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About

We are the only global law firm in Finland with experience in complex, cross-border transactions. Our offices in Helsinki and Stockholm make White & Case the only global law firm with a strong and established Nordic presence.

The Helsinki office advises Finland-based and international clients on their Nordic and worldwide activities. We act as both Finnish and US law counsel in Helsinki and, in cooperation with the Firm's London office, we also advise clients on transactions governed by English law. We work in close cooperation with the Firm's other offices and focused practice groups throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas and Asia. Within the Finnish market, we are ranked in the first tier by the leading ranking publications and our lawyers are commended for their experience and knowledge within their respective practice areas.

Our approach to transactions is hands-on and practical and we are fully committed to their successful completion.

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Tier 1 in Capital Markets
Tier 1 in Commercial, Corporate and M&A
Tier 1 in Banking and Finance
The Legal 500 EMEA 2020

Tier 1 in Capital Markets
Tier 1 in Capital Markets – Debt
Tier 1 in Capital Markets – Equity
Tier 1 in Mergers and Acquisitions
Tier 1 in Banking and Finance
Top Tier Firm 2020
IFLR 1000 2020

Band 1 in Capital Markets
Chambers Europe 2020

Band 1 in Corporate/M&A
Chambers Global 2020

White & Case ranked #1 by deal count for Nordic M&A having advised on 56 announced deals with an aggregate value in excess of US$8.7 billion
Bloomberg 2019

 

Experience

Nordic Capital Fund IX €190 Million Acquisition of iLOQ, 2019
Representation of Nordic Capital Fund IX in the €190 million acquisition of iLOQ, a leading provider of self-powered digital locking systems headquartered in Oulu, Finland. The investment in iLOQ reinforces Nordic Capital's position as a leading private equity investor in Finland.

Sanoma Corporation – Financing in connection with TietoEVRY merger, 2019
Representing the underwriters and syndicate banks in relation to the new EUR 950 million financing arranged in connection with the combination of Tieto Corporation and EVRY ASA consisting of a bridge loan facility, a term loan facility and a revolving credit facility.

Starwood Capital Group Real Estate Portfolio Purchase, 2019
Representation of Starwood Capital Group, a leading global private investment firm, in the acquisition through a controlled affiliate of a Finnish rental residential portfolio of approximately 2,200 units in partnership with Avara Oy, Finland's leading residential real estate investment and asset management company, from a consortium of Finnish vendors. The portfolio consist of 73 assets located in 16 cities, with 50% of the portfolio value in the Helsinki region and a part of the assets government subsidized.

Metso's combination of Metso Minerals and Outotec, 2019
Advising Metso Corporation, a world-leading industrial company offering equipment and services for the sustainable processing and flow of natural resources in the mining, aggregates, recycling and process industries, on the combination of Metso Minerals and Outotec Oyj under the name Metso Outotec, with the remainder of Metso, Metso Flow Control, becoming an independent separately listed company under the name Neles. The combination will be implemented through a partial demerger of Metso, in which all assets and liabilities of Metso that relate to Metso Minerals will transfer to Outotec in exchange for shares in Outotec to be issued to Metso shareholders. The combined company had illustrative combined sales of €3.9 billion in 2018 and approximately 15,600 employees and will maintain its listing on Nasdaq Helsinki.

Technopolis – EUR 930 million refinancing, 2019
Representing Technopolis Plc, a modern real estate company providing shared office space and related services, and certain of its group companies in Finland, Norway, Sweden and Lithuania in connection with its approximately EUR 930 million euro, Norwegian krone and Swedish krona denominated senior secured facilities and mezzanine secured facilities. The facilities are to be used for, among others, the refinancing of Technopolis and its group companies' existing indebtedness and the financing of certain existing and future organic growth projects.

Consortium Acquisition of Amer Sports, 2019
Representation of Amer Sports Corp., a sporting goods company with internationally recognized brands, on the €4.6 billion voluntary recommended cash tender offer made by Mascot Bidco Oy, owned by investor consortium of ANTA Sports Products Ltd., FountainVest Partners, Anamered Investments (an investment vehicle owned by Mr. Chip Wilson, the founder of Lululemon) and Tencent (investing through a FountainVest Fund), for all the issued and outstanding shares in Amer Sports Corp. The shares tendered during the offer period, including the subsequent offer period, represent approximately 98.1 percent of all issued and outstanding shares and votes in Amer Sports Corp.. The transaction is the largest ever cash public tender offer for a Finnish listed company.

ÅF €611 Million Tender Offer for Pöyry Shares, 2019
Representation of ÅF AB in its €611 million recommended public cash tender offer for all issued and outstanding shares in Pöyry PLC. Together with the shares acquired by ÅF through market purchases, the shares tendered during the offer period, including the subsequent offer period, represent approximately 99.3 percent of all the issued and outstanding shares and voting rights in Pöyry. ÅF is an engineering and design company within the fields of energy, industry and infrastructure, based in Europe and operating globally with net sales in 2018 of SEK 13,975 million. Pöyry is an international consulting and engineering company serving clients across power generation, transmission and distribution, forest industry, biorefining & chemicals, mining and metals, infrastructure and water and environment.

Refinancing arrangements of Antilooppi and its subsidiaries
Representing Antilooppi Ky, a modern real estate company focusing on office properties in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, in connection with its €565 million facilities agreement with Nordea Bank Abp, OP Corporate Bank plc, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) and Danske Bank A/S and Handelsbanken Capital Markets, Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ) as lenders and arrangers. The facilities consist of three separate tranches: a €385 million committed term loan facility, a €165 million uncommitted term loan facility and a €15 million uncommitted ancillary facility, to be used for refinancing of Antilooppi's and its subsidiaries' existing secured facilities and financing additional investments.

Zynga US$560 Million Acquisition of Small Giant Games Stake, 2018
Representation of Zynga Inc., a social game developer, on its agreement to acquire 80 percent of social game developer Small Giant Games for US$560 million. The transaction is expected to close on January 1, 2019 and Zynga will purchase the remaining 20 percent of Small Giant over the next three years at valuations based on specified profitability goals.

Blackstone €1.7 Billion Tender Offer for Sponda, 2017
Representation of The Blackstone Group L.P. in its €1.7 billion recommended public tender offer for all shares in Sponda Plc, a Finland-based property investment company specializing in commercial properties in the largest cities in Finland with shares listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. With assumed debt, the total value of the transaction is €3.8 billion. Pending regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to close by the end of July 2017.