Chambers Europe ranks Merilampi as a leading law firm in FinlandAfter extensive research and analysis, as well as client and colleague interviews, the widely respected publisher Chambers & Partners has ranked Merilampi in its Chambers Europe publication as one of the leading law firms in Finland.
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Merilampi successfully represented Uponor in the Uponor/KWH merger proceedingMerilampi successfully represented Uponor Corporation in its attempt to stop the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority’s proposal to prohibit the merger of Uponor and KWH Group. On 24 May 2013, the Market Court approved the merger of the two plastic pipe manufacturers. Dismissing the Authority’s recommendation that the merger be blocked, the Court conditionally cleared the transaction to move forward.
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Helsinki International Arbitration Day 2013 - Advocacy in International ArbitrationMerilampi is a sponsor of Helsinki International Arbitration Day held on 22 May 2013 at Finlandia Hall, Helsinki.
Merilampi represented Itella Corporation in the sale of Itella Bank Ltd's entire share capitalMerilampi represented Itella Corporation in a share sale whereby Itella divested the entire share capital of Itella Bank Ltd to Savings Banks. The sale was completed 18 April 2013. In connection with the divestment, the name of the bank was changed to Bank of Savings Bank. The Savings Banks Group will provide Itella with payment traffic and other functions in the continuance. For further information, please contact Partner Ari Keinänen.
Legal 500 ranks Merilampi as a top tier firm for its Competition and EU law practiceThe Legal 500, a widely respected publication, recommends firms and individuals based on client and colleague interviews. Merilampi’s Competition and EU law team was ranked as a Tier 1 practice in Finland in 2012. The Legal 500 also recommends Erkko Ruohoniemi in Competition and EU and Sakari Aalto in TMT as leading lawyers in their practice areas.
New Associates at MerilampiNew associates have been appointed to our Helsinki office. Master of Laws, Trained at the Bench Minja Turtiainen joined our Dispute Resolution team in January and Master of Laws Mira Holmberg joins our Real Estate and Construction team.
Antti Herlin awarded Chair of the Year 2012 in FinlandMerilampi was a partner of the event where Antti Herlin, Chairman of the Board of Kone Corporation, was awarded. Chair of the Year is a Nordic reward, which is annually given to each Nordic country’s best-selected chairman of a public company.
GCR 100 ranks Merilampi as leading competition law practiceMerilampi is ranked as a “Highly Recommended” law firm in the 13th Edition (2013) of the GCR 100, a guide to the world’s leading competition law and economics practices. GCR 100 is compiled by the staff of Global Competition Review, the world's leading antitrust and competition law journal and news service, and it offers a comprehensive listing of the world’s top antitrust and competition practices.
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Merilampi Attorneys Ltd.Attorneys-at-Law Antti Karanko, Jussi Lampinen, Kai Salonen and Arto Soisalo have as of 1 January 2013 been appointed as Specialist Counsels at Merilampi Attorneys Ltd. Antti Karanko specializes in construction and real estate matters and dispute resolution and Kai Salonen in construction and real estate matters and contract law. Arto Soisalo’s main areas of practice are dispute resolution and company law and contract law. Jussi Lampinen works at our Tampere office and and focuses mainly on international commercial law and technology related matters.
Kimmo Suominen appointed as COOD.Sc. (Tech.), M.Sc. (Education) Kimmo Suominen has been appointed as COO at Merilampi as of 4 February 2013. His area of responsibility will be development of the company’s strategy, business processes and working methods together with our management team and partners.
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Master of Laws Katrin Puolakainen appointed as AssociateMaster of Laws Katrin Puolakainen has been appointed as Associate to Merilampi's EU and Competition Law team. Katrin gratuated form the University of Turku earlier this year.
Merilampi represented Uponor Corporation in formation of a joint venture company with KWH Group LtdMerilampi represented Uponor Corporation in a major industry transaction which involves the merger of Uponor Corporation’s and KWH Group Ltd’s infrastructure pipe businesses into a new joint venture company. The new company is to be named Uponor Infra Ltd.
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Merilampi represented Union Investment in the acquisition of Eventes Business Garden
Merilampi represented Union Investment in its acquisition of Eventes Business Garden from Peab Invest Oy. The lettable area of the office development under construction will be 14,133 m2 and the project targets to LEED Gold green building certification. Eventes Business Garden will serve as Outotec Oyj’s headquarter. The deal value was EUR 62.3 million. For further information, please contact Jani Ylä-Autio.
Supreme Administrative Court repealed FICORA’s decision concerning Elisa Oyj’s local loop pricingMerilampi represented Elisa Oyj in a successful appeal against the Finnish Communications Regulation Authority (FICORA) in a case concerning the pricing of the local loop. In its decision on 27 June 2012 the Supreme Administrative Court accepted Elisa Oyj’s appeal and repealed FICORA’s decision whereby FICORA had deemed Elisa Oyj’s local loop lease prices as unreasonable. The Court concluded, in accordance with Elisa Oyj’s argumentation, that FICORA’s decision was in contradiction with the provisions of the Finnish Communications Markets Act as well as the principles of the EU telecom directives as interpreted by the Court of Justice of the EU in its judgment in Arcor-case (C-55/06). The Court found that FICORA’s approach to only take into account those parts of the local loop network that were not yet wholly depreciated from the book-value of the network would lead to account being taken of only a part of the tied capital and thus put the telecom operator in an unjustified disadvantage.
Master of Laws William Sjöberg appointed as AssociateMaster of Laws William Sjöberg has been appointed as Associate. William joins the Transactions and Finance team. He graduated from the University of Helsinki in 2011.
Peab Ltd. Has won the first group complaint tried in FinlandMerilampi represented Peab Ltd. in the first group complaint tried by the Finnish Consumer Ombudsman. The group complaint concerned the information regarding maintenance costs provided by Peab Ltd. in connection with sales of new housing. On April 17, 2012, the Consumer Disputes Board unanimously dismissed all claims brought by the Finnish Consumer Ombudsman.
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Legal 500 ranks Merilampi as one of the top law firms in FinlandThe widely respected publication The Legal 500 (Europe, Middle East & Africa) has after its client and colleague interviews ranked Merilampi's Competition law team in the highest category tier 1 among the Finnish law firms in 2011. In the tier 2 were listed Merilampi’s Dispute Resolution team which is one of the biggest in Finland and Capital markets, Intellectual property, TMT, Maritime and transport and Real estate and construction teams. Corporate and M&A and Banking & Finance teams also reached high rankings.
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Merilampi represented Skanska in the acquisition of Soraset Yhtiöt Ltd.Merilampi Attorneys Ltd. represented both Skanska Infra Ltd. and Soraset Yhtiöt Ltd. in the acquisition of Soraset Yhtiöt Ltd’s entire share capital. Soraset Yhtiöt Ltd. is a well-known Finnish construction company. The Finnish Competition Authority (FCA) approved the acquisition on 26 October 2011. In addition, Merilampi was responsible for drafting the merger control filings submitted to the FCA and obtaining the FCA’s approval of the acquisition.
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Merilampi represented Suominen Corporation in the acquisition of Ahlstrom Corporation’s Home and Personal businessMerilampi Attorneys Ltd. represented Suominen Corporation in the acquisition of Ahlstrom Corporation’s Home and Personal wipes fabrics business. The acquired business develops and manufactures nonwoven roll goods for wipes for households and industry. The business has manufacturing plants in the U.S, Italy, Spain and Brazil. About 480 persons will be transferred to Suominen with the acquisition. By the acquisition Suominen will grow significantly and will become a global market leader within nonwoven roll goods for wipes. The purchase price was approximately 170 million euros of which over 87 million euros was financed by share issue and the remaining part by debt finance. For further information relating to our transactions services, please contact Partners Ari Keinänen or Jani Ylä-Autio and finance services, please contact Partner Merja Blankenstein.
Merilampi represented Rautakirja Ltd, part of Sanoma Group, in the sale of Suomalainen KirjakauppaMerilampi Attorneys Ltd. represented Rautakirja Ltd, part of Sanoma Group, while it sold bookstore operations in Finland to Otava Ltd. The transaction included all shares of Suomalainen Kirjakauppa Oy, six properties used by Suomalainen Kirjakauppa as well as Rautakirja's and Suomalainen Kirjakauppa's shares of Kirjavälitys Oy, a company specialised in logistics services. In 2010, net sales of the bookstores was EUR 109 million. Bookstore operations consists of 59 Suomalainen Kirjakauppa outlets, two Yliopistokirjakauppa bookstores, three Reader's paperback bookshops, the Lukiolaisten Kirjakauppa webstore and the online webstore Suomalainen.com. Measured in full-time employees, the operations employ approximately 480 persons. For further information relating to transactions services provided by Merilampi Attorneys Ltd., please contact Partners Ari Keinänen, Mika Pakarinen and Jani Ylä-Autio.
Merilampi represented CoBe Capital in the acquisition of Wipro Technologies Oy, FinlandMerilampi Attorneys Ltd. represented CoBe Capital, a New York based investment firm as it acquired the entire share capital of Crelint Oy (former Wipro Technologies Oy, Finland) from Wipro Technologies. Headquartered in Rovaniemi, Finland, Crelint provides R&D and IT services to customers in the telecommunications and enterprise IT solutions space. Crelint has approximately 190 employees across eight locations in Finland. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. For further information relating to our transactions services, please contact Partners Ari Keinänen, Mika Pakarinen and Jani Ylä-Autio.
Merilampi represented Takoma Systems Ltd in the acquisition of TL-Tuotanto Ltd’s business operationsMerilampi Attorneys Ltd. represented engineering works group Takoma Plc’s subsidiary Takoma Systems Ltd in the acquisition of hydraulics and automation systems specialist TL-Tuotanto Ltd’s entire business operations. As a result of the transaction, Takoma Components‘ business operations expand to designing and delivering complete hydraulic systems and control automation needed in them. After the acquisition Takoma is able to offer to its customers decidedly wider overall solutions than before. For further information relating to our transaction services in the Pirkanmaa region, please contact Partners in our Tampere office: Lassi Kettula, Heli Piksilä-Rantanen and Jyrki Mantere.
Merilampi represented Ramirent in the acquisition of Suomen Sääsuoja OyMerilampi Attorneys Ltd. represented Ramirent Finland Oy as it acquired the entire share capital of Suomen Sääsuoja Oy from Pekkaniska Oy and the management of the company. Founded in 2005, Suomen Sääsuoja specialises in renting of scaffolds and weather protection. In addition to the headquarters located in Tuusula, Finland, the company has an outlet in Pori. For further information relating to our transactions services, please contact Partners Ari Keinänen, Mika Pakarinen and Jani Ylä-Autio.
Merilampi represented Suomi Mutual in the sale of Fennia QuarterMerilampi Attorneys Ltd. represented Suomi Mutual Life Assurance Company in the sale of Fennia Quarter to a property investment company Sponda Plc. Deal value was MEUR 122, of which MEUR 22 was paid by means of a directed share issue to the seller. Fennia Quarter is located in the Helsinki Central Business District and in total it has approximately 25,500 m² of office space and approximately 14,200 m² of retail space. For further information relating to our real estate transactions services, please contact Ari Keinänen and Jani Ylä-Autio.
Merilampi represented Etera and Sitra in the sale of Kiinteistö Oy ItämerentoriMerilampi Attorneys Ltd. represented Etera Mutual Insurance Company and SUOMEN ITSENÄISYYDEN JUHLARAHASTO in the sale of office property located in Itämerentori 2, Helsinki, to Exilion Real Estate I Ky managed by Exilion Capital Oy. Deal value was 85 MEUR. The lettable area of the building located in Ruoholahti is approximately 21,000 sqm and tenants include among others PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy and Sitra. For further information relating to our real estate transactions services, please contact Ari Keinänen and Jani Ylä-Autio.
Merilampi represented Aberdeen in its acquisition of an office and warehouse property located in Kiviruukki, EspooMerilampi Attorneys Ltd. represented Aberdeen Property Fund Finland I Ky when it acquired an office and warehouse property of approximately 7,500 square meter located in the area of Kiviruukki, Espoo from Galtymore S.A., a company held by Irish investors. The tenants of the property consist of more than 30 enterprises representing e.g. car and boat industry. For further information relating to our real estate transactions services, please contact Jani Ylä-Autio, Ari Keinänen and Tommi Elo.
Legal 500 ranks Merilampi as one of the top law firms in FinlandThe widely respected publication The Legal 500 (Europe, Middle East & Africa) has after its client and colleague interviews ranked Merilampi's Competition law and Dispute resolution teams in the highest category tier 1 among the Finnish law firms in 2010. They were ranked in the top category also in 2009. In their tier 2 were listed Merilampi’s Capital markets, Intellectual property, TMT, Maritime and transport and Real estate and construction teams. Corporate and M&A and Banking & Finance teams also reached high rankings
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Merilampi Attorneys Ltd.Attorney-at-law Antti Karanko has been appointed as a Senior Associate to Merilampi’s Real Estate and Construction team specializing in real estate and construction law and dispute resolution. Attorney-at-law Tiina Järvinen will start as a Senior Associate in Dispute Resolution team. Masters of Laws Veli Siitonen and Mikko Laitinen have been appointed as Associates to Merilampi’s Transaction and Finance team.
Merilampi client wins a major patent litigationAccepting virtually all of the claims and arguments of Suomen Palautuspakkaus Oy (Palpa), the District Court of Helsinki ruled a patent of Retpack Solutions Ab Oy invalid on 11 February 2011.
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Brussels attorney Satu-Anneli Kauranen appointed to Competition & EU Law practice groupSatu-Anneli Kauranen, Attorney-at-law, LL.M. (K.U Leuven), has been appointed as a Senior Associate at Merilampi’s Helsinki office. She will enhance Merilampi’s Competition & EU Law practice having already obtained extensive experience in those areas.
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