Petri Avikainen | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Petri Avikainen
Petri Avikainen

Petri Avikainen

Partner, Helsinki

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Acclaimed lawyer Petri Avikainen supports domestic and international clients with major capital markets and M&A transactions.

Overview

Petri Avikainen advises clients on domestic and international capital markets and M&A transactions, including rights offerings, initial public offerings, accelerated book-built offerings, equity-linked and debt offerings and public tender offers.

He also regularly advises Finnish publicly-traded companies and other national and international corporate and investment banking clients on issues related to Finnish corporate and securities laws.

Since joining White & Case in 2000, Petri has worked on numerous market-leading Finnish capital markets and corporate transactions across a diverse range of sectors. Drawing on his significant experience handling innovative and first-of-a-kind deals, Petri leads clients through all stages of the transactional process, from planning to completion.

Committed to helping his clients to execute vital transactions, regardless of their scale or cross-border complexity, he has recently acted for companies in the chemicals, engineering, financial services, housing investment and mining industries.

Bars and Courts

  • Finnish Bar Association

Education

  • LLM, Turku University School of Law

Languages

  • English
  • Finnish

Experience

Stockmann €250 million notes offering and consent solicitation process, 2017

Representation of Danske Bank, Nordea and OP as coordinators and lead managers, and DNB, Handelsbanken and Swedbank as lead managers, on Stockmann plc's issue of €250 million senior secured notes due 2022 and a consent solicitation process regarding early repayment of Stockmann’s existing €150 million notes due 2018.

Huhtamaki €150 million notes offering and cash tender offer, 2017

Representation of Huhtamäki Oyj on its issue of €150 million notes due 2024 and its related cash tender offer to the holders of its existing €200 million notes due 2020.

Blackstone €3.8 billion public tender offer for Sponda, 2017

Representation of The Blackstone Group on its recommended public tender offer for all shares in Sponda Plc. With assumed debt, the total value of the transaction is €3.8 billion.

Neste €400 million notes offering and cash tender offer, 2017

Representation of Neste Corporation on its issue of €400 million notes due 2024 and its related cash tender offers to the holders of its existing €400 million notes due 2019 and €500 million notes due 2022.

Kamux €119 million IPO, 2017

Representation of Kamux Corporation and its selling shareholder, Intera Fund II Ky, on the IPO and Nasdaq Helsinki listing of the shares in Kamux.

Motherson Sumi Systems €571 million tender offer for PKC, 2017

Representation of Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd. on its €571 million voluntary recommended public tender offer for all shares and stock options in PKC Group Plc.

Combination of Munksjö and Ahlstrom, 2016

Representation of Munksjö Oyj on the combination of Munksjö and Ahlstrom Corporation through a statutory absorption merger.

Tokmanni €165 million IPO, 2016

Representation of Tokmanni Group Corporation and its selling shareholder, the Nordic Capital company Cidron Disco S.à r.l., on the IPO and Nasdaq Helsinki listing of the shares in Tokmanni.

SATO €300 million senior guaranteed unsecured Eurobond offerings, 2016 and 2015

Representation of SATO Corporation on its €300 million senior guaranteed unsecured Eurobond offerings. The bonds are listed on the Irish Stock Exchange.

Finnair €200 million hybrid capital securities offering and hybrid capital cash tender offer, 2015

Representation of Danske Bank, Morgan Stanley and Pohjola Bank, as the joint lead managers, on Finnair plc’s issue of €200 million hybrid capital securities and representation of Danske Bank, as the tender agent, and Danske Bank and Morgan Stanley, as the dealer managers, on Finnair’s related cash tender offer to the holders of its existing €120 million hybrid capital securities issued in 2012.

Speaking Engagements

"Talentum Legal Education", October 2017: Securities Market Seminar,
Helsinki, Finland
, Speaker

Publications

  • Co-author of the Finland chapter in Oxford University Press’ European Securities Law (First Edition 2010; Second Edition 2013)

Awards & Recognition

Highly Regarded for Capital Markets and M&A – Finland, IFLR 1000 2018

Ranked

Ranked Lawyer in Capital Markets (Band 2) – Finland, Chambers Europe 2017

Capital Markets Law – Finland, Best Lawyers, 2013-2017

Ranked