Our firm also advises on issues concerning various forms of insurance products including in particular liability insurance relating to products, environmental liability, board liability or professional indemnity insurance as well as maritime and transport insurance.
Real Estate Law and Housing
We provide real estate law advice to real estate companies in relation to all issues concerning the sale, purchase, development, letting and management of properties.
Our firm also advises private individuals, agencies and housing companies with regard to housing company affairs and transaction disputes. Our services range from disputes over defects to providing proactive legal advice. The legal expertise of our firm covers all legal liabilities of parties to housing and real estate transactions, from housing company law to disputes arising between sellers and buyers, and liability issues of various parties engaged in an transaction. We also provide our assistance when handling the various legal issues arising in residential housing, and particularly of advising parties and resolving disputes.
Foudations and Trusts
Our firm assist commercial foundations, associations, companies and charitable and non-profit organisations. When setting up a foundation it is important to consider the purpose, management etc., as the intention of the founder must be respected.
Among other things, we offer assistance with:
- The establishment of foundations, preparation of articles of association and objectives
- Amendments and adjustments to the articles of association.
- Conversion, merger and dissolution of foundations
- Corporate governance/internal controls for foundations
- Organisation of justifiable asset management
- Organisation of distributions and distribution practices
- Assistance with foundation law issues and the relationship to the public authorities
From time to time, companies are faced with disputes and conflict situations, where the negotiation and litigation experience of legal counsel is needed. We advise clients in various business disputes whenever needed.
When an amicable settlement cannot be reached, we are able to represent clients in all dispute resolution bodies. Our firm’s attorneys are familiar with the processes used in general courts, administrative courts and special courts such as the Market Court. We also act as attorneys during arbitration proceedings.
As in all our activities, our aim is to find the most sensible solution for the client’s business operations. In most cases, the primary goal is to find a solution involving appropriate settlement. Achieving a successful outcome for the client requires a combination of competence in court proceedings, thorough preparation including becoming familiar with the specific factual and legal aspects of each case and a skilful and persistent presentation of the client’s case at the relevant hearing.
In arbitration and legal proceedings alike, our success is based on a combination of uncompromising procedural know-how and thorough familiarity of our clients business.
Each employer in Finland has a responsibility to be familiar with and observe a variety of rules and regulations related to employment law. In M&A transactions, employment law issues are often of great significance and may include dealing with the rules regarding transfer of undertakings or issues related to the protection of intellectual property.
Our firm provides legal advice and strategic guidance to employers on all aspects of Finnish labour and employment law, such as issues related to employee loyalty, non-competition and confidentiality, individual terminations of employment and redundancies, workplace environment issues, company restructuring, various incentive programmes, and issues related to pension.
Our lawyers also provide representation in employment law related negotiations and disputes, including litigation, and can assist you with drafting of employment agreements and other agreements between employer and employees.
Maritime and Transportation Law
Maritime and transport law concerns the legal aspects related to the transportation of assets and goods, marine accidents- and casualties and marine insurance as well as casualty management and claims handling.
We have a strong focus on maritime and transport law, advising carriers, freight forwarders, shipowners as well as cargo interests and marine insurers of these parties.
Company law and corporate restructuring
We advise our clients on numerous company-related matters on a daily basis. We also act as a company lawyer for our clients. This enables us to understand better the company and its need for legal assistance, and thus to offer exactly the right legal service efficiently and quickly. The Finnish Companies Act was amended in 2006 and now offers companies a wide variety of new opportunities – particularly in respect of structural changes, financing and the distribution of funds. At the same time, the new Act will in certain respects increase the liability of a company’s management and shareholders. The authority relationships between a company’s administrative bodies are clarified, and partly changed. The new Limited Liability Companies Act applies to all limited companies, and provision should be made for this.
Changes in ownership, equity transactions and financing
A part of our work consists of negotiations and the drafting of contracts on different kinds of changes in a company’s ownership structure. It is important to carefully address the client’s business aims. A good command of general company law and strong negotiation skills create the basis for these services. Issues of company law often play a central role in the planning and implementation of acquisitions, changes to corporate structure, financial and other business arrangements, capital investments, and shareholder agreements. Company law relates closely to the merging of limited liability companies
The best contracts are drafted in close cooperation with the client. We strive to understand thoroughly the client’s business activities in order to offer long-term solutions and real added value. In negotiating and drafting contracts we aim for a result that both fulfils the client’s needs and is balanced well between the parties to the contract.
An important part of our work consists of drafting and negotiating different kinds of contracts. We are specialised in contracts relating to product supply, services, deliveries, joint ventures, financing arrangements, licensing, trade, the acquisition and utilisation of immaterial property rights, employment contracts, and other types of contract arrangements.
Different joint venture and consortium agreements are needed when SMEs offer their goods or services to large companies. Large corporations want their subcontractors to deliver increasingly larger entities and they prefer making agreements with a single company rather than a network of small companies.
When SMEs are networking together and divide their R&D activities as well their manufacturing operations between themselves, they should also make joint agreements about the division of the duties, responsibilities and risks. This should be the main concern of the company that takes the leading role in the consortium and makes the agreement with the large purchaser.
In addition to agreements between companies, we have drawn up standard agreements or general contractual terms for companies, and drafted model contracts for our clients to use in their daily operations. We also assist in disputes relating to the interpretation of agreements.