Juha Pekka Katainen takes a lead role and provides counsel to senior company management in complex commercial disputes and investigations. He has longstanding experience in technology, media and telecommunications assignments and regularly represents domestic and international companies in large-scale ICT and outsourcing projects. Mr Katainen also has broad experience in advising on commercial agreements particularly in the telecommunications sector. Mr Katainen serves as chair of the firm’s board of directors.
Chambers Europe 2019 (TMT): "One client describes him as 'really fantastic, really hard-working, thorough and very customer-centric,' adding that he has 'lots of knowledge regarding technology and agreement negotiations.'"
Chambers Europe 2018 (TMT): "Clients believe 'he is an extremely skilled negotiator' who 'has the ability to see the whole picture.”
Chambers Europe 2017 (TMT): "Clients say he is an 'experienced expert, a good negotiator and reliable in all respects.'"
Chambers Europe 2016 (TMT): "Vast, long-term experience and an exceptional eye for combining commercial and business needs with legal considerations, to achieve the best overall result for the client."
Chambers Europe 2015 (TMT): "Juha Pekka Katainen wins praise from clients for his 'great knowledge of the technology market.' Commentators describe him as an 'experienced and reliable partner. He is extremely results-oriented and a forward-looking negotiator.'"
Chambers Europe 2014 (TMT): “I’ve used him in the biggest deals and I can say that I haven’t seen a better technology lawyer anywhere! He is very knowledgeable of IT and is also one of the best, if not the best, negotiator I’ve worked with – he is very pragmatic and effective, and always well prepared.”
Chambers Europe 2013 (TMT): “Juha Pekka Katainen receives extensive praise from market sources, acknowledging his role as ‘a tough negotiator who is results-oriented and forward-looking.’ Clients particularly appreciate his broad understanding of the Finnish TMT market, garnered from many years of experience in matters ranging from large-scale outsourcing assignments to day-to-day TMT advice.”
Chambers Europe 2012 (TMT) “an excellent negotiator”
Chambers Europe 2011 (TMT): “a very result-oriented and forward-looking negotiator”
Legal 500 (EMEA) 2019 (TMT): Listed as a Leading Individual
Legal 500 (EMEA) 2018 (TMT): Inducted in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame
Legal 500 (EMEA) 2017 (TMT): Listed as a Leading Individual
Legal 500 (EMEA) 2016 (TMT): Listed as a Leading Individual. "Juha Pekka Katainen is the ‘driving force behind new innovative approaches.’"
Legal 500 (EMEA) 2015 (TMT): Listed as a Leading Individual. "especially good negotiator"
Legal 500 (EMEA) 2014 (TMT): Listed as a Leading Individual
Legal 500 (EMEA) 2013 (TMT): Listed as a Leading Individual. “Juha Pekka Katainen is ‘a brilliant negotiator, possessing tactics and skills that one as a client must simply admire and counterparts watch out for.’”
Legal 500 (EMEA) 2012 (TMT): Listed as a Leading Individual
Legal 500 (EMEA) 2010 (TMT): “one of the foremost IT lawyers in Finland who is fun to work with”
International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Awards 2011: the winner of the IT category for Finland
Helsinki Telecommunications Law Lawyer of the Year 2018 by Best Lawyers
Listed in the 2009–2017 editions of Best Lawyers (Information Technology Law; Technology Law; Telecommunications Law)
Who's Who Legal: Information Technology & Telecommunications and Media 2020. Endorsed as a Global Leader in Data 2020
Who's Who Legal: Information Technology & Telecommunications and Media 2016, 2019. Endorsed as a Thought Leader in Data 2018, 2019
International Who’s Who: Telecommunications Lawyers 2012, Regulatory Communications Lawyers 2013
Finnish Bar Association
International Chamber of Commerce, Intellectual Property Law Commission
International Bar Association, Outsourcing and Shared Services Subcommittee, Chairperson (2008–2011)
Finnish IT Law Association, Board Member (2003–2007)
Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe (IAB Finland), Board Member (1998–2002)
Master of Laws, University of Helsinki (1997)