Oona Lilja

Associate, Helsinki

Biography

Overview

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
Education
LLM
University of Helsinki

Faculty of Law

Languages
English
Finnish

Experience

Accent Equity 2017 LP
Represented Accent Equity 2017 LP in its acquisition of a majority stake in Global Attractions SPI from founders and management, and the related acquisition financing. Global Attractions SPI is a European market leader in equipment for indoor playgrounds and other leisure related activities, and offers turn-key services ranging from concept development and design to production and installation. The group has local presence in fifteen countries and a wide distributor base in twelve countries, together covering five continents.

Nordea Bank Abp – 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.

Metso's combination of Metso Minerals and Outotec, 2019
Advising 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 EUR 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 EUR 500 million, as well as providing backup liquidity to Metso (and, subsequently, Metso Outotec) in the form of a revolving credit facility amounting to EUR 500 million. The financing for Metso (and, subsequently, Neles) comprised of a EUR 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.

Outokumpu Oyj – EUR 400 million sustainability linked term loan facility,  2019
Advising Outokumpu Oyj in relation to its new secured EUR 400 million term loan facility arranged by Danske Bank A/S, Swedbank AB (publ), OP Corporate Bank plc, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) and Nordea Bank Abp. The new term loan is sustainability linked and the margin of the loan is linked to the total recordable incident frequency rate and carbon dioxide emission per ton of stainless steel produced, both in relation to set targets. The loan shares the existing security package e.g. with Outokumpu's existing syndicated revolving credit facility and with the secured notes due 2024.

Technopolis – EUR 930 million refinancing, 2019
Advising 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
Advising Antilooppi Ky, a modern real estate company focusing on office properties in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, in connection with its EUR 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 EUR 385 million committed term loan facility, a EUR 165 million uncommitted term loan facility and a EUR 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 – EUR 611 million recommended cash Tender Offer for all shares in Pöyry, 2019
Advising ÅF AB in its EUR 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
Advising 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
Advising 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
Advising Bridgepoint on its EUR 120 million (and EUR 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.

Munksjö – full-scale financing package for the purposes of the contemplated merger, 2016
Advising 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
Advising 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.