructure, with excellent negotiation skills and an extremely responsive team; they never drop the ball. Krogerus's energy team is the best in Finland for regulated infrastructure.”

IFLR1000 2015: "Clients praise the quality of the service provided by the energy and infrastructure team. In particular, they point to the structured approach the lawyers are able to offer in their work and to the responsiveness of the team overall. Led by partner Ville Hailikari, the team had a strong year in 2014. Though many of the more significant are ongoing and remain confidential, there are some impressive matters in the public domain."

Practice Head Ville Hailikari is endorsed by Who’s Who Legal 2015 (Energy)

Financial Institutions and Insurance

We advise leading financial institutions on regulatory, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, compliance, and insolvency and restructuring issues. Our experience includes advising sellers and acquirers in sales and divestitures of banks and financial firms in Finland and other countries. We represent all of the major domestic and foreign commercial banks operating in Finland. We frequently provide counsel to domestic and international banks and advisory firms on licensing and regulatory issues and handle matters before supervisory authorities. Our lawyers frequently work with governmental and multilateral financing agencies and development banks and understand their specific requirements and operating mandates.

In the insurance field, our lawyers work with domestic and international insurance companies and brokers. We are regularly retained by insurance companies for domestic and cross-border mergers and portfolio transfers, and in restructuring of insurances businesses. Pension insurance companies often turn to us in their investment portfolio management and transactional assignments.

Food and Beverage

The food and beverage industry often combines high volumes and low margins, and brands play a critical role in increasing stakeholder value. It is also an international business environment that requires vigilant brand protection.

Industry leaders turn to Krogerus for sophisticated advice in deal structuring and reorganisations, supply chain management, intellectual property, competition, regulatory and contentious issues.

We regularly represent leading food and beverage businesses operating in the Fenno-Baltic region on their transactional and financing arrangements, general business operations and regulatory matters, to name just a few. We also advise clients on protecting and leveraging their intellectual property rights. Advising food and beverage business also calls for thorough understanding of issues related to consumer protection and marketing regulation.

Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals

We offer clients in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry with focused advice that touches on regulatory, transactional and litigation matters. Our clients include healthcare providers and pharmaceutical companies. Services include assisting clients in competition issues ranging from parallel trade, licensing and distribution, to merger control cases. Our intellectual property lawyers help clients in trade mark, patent and other intellectual property rights infringement disputes. We also have significant experience in procurement matters and counsel companies in regulatory processes and administrative litigation.

Machinery and Engineering

Many of our lawyers have previously worked for international industrial companies and bring this insight to client mandates. We advise engineering companies and manufacturers of capital goods, raw materials and consumer products in diverse sectors, including heavy machinery, metallurgy, mining and manufacturing equipment, telecommunications and electronics, automotive products, building and construction materials, chemicals and defence products on a broad range of issues. Our services include mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, finance and capital raising, trade and export finance, turnkey deliveries, leasing transactions, real estate, litigation, intellectual property, competition, employment law, taxation, and commercial contract matters, to name a few.

Public Sector

Krogerus lawyers provide legal advice on a wide range of issues that touch the public sector. Our public procurement team offers specialist expertise to tendering companies and public entities on both contentious and non-contentious issues. We also offer our services in contracts, privatisation efforts and public-private partnership arrangements, in which our experience includes working with financiers, equity sponsors, contractors and public authorities. Our technology lawyers assist public-sector entities in their ICT procurement and other technology needs. We also have extensive expertise in European Union state aid rules and their implications. The firm’s clients include the State of Finland, multilateral governmental agencies, international financial institutions, numerous local governmental authorities and private companies.

Real Estate

Property owners, developers, investors, lenders, public authorities and construction companies seek our expertise on a wide variety of real estate and construction projects. Our clients include the world’s leading funds investing in commercial property and prominent Finnish publicly-listed investors and developers. Krogerus lawyers offer advice on project conception and choice of procurement, through the tender process and letting. We also advise clients in their day-to-day business issues and offer proactive dispute resolution via mediation, arbitration and litigation.

Retail and Consumer Goods

We offer legal counsel to domestic and international retailers, consumer businesses and wholesalers on a variety of matters, including acquisitions and divestitures of nationwide retail and wholesale businesses, store acquisitions and divestitures, bank financing and leasing arrangements, consumer credit, data protection, competition and marketing law, product liability issues, contract negotiations, employment law and dispute resolution. Our experience includes advice related to product distribution, sales and purchases. We also provide counsel on marketing and product-recall campaigns, along with insurance and shipment of goods issues.

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Krogerus lawyers have longstanding expertise in advising media and telecommunications companies in their legal, contractual, financing and regulatory needs. We offer strategic business advice and corporate transactional services specifically designed for these businesses. When conflicts arise, our practitioners offer their contentious expertise to resolve disputes. We also have longstanding expertise in taking unfair business practice disputes to the Market Court.

Rankings:

Chambers Europe 2016: "Krogerus has a large team of technology lawyers who are very client-oriented and efficient on assignments. They respond quickly to requests, even at very short notice."; "The team has good expertise and experience in demanding issues like ICT contracts, including outsourcing."; "Top knowledge of the IT field and related areas like data security; excellent drafting and negotiation skills and thorough understanding of our special business needs."

Chambers Europe 2015: "Leading practice with particular strength advising on outsourcing matters involving the financial services sector. Notable experience advising on contentious technology issues. Also handles data protection and telecommunications mandates." Quotes from sources: "It is one of the most respected firms in this sector. All the lawyers we have used have been of the highest standard." 

Chambers Europe 2014: “This team had almost 24-hour availability on a case with a very tight time schedule. I appreciated this ability to answer our questions and meet our requirements very quickly.” “I would recommend Krogerus for providing a prompt and timely response to questions, as well as offering the expertise to cover a wide range of issues concerning our business.”

Chambers Europe 2013: “Krogerus continues to increase its stature”

Chambers Europe 2012: Sources say: “The service is good, the people are very expert, it has excellent skills and it gives us the information that we’re looking for.”

Chambers Europe 2011: “The service is up there with the leading international law firms.”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2016 (TMT): "Krogerus continues to focus on ICT outsourcing arrangements and other commercial contracts. Juha Pekka Katainen is the ‘driving force behind new innovative approaches’ and Mika Puittinen is ‘extremely knowledgeable in IT contracting.’"  

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2015: "Krogerus fields a highly recommended team that gives ‘accurate and strategic advice’. Kalle Hynönen, former IP counsel at Sanoma, recently joined the team, which includes Juha-Pekka Katainen and Mika Puittinen, who are ‘especially good negotiators.'"

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2014: “Krogerus’ recent work includes large-scale IT outsourcing projects and service agreements, as well as public and private procurement matters; key clients include financial institutions and, increasingly, public sector bodies.”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2013: “Krogerus’ clients appreciate ‘the high quality of negotiation and drafting skills, the extremely quick and timely response times, combined with in-depth knowledge of the industry in question.’”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2011: “Size and focus ensures Krogerus a leading position in the market” and “highly recommended for complex, large-scale projects"

Highly recommended by PLC Which Lawyer? 2011

Transportation and Logistics

We counsel logistics service providers, such as freight forwarders, land, air and sea carriers, as well as their clients and insurers, in transport and trade law matters and handle the settlement of varied disputes. We also represent clients in mergers and acquisitions transactions, joint ventures, securities offerings, restructurings and other complex financing arrangements. Additionally, we provide legal counsel on employment law matters and in a broad range of litigation assignments.