Jani Ylä-Autio

Partner, Attorney-at-Law, Trained at the Bench

Jani Ylä-Autio has extensive experience in various corporate and real estate assignments. Jani, who is widely respected in the industry and among clients, has participated in over a hundred significant domestic and international corporate and real estate transactions.

Education

  • Master of Laws (LL.M.), University of Helsinki, 1997
  • Trained at the Bench, 2000
  • Attorney-at-Law, 2001

Experience

  • Merilampi Attorneys Ltd., Partner 2005 –, Chairman of the Board 2015 – 2019, Managing Partner 2009 – 2015
  • Roschier Holmberg Attorneys Ltd., Senior Associate 2000 – 2005
  • Nokia Oyj, Visiting Lawyer 2002
  • District Court of Raasepori, Judge Trainee 1999 – 2000
  • Merilampi Marttila Laitasalo Attorneys at Law Ltd., Associate 1997 – 1999

Rankings

  • Chambers Europe, Real Estate (2021): “Jani Ylä-Autio receives acclaim from clients, who enthuse that “his negotiation abilities are excellent and he always presents practical solutions.” He assists an impressive client list, including real estate investors, developers and funds, with the sale and acquisition of retail and office assets.”
  • Legal 500 EMEA, Real Estate and Construction (2020): Jani Ylä-Autio leading individual. “Jani Ylä-Autio is a very experienced professional, easy to work with him.”
  • Legal 500 EMEA, Commercial, Corporate and M&A (2020): Jani Ylä-Autio recommended. “Jani Ylä-Autio is a highly recommendable attorney with excellent negotiation skills and customer approach.”
  • Chambers Europe, Real Estate (2020): Ranked in Band 1. “Jani Ylä-Autio acts for real estate investors and funds on the sale and acquisition of retail and office assets. He also has experience in forward purchase transactions. Sources say: “He is always good at seeing the big picture.“”
  • Chambers Europe, Real Estate (2019): Ranked in Band 1. “Jani Ylä-Autio is a highly experienced real estate lawyer particularly active in complex and large-scale transactions. One source lauds him for being “skilled and very hard-working”, as well as “pragmatic and solution-oriented“.”
  • Legal 500 EMEA (2019): Recommended in Real Estate and Construction and Commercial, Corporate and M&A
  • Who’s Who Legal (2019): Recommended in Real Estate
  • Chambers Europe, Real Estate (2018): “Acclaimed as an “excellent transaction lawyer,” Jani Ylä-Autio represents real estate funds, investors and construction companies in domestic and cross-border sales and acquisitions. Clients extol his “very efficient, goal-oriented and constructive approach”.
  • Chambers Europe and Global, Corporate/M&A (2018): “Jani Ylä-Autio is highly experienced in all aspects of corporate and M&A work, and additionally advises on real estate mandates.”
  • Legal 500 EMEA (2018): Recommended in Real Estate and Construction and Commercial, Corporate and M&A
  • Chambers Europe and Global, Corporate/M&A (2017): “Jani Ylä-Autio is “experienced, with the ability to give client advice immediately and a good understanding of what is important.” He offers strong experience on both local and cross-border corporate and real estate transactions.”
  • Chambers Europe, Real Estate (2017): “The esteemed Jani Ylä-Autio is heralded by one client as “the best negotiator in Finland.” He is substantially experienced in a wide range of domestic and international real estate transactions. A source adds that “he is also good in constructive argumentation and can adjust his style according to demand.
  • Legal 500 EMEA, Real Estate and Construction (2017): “Jani Ylä-Autio is “dynamic and has an exceptional ability to focus on the essential“.”
  • Chambers Europe, Real Estate (2016): “Jani Ylä-Autio is respected for his work on the transactional side of real estate. He is described as having “extraordinary skills, commercial and legal – the perfect lawyer“, and another interviewee says: “He’s a perfect example of a pragmatic lawyer.” Another source adds: “Jani is the best negotiator in the industry.“”
  • Chambers Europe, Corporate/M&A (2016): “Jani Ylä-Autio is noted for his transactional experience, especially in connection with the real estate sector.”
  • Legal 500 EMEA, Real Estate and Construction (2016): “Jani Ylä-Autio is noted for his “broad industry knowledge“.”
  • Chambers Europe, Real Estate (2015): “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.“”
  • Chambers Europe, Corporate/M&A (2015): “Clients agree he is a “great project leader; he stands out for his outstanding efficiency“.”