Salla advises clients in various conflict management matters from the negotiations to avoid the dispute to complex arbitration and litigation proceedings. She is often handling large and demanding insolvency related cases, such as recovery or damage claims, or advising clients facing economic distress as she has highly regarded practical understanding of Finnish insolvency proceedings. Salla is also involved with distressed transactions. Salla’s expertise on dispute resolution covers also, among others, commercial, corporate, M&A, IT and construction related matters. Salla works frequently as an arbitrator. She also acts as an administrator in corporate restructuring proceedings and as a liquidator in voluntary company law proceedings. Salla has also unique expertise within the field of pension insurance legislation and practicalities as she has worked as a fund manager in a pension fund.
Advised Terex Corporation, a global manufacturer of materials processing machinery and aerial work platforms, in the acquisition of Helsinki-based ZenRobotics Ltd, a global leader in smart robotic recycling. The transaction is a prime example of distressed M&A, as ZenRobotics had filed for bankruptcy before it was acquired by Terex and the seller was the bankruptcy estate.
Advised CapMan Infra related to the acquisition of 100 per cent of the shares of Koiviston Auto (Metsäpietilä Oy), Finland’s leading bus operator, where the largest subsidiary was ongoing corporate restructuring proceedings.
Represented a major Finnish company in a high-profile, complex construction related litigation regarding a 20 MEUR claim for damages.
Represented a global financing service company in arbitration proceedings under FAI Rules concerning termination of licensing agreement and the related damages.
Represented a Finnish company in arbitration proceedings under FAI Rules related to a breach of a non-competition undertaking.
Represented a Finnish company in a dispute concerning the alleged nullity of a general meeting resolution and related share issue.
Represented a Finnish private equity company in a dispute concerning the invalidity of a share purchase agreement.
Represented a Finnish insurance company in a large debt collection matter and advised the client also with related board liability issues.
Advised a Finnish company in complex corporate and debt restructuring matters as well as various board liability issues.
Advised a private equity company in a dispute over an alleged breach of the sellers’ warranties under a share purchase agreement.
Represented a Swedish private equity company in a court case regarding a significant recovery claim.
Represented a former CEO in a dispute regarding the termination of managing director agreement.
Advised a major Finnish construction company in disputes regarding alleged faults in planning, design and building of large office and business premises.
Continuous advisory of corporate clients in board and management liability cases.
Continuous advisory on various insolvency related questions related to M&A, finance and other transactions.
Served as sole liquidator in a Finnish company’s liquidation proceeding carried out in accordance with the Finnish Companies Act.
Served as sole arbitrator under FAI expedited arbitration rules.
Senior Associate, Hannes Snellman Attorneys Ltd (2010–2014)
Associate Lawyer, Hannes Snellman Attorneys Ltd (2007–2009)
Associate Lawyer, Lahti & Co Attorneys Ltd, Turku (2003–2007)
Lawyer, Turku District Cooperative Bank (2002)
Trained on the Bench, District Court of Vakka-Suomi (2001)
Master of Laws, University of Turku, 2000
“Salla Suominen is professional, experienced and easy to deal with.”
The Legal 500 2023
“I rate Salla Suominen’s competence, knowledge and customer orientation very highly.”
Chambers Europe 2023
“We have worked extensively with Salla Suominen over the last several years and she is excellent. Knowledgeable but also with a strong commercial sense.”
The Legal 500 2022
Salla Suominen of Avance Attorneys represents clients in insolvency-related disputes, including recovery claims. She further advises on corporate restructuring proceedings. A client praises her “timely responses and excellent advice.”
Chambers Europe 2022
Salla Suominen is “a very sharp and experienced lawyer,” according to one source. She represents clients in insolvency-related disputes, including recovery claims. She further advises on corporate restructuring proceedings. Clients also say that Suominen “is active and provides answers in a timely manner.”
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