Practices: Banking and Finance

Banking and Finance

We advise lenders, borrowers and other parties on all types of domestic and international financing transactions. Our focus is frequently on acquisition and leveraged finance (including senior, mezzanine and subordinated debt), asset finance (including financing and leasing of aircraft, ships and other large capital assets), derivatives and structured finance (including securitisation of various types of assets), project finance (including construction and infrastructure projects involving public-private partnerships and limited recourse financings in Finland and the emerging markets), trade and export finance and real estate finance. We also advise on domestic and cross-border restructuring and workout projects in order to rehabilitate distressed borrowers. In addition to our transactional work, we often advise banks and other financial institutions, as well as investment and fund management firms, with their operational, regulatory and supervisory matters.

IFLR1000 2015: Banking and Finance ranked in Tier 1. “I’d certainly be happy to go to them for finance work,” says one international partner. “You have a good choice in Finland between the firms but with Krogerus their willingness to get things done quickly and the client service they offer makes them stand out.”
“Others are just as happy with the offering: ‘Their cross-border work is really good. We find they have the right balance. They understand our business dynamic, in that we have to make the deals and also get the funding in place, sometimes in difficult jurisdictions.’ “

“Clients are quick to praise the firm’s capability in restructuring and finance work and how professional and easy to work with the lawyers are.”

Chambers Global 2015: Sources say the following of Juha Wessman: “He is approachable and easy to talk to. He has a great knowledge of the area we work in and always gives us good advice”

Chambers Global 2014: Päivi Toivari, Kimmo Mettälä, Juha Wessman and Marjukka Sippola are endorsed

Chambers Global 2013: “Clients single out department head Päivi Toivari as one of the prominent figures in Finnish banking and finance”

Chambers Global 2012: “Clients are impressed with practice leader Päivi Toivari’s specialised experience in financing syndicated loans”

Chambers Global 2011: “personable, client-oriented approach”

“Practice head Päivi Toivari is widely regarded as one of the most active and respected lawyers in the field.”

“Kimmo Mettälä has a strong presence in cross-border financing cases, thanks to his strong relationships with the firm’s foreign clients and his impressive international experience.”

Juha Wessman Endorsed by Chambers Europe 2014 (Banking and Finance)

Chambers Europe 2013: “This talented Finnish firm has recently been active in real estate financing, assisting Sveafastigheter with its acquisition of 68 retail properties across Finland, in a deal valued at over EUR100 million. Clients acknowledge its strong experience in mezzanine financing and its presence in debt restructuring”

Chambers Europe 2010: “commentators applaud this firm for its successful development of its finance practice”

The Legal 500 2014: “Krogerus is accomplished in acquisition finance, corporate lending and debt issuance, and derivatives”

The Legal 500 2013: “overall level of service is excellent”

The Legal 500 2011: “a reputable practice”

IFLR1000 2014: Listed in Tier 2. “Practice head Päivi Toivari draws a lot of praise and is described by one international partner as ‘diligent, hard-working and knowledgeable'”

IFLR1000 2013: “A bank client says [Päivi] Toivari ‘knows very well the expectations, she is very pragmatic and it is very easy to work with her… we are very satisfied with Krogerus’”