Timo Airisto | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Timo Airisto
Timo Airisto

Timo Airisto

Partner, Helsinki

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“Highly regarded M&A lawyer Timo Airisto draws respect for his transactional prowess. He is an established presence in internationally oriented mandates.”

Chambers Europe 2014

Overview

Timo Airisto advises Finnish and international clients who are undertaking a wide range of corporate transactions. He supports clients so that they can successfully complete mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, and equity investments, often involving multiple jurisdictions.

He has acquired a detailed knowledge that helps provide clarity for clients, allowing them to move forward with confidence on highly complex deals. His track record includes private transactions, as well as public tender offers and mergers.

Timo has particular skill in the field of cross-border real estate deals, including leveraged financings of complex real estate acquisitions. He has advised a number of leading investors and financial institutions, guiding them through major real estate transactions in Finland.

Since joining White & Case in 1995, Timo has developed a thorough grasp of corporate law in Finland. He frequently assists domestic and international companies with various matters relating to Finnish corporate law, providing solutions on different issues and supporting clients who are unfamiliar with the Finnish market.

Timo has represented clients across a broad array of business sectors, including some of the most important industries in Finland and Northern Europe. He has recently represented clients in the biotechnology, engineering, financial services, mining and metallurgy, paper, pharmaceuticals, energy, real estate development, software and telecommunications industries.

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar
  • Finnish Bar Association

Education

  • LLM, Columbia Law School
  • LLM, University of Helsinki, Faculty of Law

Languages

  • English
  • Finnish
  • Swedish

Experience

ABB Group divestment of ABB Full Service Business to Nordic Capital Fund VIII, 2014

Representing ABB Group, the leading power and automation technology group, on the divestment of its ABB Full Service business to Nordic Capital Fund VIII. ABB Full Service is the leader in industrial maintenance outsourcing services in Europe, with a particularly strong position in the Nordics and a global presence.

Kemira's sale of its formic acid business to Taminco Corporation, 2014

Representing Kemira Oyj, a global chemicals company headquartered in Finland which serves customers in water-intensive industries, on the sale of its ChemSolutions' formic acid business to Taminco Corporation, a portfolio company of Apollo Management based in the United States. This was a complex carve-out transaction involving assets in multiple jurisdictions, demonstrating our ability to assist our clients in complex, multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions.

Republic of Finland sale of Destia Ltd, 2014

Representing the Republic of Finland as seller in connection with the €148 million sale of the entire share capital of Destia Ltd, a Finnish infrastructure and construction service company, to Ahlström Capital. Destia Ltd was created in 2008 by incorporating the former Finnish Road Enterprise, the state agency for road maintenance. This transaction demonstrates our knowledge and commitment to the Finnish market and our status as trusted advisor to the Finnish State, which we have represented for more than two decades.

Joint Venture between Monster Worldwide, Inc. and Alma Media Corporation, 2013

Representing Monster Worldwide, Inc., a global employment website, in connection with its joint venture with Alma Media Corporation, a Finnish-listed media company. As a result of the joint venture, a joint holding company named Alma Career Oy will provide comprehensive career services in Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

ITOCHU Corporation acquisition of shares in Metsä Fibre Oy, 2012

Representing ITOCHU Corporation, a Japanese general trading company, in connection with its €472 million acquisition of 24.9% of the outstanding shares in Metsä Fibre Oy (formerly, Metsä-Botnia) from Metsäliitto Cooperative and Metsä Board Corporation. This transaction represented one of the largest foreign direct investments in Finland in the past decade.

Awards & Recognition

Leading Lawyer: M&A and Banking – Finland, IFLR 1000, 2014

Leading Lawyer: Corporate/ M&A – Finland, Chambers Europe 2014, Chambers Global 2014

Leading Lawyer: Banking & Finance – Finland, Chambers Europe 2014, Chambers Global 2014

Leading Lawyer: Real Estate – Finland, Chambers Europe 2014