Essi Lavikkala

Associate, Helsinki

Biography

Overview

Essi Lavikkala is a senior associate who advises industrial clients and private equity firms on domestic and cross-border corporate transactions and real estate deals.

She supports clients so that they can successfully complete mergers and acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, and equity investments, often involving multiple jurisdictions.

Essi joined White & Case in 2010.

Bars and Courts
Finnish Bar Association
Education
LLM
University of Helsinki

Faculty of Law

Languages
English
Finnish
Swedish

Experience

Rameder Group's acquisition of Koukkupaja Oy and Felox Finland Oy, 2019
Representation of Rameder Group, a portfolio company of FSN Capital and a leading European distributor of tow bars, wiring kits and carrier systems, in the acquisition of the majority stake in Koukkupaja Oy, and Felox Finland Oy, a tow bars retail group with operations in Finland and Sweden.

Zynga's acquisition of Small Giant Games, 2019
Representation of Zynga Inc., a social game developer, on its acquisition of the Finnish mobile game developer Small Giant Games Oy. Under the terms of the deal, Zynga acquired 80 percent of Small Giant Games for US$560 million, and will purchase the remaining 20 percent over three years at valuations based on specified profitability goals. Zynga is responsible for developing well-known games, such as Words with Friends, FarmVille and CSR2 Racing. The acquisition brings to Zynga a talented team who created the hit mobile game Empires & Puzzles.

ÅF AB €611 million recommended cash Tender Offer for all shares in Pöyry, 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.

Amer Sports Corporation's €4.6 billion voluntary recommended cash tender offer made by Mascot Bidco Oy, 2019
Representation of Amer Sports Corporation, 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 Limited, 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 Corporation. 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 Corporation. The transaction is the largest ever cash public tender offer for a Finnish listed company.

Technopolis' €730 million Public Cash Tender Offer for All of Its Shares by Kildare Partners, 2018
Representation of Technopolis plc, a Helsinki Nasdaq-listed shared workspace business, on the €730 million public tender offer for all of its shares by Kildare Partners, a real estate investment firm.

SYNLAB acquisition of Yhtyneet Medix Laboratoriot Oy, 2018
Representation of SYNLAB, a European market leader in laboratory services, on the acquisition of Yhtyneet Medix Laboratoriot Oy, Finland's leading private laboratory company, from Medix Laboratoriot Oy and Yhtyneet Laboratoriot Oy. SYNLAB is a porfolio company of the European private equity firm Cinven.

Cerberus sale of a Finnish shopping center, 2018
Representation of Cerberus on the sale of a shopping center located in the Helsinki area, Finland.

Luvata Group sale of Special Products Division, 2017
Representing Luvata Group and its owner Nordic Capital on the sale of its Special Products Division to Mitsubishi Materials Corp.

Nordika acquisition of office properties, 2017
Representing Swedish property group Nordika on the acquisition of three office properties in Helsinki, Finland from European Property Investors Special Opportunities 4 (Episo 4) and Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company.

Contemporary Amperex Technology acquisition of minority stake in Valmet Automotive Ltd, 2017
Representing Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Ltd. on the acquisition of a 22 percent ownership stake in Valmet Automotive Ltd., a Finnish provider of vehicle manufacturing, convertible roof systems and consulting services.