Practices

Our legal services are highly regarded for their professionalism and expertise.

Clients come to us because they need practical answers. That is why we appreciate the power of saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’ rather than ‘maybe’. Our significant size in the Finnish market means that we have the depth of resources needed to represent clients in even their most complex and important matters. Krogerus lawyers are often involved in transactions and proceedings that are cross-border in nature or where we represent the domestic subsidiary of an international corporation. We offer a broad range of legal services across the corporate spectrum.

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.

Rankings:

Chambers Europe 2017: "'The team is excellent when it comes to documentation, corporate finance and the asset finance side.' Other clients also indicated that the team offers 'very good knowledge of real estate and public sector cases.'"

Chambers Global 2017: Päivi Toivari, Kimmo Mettälä and Juha Wessman are endorsed.

Chambers Europe 2016: "These lawyers are responsive, switched on and helpful. I appreciate the team's ability to get things done quickly in a non-fussy manner."

Chambers Global 2016: "According to sources, head of department Päivi Toivari 'is well appreciated by banks and by colleagues, she is very pleasant to work with and is highly respected as a negotiator.'"

Chambers Global 2015: "Strong team acting for lenders and borrowers on issues ranging from secured lending to export financing. Recent mandates include advising clients from the energy sector on both project and acquisition financing mandates. Also noted for real estate financing." Quotes from sources: "The lawyers are precise and technically strong. They are pragmatic people who make things easy for us." "The team sees things from the client's point of view and always takes our interests into account."

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: “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.” “personable, client-oriented approach.”

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.”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2017: "Krogerus is ‘very proactive and responsive.’"

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2015: "The ‘professional Päivi Toivari is known for her ‘no-nonsense advice’ and ‘great knowledge about the banking and lending environment.'" 

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2014: “Krogerus is accomplished in acquisition finance, corporate lending and debt issuance, and derivatives.”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2013: “overall level of service is excellent”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2011: “a reputable practice”

IFLR1000 2017: “The team at Krogerus were able to deliver good work,” says one client from the banking sector. “They were able to offer fluent and continuing communication with the principal lawyer. They really are true professionals.”

IFLR1000 2016: "The banking and finance team is recognised as one of the most dynamic and active in the Finnish market." 

IFLR1000 2015: “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.”

IFLR1000 2014: “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.’”

Capital Markets and Securities

We advise both companies, as issuers, and financial institutions, as managers and underwriters, on a broad range of equity and debt offerings in the Finnish and international capital markets. We also counsel clients on general financial regulatory and securities law matters.

Our experience in equity capital market transactions includes listings, initial public offerings and secondary offerings, share buy-backs, rights issues, block trades, private placements, public tender offers and de-listings.

We also regularly advise issuers and other market participants on directors’ duties and other corporate governance issues, market regulation and stock exchange matters.

In debt capital market matters, we work for issuers, as well as managers and dealers, on bond issues and debt programmes. We also advise on convertible and high-yield debt offerings and work with corporate and financial clients on derivatives transactions.

Rankings:

Chambers Europe 2017: "Clients are impressed by the team as a unit, remarking: 'The team as a whole worked seamlessly in the way that they complemented each other and picked up where the other left off. Everyone on the team was fully aware of the situation at all times.'"

Chambers Europe 2016: "It's been an absolutely great experience working with this team. Its lawyers are pragmatic, focused on the essential and move forward while understanding the challenges."; "Good project management, opinions and guidance are always spot on, and the service is timely."

Chambers Europe 2015: "Busy team recently active on a variety of bond issuances and IPOs. Derivatives is another area of expertise and the team also offers associated regulatory capability." Quotes from sources: "The team did a fantastic job. It kept to a tight schedule and dealt well with some unexpected events." "The lawyers make deals happen and are quick, steady and enthusiastic."

Chambers Europe 2014: “Skilled, proactive, effective – we are very pleased with Krogerus!”

Chambers Europe 2013: “This practice continues to cement its position in Finnish capital markets.”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2017: "Krogerus is ‘very professional and quick to respond.’"

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2015: "Krogerus ‘speaks a language which a client without legal knowledge understands.'"

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2014: “Mårten Knuts has ‘excellent knowledge of the Finnish securities markets and a very professional output’ and Päivi Toivari is noted for her debt capital markets, derivatives and financial regulatory expertise.”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2013: “‘delivers very high-quality work’ that is ‘very thorough and shows a great deal of knowledge’”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2012: “quality job”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2011: “Krogerus has a very credible practice providing ‘competent advice that I can trust.’”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2010: “very professional and no nonsense approach appeals to clients”

IFLR1000 2017: "They are very practical and don’t overcomplicate things." "The team led by Mårten Knuts is unparalleled in the whole of Finland.”

IFLR1000 2016: “The Krogerus team is always available and they do an excellent work,” says one client.

IFLR1000 2015: “The team’s – and especially partner Päivi Toivari’s – knowledge and understanding of the capital markets are what stand out most for clients. ‘I must say that team Krogerus provided suggestions that were very helpful – critical in some areas,’ says one banking client. ‘Their expertise and commitment gave us confidence that we would meet our requirements.’ Another banking client adds: ‘The offices in Finland who can understand structured notes and different underlying derivatives are very limited. Krogerus is definitely the top office.’“

IFLR1000 2014: “Banking client says the firm ‘an international network that enables them to deal in all sorts of domestic and international matters.'”

Competition and Regulatory

Competition

We advise on all aspects of competition law with a focus on merger control, abuse of dominant market position, distribution systems and cartel investigations. Several of our lawyers have worked for governmental authorities and use this practical insight in their client representation.

Regulated Markets

We advise across all regulated industry sectors on a broad range of matters, such as compensation claims, cost-oriented pricing, significant market power, state aid and unfair business practices. We have a particularly strong reputation in the energy, gaming, media, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications sectors.

State Aid

Our lawyers have extensive experience in the European Union’s state aid rules and processes. They are regularly called upon to give advice on state aid questions, applications and notifications, including in the context of financial transactions and private finance initiatives that create public-private partnerships. We also represent clients on state aid issues that stem from a privatisation or the disposal of government-owned assets. Additionally, we advise clients on the consequences of unlawful state aid and on managing complaint or recovery proceedings. We also assist the recipients of state aid in litigation before national courts or the European Commission.

Rankings:

Chambers Europe 2017: "The firm's meticulous preparation and client-orientation is praised by clients: 'The team was dynamic and driven. I was impressed with how well they did the background research on the business sector in question. Communication with the team was easy and they were able to translate complex legal issues into an understandable form. The solutions were innovative and they paid great attention to details.'"

Chambers Europe 2016: "The team has really good expertise in competition law and good knowledge in many business areas such as telecommunications. The lawyers are enthusiastic when they have a chance to work with challenging competition law issues."; "Krogerus has adopted a practical and solution-oriented approach."; "It has two partners from the competition authority who are very skilled."

Chambers Europe 2015: "Comprehensive offering regularly instructed on cartel and abuse of dominance cases. Other areas of activity include merger control, public procurement and state aid. Particular experience advising clients from the telecoms sector." Quotes from sources: "The lawyers have a deep understanding of this area, have high standards and are business-focused."

Chambers Europe 2014: “The response times here are first class – we get answers almost immediately, and the advice is steeped in business acumen and industry knowledge.” “The speed of this team is important, but also the practical approach of the lawyers. As a company we are not interested in a 20-page explanation of legal principles: we prefer practical advice on the subject matter, and we are very satisfied with the approach this team takes.”

Chambers Europe 2013: “Katri Joenpolvi rises to the pinnacle of Finnish competition law this year having acted on a substantial range of recent assignments.”

Chambers Europe 2012: “This firm has been hiring new staff to give it one of the largest groups of dedicated competition and European law practitioners in the country”; Sources say: “Its core principle is not to create problems but to come up with solutions.”

Chambers Europe 2011: “The team ‘provides very thorough advice and you can always trust that all aspects have been considered,’ said a commentator, while clients agree: “We always receive valuable advice.”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2017: "Katri Joenpolvi ‘understands the client’s business’ and Leena Lindberg ‘understands industry-specific characteristics.’"

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2015: "Katri Joenpolvi ‘knows how to explain complex issues clearly.'"

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2014: “Krogerus has ‘a really hungry and ambitious team that is going from strength to strength.”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2013: Ranked in the first tier. “highly rated competition lawyers”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2012: “highly praised competition practice”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2011: “Heavily endorsed by clients”

GCR 100, 13th Edition (Global Competition Review, 2013): Highly Recommended

Highly recommended by PLC Which Lawyer? 2011

Compliance, Investigations and Corporate Offences

Krogerus offers a full range of services for managing and mitigating regulatory risks and related enforcement actions. We have unparalleled expertise in assignments related to corporate and management liability issues.

Our services include risk-assessment, compliance programmes, internal and regulatory investigations, management and corporate liability issues and corporate offence defence. We also represent clients in preparing for audits, responding to regulatory inquiries and defending charges before regulators in Finland and abroad. Our holistic approach allows us to provide high-level boardroom advisory service that tackles complex liability issues.

Krogerus regularly represents Finnish blue chips in criminal proceedings both as injured parties and defendants. We have a strong record in regulatory investigations and related administrative procedures for the financial, communications and pharmaceutical sectors, among others. Krogerus is also experienced in conducting internal investigations for a broad range of companies.

Corporate Advisory

We advise clients on all aspects of company law, including matters related to annual and extraordinary general meetings of shareholders and board meetings, corporate governance, directors' liabilities and responsibilities, shareholder rights and shareholders' agreements, formation and administration of companies, subsidiaries and branches in Finland, share-based incentive schemes, internal investigations, shareholder activism and business-related registrations and notifications. Our clients include public and private companies and their directors and shareholders.

Commercial Contracts and Outsourcing

Our lawyers draft, negotiate and review commercial agreements encompassing all company trading activities, including distribution, licensing, manufacturing, marketing and supply agreements. A number of our lawyers have in-house backgrounds from leading public and private companies and bring this practical experience to their client assignments.

Krogerus has one of Finland's foremost outsourcing practices, both in terms of the depth of our practitioners and our regular involvement in the most significant outsourcings in the country. We counsel clients through the entire outsourcing process – from the tender stage to business continuity – where our services comprise requests for proposal, contract negotiations and post-contract support. Our team has noteworthy experience in ICT outsourcing, including data centre operations transfers and second- or later-generation outsourcing both onshore and offshore. We advise on supply chain management and incentivising supplier performance and assist in business transformations and migration of services.    

Rankings:

IFLR1000 2016: "The firm’s corporate practice is perhaps its strongest asset and this year it continued to secure some of the strongest mandates in the market." 

Dispute Resolution

Our lawyers provide a full range of commercial litigation and arbitration services, many of which frequently involve international aspects. We have a strong record of bringing parties to an early and successful resolution of their disputes. We act on a broad range of disputes across all industries and have considerable experience in complex and high-value litigation. Many of our practitioners frequently serve as arbitrators. We are also experienced in mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Rankings:

Chambers Europe 2017: "Its [the team's] specific strengths include first-class expertise in competition law, a ready grasp of the financial aspects of the issue, and excellence in process handling in court." 

Chambers Global 2017: JP Alho, Mikko Elonheimo, Gustaf Möller and Carola Möller are endorsed

Chambers Europe 2016: "I really like working with Krogerus because the lawyers don't just give you advice but guide you through the process."; "The team is very reassuring, taking care of everything; very proactive and efficient in providing advice to take the matter forward."

Chambers Global 2016: "Mikko Elonheimo advises on follow-on damages cases, as well as private enforcement disputes, third-party liability claims, unfair marketing practices and commercial agreement issues."

Chambers Global 2015: JP Alho, Mikko Elonheimo and Gustaf Möller are endorsed

Chambers Global 2013: “JP Alho is well regarded for his prominence in litigation and arbitration.”

Chambers Global 2011: “fast, creative and easily approachable”

Chambers Europe 2015: "Regularly represents foreign investors and multinational corporations in both litigation and arbitration proceedings. Combines broad disputes experience with sector-specific expertise to advise on complex cases. Active in private enforcement corporate liability cases and also financial disputes." Quotes from sources: "The team produces excellent work and has excellent, proactive lawyers who have a good understanding of business." 

Chambers Europe 2014“Gustaf Möller is an arbitrator of international renown, who utilises his many decades of experience to act as sole arbitrator, chairman or party-appointed arbitrator on an extensive range of disputes. His long history in the Finnish legal sector has included periods as chair of the Finnish Arbitration Institute’s board and as a judge at the Finnish Supreme Court. He has acted on cases under a variety of arbitration rules in major hubs such as London, Paris, Stockholm and Washington, DC.” “JP Alho heads the firm’s arbitration team but has a wide-ranging litigation practice, with recent case highlights also including employment, projects and energy, and pharmaceutical law aspects.” “Mikko Elonheimo’s reputation as a ‘skilful’ dispute resolution lawyer continues to grow in the Finnish market.”

Chambers Europe 2013: “Krogerus retains a robust presence on the Finnish litigation market, representing a mix of private companies and public sector clients in financial, IP, unfair marketing and private enforcement disputes. The firm is additionally active in domestic and international arbitration.”

Chambers Europe 2012: “This rapidly growing practice has gone from strength to strength, offering clients excellent coverage throughout the country.”

Chambers Europe 2011: “very down-to-earth and solution-centred approach to disputes”

Chambers Europe 2010: “a large and dedicated dispute resolution team”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2017: "Krogerus is ‘excellent in all levels of service.’" 

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2016: "Krogerus is noted for ‘developing its practice according to its clients’ needs.'" 

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2015: "Krogerus acted in two of the largest recent private enforcement cases in Finland . . . Mikko Elonheimo is ‘extremely sharp, very clever and is very attuned to customers’ needs.'"

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2014: “Krogerus’ team has particular strength in private enforcement disputes, and acts on behalf of private companies and public sector clients . . . JP Alho and Mikko Elonheimo jointly head the six-partner team.”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2013: “highly respected”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2012: “Krogerus is in demand for disputes work throughout the country.”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2011: “one of the largest teams in the market”

Highly recommended by PLC Which Lawyer? 2011

Employment and Benefits

Our Employment and Benefits team provides consistently high-quality advice on all aspects of employment law. Typical services include drafting and negotiating employment agreements (especially for senior management), advisement on dismissals and redundancies (both collective and individual), representation in employment disputes (including breach of restrictive covenants), advice on employment law and pension aspects in mergers and acquisitions, and counsel related to short-term and long-term incentive schemes. We also advise on employment issues related to outsourcing and on privacy and data protection matters. As our lawyers possess in-depth understanding of issues ranging from employment law to dispute resolution and insolvency, this gives us a unique ability to understand the interaction of different legal disciplines to our clients' businesses.

Rankings:

Chambers Europe 2017: "Sources say: 'All lawyers in the employment team of Krogerus have a profound business understanding and knowledge of employment law. They are always able to answer my needs quickly and clearly. They offer clear and pragmatic advice in a cost-effective way. Their dynamic and hands-on approach makes them a great partner.'"

Chambers Europe 2016: "Krogerus has extensive experience in all sorts of legal matters. They drive for excellence throughout the firm, yet their people are easy-going and easy to deal with."; "They have a high and broad knowledge, experienced lawyers and a good reputation."

Chambers Europe 2015: "Wide-ranging practice with particular experience on contentious matters. Handles terminations and redundancies as well as the employment elements of insolvency proceedings, reorganisations, outsourcings and M&A transactions." Quotes from sources: "The lawyers are approachable and understand the challenges businesses face." "It is an excellent firm, providing consistently high-quality advice." 

Chambers Europe 2014: “This team is responsive, very pragmatic and business-oriented – the lawyers don’t overcomplicate the issues.” “This case was complicated and the time to handle it was limited – Krogerus delivered clear answers, always advising how to proceed with the case.”

Chambers Europe 2013: “focus[es] on assisting employers across Finland with their employment matters … The team also works closely with the well-regarded M&A and insolvency practices within the firm.”

Chambers Europe 2012: Sources say: “The team’s advice is always clear and straight to the point.”

Chambers Europe 2011: “dynamic approach”

Chambers Europe 2010: “straightforward and experienced”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2017: "Krogerus has ‘profound business understanding and knowledge of employment law.’"

Highly recommended by PLC Which Lawyer? 2011

Environment and Land Use

We provide legal counsel on a wide range of environmental and land use issues impacting corporations, trade associations, landowners, real estate developers, investors, financial institutions and public agencies. Our lawyers advise in legislative matters, administrative proceedings, litigation and enforcement proceedings relating to environmental and land-use matters. We have extensive experience in permitting and liability assessments, and in climate-related matters, such as emissions, energy efficiency, feed-in tariffs and biofuels. We also work closely with our clients in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financing and developing for land-use and environmental-related projects.

REACH and chemicals regulatory services

Krogerus lawyers provide legal and regulatory advice on REACH and other chemicals regulatory legislation to stakeholders operating across the supply chain. Specifically, we provide counsel on European Union chemicals regulation, such as REACH, Biocides and CLP classification procedures. Our services are premised on proactive risk and regulatory management and include legal advice to businesses in relation to competitors, suppliers, customers and other partners. We represent clients before judicial and administrative bodies, including the European Chemicals Agency, the European Commission and EU courts. Further, we advise clients on regulatory compliance matters. Our REACH lawyers work closely with our competition and regulatory practice team.

Rankings:

Chambers Europe 2014: “This team is very effective – the lawyers are really fast, but everything is still done with attention to detail.”

Ville Hailikari, Endorsed by PLC Which Lawyer? 2011 (Environment)

Intellectual Property

We advise clients on a broad range of intellectual property matters, with a particularly strong expertise in trademark, copyright, marketing and consumer protection matters. We regularly represent clients in complex IP litigation, often with a cross-border or multijurisdictional nature. In addition, we manage both domestic and international trademark portfolios, as well as advise clients in the creation of IP strategies. Moreover, we assist clients in the commercialisation and licensing of IP and big data, as well as advise them in the IP aspects of their digital services.

Rankings:

Chambers Europe 2017: "The team is commended by several clients for its fast service, with one interviewee highlighting its 'short response times, good quality and reliability'. According to clients the lawyers are 'very efficient in terms of communication, execution and delivery'."

WTR 1000 (2017): "The IP group is an integral cog in the machine and, as one of the first in the country to establish a dedicated prosecution practice, has long dispensed highly practical advice on all conceivable trademark-related issues. Its coverage of the media and communications sectors is particularly strong."

Mergers and Acquisitions

We advise on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions transactions in the public and private markets, many of which have cross-border elements. We advise domestic and international buyers, sellers and their financial advisers on all the acquisition and disposal of private companies (including controlled auctions and distressed assets), public company acquisitions (including recommended and hostile takeovers and public-to-private transactions), mergers and demergers, joint ventures and spin-offs. We are consistently ranked as a leading firm for our expertise in this field. We work in seamless co-operation with members of other practice groups to respond to the individual requirements of each transaction.

Rankings:

Chambers Europe 2017: "'Young, dynamic and commercially oriented, also to the point, reliable and good value for money.' The lawyers are described as 'responsive and sensible in their approach,' with their proactivity and transparent billing practice also receiving praise: 'They were good at keeping us up to date and letting us know where we were on fees.'"

Chambers Global 2017: Partners Sami Martola, Kimmo Mettälä, Marcus Möller and Mika Ståhlberg are endorsed

Chambers Global 2016: "According to clients, [department head] Mika Ståhlberg is 'a smart professional who solves problems with a practical mindset, is business-oriented, doesn't get too caught up in the detail and is very experienced.' Another source says: 'He has very good views on negotiation tactics and is clearly one of the best.'"

Chambers Global 2015: Partners Sami Martola, Kimmo Mettälä, Marcus Möller and Mika Ståhlberg are endorsed

Chambers Global 2013: “Leading figure Mika Ståhlberg gains plaudits from market observers.”

Chambers Europe 2015: "Well-established practice active across an impressive range of M&A and private equity transactions. Has recently advised on healthcare, energy and TMT mandates. Also experienced in advising on the Finnish elements of cross-border auction processes." Quotes from sources: "We are never disappointed - it is my first choice for Finnish transactions. The team is young and hungry; it is focused on getting the deals done." "It has a flexible, approachable operation and really understands the business elements."

Chambers Europe 2014: “This team’s expertise is very good – the lawyers are understanding and constructive in their advice.” “The client service here is high-quality – one of the strong points of the lawyers is that they actively think of ways to make my life easier.”

Chambers Europe 2013: “The practice’s impressive stature is demonstrated by its varied workload, which ranges from mid-market Finnish deals to larger-scale cross-border work.”

Chambers Europe 2012: “[Krogerus] has been successful throughout a range of sectors.”

Chambers Europe 2011: “experienced, sharp and flexible”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2017: "Krogerus is ‘eager to deliver in a swift, commercial and client-friendly way.’"

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2015: "Krogerus fields ‘a young and hungry but highly qualified team’ with ‘particularly good knowledge in the financial services industry and market abuse regulations.'"

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2014: “Krogerus’ practice head Mika Ståhlberg is ‘an efficient dealmaker with strong business acumen’” . . . “Marcus Möller is recognised as ‘a really good sparring partner.’”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2013: “Krogerus had an impressive year, acting for clients from a diverse range of industry sectors.”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2012: “Krogerus shows ‘true entrepreneurial spirit’ and fields industry-focused practice groups.”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2010: “Krogerus goes from strength to strength in this field, with competitor clients acknowledging their motivated team.”

IFLR1000 2017: Clients tend to rate the team among the best in the market. “The firm is generally very good and everyone does a good job.”

IFLR1000 2016: "The firm’s corporate practice is perhaps its strongest asset and this year it continued to secure some of the strongest mandates in the market." 

IFLR1000 2015: “Having worked with numerous Finnish law firms, my view is that Krogerus is the most client friendly, commercial and simply best Finnish law firm.” “Another adds: ‘I find them very good overall; their service level is exceptionally high.’"

IFLR1000 2014: “Without their help we would not have been able to do the work we did.”

IFLR1000 2013: “The firm has two key weapons, one being its capacity and the other being the profile of leading partner Mika Ståhlberg.”

IFLR1000 2012: “According to a private equity client: ‘They are first tier for us.”

IFRL1000 2011: “The firm has won some impressive mandates, they have impressed me.”

Private Equity

Private Equity and Venture Capital

We offer a full range of services in the fields of private equity and venture capital. Our lawyers advise domestic and international investors on buy-outs, minority and venture capital investments, and disposals and various financing transactions, including acquisition and leveraged finance. We understand the dynamics of private equity and venture capital transactions due to our longstanding experience and in-depth industry knowledge. We pride ourselves in being at the forefront of Finnish law firms in this field and help shape market practices. Krogerus lawyers continuously strive to develop new and more efficient solutions for our clients.

Fund Formation

Krogerus is one of the few law firms in Finland that can boast a first-rate fund formation practice. We regularly advise sponsors and investors in the structuring of and investment in private investment funds. Our experience includes funds investing in a multitude of asset classes, such as private equity, venture capital, infrastructure, mezzanine, real estate and timberland.

Rankings:

Chambers Europe 2015: "It has a flexible, approachable operation and really understands the business elements."

Chambers Europe 2014: "The client service here is high-quality – one of the strong points of the lawyers is that they actively think of ways to make my life easier."

Chambers Europe 2013: "Leading figure Mika Ståhlberg gains plaudits from market observers. One interviewee says: 'He's pragmatic and interacts well with the counterparties in deals.'"

Chambers Europe 2011: “Experienced, sharp and flexible”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2015: "particularly good knowledge in the financial services industry"

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2014: "Krogerus’ practice head Mika Ståhlberg is ‘an efficient dealmaker with strong business acumen.’"

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2013: “Krogerus had an impressive year, acting for clients from a diverse range of industry sectors.”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2012: "Krogerus shows ‘true entrepreneurial spirit’ and fields industry-focused practice groups."

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2010: “Krogerus goes from strength to strength in this field, with competitor clients acknowledging their motivated team.”

IFRL1000 2013: “Krogerus has been growing its team perhaps more than any other firm in the country and this has begun to reap rewards first and foremost among banks and other clients.”

IFRL1000 2011: “The firm has won some impressive mandates, they have impressed me.”

Highly recommended by PLC Which Lawyer? 2011

Public Procurement

Public procurement law is intricate and constantly evolving in various sectors. Our nine-lawyer team has uniquely broad expertise in all aspects of public contracts, with particular experience in complex large-scale procurement procedures, including competitive dialogue. We advise our clients, both contracting entities and tendering companies, to help them achieve their goals. We work in close co-operation with ICT and PPP contract lawyers to provide a specialised team to meet each client’s needs in the best possible way. In addition to giving advice in tendering procedures and related disputes, we represent our clients in court proceedings and prepare internal procurement guides and risk analyses. Our services also include training programmes tailored for the needs of each client.

Rankings:

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2013 (EU and Competition): “Counsel Terhi Kauti heads the firm’s public procurement practice, an area in which she has established a significant reputation.”

Who's Who Legal 2015: Terhi Kauti is endorsed as a leading government contracts practitioner

Who’s Who Legal 2013: Terhi Kauti is endorsed as a leading public procurement practitioner

Real Estate and Construction

Our lawyers advise clients on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious real estate and construction law matters. We offer a unique combination of profound understanding of the Finnish real estate market, together with unrivalled expertise in real estate and construction law. We have strong experience in real estate transactions that combine elements of development projects and acquisitions and disposals of real estate. We also advise clients in their day-to-day businesses on a broad range of matters, such as lettings, disputes and other construction-related issues.

Rankings:

Chambers 2017: "A client describes the firm as 'very responsive, proactive and deal-savvy.'"

Chambers Europe 2016: "For a large-scale transaction the firm is my number one choice. It's a big enough team to handle any case in this country." ; "With Krogerus it's an efficient, straightforward process."

Chambers Europe 2015: "Superb practice with an outstanding track record advising on large and complex real estate transactions. Enviable client base includes pan-Nordic institutional investors and construction companies. Also active on leases, financing and contentious matters." Quotes from sources: "It is a market-leading real estate team - it is one of the best for large, complex issues." "It has great expertise in every field of real estate." 

Chambers Europe 2014: “Interviewees consider Marcus Möller a ‘service-oriented and flexible’ lawyer and a top choice for high-profile real estate transactions. Sources agree that he has established himself as one of the most prominent and active figures in Finnish real estate, with particular strength in property fund formations, as well as transactions involving international clients.” “Juha Wessman continues to act on a broad range of real estate transactions, with particular knowledge of the financing side.”

Chambers Europe 2013: “This highly regarded Finnish firm reaches the top of the real estate market thanks to its strong ongoing relationships with prominent Nordic real estate investors, and the breadth of expertise offered by its practice.”

Chambers Europe 2012: Sources say: “Its service-mindedness is outstanding, and the team uses all its efforts to meet the needs of the client.”

Chambers Europe 2011: “‘I have only positive things to say about the co-operation we have had together,’ said a source.”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2017 (Real Estate and Construction): "Krogerus is ‘among the very best.’"

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2016 (Real Estate and Construction): "Krogerus is esteemed for its transactional real estate work." 

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2016 (Real Estate and Construction): "Krogerus is esteemed for its transactional real estate work." 

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2013: “full-service real estate team”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2012: “Krogerus has ‘much deeper knowledge of the real estate business than some other law firms.’”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2011: “A strong team”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2010: “Clients highlight the ‘business-minded problem solving’ and ‘good attitude’ of the well-resourced team.”

Euromoney Real Estate Survey 2015: Ranked as the best law firm in Finland for real estate

 

Restructuring and Insolvency

Krogerus has one of the leading restructuring and insolvency practices in Finland, both in terms of number of lawyers and our expertise. We provide a broad range of legal and commercial advice to distressed companies and are frequently called upon to act as an administrator in bankruptcy estates. We offer the country’s largest team of lawyers specialising in all aspects of bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring. Our extensive experience has been gained through our successful involvement in some of the most challenging, complex and high-profile cases of recent times in the country. Typical assignments include restructurings and work-outs, rescheduling of debts, bankruptcy sales and purchases, and re-financing. We also advise on restructuring by means of corporate finance transactions, such as buy-outs and mergers and acquisitions. To ensure ethical standards are maintained inside the firm, we have an internal control programme that we use to review the bankruptcies the firm administers.

Rankings:

Chambers Europe 2017: "One client enthuses that 'the team has strong experience, excellent capabilities and knowledge as well as a very good capacity to lead the cases through.'"

Chambers Europe 2016: "It's always great to work with these lawyers - they are really professional, they know what they're doing and they concentrate on bankruptcy, which isn't the case with all firms."; "The lawyers are experienced and I appreciate their understanding of the underlying business, as well as their ability to read balance sheets."; "The lawyers are very professional and highly rated in the industry."

Chambers Global 2015: “Sources confirm Mikko Tiilikka is a leading practitioner in this field: ‘He is experienced, skilful and trustworthy. It is easy to talk to him and get answers.’"

Chambers Global 2014: “Department head Jarmo Makkonen draws effusive praise from interviewees, who note that he is ‘clear about everything, he explains all of his thoughts and he understands the background of a case.’"

Chambers Global 2013: “Interviewees laud [Hannu Ylönen’s] efficient service, saying ‘all projects are time critical and he handles this very well. He simply gets things done.’“

Chambers Global 2012: “The team is led by much-admired restructuring and insolvency expert Hannu Ylönen, who is ‘very practical, with a good view of the position and interest of financiers.’ Jarmo Makkonen is another outstanding insolvency lawyer. He is praised for his “business and solution-minded approach, which is allied to his deep judicial thinking.” Mikko Tiilikka has also worked on big insolvency and restructuring cases, and is respected for his straightforward manner.”

Chambers Global 2011: “business knowledge and solution-oriented approach” and “an in-depth knowledge of insolvency law”

Chambers Europe 2015: "Experienced team regularly acting as administrators on both formal restructurings and bankruptcies. Also acts for leading banks and other financial institutions. Benefits from the firm's strong network of offices across Finland." Quotes from sources: "The whole team provides a high-quality service - I trust the lawyers to keep their promises." "If you need a team that can act in different locations and that knows the right people, this is the right one."

Chambers Europe 2014: “The firm’s expertise in insolvency and distressed cases is excellent.” “The lawyers are eager to find creative solutions, and really take care of their customers.” “It is easy to discuss anything with these lawyers – they understand the major questions and the minor details. It is nice to work with people on the same level in terms of the business matters.”

Chambers Europe 2013: “Although better known for its work in formal bankruptcy proceedings, the team also has strength in financial restructuring matters.”

Chambers Europe 2012: “Clients benefit from the excellent depth of resources it offers.”

Chambers Europe 2011: “well-versed insolvency lawyers with a great deal of experience”

IFLR1000 2015: "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."

Listed as a leading Restructuring and Insolvency practice by PLC Which Lawyer? 2011

Tax

Our lawyers provide tax services both as an integral part of our full service offering and on a standalone basis. We are regularly involved in the development of innovative and tax efficient structures for the full spectrum of transactions, private investment and other types of funds, financial instruments and incentive schemes. Our practitioners are known for their sophisticated tax advice on the on cross-border and international aspects of complex corporate structures. We also advise on all aspects of direct and indirect taxation, including litigation, with a focus on corporate taxation and provide strategic tax planning advice to a broad range of companies, including family-owned enterprises, partnerships and non-profit organisations. Members of our practice enjoy excellent working relationships with other domestic and international tax advisers, as well as the tax authorities.

Rankings:

Chambers Europe 2017: "Clients praise the team's industry expertise: 'They are very knowledgeable, experienced and have a wide understanding of market practice.' Interviewees commend the lawyers for delivering prompt and accurate advice: 'They responded very quickly to any requirements that we had, their advice was great and they understood what we were asking for.'" 

Chambers Europe 2016: "Respectable tax team known for handling the tax aspects of company restructurings, fund formations, public offerings and M&A. Expertise also includes international tax matters including VAT issues."

Chambers Global 2015: Department head Antti Lehtimaja is endorsed

Chambers Global 2013: “Antti Lehtimaja receives strong praise from clients for his profound knowledge of tax law.”

Chambers Global 2012: “Department head Antti Lehtimaja impresses interviewees with his broad experience and expertise in domestic and international tax law.”

Chambers Global 2011: “well regarded in the market place”

Chambers Europe 2015: "Advises on a range of transactional matters, with notable expertise in advising real estate investors. Also acts for private equity houses and energy companies. Other areas of activity include tax disputes and transfer pricing." Quotes from sources: "It is an innovative firm that is great to work with. It understands the clients' position and its lawyers are very trustworthy." "The lawyers are practical and pragmatic, and really take responsibility for the work." 

Chambers Europe 2014: “The client service is high quality. It is difficult to find good law firms in Helsinki and Krogerus is one of the best.” The firm is growing its presence with offices operating around the country.”

Chambers Europe 2013: “This full-service tax practice has recently been active in transactional work … The team also provides direct and indirect taxation advice to clients, and offers tax planning assistance to a range of major Finnish companies.”

Chambers Europe 2012: Sources say: “This is a firm with sound management and a basis for the future.”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2017: "The ‘very accurate and proactive’ Antti Lehtimaja leads the practice."

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2016: "Krogerus ‘has the experience and legal abilities necessary to get results.’"

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2015: "‘Knowledgeable, creative’ team head Antti Lehtimaja is highly recommended." 

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2014: “The tax team at Krogerus advises on mergers and acquisitions, incentive schemes, financing instruments and investment funds. Antti Lehtimaja has expertise in the taxation of private equity transactions and fund formation.”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2013: “Practice head Antti Lehtimaja is ‘excellent’”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2012: “efficient and value for money practice”

Euromoney Real Estate Survey 2015: Best law firm in Finland for taxation

Tax Directors Handbook 2015: Listed as a leading tax practice in Finland. “The tax team at Krogerus advises on mergers and acquisitions, incentive schemes, financing instruments and investment funds. Antti Lehtimaja has expertise in the taxation of private equity transactions and fund formation.”

Tax Directors Handbook 2014: Listed as a leading tax practice in Finland. “Practice head Antti Lehtimaja is ‘excellent'”

Tax Directors Handbook 2013: Listed as a leading tax practice in Finland. “Tax specialist Antti Lehtimaja is building an ‘efficient’ and ‘value for money’ practice at Krogerus, which advises on tax planning, transactional taxation and tax litigation.”

International Tax Review – World Tax 2012: Listed as a leading tax law firm in Finland

Technology and Data Protection

We regularly advise clients in challenging, complex and high-profile assignments within the Technology sector. Our lawyers represent companies and public sector organisations in ICT procurements and outsourcings. We also advise software vendors and other technology suppliers on a broad range of matters ranging from the development and launch of new products and services, to commercial agreements and intellectual property strategies. Our lawyers bring their strong law firm and in-house backgrounds at technology companies to understanding the commercial environment in which our clients operate.

Data Protection

We provide data management, data and cyber security, and privacy law advice to a wide-ranging client base. Our services include advisory and project work in drafting and negotiating data processing and transfer agreements, responses to disclosure and access requests, and data protection audits and risk assessments. We also advise on the drafting and implementation of privacy policies, notices and consents, and compliance programmes and training. Further, Krogerus lawyers provide counsel on freedom of information legislation and its potential impact on client business operations.

Rankings:

Chambers Europe 2016: "Krogerus has a large team of technology lawyers who are very client-oriented and efficient on assignments. They respond quickly to requests, even at very short notice."; "The team has good expertise and experience in demanding issues like ICT contracts, including outsourcing."; "Top knowledge of the IT field and related areas like data security; excellent drafting and negotiation skills and thorough understanding of our special business needs."

Chambers Europe 2015: "Leading practice with particular strength advising on outsourcing matters involving the financial services sector. Notable experience advising on contentious technology issues. Also handles data protection and telecommunications mandates." Quotes from sources: "It is one of the most respected firms in this sector. All the lawyers we have used have been of the highest standard." 

Chambers Europe 2014: “This team had almost 24-hour availability on a case with a very tight time schedule. I appreciated this ability to answer our questions and meet our requirements very quickly.” “I would recommend Krogerus for providing a prompt and timely response to questions, as well as offering the expertise to cover a wide range of issues concerning our business.”

Chambers Europe 2013: “Krogerus continues to increase its stature”

Chambers Europe 2012: Sources say: “The service is good, the people are very expert, it has excellent skills and it gives us the information that we’re looking for.”

Chambers Europe 2011: “The service is up there with the leading international law firms.”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2016 (TMT): "Krogerus continues to focus on ICT outsourcing arrangements and other commercial contracts. Juha Pekka Katainen is the ‘driving force behind new innovative approaches’ and Mika Puittinen is ‘extremely knowledgeable in IT contracting.’"  

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2015: "Krogerus fields a highly recommended team that gives ‘accurate and strategic advice’. Kalle Hynönen, former IP counsel at Sanoma, recently joined the team, which includes Juha-Pekka Katainen and Mika Puittinen, who are ‘especially good negotiators.'"

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2014: “Krogerus’ recent work includes large-scale IT outsourcing projects and service agreements, as well as public and private procurement matters; key clients include financial institutions and, increasingly, public sector bodies.”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2013: “Krogerus’ clients appreciate ‘the high quality of negotiation and drafting skills, the extremely quick and timely response times, combined with in-depth knowledge of the industry in question.’”

Legal 500 (EMEA) 2011: “Size and focus ensures Krogerus a leading position in the market” and “highly recommended for complex, large-scale projects"

Highly recommended by PLC Which Lawyer? 2011