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May 2017

The Employment Law Review, Finland chapter

JP Alho and Carola Möller have written the Finland chapter for the eigth edition of The Employment Law Review, a publication of Law Business Research Ltd, 2017.

The objective of the book is to serve as a tool to help legal practitioners and human resources professionals identify issues that present challenges to their clients and companies.

Download the Finland chapter here. To view the guide in full, please request a download link at The Law Reviews website

April 2017

The Tax Disputes and Litigation Review, Finland chapter

Jouni Weckström has written the Finland chapter for the fifth edition of The Tax Disputes and Litigation Review, a publication of Law Business Research Ltd, 2017.

The objective of the book is to provide tax professionals involved in disputes with revenue authorities in multiple jurisdictions with an outline of the principal issues arising in those jurisdictions.

Download the Finland chapter here. To view the guide in full, please request a download link at The Law Reviews website

February 2017

European Employment Law Update 2017, Finland Chapter

JP Alho has written the Finland chapter for the European Employment Law Update (a publication of World Services Group member firms, 2017).

Read the article: European Employment Law Update 2017.

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February 2017

Multi-Jurisdictional Business Transfers: Employee Issues, Finland chapter

JP Alho has written the Finland chapter for the publication Multi-Jurisdictional Business Transfers: Employee Issues (Herbert Smith Freehills, 2017).

The guide offers a concise and practical overview of the key employment law issues to consider when dealing with employee transfers in business sales and outsourcing transactions. You can read the Finland chapter here.

To request a full copy of the guide, please visit the Herbert Smith Freehills website.

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January 2017

Trademark Litigation: A Global Guide 2017, Finland chapter

Tuukka Airaksinen and Sarita Schröder have written the Finland chapter for the publication Trademark Litigation: A Global Guide 2017 (World Trademark Review, 2017).

You can read the entire article here.

Trademark Litigation: A Global Guide 2017, is a supplement to WTR, published by Globe Business Media Group - IP Division. To view the guide in full, please go to www.WorldTrademarkReview.com.

October 2016

Miten kilpailusäännöt tulee huomioida kilpailijoiden välisessä yhteistyössä?

Leena Lindberg asks how competition rules should be acknowledged in co-operation between competitors (Miten kilpailusäännöt tulee huomioida kilpailijoiden välisessä yhteistyössä?) in an article for Kehittyvä Elintarvike, Elintarviketieteiden Seura ry. (available only in Finnish)

Read the entire article: Miten kilpailusäännöt tulee huomioida kilpailijoiden välisessä yhteistyössä?

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June 2016

Anti-Corruption Committee News, Finland chapter (International Bar Association)

Heli Korkka and Pia Laaksonen have written the Finland chapter for the Anti-Corruption Committee News (Newsletter of the International Bar Association Legal Practice Division, June 2016).

Read the article: Anti-Corruption Committee News

 

March 2016

Global Guide to Whistleblowing, Finland chapter

JP Alho has written the Finland chapter to the Global Guide to Whistleblowing (Herbert Smith Freehills, November 2015). 

A summary of the report is available here: Global Guide to WhistleblowingIf you would like a full copy of this report, please email jules.campbell@hsf.com.

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February 2016

European Employment Law Update 2016, Finland Chapter

JP Alho has written the Finland chapter for the European Employment Law Update (a publication of World Services Group member firms, 2016)

Read the article: Employment Law Update

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November 2015

Comment on “Verkkokauppa.com” Decision of the Supreme Court (Korkein oikeus) 9 March 2015 – Case No. KKO 2015:17

Dr Pessi Honkasalo co-authors a Comment on “Verkkokauppa.com” Decision of the Supreme Court (Korkein oikeus) 9 March 2015 – Case No. KKO 2015:17 (International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law, 16 November 2015).

Read the comment (fee required): Springerlink online

October 2015

Report on the Public Policy Exception in the New York Convention, Finland chapter (International Bar Association)

Thomas Kolster co-authors the Finland chapter in a Report on the Public Policy Exception in the New York Convention written on behalf of the IBA Subcommittee on Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards (International Bar Association, October 2015)

Read the report: IBA Country Report 2015

 

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September 2015

Electricity Regulation 2016, Finland chapter

Katri Joenpolvi, Ville Hailikari and Mikko Pirttila have written the Finland chapter fo Getting The Deal Through: Electricity Regulation 2016 (Law Business Research, October 2015).

It is reproduced with permission of Law Business Research Ltd.

Read the article: Electricity Regulation 2016, Finland

June 2015

Merger Control, Finland chapter

By Katri Joenpolvi, Leena Lindberg and Jarno Käkelä

Katri Joenpolvi, Leena Lindberg and Jarno Käkelä have written an article on legislation and jurisdiction issues in Finland for Merger Control (Fourth Edition, Global Legal Insights, 2015).

Read the entire article: Merger Control 2015

April 2015

Riita-asian vireilläolovaikutus (lis pendens) Bryssel I -asetuksen mukaan

Kenneth Svartström writes on the lis pendens effect according to the Brussels I regulation (Riita-asian vireilläolovaikutus (lis pendens) Bryssel I -asetuksen mukaan) for Defensor Legis (2/2015)

Read the entire article: Defensor Legis

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March 2015

Miten mainonnan hyvän markkinointitavan mukaisuutta arvioidaan?

Emilia Lasanen asks how the code of ethics on advertisement is determined (Miten mainonnan hyvän markkinointitavan mukaisuutta arvioidaan?) in an article for MARK, Finnish Marketing Association (available only in Finnish)

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http://www.mark.fi/juristipiiri/4CsZ0wSZQXuIZn7P6O3s0g/

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January 2015

European Employment Law Update 2015, Finland Chapter

JP Alho has written the Finland chapter for the European Employment Law Update (a publication of World Services Group member firms, 2015)

Read the article: European Employment Law Update

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November 2014

Electricity Regulation 2015, Finland Chapter

Katri Joenpolvi, Ville Hailikari and Mikko Pirttila have written the Finland chapter for Getting The Deal Through: Electricity Regulation 2015, (Law Business Research, October 2014).

It is reproduced with permission of Law Business Research Ltd.

For further information about the publisher, please visit www.gettingthedealthrough.com.

Read the article: GTDT Finland Electricity Regulation Finland 2015

September 2014

Selailu jatkukoon – Meltwater-ratkaisu ja hankala kopion käsite

Kalle Hynönen writes on the Meltwater decision and the problematic concept of ‘copy’ (Selailu jatkukoon – Meltwater-ratkaisu ja hankala kopion käsite) for IPRinfo, 3/2014 (available only in Finnish)

Read the article: IPRinfo

August 2014

The European Antitrust Review, Finland Chapter (2015)

By Katri Joenpolvi and Leena Lindberg

 

Katri Joenpolvi and Leena Lindberg have written an article on the most important legislative developments in the field of Finnish competition law for The European Antitrust Review 2015 (Global Competition Review, 2015).

Read the entire article: The European Antitrust Review 2015

June 2014

Konkurssipesän pesänhoitajan lainkäytön takeet

Annika Smalén writes on the Guarantees Related to the Administration of Justice by the Administrator of the Bankrupt’s Estate (Konkurssipesän pesänhoitajan lainkäytön takeet) for Defensor Legis, 3/2014 (available only in Finnish)

Read the entire article: Defensor Legis

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May 2014

On and Beyond Hyperlinking: Svensson Decision and the Right of Communication to Public

By Kalle Hynönen

Kalle Hynönen has written an article on On and Beyond Hyperlinking: Svensson Decision and the Right of Communication to Public for IPR Info (2/2015). IPR Info is a periodical published by IPR University Center.

Read the entire article: IPR Info 2014

April 2014

Independent Decisional Authority of the Administrator in the Light of Legislation and in Practice (2014)

By Annika Smalén

Annika Smalén has written an article entitled Independent Decisional Authority of the Administrator in the Light of Legislation and in Practice (Defensor Legis 2/2014). The article is available in Finnish.

Read the entire article: Defensor Legis 022014

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April 2014

Merger Control, Finland Chapter (2014)

By Katri Joenpolvi and Leena Lindberg

Katri Joenpolvi and Leena Lindberg have written an article on legislation and jurisdiction issues in Finland for The Merger Control (Second Edition, Thomson Reuters, 2014).

Read the entire article: Merger Control 2014

April 2014

The Private Equity Law Review, Finland chapter (2014)

By Mika Ståhlberg, Marcus Möller and Leif Laitinen

Mika Ståhlberg, Marcus Möller and Leif Laitinen have written an article on private equity investment issues in Finland for The Private Equity Law Review (Third Edition, Business Law Research, March 2014).

Read the entire article: Private Equity Review 2014

March 2014

IFLR Merger Control, Finland chapter (2014)

By Katri Joenpolvi and Leena Lindberg

Katri Joenpolvi and Leena Lindberg have written an article on merger control issues in Finland for the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) Merger Control Survey 2014. See more about IFLR on their website: www.iflr.com.

Read the entire article: Finland_Merger Control 2014

February 2014

EU IP Offices Seek to Harmonise the Scope of Protection

By Tuukka Airaksinen and Emilia Lasanen

Tuukka Airaksinen and Emilia Lasanen have written an article entitled EU IP Offices Seek to Harmonise the Scope of Protection for IPRinfo (1/2014), a periodical published by the IPR University Center.

Read the entire article: IPRinfo

January 2014

Preparation needed for new EU data protection law

The European Union is one step closer to adopting a new regulation that requires businesses to take newfound precautions in processing personal data.

A new EU regulation is anticipated in the next few years that will require businesses to take stringent precautions to protect customer telephone numbers, email addresses, identification numbers and potentially even photos.
A substantial portion of the Finnish data protection law will not change as a result of this new EU regulation. However, stricter fines are in store for noncompliance.

The time is now to make sure you have solid procedures to process and protect personal data. You may also need to designate a data protection officer.

While the regulation is still in the proposal stages, the EU Commission is moving forward on several fronts. If all goes according to the current plan, look for the new regulation to come into force some time in 2015–2016.

Below are highlights of key changes the European Parliament is proposing.

Background of new regulation

The European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs has presented its draft report on the European Commission’s proposal for a regulation on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of this data, called the General Data Protection Regulation.

To enter into force, both the Council of the EU and the European Parliament need to accept the regulation.

The Parliament has now taken its first position on the proposal through the rapporteur Jan Philipp Albrecht (Greens/EFA).

He welcomes the fact that the Commission has proposed to replace Directive 95/46/EC, on which the Finnish Personal Data Act is based, with a directly applicable regulation, since this should reduce the fragmented approach to data protection among various EU member states.

The rapporteur of the Parliament is, however, proposing some amendments to the Commission’s draft.

Designate a data protection officer

The Parliament proposes that the threshold for the mandatory designation of a data protection officer should not be based on the size of the enterprise but rather on the relevance of data processing. So, if the processing is carried out by an enterprise employing 250 persons or more, a data protection officer should be designated if the processing is carried out by a legal person and relates to more than 500 data subjects per year.

Outsourcing data to other countries

Another of the proposals impact the ability of companies to outsource their information technology operations. It also impacts how companies can transfer data outside of the European Economic Area.

The current EU data protection law states that the Commission can designate certain countries to have adequate personal data protection. In the proposal, the Commission suggested that, in addition, it could designate certain business sectors within otherwise unapproved countries as adequate.

But the rapporteur rejected this sector proposal. Instead, his report strengthens the criteria for assessing the adequacy of a non-EU jurisdiction as a whole and emphasises that even if personal data are transferred to third countries without legally binding safeguards, this still must have a legal basis in the specific derogation provisions of the regulation.

Severe penalties in store 

 Finally, the rappourteur supports the strengthening of the supervisory authorities’ investigative powers and sanction capabilities. In case of a first and non-intentional breach of the regulation, a warning in writing could be given and no sanction imposed even for larger enterprises, but the proposed amounts of fines (0.5 to 2% of the annual worldwide turnover) are kept unchanged.

There is a new paragraph stating that the principle of ne bis in idem needs to be respected to prevent penalties being imposed twice for the same act.

Current timetable for enactment

The General Data Protection Regulation will next be on the agenda of the informal Justice Council taking place in Dublin on 18 January and the European Parliament plenary vote is expected sometime around April. According to the Commission, the concerned parties are trying to achieve a political agreement on the issue by the end of the first half of 2013.

October 2013

Finland: C-74/11 – CJEU Rules in Favour of the Finnish VAT Grouping System

By Antti Lehtimaja

Antti Lehtimaja has written an article entitled Finland: C-74/11 – CJEU Rules in Favour of the Finnish VAT Grouping System for Tax Planning International (Bloomberg BNA, 2013)

Reproduced with permission from Indirect Taxes, Vol.11, No. 10, 2013. Copyright 2013 The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) www.bna.com.

Read the entire article: Finland Tax

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October 2013

Investment Funds – Jurisdictional Comparison

By Marcus Möller, Antti Lehtimaja, Mirja Sikander and Pyry Somervuori

Marcus Möller, Antti Lehtimaja, Mirja Sikander and Pyry Somervuori have written a Finland chapter for Investment Funds – Jurisdictional Comparisons (Sweet and Maxwell, 2013). The chapter forms part of a larger publication.

You can purchase the book online from www.sweetandmaxwell.co.uk

Read the entire article: Investment Funds Finland

October 2013

Contracts, Licences and Undertakings

By Dr Pessi Honkasalo

Dr Pessi Honkasalo has written an article on the relationship of contracts, licences and undertakings under Finnish law for Business Law Forum 2013, a publication of the Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce.

The book is available for purchase from the Chamber of Commerce’s webstore: http://www.kauppakamarikauppa.fi/index.php/Kirjakauppa/Tuotteet-ja-sarjat/Lakimiesliiton-Kustannus/Business-Law-Forum-2013

Read the entire article: Business Law Forum

October 2013

Kuunnelkaa osakkeenomistajaa

By Dr Mårten Knuts

Mårten Knuts has written an article for Boardview (3/2013) entitled Kuunnelkaa osakkeenomistajaa (Listen Shareholder). The text is available in Finnish. Boardview is a publication of the Directors’ Institute of Finland.

Read the entire article: Boardview

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October 2013

National Oil Companies Operating in Upstream Petroleum Projects and Participating in Joint Operating Agreements

By Meri-Katriina Kanervisto and E.G. Pereira

Associate Meri-Katriina Kanervisto has written an article on National Oil Companies Operating in Upstream Petroleum Projects and Participating in Joint Operating Agreements for the Oil, Gas & Energy Law Intelligence (August 2013 – co-author).

Read the entire article: OGEL

September 2013

Legislative Amendments Provide the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority with New Powers

By Katri Joenpolvi and Leena Lindberg

Partners Katri Joenpolvi and Leena Lindberg have written an article on Legislative Amendments Provide the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority with New Powers for the Expert Guide: Competition and Antitrust Law 2013 (September 2013).

Read the entire article: Expert Guide

August 2013

The European Antitrust Review 2014 – Finland Overview

By Katri Joenpolvi and Leena Lindberg

Partners Katri Joenpolvi and Leena Lindberg have written article for The European Antitrust Review 2014 on the latest issues in Finnish competition law.

The text is an extract from The European Antitrust Review 2014 – a Global Competition Review special report – www.globalcompetitionreview.com.

Read the entire article: Finland Overview

August 2013

Syöttötariffia mittarista

(Feed-in Tariff Under Measure) By Ville Hailikari, Nikolas Sjöberg and Jarno Käkelä

An article by Ville Hailikari, Nikolas Sjöberg and Jarno Käkelä was published in 02/2013 version of Tuulienergia magazine, a publication of the Finnish Wind Power Association. The article is available in Finnish.

Read the entire article: Tuulienergia

July 2013

Yleisölle välittämisestä – Euroopan unionin tuomioistuimen ratkaisu asiassa C-607/11

(On Communication to the Public – The Judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Case C-607/11) By Pessi Honkasalo

An article by Pessi Honkasalo was published in Lakimies, Finland’s premier law journal (4/2013). The article is available in Finnish and requires a subscription.

Read the entire article: Lakimies

June 2013

M&A Insurance Makes Headway into the Finnish Market: An Analysis of Market Practice and Prevailing Trends

By Suvi Tervahartiala

This article appeared in the May 2013 issue of the International Bar Association’s European Regional Forum Newsletter. You can find out more about the International Bar Association at www.ibanet.org.

Read the entire article: European Regional Forum

April 2013

There’s Many a Slip ’twixt Cup and Lip: On Overall Impression, Nature of the Product and Freedom of the Designer

By Pessi Honkasalo and Verna Vesanen

This article appeared in the fourth issue of the European Intellectual Property Review (2013), a Thomson Reuters publication.

Read the entire article: European Intellectual Property Review
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March 2013

Citation of Finnish Authorities under the Bluebook System

(International Journal of Legal Information, Spring-Summer 2012) By Pessi Honkasalo

An article by Pessi Honkasalo was published in the International Journal of Legal Information (Vol 40, No 1–2), the official publication of the International Association of Law Libraries.

Kindly see the International Association of Libraries website for more information: International Association of Law Libraries

February 2013

Crowdfunding in the Context of Securities Offerings in the US and Europe: An Overview of the Regulatory Framework

By Marjukka Sippola and Leif Laitinen

This article first appeared in the February 2013 issue of the Newsletter of the Securities Law Committee of the Legal Practice Division of the International Bar Association (Vol 19, No 1), and is reproduced by kind permission of the International Bar Association, London, UK.© International Bar Association.

Read the entire article: Crowdfunding: An Overview of the Regulatory Framework
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January 2013

IP Translator – muuttuiko tavaramerkkien suoja-ala

(IP Translator – Has the Scope of Trade Mark Registration Changed) By Tuukka Airaksinen / January 2013

An article by Tuukka Airaksinen was published in IPRinfo, a publication of the IPR University Center, an institute established jointly by five Finnish universities (4/2012). The article is available in Finnish.

Read the entire article: IP Translator

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December 2012

Smiley Faced Down: the Finnish Supreme Administrative Court Decides that Emoticon Cannot be Trade Marked

This article was first published in the European Intellectual Property Review, Issue 12, 2012. It is reproduced by kind permission of Thomson Reuters.

Read the entire article: Smiley faced down
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November 2012

KHO 2012:32: Hankinnan tekeminen väitetyltä valtion tuen saajalta

An article by Simo Autio was published in Lakimies, Finland’s premier law journal (6/2012). The article is available in Finnish and requires a subscription.

Read the entire article: http://www.edilex.fi/lakikirjasto/9223

October 2012

The European Antitrust Review 2013 – Finland Overview

An extract from The European Antitrust Review 2013 – a Global Competition Review special report – www.globalcompetitionreview.com.

Read the entire article: Finland Overview
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September 2012

Head North, Mobile Executives! Special Tax Advantages in the Nordic Countries

This article was first published in Business Law International, Vol 13 No 3, September 2012, and is reproduced by kind permission of the International Bar Association, London, UK.© International Bar Association.

Read the entire article: Head North, Mobile Executives!
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June 2012

Kilpailuoikeuden sanktiot ja Euroopan Ihmisoikeustuomioistuimen rangaistusmääritelmät – seuraamusjärjestelmien rajankäyntiä EU:n muuttuvassa oikeustilassa

An article by Simo Autio was published in Acta Legis Turkuensia (1/2012). Acta Legis Turkuensia is a peer-reviewed student publication of the Turku University Faculty of Law. The article is available in Finnish.

Read the entire article: http://www.edilex.fi/lakikirjasto/8866.pdf

April 2012

EU:n valtiontukisääntöjen huomioiminen yrityssaneerausmenettelyssä

An article by Julius Parikka and Simo Autio was published in Edilex (2012/19). Edilex are a peer reviewed articles published exclusively in the premier Finnish legal online service. The article is available in Finnish and requires a subscription.

Read the entire article: http://www.edilex.fi/lakikirjasto/8783

April 2012

Computer-Implemented Inventions as Patentable Subject Matter

A comparative report written by Pessi Honkasalo was published by Institute of Intellectual Property in Tokyo, a research organisation dedicated to intellectual property law. Text is available in English and Japanese.

It is available for purchase at the following website: http://www.iip.or.jp/e/

December 2011

Investment Funds – Jurisdictional Comparisons

Finland chapter by Antti Lehtimaja, Marcus Möller, Mirja Sikander and Pyry Somervuori was published in Investment Funds – Jurisdictional Comparisons (Finland Chapter) 2011. The chapter forms part of a larger publication. You can purchase the book online from www.sweetandmaxwell.co.uk

Read the entire article: Investment Funds – Jurisdictional Comparisons (Finland Chapter)
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December 2011

Yrityskauppatesti vaihtuu – mitä eroa testeissä on ja mikä arvioinnissa muuttuu?

(Change in the Applicable Merger Control Test – How do the Tests Differ and What are the Effects of the Changes?) By Leena Lindberg / December 2011

An article by Leena Lindberg was published in Defensor Legis (6/2011). Defensor Legis is a publication of the Finnish Bar Association. The article is available in Finnish.

Read the entire article: http://www.edilex.fi/lakikirjasto/defensor_legis/8331/

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October 2011

Renewable Energy: Challenges and Opportunities for Power Producers

An article by Ville Hailikari and Timo Lankinen was published in International Law Office Newsletter, Energy and Natural Resources (10/2011).

Read the entire article: Renewable energy challenges and opportunities for power producers
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August 2011

Kan man äga ett datorprogram?

An article written by Pessi Honkasalo was published in Nordiskt Immateriellt Rättsskydd (4/2011). Nordiskt Immateriellt Rättsskydd is the premier Nordic journal of intellectual property. The article is in Swedish and requires a subscription.

Read the entire article: http://www.nir.nu/Author/1901/pessi-honkasalo

February 2011

Parliament Considers New Mining Act Proposal

An article by Ville Hailikari and Sampsa Suominen was published in International Law Office Newsletter, Energy and Natural Resources (2/2011).

Read the entire article: Parliament considers new Mining Act proposal
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