Petri Nevalainen

Petri has about 20 years of experience in business law. His broad experience is in domestic and international M&A and private equity transactions with both Finnish and foreign clients. He has advised clients in a large number of M&A transactions and acquisitions, including complex cross-border transactions.

In addition, Petri has advised many technology companies in their acquisitions, joint ventures, and licensing transactions in domestic and cross-border transactions.

Further, he provides legal advice to numerous start-up companies, especially in the technology sector, in relation to their business operations such as shareholder-, financing-, and technology license agreements.

Petri is also a frequent speaker in seminars and events relating to mergers and acquisitions.

CV

Education:
Member of the Bar 2005
University of Turku, Law School, LL.M. 1999
Turku School of Economics and Business Administration, M.Sc. 2001

Languages: Finnish, Swedish, English, German

Work experience:
Applex Attorneys Ltd, Partner 2011 –
Bützow Attorneys Ltd, Partner 2010 – 2011
Attorneys at Law Procopé & Hornborg Ltd, Partner 2007 – 2010
Attorneys at Law Procopé & Hornborg Ltd, Attorney 2007
Attorneys at Law Prudentum Ltd, Attorney 2003 – 2007
Attorneys at Law Mäkitalo Rämö Virolainen Oy, Associate Lawyer 2002 – 2003
Song Group Finland Oy, Visiting Lawyer 2002
Attorneys at Law Castrén & Snellman Oy, Trainee 2001

Studies and experience abroad:
Holland & Knight LLP, New York, Visiting Lawyer 2006
University of Central England, Birmingham, UK, 2000

FIRM DESCRIPTION

Applex is a premier business law firm with experienced attorneys that provide legal services of the highest standard. The firm’s clients include domestic and international corporations, financial service and insurance institutions, investors and growth and other private companies.

Our services cover all fields of corporate and business law, with a strong focus on transactions and M&A, corporate law, dispute resolution and real estate transactions.

We are committed to providing our clients with high-quality legal services. We combine a solid knowledge of Finnish law with a business-minded and practical approach to develop legal solutions that meet the ever-changing needs of our clients in their domestic and international business operations. This way and by using our extensive international law firm network we will ensure that our clients always get the best possible legal service in Finland and abroad.

International Business Law

Applex Attorneys has joined the international Ally Law Network. Applex will be an exclusive Ally Law member in Finland.

Ally Law consists of leading business law experts globally. The service network includes 61 independent law firms and over 2000 lawyers worldwide. By joining Ally Law Applex will provide even more high quality and cost-efficient legal services globally.

Members of Ally Law are independent law firms with robust knowledge of business law and significant stature in each country with broad expertise in international business matters.

Applex’s staff is excited about Ally Law membership and the new contact network that Ally Law brings to our clients. The extensive global network ensures that we can provide our customers with even higher quality expertise all over the world.

 

Petri Eskola

Petri Eskola joined Backström & Co in 1998 and is a partner of the firm. Mr Eskola graduated in 1992 and trained on the bench between 1996-97. He has wide experience in all intellectual property matters. Furthermore, he has strong focus on litigation and arbitration and he advises clients in all major areas of business law including contracts, corporate, distributorship and competition.

  • University of Helsinki, LL.M. 1992
  • Trained at the bench 1997
  • Member: Finnish Bar 2001
SPECIAL FIELDS OF INTEREST:

Intellectual property, market and competition law, corporate and contract law, litigation and arbitration.

LANGUAGES:

Finnish, English and Swedish

Petri Eskola is praised by one client for his “responsiveness and good attitude.” He practises arbitration and litigation and specialises in IP, corporate and competition law. Chambers & Partners

Backström & Co:

Backström & Co offers legal services in practically every area of business law. Our core expertise is intellectual property and copyright law. We also offer services in general business law, especially contract, competition and corporate law. In addition we handle civil litigations and arbitrations.

Over the years Backström & Co has achieved a solid position as a front-ranking law firm and has particularly gained recognition as an expert in intellectual property. We have been named in several international publications such as European Legal 500, Chambers and Partners and MIP as one of Finland’s leading firms in our special field.

Gustaf Möller

Gustaf Möller works as an international arbitrator and adviser in demanding legal proceedings. He is one of northern Europe’s leading international arbitrators. Prior to joining Krogerus, Mr Möller has served as a Justice at the Supreme Court of Finland. He has also served as the chairman of the board for the Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

Mr Möller has numerous domestic and international memberships and positions of trust. He has written many articles, mainly in the fields of arbitration, civil procedure and private international law.

PUBLICATIONS:
  • International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration, Chapter on Finland (Kluwer Law International, 2008)
  • Välimiesmenettelyn perusteet (Arbitration Fundamentals) (Lakimiesliiton kustannus, 1997) (available only in Finnish)
  • Report on the Convention on Jurisdictions and the Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters Done at Lugano on 16 September 1988 (Official Journal of the European Communities, 1990) (co-author)
  • Explanatory Report on the 1980 Hague Access to Justice Convention (HCCH Publications, 1983)
MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS:
  • Chair of the Finnish branch of the International Law Association
  • Member of the Executive Council of the International Law Association
  • Chair of the Finnish Arbitration Association
  • Member of the European Group for Private International Law

The Dispute Resolution Law Practice:

Our lawyers provide a full range of commercial litigation and arbitration services, many of which frequently involve international aspects. We have a strong record of bringing parties to an early and successful resolution of their disputes. We act on a broad range of disputes across all industries and have considerable experience in complex and high-value litigation.

Many of our practitioners frequently serve as arbitrators. We are also experienced in mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Krogerus:

Krogerus is a premier business law firm whose practice covers a broad spectrum of transactional, dispute resolution and regulatory matters. We have a particularly strong focus in the energy, finance, food and beverage, healthcare, real estate, technology and telecommunications sectors.

Our frequent involvement in international assignments means that Krogerus lawyers are on the forefront of transactions that drive global business operations. Clients value the common sense we bring to discussions and our ability to see past the clutter to those issues that are relevant.

The firm’s achievements stem from the talent of our professionals, our focus on providing results and the strength of our commitment to clients and each other. We are regularly retained in some of the most challenging and high-profile assignments in the market.

Tarja Wist

Ms. Tarja Wist is a Founding Partner of Waselius & Wist. Her practice areas include banking and finance, capital markets, and mergers and acquisitions.

Ms. Wist received her LL.M. degree from the law faculty of the Helsinki University in 1989 and was admitted to the Finnish Bar in 1994. Prior to the establishment of Waselius & Wist, she spent eight years with Roschier-Holmberg & Waselius.

Ms. Wist has also been actively involved in legislative work in the area of securities law and served as a member of the Legislative Working Group for the Securities Law Reform 2009-2011 and as a secretary to the Legislative Commission for Securities Market Legislation 1990-1993. During 2004-2005, Ms. Wist served as member of the Legislative Working Group for the Implementation of the Takeover Directive.

She is also an author of several articles in international publications in the fields of capital markets and financial law.

The Banking & Finance Law Practice:

Waselius & Wist has a very strong practice in banking and finance and is one of the market leaders in Finland representing lenders and borrowers alike. The practice covers all aspects of banking and financing transactions including bank and syndicated loan facilities, asset based lending, acquisition financing, bond issuances, securitisation and project finance as well as asset financing for aircraft, ships, real estate and other capital assets.

The firm has a high profile in advising banks, investment firms, fund managers and other financial institutions and market participants on the full spectrum of regulatory issues.

Waselius & Wist:

Waselius & Wist is a commercial law firm, committed to providing highly specialised legal services in complex business transactions. The firm is especially renowned for high-end advice within the fields of capital markets, banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, dispute resolution, IPR, tax law as well as EU and competition law.

Waselius & Wist has earned the confidence of some of the world’s most demanding clients. They advise leading investment banks, investors, multinational and Finnish companies, public and private organizations as well as governments and government agencies.

The firm aims to build long-term relationships with its clients, gaining a thorough understanding of each client’s business, operating environment, needs and goals is in the heart of a successful client relationship.

Tarja Wist

Ms. Tarja Wist is a Founding Partner of Waselius & Wist. Her practice areas include banking and finance, capital markets, and mergers and acquisitions.

Ms. Wist received her LL.M. degree from the law faculty of the Helsinki University in 1989 and was admitted to the Finnish Bar in 1994. Prior to the establishment of Waselius & Wist, she spent eight years with Roschier-Holmberg & Waselius.

Ms. Wist has also been actively involved in legislative work in the area of securities law and served as a member of the Legislative Working Group for the Securities Law Reform 2009-2011 and as a secretary to the Legislative Commission for Securities Market Legislation 1990-1993. During 2004-2005, Ms. Wist served as member of the Legislative Working Group for the Implementation of the Takeover Directive.

She is also an author of several articles in international publications in the fields of capital markets and financial law.

The Banking & Finance Law Practice:

Waselius & Wist has a very strong practice in banking and finance and is one of the market leaders in Finland representing lenders and borrowers alike. The practice covers all aspects of banking and financing transactions including bank and syndicated loan facilities, asset based lending, acquisition financing, bond issuances, securitisation and project finance as well as asset financing for aircraft, ships, real estate and other capital assets.

The firm has a high profile in advising banks, investment firms, fund managers and other financial institutions and market participants on the full spectrum of regulatory issues.

Waselius & Wist:

Waselius & Wist is a commercial law firm, committed to providing highly specialised legal services in complex business transactions. The firm is especially renowned for high-end advice within the fields of capital markets, banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, dispute resolution, IPR, tax law as well as EU and competition law.

Waselius & Wist has earned the confidence of some of the world’s most demanding clients. They advise leading investment banks, investors, multinational and Finnish companies, public and private organizations as well as governments and government agencies.

The firm aims to build long-term relationships with its clients, gaining a thorough understanding of each client’s business, operating environment, needs and goals is in the heart of a successful client relationship.

Roschier Attorneys Ltd

Expertise:

Trademarks, Music and Entertainment law, IT-law, Domain names,

Licensing, Dispute resolution

Previous employment:

Springtoys Oy, Legal Advisor, 2001-02

Professional organizations:

Member of INTA, International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL), the Finnish ALAI-

group, the Finnish Industrial Property Association (STY), the Finnish Anti-Counterfeiting Group

(FACG), the Finnish Copyright Association and the Finnish IT-Law Association. Junior member

of the Association of Finnish Patent Attorneys (SPAY)

New York State Bar Association 2009-

Roschier Attorneys LTD:

Lawyers these days are not just lawyers. They are also trusted advisors. Client relationships should be constantly nurtured, and having the right culture is the key to developing them.

Roschier provides a full range of services to blue-chip Nordic and multinational clients across the region. Much of its work is focused on high-end corporate advisory services and M&A, including public M&A and private equity, and banking and finance. The firm also focuses on resolving the inevitable disputes that arise in these areas.

Additionally, the firm offers the range of advice you would expect of a leading international law firm, from EU & competition law to employment, from real estate to restructuring. It has a particularly strong reputation in the high-tech sectors, with intellectual property and ICT high on its list of priorities.

Roschier’s geographical footprint is another thing that makes it stand out. The Nordic countries have become a significant arena for an ever-increasing number of companies. Since the early 1990s, the region has seen countless cross-border mergers, acquisitions and off-shoring projects. Today, the area is crowded with exciting businesses that are distinctly Nordic in scope.

“A regional service concept makes sense for us, because it makes sense for our clients. It extends far beyond our own offices, since we have well-established ‘best friends’ relationships with top firms across the region. Clients value the fact that they can get assistance in the whole area from one source,” says Rydin.

The continuing success of Roschier’s Stockholm office is a clear indicator of an increasing need for cross-border expertise. The majority of Roschier’s lawyers spend a significant part of their time working on cross-border cases.

The firm’s practice groups are highly integrated, so they can draw on resources from several locations and put together cross-border ‘dream teams’ to handle each assignment. The firm is carefully organized to get the most out of its cross-border capabilities.

This combination of expertise means that Roschier is continuously involved in the region’s most demanding assignments and consistently ranked among the top firms in both Finland and Sweden.

“But we never forget that we owe our success to our clients, and we strive every day to give them the best possible service, and to add value to their businesses,” says Björn Winström, Head of the firm’s Swedish operations. “Of course, our coverage also extends well beyond this region through our established relationships with leading law firms around the world and our Finnish membership in Lex Mundi.”

As the Northern European market continues to converge, regional centers are taking shape. Stockholm, for example, has become a hub for the region.

“Stockholm is a key arena for investment and capital markets activity as well as international dispute resolution,” Winström concludes.

 

 

Hanna-Maijo Elo

Hanna-Maija Elo specialises in handling different types of cases related to intellectual property rights. She is particularly experienced in infringement of trademark, design and commercial name rights and IPR, and counterfeit and parallel import cases based on customs control. Additionally, Hanna-Maija has many years of experience in contract law, particularly in franchising agreements and generally in franchising law. Hanna-Maija is one of the founders of the Finnish Anti-Counterfeiting Group and has also served as the chair of the Group.

Hanna-Maija also provides training both for authorities and for our clients and has authored several publications in her areas of expertise. Hanna-Maija’s expertise has been acknowledged in international publications, such as:

Chambers Europe and Chambers Global: Ranked in the category of Ranked Lawyers / Band 2 and mentioned as one of the “Key individuals” as follows: ”Practice head Hanna-Maija Elo is recognised by many as the prominent figure at the firm, and is noted for her ‘fantastically pragmatic advice.’ She is well known for her expertise in anti-counterfeiting work.”

Legal 500: Mentioned as a recommended lawyer as follows: “Juridia Ltd Attorneys-At-Law’s large and dedicated practice is nationally respected for its expertise across all areas of IP including franchising, disputes, and enforcement. IT is a notable specialism. Hanna-Maija Elo and Petteri Häkkänen are recommended.”

JB Eversheds:

is one of Finland’s leading full service law firms with a nationwide coverage of five offices.

Our services cover all fields of corporate and business law, with a particularly strong focus on transactions and M&A, corporate law, dispute resolution, TMT, IPR and insolvency. Besides our core services for business, we also serve notable public sector clients and private individuals.

JB Eversheds has pursued a successful growth path to become one of Finland’s largest law firms, and we are nowadays a trusted provider of legal services to various industrial and business sectors. Clients often entrust us with some of their most complex and challenging legal assignments. We collaborate and share clients and legal work with an extensive international network of law firms, and particularly through various professional affiliations and our memberships within legal networks.

For more than half a century, our subsidiary and IPR specialist arm Heinonen & Co has provided internationally distinguished IPR expertise and worldwide registration services for trademarks and registered designs, together with advisory and protection services for domain names and other forms of intellectual property.

Our approach encourages all of our professionals to take pride the success of our clients, with commitment to hands-on, responsive working practices that deliver seamless quality and accountability for the benefit of our clients. JB Eversheds prides itself on combining professional experience with an entrepreneurial spirit and the traditions of our partners. We show commitment to our professionals through a strong focus on continuous development and training of their professional skills in a flexible and modern working environment.