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Jukka Laitasalo

Merilampi Marttila Laitasalo Law Offices

Jukka Laitasalo is a partner at Merilampi Marttila Laitasalo Law Offices in Helsinki. Laitasalo's key practice areas are banking and finance, mergers & acquisitions, arbitration and litigation, corporate law and insolvency.

In addition to representing major Finnish and foreign clients in transactional, arbitration and litigation matters Laitasalo has on several occasions been appointed member or chairman of the Finnish arbitration court.

Laitasalo is acting as one of the joint liquidators of the Finnish insurance company Kansa Group and is one of the administrators of the formerly government-owned Skopbank, which was put into voluntary winding-up proceedings in 1998. Laitasalo is the chairman of the Ethical Board of the Finnish Bar Association.

E-mail: jukka.laitasalo@mmllaw.fi

Ari Keinänen

Merilampi Marttila Laitasalo Law Offices

Ari Keinänen has been a partner of Merilampi Marttila Laitasalo Law Offices since 1992. Keinänen's key practice areas are mergers & acquisitions, capital markets, corporate law and banking. He has represented and advised a number of national and international corporate clients and listed companies on a wide range of transactions, including, in particular, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and capital markets transactions.

In 1992 the Finnish Ministry of Justice appointed Keinänen as an external legal secretary of the committee which drew up an overall reform of the Finnish Companies Act and put this proposal to the Finnish government. Keinänen recently prepared the Finnish report to the 2002 International Federation for European Law congress in London, which dealt with cross border mergers and company law and hostile take-over bids. He has been practising as a lawyer since 1987.

E-mail: ari.keinanen@mmllaw.fi


Ilkka Aalto-Setälä

White & Case LLP

Ilkka Aalto-Setälä is the head of the competition law practice at White & Case's Helsinki office. He graduated from the Turku University Faculty of Law in 1994 and was admitted to the Finnish Bar in 1999. He began his career in 1995 working for the Finnish Competition Authority until 1997 and in 1996 worked for the European Commission's Merger Task Force as a national expert. From 1997 to 2002 he worked for Roschier Holmberg, Attorneys. His recent experience includes the strategic planning of the competition law aspects of a number of significant Finnish corporate transactions.

Ilkka Aalto-Setälä has advised numerous domestic and foreign clients in transactions and co-operation arrangements with respect to, among others, digital transmission, portals and mobile banking, and has handled a large number of merger notifications to the Finnish Competition Authority and to the European Commission. He also litigates on a regular basis before Finland's Market Court and Supreme Administrative Court and before the European Commission. Ilkka Aalto-Setälä regularly publishes and lectures on competition law issues.

Tanja Rekola

White & Case LLP

Tanja Rekola is a senior associate in the Helsinki office of White & Case. She graduated from Helsinki University's Faculty of Law in 1997 and was admitted to the Finnish Bar in 2001. Before joining White & Case in 1997, Rekola worked for the Merger Task Force of the European Commission as a trainee. Her main areas of practice include finance and capital markets as well as cross-border M&A transactions with a special focus on, among other things, competition law. She has handled a large number of merger notifications to the Finnish Competition Authority and coordinated multi-jurisdictional merger notifications.

Corporate governance

Petri Taivalkoski

Roschier Holmberg, Attorneys Ltd

Petri Taivalkoski is a partner of Roschier Holmberg and head of the firm's arbitration and alternative dispute resolution practice. He specializes in dispute resolution, corporate law and liability issues. Taivalkoski regularly advises Finnish and non-Finnish companies in matters relating to dispute resolution and avoidance as well as various types of liability issues. He has acted as counsel in various arbitration and court cases, including certain landmark cases in the areas of corporate and securities market law.

E-mail: petri.taivalkoski@roschier.com

Tommy Holmström

Roschier Holmberg, Attorneys Ltd

Tommy Holmström is a senior associate of Roschier Holmberg and member of the firm's corporate and capital markets practice group. Holmström specializes in M&A, corporate law, liability issues and insurance law. He has broad experience of various types of domestic and cross-border transactions.

E-mail: tommy.holmstrom@roschier.com

Private equity and venture capital

Mikko Ojala

Peltonen, Ruokonen & Itäinen

Mikko Ojala is a partner of Peltonen, Ruokonen & Itäinen in Helsinki. His experience covers financial services, financial institutions, funds and derivatives. Before joining Peltonen, Ruokonen & Itäinen he worked in Sampo Bank (former Postipankki) Helsinki and in the bank's New York Branch. He is admitted to the Finnish bar.

Hans Sundblad

Peltonen, Ruokonen & Itäinen

Hans Sundblad is a partner of Peltonen, Ruokonen & Itäinen in Helsinki. He has broad experience of capital markets and finance. Before joining Peltonen, Ruokonen & Itäinen in 1994 he worked in Union Bank of Finland and Postipankki as a lawyer and head of the legal department in Finland and abroad. His practice encompasses a wide range of financing arrangements, including debt issues, private equity and venture capital investments and derivative instruments. His experience covers company law, mergers and acquisitions, energy related matters as well as commercial litigation.


Lauri Peltola

Waselius & Wist

Lauri Peltola is a partner of Waselius & Wist, a law firm established in 1997 by Jan Waselius and Tarja Wist.

Mr. Peltola graduated from the law faculty of Helsinki University in 1974 and was admitted to the Finnish Bar in 1978. Before joining Waselius & Wist in 2002, Mr. Peltola worked for the Ministry of Trade and Industry Competition Bureau in 1975 - 1976, Procopé & Hornborg 1976 - 1992 (partner 1980, head of London Branch 1984, secondment S.G. Archibald, Paris 1980) and for Roschier Holmberg in 1993 - 2002 (head of London Branch 1993, partner 1995).

Mr. Peltola has extensive knowledge in the area of banking and capital markets as well as cross-border M&A work. He regularly acts for a large number of public and private Finnish and foreign companies and financial institutions. He is the author of numerous articles in Finnish and international professional publications in the field of corporate and financial law and capital markets.

Irina Mikkola

Waselius & Wist

Irina Mikkola joined Waselius & Wist in 1999 after obtaining her LL.B. from the London School of Economics and Political Science in the same year. In 2001 Irina Mikkola finished the EEA Recognition of Qualification Programme at the University of Helsinki and in 2002 she received her LL.M. in Contract and Commercial Law from the University of Helsinki.

Ms. Mikkola's main areas of practice include banking and finance law and capital markets. Ms. Mikkola is the author of various articles in international publications in the field of banking and finance law and capital markets.