Juha Wessman specialises in banking and finance (especially project and asset financing and leasing), real estate transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr Wessman regularly advises both domestic and international clients on their financing and real estate transactions in Finland and abroad. He had a substantial role in the development and application of public-private partnership models in Finland. Mr Wessman has represented clients in international investment and real estate transactions in Russia, the Baltic countries and the Far East. Prior to joining Krogerus, Mr Wessman served as the legal counsel for the Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation and Kansallis Finance.
Chambers Global 2017 (Banking and Finance): "Juha Wessman draws praise from a client for being 'very energetic, business-minded and understanding of our needs and our business.'"
Chambers Global 2016 (Banking and Finance): "Clients say: 'I can only say positive things about him – I was very satisfied on the latest refinancing case.'"
Chambers Global 2015 (Banking and Finance): “broad practice covers banking and finance, real estate and M&A. He has particular experience advising on project and asset financing. Sources say: ‘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.’”
Endorsed by Chambers Global 2014 (Banking and Finance)
Chambers Global 2013 (Banking and Finance): “Juha Wessman impresses with his work in real estate finance.”
Chambers Global 2011 (Banking and Finance): “Sources praise Juha Wessman for the excellent commercial insight he imparts, and for his approachability.”
Chambers Europe 2018 (Real Estate): "Juha Wessman is praised as a 'customer-minded, solution-oriented and knowledgeable' practitioner."
Endorsed by Chambers Europe 2017 (Real Estate)
Chambers Europe 2016 (Real Estate): "friendly, nice to work with, pragmatic and commercial."
Endorsed by Chambers Europe 2014, 2015, 2017 (Banking and Finance)
Chambers Europe 2015 (Real Estate): "According to clients, Juha Wessman 'always does what he promises; I work with Krogerus because of him.'" "Wessman covers both transactional and financing mandates."
Chambers Europe 2014 (Real Estate): “Particular knowledge of the financing side”
Chambers Europe 2013 (Banking and Finance & Real Estate): “impresses with his work in real estate finance"; “has been active in the public procurement and development market recently”
Chambers Europe 2012 (Banking and Finance & Real Estate): “Clients emphasise his expertise in lease financing.”
Chambers Europe 2011 (Banking and Finance): “a knowledgeable and client-minded lawyer”
Legal 500 (EMEA) 2019 (Banking and Finance, Real Estate and Construction): Ranked as a Recommended Lawyer
Legal 500 (EMEA) 2017 (Real Estate and Construction): "Juha Wessman is ‘practical, customer-oriented and a good negotiator.'"
Legal 500 (EMEA) 2014 (Real Estate and Construction): Ranked as a recommended lawyer for real estate and construction.
Legal 500 (EMEA) 2013 (Real Estate and Construction): “highly experienced”
Legal 500 (EMEA) 2012 (Real Estate and Construction): “excellent”
IFLR1000 2020: Highly Regarded Lawyer (Banking)
IFLR1000 2019: Leading Lawyer (Banking)
IFLR1000 2018: Leading Lawyer (Banking) "Juha Wessman has excellent understanding of the real estate investment business as well as the construction business, which, combined with expertise in financing agreements and personal contacts with leading financing institutions, are clear strengths. Moreover, Juha has excellent problem solving skills making negotiators on both sides of the table satisfied.”
IFLR1000 2017: Listed as a Leading Lawyer in Banking and Finance
International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Award (2014): Exclusive winner for the commercial property category (Finland)
Listed in the 2009-2017 editions of Best Lawyers (Banking and Finance Law; Real Estate Law)
Endorsed by Expert Guides (Construction and Real Estate) 2014, 2016
Endorsed by PLC Which Lawyer? 2011 (Real Estate)
Applying the Private Financing Model in Finland – Particularly for Public Building Construction Projects (International Financial Law Review, 2002)
Finnish Bar Association
International Project Finance Association
International Bar Association
Law Clerk, Helsinki District Court (1991)
Master of Laws, University of Helsinki (1987)