Avance has a reputation in Finland for high-level transactional work, including cross-border instructions. Clients appreciate the team’s top-quality support on international matters with a centre of gravity in Finland, and the firm acts in both lead and local counsel roles for its global clients. The firm is particularly well geared towards cross-border M&A and financing transactions in the Nordic region on behalf of Finnish-listed companies, Nordic players and global entities. It has an especially thriving inbound practice, including assignments for high-profile names in the private equity, energy and infrastructure sectors. The firm is developing its offering with growing strength across different specialisms, including tax and disputes. It also assists clients with cross-border compliance and risk management. Sources underline the firm’s robust contacts with practices overseas: “Their network has proven to be valuable in international cases. They have been able to provide us with connections to other local law firms.”
Chambers Global 2021, International & Cross-Border Capabilities Department
Corporate powerhouse renowned for its expertise in cross-border transactions. Regularly acts for domestic and foreign private equity houses, investors and technology companies. Advises on a broad range of matters, including joint ventures, divestments and tender offers. Also assists venture capital investors with financing. Increasingly active in the media and gaming sectors.
Chambers Global 2021, Corporate/M&A
Skilled banking and finance team with notable presence in real estate finance transactions. Handles loan financing and note issuance in the energy sector. Additionally assists with refinancing, syndicated and bilateral financing mandates.
Chambers Global 2021, Banking and Finance
Avance’s Dispute Resolution team is ranked by Benchmark Litigation 2021 edition. Our key cases highlight our capabilities in tax, insolvency and corporate and commercial litigation.
Benchmark Litigation 2021
“Always responsive and they dedicate much time to the client, understanding the company’s situation intimately. No need to go over old things over and again as they are well on top of matters.”
“Outstanding industry-specific knowledge and superior customer service.”
IFLR1000 2021, Capital Markets
“Very efficient and process-oriented.”
“Highly skilled and reliable, analytical and practical approach to work combined with clear communication.”
“Professional, timely and up to speed in respect of the market. Strongly partner-led deal teams.”
IFLR1000 2021, Banking and Finance
“Flexibility and creative problem solving. Focus on getting the deal within interests of the client.”
“Personal engagement to the case at hand.”
IFLR1000 2021, M&A
Avance achieves a strong performance in the ITR World Tax 2021 rankings, receiving e.g. Tier 2 rankings in both the Transactional tax and Tax controversy categories.
ITR World Tax 2021
The Legal 500 highlights that “the team is led by the ‘highly respected’ Ulla Vuokila and Salla Suominen, who are both highly experienced litigators; Vuokila is also in demand as an arbitrator, chairing a number of significant panels.” Dispute Resolution team is praised for expertise, professionalism and dedication. One source describes that our firm has “a really good reputation and has extremely good and experienced personnel who truly are the real experts in company law” and continues that our “experience was evident and assuring.”
Legal 500 2020, Dispute Resolution
“Avance Attorneys Ltd leverages its corporate capabilities to advise clients across the technology, media and telecoms industries on a range of mandates including financings, acquisitions and regulatory matters. Noteworthy clients include media organisations, electronic entertainment companies and telecoms operators. Practice head Topi Siniketo is highly regarded and recently advised Small Giant Games on its Series C financing and subsequent $700m exit to Zynga.”
Legal 500 2020, TMT
“Avance Attorneys Ltd handles a range of capital markets matters including public transactions, block trades, IPOs, bond issuances, and dual-track private equity exits. Practice head Robin Nordblad is an experienced transactional lawyer with a particular focus on financing and debt capital markets work.”
Legal 500 2020, Capital markets
EU and Competition team is praised for having “excellent competence.”
Legal 500 2020, EU and Competition
Clients highlight that Banking & Finance team has a “deep knowledge of loan documentation preparation and excellent assistance in negotiations.”
Legal 500 2020, Banking and Finance
Real Estate and Construction practice continues to rank in Tier 1. Clients highlight that Avance has a “high-level of expertise within real estate, construction and financing.” Our team is described as a “very professional and deal-savvy.” Christoffer Charpentier and Mathias Lindqvist are recognised as leading individuals in Real Estate and Construction.
Legal 500 2020, Real Estate and Construction
Commercial corporate and M&A practice is praised for having “a very practical and solution-oriented approach.” The team “includes a high number of experienced transactional lawyers with international qualifications and experience.” Ulf-Henrik Kull and Ilkka Perheentupa are recognised as leading individuals and Anders Floman as a rising star in Commercial corporate and M&A.
Legal 500 2020, Commercial corporate and M&A
Acts for a diverse clientele of energy companies and investors with interests in the energy business. Particularly experienced advising on matters relating to distribution networks. The firm is praised for its “efficient use of resources on assignments.”
Chambers 2020, Energy & Natural Resources