Kimmo Mettälä advises clients on banking and finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions assignments and private equity investments. He has extensive experience in acquisition finance and secured finance, corporate finance, debt capital markets, debt restructurings, public and private company acquisitions and divestitures, investments in the emerging markets, representation of growth companies and international arbitration proceedings. Prior to joining Krogerus, Mr Mettälä was a partner and co-founder at another leading Finnish law firm. He has also held legal positions at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, the World Bank in Washington, D.C. and at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. Mr Mettälä is a member of the Finnish Bar Association and is also qualified to practice in the State of New York.
Chambers Global 2017 (Banking and Finance): "Kimmo Mettälä is 'service-minded, clear, concise and to-the-point.'"
Chambers Global 2017 (Corporate/M&A): "Kimmo Mettälä is praised by clients for being 'very responsive, and clearly he had an eye on things.'"
Chambers Global 2016 (Banking and Finance): "Kimmo Mettälä receives praise from clients for his financing practice: 'He is very capable, he finds answers and knows the industry very well.' He has notable strength on US-related mandates, particularly as he is dual-qualified in Finland and the USA."
Chambers Global 2015 (Banking and Finance): Kimmo Mettälä is described as “‘great at strategy and able to communicate confusing terminology in a way we can understand. He is very user-friendly,’ note clients … He is a strong choice for mandates involving the USA, having previously worked in New York.”
Chambers Global 2015 (Corporate/M&A): “broad practice encompasses banking and finance, private equity and M&A. He advises both public and private companies.”
Chambers Global 2014 (Corporate/M&A): “Kimmo Mettälä has extensive professional experience outside of Finland and is a popular choice on cases with a cross-border element.”
Chambers Global 2014 (Banking & Finance): “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.”
Chambers Global 2013 (Banking and Finance): “US-qualified lawyer Kimmo Mettälä brings an international perspective to the team.”
Chambers Global 2012 (Banking and Finance): “clients underline his practical attitude and experience in financing and M&A transactions”
Chambers Global 2011: “Kimmo Mettälä’s international legal connections are a real asset when co-ordinating cross-border financings.”
Chambers Europe 2016 (Corporate/M&A): "Kimmo Mettälä offers well-regarded expertise on banking and finance transactions as well as public M&A and private equity investments."
Endorsed by Chambers Europe 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (Banking and Finance, Corporate/M&A)
Chambers Europe 2013 (Corporate/M&A): “’very intelligent’ Kimmo Mettälä is a new addition to the rankings, following widespread praise”
Listed in Chambers Europe 2012 (Banking and Finance)
Chambers Europe 2010 (Banking and Finance): “highly regarded for his dexterity and strong banking background”
Legal 500 (EMEA) 2017: Listed as a Recommended Lawyer
Legal 500 (EMEA) 2016: "Kimmo Mettälä ‘combines in-depth knowledge of Finnish law with a great understanding of the client’s underlying business rationale.’"
Legal 500 (EMEA) 2014: “recommended in banking and finance”
Legal 500 (EMEA) 2013: “highly rated”
Legal 500 (EMEA) 2012: Listed as a leading Banking and Finance practitioner
IFLR1000 2017: Listed as a Leading Lawyer in Capital Markets, Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions
IFLR1000 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016: Listed as a Leading Lawyer in Banking and Finance
Endorsed by PLC Which Lawyer? 2011 (Banking and Finance)
Endorsed by Who's Who Legal Banking (Finance) 2017
Listed in the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions of Best Lawyers (Banking and Finance Law; Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law)
Listed in Expert Guides (2014) as a leading practitioner in structured finance and securitisation, banking and project finance
Listed in Expert Guides (2013) as a leading banking and project finance practitioner
Listed in Expert Guides (2012) as a leading practitioner in structured finance and securitisation, banking and project finance
International Banking Law and Regulation (chapter on Finland), published by Westlaw / Thomson Reuters, 2015-1 ed
ABA International Stock Purchase Acquisitions (Finland, 2006) (co-author)
ABA Model Asset Purchase Agreement with Commentary (Finland, 2001) (co-author)
Public-Private-Partnerships, Issues from a Finnish Perspective (Business Law International, Issue 3, 2000)
Free Trade Agreements between Finland and Central and Eastern European Countries (The International Lawyer, Volume 28, Number 3, 1994) (co-author)
Finnish Country Chapter in Acquisition of Shares in a Foreign Country (a handbook published by the International Bar Association, 1993) (co-author)
Governing-Law Clauses of Loan Agreements in International Project Financing (The International Lawyer, Volume 20, Number 1, 1986)
Liikejuridiikka 1-2 (two textbooks on Finnish corporate law, 1982–1983) (co-author)
Finnish Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
American Bar Association
International Bar Association
Insolvency Lawyers Association (UK)
Fellow of American Bar Foundation
LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, United States (1985)
Master of Laws, University of Helsinki (1980)