Henna Viljakainen

Associate, Helsinki

Biography

Overview

Henna Viljakainen advises Finnish and international clients in corporate and financial transactions, including debt finance as well as capital markets transactions. Henna's debt finance experience includes acquisition finance, real estate finance and general bank lending, representing lenders as well as corporate clients.

Prior to joining White & Case in 2020, Henna was an associate at another law firm in Helsinki.

Education
LLM
Faculty of Law
University of Helsinki
MSc
Economics and Business Administration

University of Vaasa

Languages
Finnish
English

Experience

Representation of Valorem Group, the French pioneering independent renewable energy developer and operator, on the approximately €135 million project financing of the 148.5 MW Matkussaari onshore wind farm. The senior debt for the Matkussaari wind farm is being provided by AIP Management. The financing was part of a broader mandate where White & Case advised Valorem also on the divestment of the neighboring165 MW Kalistanneva onshore wind farm to a Finnish consortium formed by Helen Oy and the Bank of Åland Wind Power Fund Non-UCITS, and on the negotiation and settlement of all commercial arrangements related to Matkussaari wind farm. Both wind farms are located in the municipality of Kurikka, in the Ostrobothnia region of Finland, and are expected to commence commercial operations in 2025.

Representation of Fingrid Oyj, Finland's electricity transmission system operator, on the financing of the €300 million sustainability linked Revolving Credit Facility. The facility has a maturity of five years and in addition, two one-year extension options. This replaces the existing €300 million facility from 2015 and is for general corporate purposes.

Representation of Nordea Bank Abp and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) on the financing for the merger of Virala Acquisition Company Plc (VAC), the first company listed on the SPAC segment of the regulated market of Nasdaq Helsinki, and Purmo Group Ltd. The merger financing arrangements, all originally for Purmo Group, comprise a €280 million committed term loan facility, an €80 million committed revolving credit facility, an up to €125 million uncommitted term loan facility, and a €95 million committed bridge loan facility. Nordea and SEB acted as coordinating bookrunners and mandated lead arrangers and, in relation to the €280 million committed term facility and €80 million committed revolving facility, as joint underwriters. The facilities will be transferred to the combined company upon completion of the merger. The new combined company's shares will be applied to be listed on the official list of Nasdaq Helsinki.

Representation of Nordea Bank Abp and Danske Bank A/S, as joint underwriters, coordinating bookrunners and mandated lead arrangers, on the EUR 996 million financing arrangements entered into in connection with the contemplated combination of Valmet Oyj and Neles Oyj whereby Neles will be merged into Valmet. The combination will create a leading company with a unique offering for process industries globally and with combined annual net sales of approximately EUR 4.3 billion.

Representation of Sanoma Corporation, an European learning and media company listed on Nasdaq Helsinki, on the financing of the €465 million acquisition of Santillana Spain, a leading Spanish provider of K-12 learning materials, from Promotora de Informaciones S.A. (Grupo Prisa). Sanoma will finance the acquisition fully with debt and has signed a committed bridge financing facility of €480 million with Nordea Bank Abp and OP Corporate Bank plc.

Representation of Nordea Bank Abp on the financing arrangements for the combination of Konecranes Oyj and Cargotec Oyj comprising €935 million term loan facilities for Konecranes Oyj and a €400 million term loan facility for Cargotec Oyj. The proposed combination will be implemented as a statutory absorption merger whereby Konecranes will be merged into Cargotec, creating a global leader in sustainable material flow with combined annual sales of approximately €7 billion.