Petri Avikainen | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Petri Avikainen
Petri Avikainen

Petri Avikainen

Partner, Helsinki

T +358 9 228 64 323

T +358 9 228 641

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Acclaimed lawyer Petri Avikainen supports domestic and international clients with major capital market and M&A transactions.

Overview

Petri Avikainen advises clients on domestic and international capital market and M&A transactions, including rights offerings, initial public offerings, accelerated book-built offerings, equity-linked and debt offerings and public tender offers.

He also regularly advises Finnish publicly-traded companies and other national and international corporate and investment banking clients on issues related to Finnish corporate and securities laws.

Since joining White & Case in 2000, Petri has worked on numerous market-leading Finnish capital markets and corporate transactions across a diverse range of sectors. Drawing on his significant experience handling innovative and first-of-a-kind deals, Petri leads clients through all stages of the transactional process, from planning to completion.

Committed to helping his clients to execute vital transactions, regardless of their scale or cross-border complexity, he has recently acted for companies in the chemicals, engineering, financial services, housing investment and mining industries.

Bars and Courts

  • Finnish Bar Association

Education

  • LLM, Turku University School of Law

Languages

  • English
  • Finnish

Experience

SSAB AB, 2014

Petri advised NASDAQ OMX Stockholm listed SSAB AB of Sweden in its €1.1 billion recommended share exchange offer to Rautaruukki Corporation’s shareholders, including secondary listing of SSAB’s shares issued as offer consideration on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.

Kemira Corporation, 2014

He advised NASDAQ OMX Helsinki listed Kemira Corporation on its issue of €200 million 2.500 percent bonds due 2019. As part of the issue, the bonds were listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.

Metso, 2013

Petri advised NASDAQ OMX Helsinki listed Metso in its €1 billion partial demerger in which Metso’s paper, pulp and power businesses were transferred to a newly-established company Valmet Corporation. As part of the transaction, the shares of Valmet were listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki upon completion of the partial demerger.

Solidium Oy, 2014

Having previously advised Solidium on the first-ever exchangeable bond issued by a Finnish issuer in 2012, Petri also advised Solidium on only the second Finnish exchangeable bond, exchangeable into shares of a Finnish publicly-traded company.

SATO Corporation, 2013

Advised Finland-based SATO Corporation on its €500 million secured bond issuance program, including the bond issues by SATO thereunder. SATO’s bond issuance program the first-ever secured bond issuance program by a Finnish issuer. The bonds issued by SATO under the bond issuance program were listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.

Speaking Engagements

"Talentum Legal Education", October 20, 2014 and October 31, 2013: Securities Market Seminar,
Helsinki, Finland
, Speaker

Publications

  • Co-author of the Finland chapter in Oxford University Press’ European Securities Law (First Edition 2010; Second Edition 2013)

Awards & Recognition

Rising Star for Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions – Finland, IFLR 1000 2014

Ranked

Leading Lawyer: Capital Markets – Finland, Chambers Europe 2014

Capital Markets Law – Finland, Best Lawyers, 2014

Ranked