Timo Airisto

Partner, Helsinki


“He has the experience, insights, foresight and attitude - the whole nine yards. He is very practical and results-oriented, providing innovative ideas to complex issues”
Chambers Global 2021


Timo Airisto is a partner in White & Case Global M&A team. He advises international and local clients in corporate transactions. Timo has advised on some of Finland’s largest transactions for the past two decades and his record of accomplishment includes private transactions, as well as public tender offers and mergers.

Timo is dual qualified in US and Finland and is also well-known for his skills in the field of cross-border real estate deals. He has advised a number of leading investors, guiding them through major real estate transactions in Finland.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
Finnish Bar Association
Columbia Law School
University of Helsinki
Faculty of Law


Representation of Nexans S.A. (Euronext Paris: NEX), one of the world's leading suppliers of cable technologies and services, on its EUR 53 million acquisition of Reka Cables Ltd., a Finnish cable manufacturer, from Reka Industrial Plc (NASDAQ OMX Helsinki: REKA).

Representation of VALOREM, the French pioneering independent renewable energy developer and operator, on the divestment of the 165 MW Kalistanneva onshore wind farm to a Finnish consortium formed by HELEN Oy and the Bank of Åland Wind Power Fund Non-UCITS, and the simultaneous approximately €135 million project financing of the neighbouring 148.5 MW Matkussaari onshore wind farm, together with the negotiation and settlement of all related commercial arrangements.

Representation of CVC Capital Partners, a private equity and investment advisory firm, on its acquisition of a minority stake in FutureLife a.s.,an assisted reproduction and genetics business headquartered in the Czech Republic and with clinics across the CEE, Netherlands, Finland, the UK, Ireland, Romania and Estonia.

Representation of Euroports Group, one of the largest maritime infrastructure companies in Europe, on its acquisition of Oy Hangö Stevedoring AB, a provider of cargo handling services at the Port of Hanko.

Representation of Legrand SA, global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures, as the acquirer on the acquisition of Ensto Building Systems from Ensto Invest Oy, an international technology company providing reliable and smart electric solutions and expertise for electricity distribution networks and buildings.

Representation of Keva, Finland's largest pension provider, on the sale of a 12.5% holding in Caruna, Finnish electricity distribution company which also maintains, repairs and builds a weatherproof electricity network in Finland, to the Swedish pension company AMF Pension.

Representation of JPMorgan's Infrastructure Investments Fund (IIF) on its acquisition of Adven, a leading provider of clean energy solutions across the Nordics and Baltics, from the investment firms AMP Capital and Infracapital.

Representation of Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj on the voluntary recommended public cash tender offer made by a Bain Capital lead consortium formed by (BC) Lux Holdco S.à r.l. (a vehicle owned and controlled by funds managed or advised by Bain Capital Private Equity (Europe), LLP, and/or its affiliates), Ahlstrom Invest B.V (an indirect subsidiary of Ahlström Capital Oy), Viknum AB and Belgrano Inversiones Oy, for all the issued and outstanding shares in Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj. The tender offer values Ahlstrom-Munksjö's total equity at approximately EUR 2.1 billion. Ahlstrom-Munksjö is a global leader in innovative and sustainable fiber-based materials and its shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki and Nasdaq Stockholm.

Representation of Starwood Capital Group, a leading global private investment firm, on the acquisition through a controlled affiliate of a Finnish rental residential portfolio of approximately 2,200 units in partnership with Avara Oy, a residential real estate investment and asset management company in Finland, from a consortium of Finnish vendors.

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 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.

Representation of The Blackstone Group, a US-based private equity firm, in its recommended public tender offer for all shares in Sponda Plc, a Finland-based property investment company specializing in commercial properties in the largest cities in Finland, with shares listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. With assumed debt, the total value of the transaction is €3.8 billion.

Representation of Capgemini SA, one of the largest technology and outsourcing service providers globally, in the acquisition of a digital design and strategy company Idean Enterprises Oy.

Representation of Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd., a leading specialized automotive component solutions provider based in India, in its €571 million voluntary recommended public tender offer for all shares and stock options in PKC Group Plc, a producer and distributor of electronic components, systems, and parts.

Representation of ABB Group, the leading power and automation technology group, on the divestment of its ABB Full Service business to Nordic Capital Fund VIII. ABB Full Service is the leader in industrial maintenance outsourcing services in Europe, with a particularly strong position in the Nordics and a global presence.

Representation of Kemira Oyj, a global chemicals company headquartered in Finland which serves customers in water-intensive industries, on the sale of its ChemSolutions’ formic acid business to Taminco Corporation, a portfolio company of Apollo Management based in the United States. This was a complex carve-out transaction involving assets in multiple jurisdictions, demonstrating our ability to assist our clients in complex, multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions.

Representation of the Republic of Finland as seller in connection with the €148 million sale of the entire share capital of Destia Ltd, a Finnish infrastructure and construction service company, to the investment company Ahlström Capital. Destia Ltd was created in 2008 by incorporating the former Finnish Road Enterprise, the state agency for road maintenance. This transaction demonstrates our knowledge and commitment to the Finnish market and our status as trusted advisor to the Finnish State, which we have represented for more than two decades.

Awards and Recognition

Individual Mention, Tier 1, Commercial, Corporate and M&A – The Legal 500 EMEA 2020-2022

Market Leader – IFLR1000 2022

Ranked Lawyer, Corporate M&A – Finland, Chambers Global 2022

Foreign Expert in USA, Corporate M&A – Finland, Chambers Global 2022

Notable Practitioner, Corporate M&A – Finland, Chambers Europe 2022

Ranked Lawyer, Corporate M&A – Finland, 2020-2022

Hall of Fame, Real Estate & Construction – The Legal 500 EMEA 2020-2022

Individual Mention, Tier 1, Banking & Finance – The Legal 500 EMEA 2020-2022