Legal 500 ranks Merilampi among the leading law firms in Finland

Merilampi is once again ranked among the leading law firms in Finland. The recently published 2020 edition of Legal 500 EMEA gives recognition to many of our teams and experts. All our main practice areas were ranked, and we have 13 leading or recommended lawyers in the publication.

In the 2020 edition Jussi Ikonen (Dispute resolution), Erkko Ruohoniemi (Competition and EU) and Jani Ylä-Autio (Real estate and construction) are listed in the elite leading individuals list, and Teemu Taxell (Dispute resolution) is listed among the next generation partners. The publication also recommends Tommi Elo in Banking and finance, Antti Kahri and Jani Ylä-Autio in Commercial, corporate and M&A, Jussi Ikonen, Heidi Merikalla-Teir, Emma Niemistö and Teemu Taxell in Dispute resolution, Satu-Anneli Kauranen and Erkko Ruohoniemi in Competition and EU, Emma Niemistö and Jani Ylä-Autio in Real Estate and construction, Heidi Hiltunen in Employment and Henrik af Ursin in Intellectual property.

Here are some of the testimonials from our clients and comments from the research team:

Commercial, corporate and M&A

“Dedicated, hardworking, individual responsibility is never diluted to the team. The responsible partner is always on top of things. One contact point approach, which is highly appreciated.”

“Very “straight to the point” attitude and constructive, bringing efficiency and savings for the client.”

“They are more inclined to think of the client’s best interests, knowing the way the deals are done and not inflating their billing.”

“Antti Kahri is responsive and knowledgeable.”

Competition and EU

“Really good, trusted team.”

“Erkko Ruohoniemi is one of the best public procurement lawyers in Finland.”

“Erkko Ruohoniemi knows his public procurement legislation all the way. Very good at getting on top of the current matter quickly and giving practical advice and analysis.”

Real Estate and construction

“Very much client and deal oriented team.”

“Jani Ylä-Autio is a very experienced professional, easy to work with him. Tommi Elo has good knowledge on JVs and complex structures.”

“Jani Ylä-Autio is a highly recommendable attorney with excellent negotiation skills and customer approach.”

Dispute resolution

Good, solid traditional law firm.”

“Jussi Ikonen provides insightful and timely advice.”

The arrival of managing partner and dispute and arbitration specialist Heidi Merikalla-Teir from the Finland Chamber of Commerce has also bolstered the practice.

Intellectual property

“The team is super-responsive, very easy to work with, down to earth, superb qualified and always provides clear and sharp results.”

“Willing to fully serve customer needs. It truly feels their focus is not on just completing the assigned task but to solve your challenges to the extent required.”

“So great to work with this team: It is very versatile, and they provide excellent advice with IP from IP protection to enforcement to litigation to entertainment law. I appreciate their responsiveness, and they always have a very keen eye on the business ramifications of all legal advice they dispense.”

Banking and finance

Tommi Elo leads the practice at Merilampi Attorneys Ltd, which provides regulatory advice to clients including Citibank and Nordea Bank. The team also works closely with the firm’s M&A and real estate teams to assist with the financing and regulatory elements of transactions, particularly in the real estate sector. The practice has also grown its expertise in fintech and alternative financing work.


Merilampi Attorneys Ltd acts across the full range of employment matters including day-to-day advice, reorganisation issues and the drafting of CEO contracts; the group also has employment litigation capabilities. Heidi Hiltunen heads up the department and advises a range of corporate clients on employment mandates.

See the complete Legal 500 EMEA ranking here.

The Legal 500 series is widely acknowledged as the world’s largest legal referral guide. More than 300,000 corporate counsel are surveyed and interviewed globally each year. The Legal 500 is an independent guide, in which law firms and individuals are recommended purely on merit.