Oona Lilja

Associate, Helsinki



Oona Lilja is a senior associate who supports Finnish and international clients in corporate and financial transactions, including bank finance and mergers and acquisitions.

Oona's bank finance experience includes acquisition finance, project finance, real estate finance and general bank lending, representing lenders as well as corporate clients. In M&A transactions, Oona represents private equity, venture capital and corporate clients across a range of business sectors.

Oona joined White & Case in 2013 upon graduation from law school. In 2017 – 2018, Oona was seconded to the Firm's London office.

Bars and Courts
Finnish Bar Association
University of Helsinki

Faculty of Law



Metso's combination of Metso Minerals and Outotec, 2019
Representing Metso Corporation in relation to a financing package in preparation for 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 financing for Metso (and, subsequently, Metso Outotec) comprised of a €1.55 billion backup and term loan facilities with Nordea Bank Abp for the purposes of supporting the transaction and possible amendment and consent solicitation processes related to Metso's current financing arrangements, financing the potential cash redemption of Metso's shares up to €500 million, as well as providing backup liquidity to Metso (and, subsequently, Metso Outotec) in the form of a revolving credit facility amounting to €500 million. The financing for Metso (and, subsequently, Neles) comprised of a €150 million term loan facility with Nordea Bank Abp, which may be used for the repayment and replacement of Metso's credit facilities and other liabilities that benefit the flow control business and are to remain with Neles post completion.

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.

Antilooppi – EUR 565 million facilities agreement, 2019
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.

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.

Waterlogic – US$490 million (equivalent) refinancing, 2018
Representing Waterlogic Group, a leading provider of point-of-use water purification dispensers and Castik Capital portfolio company, on its US$490 million (equivalent) refinancing.

Stockmann plc – EUR 900 million combined secured bank/bond offering, 2017
Representing Danske Bank A/S, Nordea Bank AB (publ), OP Corporate Bank plc, DNB Bank ASA, Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ) and Swedbank AB (publ) as arrangers and lead managers in Stockmann plc's combined bank/bond financing comprising EUR 650 million secured term and revolving credit facilities and EUR 250 million senior secured bond offering.

Bridgepoint – acquisition financing of Evac, 2017
Representing Bridgepoint on its €120 million (and €70 million undrawn facilities) for the acquisition of Evac, a global market leader in the provision of environmentally friendly waste, wastewater, and water management systems for the marine, offshore, and building industries.

Cerberus Capital Management – acquisition financing of real estate portfolio, 2017
Representing Cerberus Capital Management, L.P., a leading private investment firm, on the financing of the acquisition of a real estate portfolio comprising five shopping centers and a purchase option on a development site from Citycon Oyj, a listed Finnish company owning and managing shopping centers in the Nordic and Baltic region.

Munksjö – full-scale financing package for the purposes of the contemplated merger, 2016
Representing Munksjö Oyj in relation to a financing package in preparation for its contemplated merger with Ahlstrom Corporation, comprising approximately EUR 560 million multicurrency term and revolving credit facilities and EUR 200 million bridge facility for Ahlstrom, which will be assumed by Munksjö as from the date of completion of the merger with amended terms.

Supercell – US$8.6 billion majority stake acquisition by Tencent, 2016
Representing Supercell Oy, a Finnish mobile games company, and the management/founding team, in the acquisition by Tencent Holdings Limited, one of China's largest and most used internet portals, of approximately 84.3% of Supercell equity securities for a consideration of US$8.6 billion, with put and call options for the rest of the equity securities over a four-year period.

Gasum – financing for the acquisition of Risavika and refinancing of existing facilities, 2016
Representing Gasum Oy, a natural energy gas company fully owned by the Finnish state, and certain of its subsidiaries, including Skangas AS, a leading player in the Nordic and Finnish liquefied natural gas (LNG) market, in connection with the facilities agreement with a club of Nordic banks in order to, inter alia, refinance existing debt facilities and finance the acquisition of Risavika LNG Production AS by Skangas AS. Gasum develops the Finnish and Nordic energy infrastructure by investing in the LNG business, biogas business and transport services.

Club of European banks – project financing of a CHP Plant, 2016
Representing the European Investment Bank, Nordic Investment Bank and a group of commercial lenders including ING Belgium SA/NV, Nordea Bank Finland Plc, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ), The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., UniCredit Bank AG London Branch and UniCredit Bank Austria AG on financing the construction of a new industrial combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Kilpilahti, Finland that will supply heat to the oil refinery and chemicals plant on the same site. The plant is owned by Neste Oyj (40%), Veolia Energie International SA (40%) and Borealis AG (20%).