Arvostettu Chambers & Partners on tekemänsä tutkimuksen ja asiakas- ja kollegahaastatteluiden jälkeen arvioinut Chambers Europe ‑julkaisussaan Merilammen jälleen yhdeksi Suomen johtavista asianajotoimistoista. Merilampi sijoittui rankingeissa seitsemällä oikeudenalalla. Seuraavat praktiikat arvioitiin Band 2:een: Competition/European Law, Dispute Resolution, Real Estate & Construction ja Employment.

Lisäksi kolmetoista Merilammen asiantuntijaa nimettiin johtavien joukkoon omilla erikostumisalueillaan. Jani Ylä-Autio rankattiin kiinteistöoikeudessa ainoana Suomessa Star Individual -listalle. Jukka Laitasalo rankattiin Most in Demand Arbitrators -listalle.

Competition/European Law -praktiikastamme Arttu Mentula ja Erkko Ruohoniemi rankattiin alansa johtavien joukkoon seuraavin maininnoin:

”Arttu Mentula covers a range of competition matters including cartel cases, merger control and state aid. Sources describe him as ”a true gentleman who really knows his way around competition matters.””

”Erkko Ruohoniemi has notable experience advising clients from the energy sector, recently advising Elisa Corporation on a number of competition law issues. ”He is a huge expert in this area – he actually drafted the law,” say clients.”

Dispute Resolution -praktiikasta arvioitiin viisi osakasta maan johtavien joukkoon:

”Department co-head Jussi Ikonen advises clients on commercial litigation and arbitration cases and is well regarded for his strength in employment-related disputes. Clients appreciate his ”clear, insightful and timely advice,” with one source adding: ”Thorough describes him best; he knows the cases and knows the details.””

”Lassi Kettula is a respected litigator whose expertise covers disputes across a broad range of subjects. Areas of notable expertise include EU law, product liability, contract law and corporate issues. He receives praise from clients: ”He has vast experience and can really handle the issues. He has been tested in several cases and he presents himself clearly and picks out what is relevant in a case fast.””

”Tapio Väätäinen co-heads the department and is regularly instructed in criminal law cases and employment-related litigation. Arbitration is also an area of notable activity, representing both domestic and international clients in proceedings under a variety of rules. His expertise also covers disputes related to insolvency, contracts and IP.”

”According to sources, firm founder Jukka Laitasalo is ”one of the leading Finnish arbitrators.” He is noted for his long-standing experience in both domestic and international arbitrations, as well as his expertise in the field of litigation. Key strengths include complex insolvency-related disputes.”

”Mika Pakarinen advises on disputes across a range of sectors and industries, including media and marketing. He advises clients on complex litigation and is also active in the field of arbitration, both as counsel and arbitrator. He also assists clients with contentious matters related to contract law and M&A.”

Myös Real Estate & Construction -praktiikasta arvioitiin viisi osakasta alan huippujen joukkoon:

”Jani Ylä-Autio attracts outstanding praise from interviewees: ”He is the benchmark that other lawyers measure themselves against. He understands the business, the legislation and what clients want.””

”The respected Teemu Kauttu handles construction and real estate developments. Sources agree he is a strong choice for construction disputes.”

”Lauri Tolvanen is widely acknowledged to be an excellent construction practitioner. He also has experience of general real estate matters.”

”Tommi Elo is particularly recommended for his transactional work.”

”Ari Keinänen has huge experience of a variety of real estate transactions.”

Employment -praktiikasta Heidi Hiltunen ja Jussi Ikonen rankattiin alansa johtavien joukkoon:

We feel confident of the firm’s support. It takes ownership of the matter and supports us on a daily basis.

The lawyers concentrate on the issues at hand, work closely with us and do not miss a step.”

”Heidi Hiltunen is ”knowledgeable, proactive and responsive. She is dedicated and up to speed – we feel like she is part of our organisation,” say clients. Other sources enthuse: ”Throughout the whole procedure she was 100% committed and connected and helped us bring things to a good conclusion.””

”Clients particularly value Jussi Ikonen’s ”savvy, thought-provoking advice. I enjoy bouncing ideas off him.” He is notably active advising on employment disputes.”