Highlight 21 March 2011

Krogerus strengthens its Banking and Finance practice by new partners

Krogerus strengthens its finance practice by the addition of new partners Kimmo Mettälä and Raimo Seppälä who are joining the firm from LMR Attorneys Ltd.

They both have extensive experience in international and domestic finance law. These new partner additions strengthen the position of Krogerus as one of the leading transaction and finance law firms in Finland.

“In today’s global economy even the large law firms no longer succeed with good general skills, but a more focused approach based on strong practice area specialization and skills is required. Banking and finance is one of the firm’s core areas which we have been consistently developing for some time. We also believe our international work will continue to grow significantly. The recruitment of Kimmo Mettälä and Raimo Seppälä supports both of these goals in an ideal manner “, says Managing Partner Juha Pekka Katainen.

Kimmo Mettälä is an internationally highly recognized banking and finance expert. He began his international career in the 1980s, when he worked both as an attorney in a U.S. law firm and as counsel at The World Bank in Washington D.C. He has also served as counsel at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. In addition to being a member of the Finnish Bar, Kimmo Mettälä is a member of the New York State Bar. His practice focuses on banking and finance transactions, including acquisition finance, as well as mergers & acquisitions. His recent work also has involved a number of complex cross-border debt restructuring arrangements.

Raimo Seppälä has a strong background in banking and insurance and continuously advises both international and domestic financial institutions and also represents them in court proceedings. Seppälä has previously served as General Counsel of Pohjola Insurance Company.

“We have been following the consistent growth of Krogerus and we felt that now was the right time to take on new challenges. It is with great pleasure that we become a part of this effective and competent firm and look forward to being able to use our experience in the development of the firm’s finance practice”, says Raimo Seppälä.

“During the past couple of years, finance lawyers both in Finland and abroad have been involved with workout and debt restructuring transactions. Even though this will keep us busy in the future, we also expect normal transactional activity to increase, particularly acquisitions and related financing transactions. We are excited to bring our experience to further strengthen the already robust finance and transaction practice of Krogerus”, says Kimmo Mettälä.

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