Igor Livchitz

Igor Livchitz is our exclusively recommended Immigration Law expert in Finland on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Igor directly using the contact details listed above.

Igor’s areas of expertise include international contract law, acquisitions, M&A, Russian legislation, joint venture projects, and associated issues. The projects in which Igor has participated have also involved intellectual property law and investment activities. In the projects, Igor has worked in cooperation at government level.

Igor Livchitz works at our office in Helsinki.

Firm Overview:

As a global top 10 law practice, Eversheds Sutherland provides legal advice and solutions to an international client base which includes some of the world’s largest multinationals.

Our teams of lawyers around the world operate seamlessly to deliver the legal know-how and strategic alignment that clients need from their advisors to help further their business interests. Clients describe us as creative and well versed in cutting edge legal work – we listen well in order to understand how and where we can be most effective and add the greatest value.

We shape our advice to the unique circumstances and challenges of each project, and ensure the right people are in the right places to offer insight and certainty – from the day-to-day to the most complex, multijurisdictional matters.

What unites us is our commitment to service excellence through a solution-oriented approach. We know our clients’ businesses, the industries and markets they operate in, and we know that great relationships yield the best outcomes.

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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.

Firm Overview:

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.

Teemu Kauttu

Teemu Kauttu specialises in construction law and issues of real estate development. He has been engaged in and consulted on a considerable number of large scale real estate deals and real estate development projects in the Helsinki metropolitan area. He has extensive experience in major and demanding litigation’s and arbitration’s of construction and real estate disputes. Teemu is a member of the Finnish Arbitration Association and he is accredited as a mediator by the Finnish Bar Association.

Firm Overview:

A law firm that understands life

Merilampi’s roots are in company law, which means that we have a comprehensive understanding of business law and business life on a broader scale. This helps us predict our clients’ needs in advance and find solutions that best promote the client’s business.

In our corporate culture, partners are integrally involved throughout the assignments. Our teams are diverse yet compact: diversity ensures different perspectives and compactness guarantees the client does not pay for any unnecessary work. We do not develop any unnecessary hierarchy or red tape, and we are driven by our passion to solve legal problems. Clients see our operating model in the in-depth expertise of our team, practical and uncomplicated service and cost-effectiveness.

We are particularly known for our work in mergers and acquisitions and dispute resolution, but our services also cover the entire spectrum of demanding business law, ranging from competition and EU law, employment and labour law, real estate and construction law to assignments related to technology and intellectual property. We always strive to gain an in-depth understanding of the client’s business and to create an effective partnership that achieves results. In all our assignments, we want to encounter our clients also on a personal level: together we can achieve more.

We believe that the basis of a great client experience is a great employee experience. This is essential to our corporate culture. We recruit our professionals carefully and we look after them: a career with us does not mean that other aspects of life are forgotten. Employee well-being means that our personnel can serve our clients better and create more added value for them.

A solution-focused approach based on legal excellence and a culture of caring go hand in hand at Merilampi. We are a law firm that understands life – both business life and people of all kinds.

Ossi Haapaniemi

Ossi Haapaniemi heads our Finnish Tax practice. His fields of expertise include public and private M&A, capital markets, financial instruments, incentive schemes, EU tax law and tax litigation.

Ossi’s career to date has included positions as tax auditor at a provincial tax office, tax manager at Arthur Andersen, as well as director and partner in charge of structuring and taxation of M&A and capital markets transactions at Evli Corporate Finance (later Evli Bank). Ossi has vast experience and in-depth knowledge of corporate taxation, especially of financial instruments, corporate finance transactions and incentive schemes. He is a frequent speaker at seminars and has written numerous articles and books on taxation (e.g. the Finnish national report for the 2000 IFA Congress on ‘Tax treatment of hybrid financial instruments in cross-border transactions’). In 2006, he successfully defended his tax law dissertation on the Tax Treatment of Stock-Based Incentive Schemes. In 2009 he was again the IFA national reporter on the subject “Foreign exchange issues in international taxation”.

Firm Overview:

Hannes Snellman’s tax practice specialises in tax planning and structuring of public and private M&A transactions; capital markets transactions; financial instruments; private equity, venture capital and other types of investment funds; and incentive schemes. Our tax practitioners have a strong international reputation for providing sophisticated tax counselling on domestic and cross-border tax issues and provide high quality, innovative tax solutions in an increasingly complex field of law.

Hannes Snellman also provides advice on EU tax law, general corporate tax matters, and represents clients in tax litigation. Our tax practitioners include some of the most experienced tax litigators in the Nordic region whose excellence in tax law has also been recognised with multiple public awards. Most recently in Prospera’s 2017 and 2016 client surveys our tax competence is rated as #1 in the Finnish market.

Pekka Valo

Pekka has wide experience in business law both in Finland and England where he has worked several years as Solicitor and In-house lawyer.

Mr. Valo is specialised in International Contract Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Dispute Resolution, IP and ICT Law. He has represented several internationally known brand names especially in the fashion and design industry in their issues relating to Trade Marks, Design Rights, Franchise and Distribution. He has advised in numerous international corporate arrangements, English sports teams with their establishment as corporate entities, online gaming companies setting up and running the their business and an Arctic expedition team in their sponsorship issues. He has also worked in a Financial Services company in the City of London as a Legal Counsel and FSA (currently FCA) approved Compliance Officer and MLRO.

In addition to his work Pekka has done research as Doctoral Associate in Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI) University of London. The focus of his research was in Copyright issues of audio-visual works. During the time he wrote numerous articles involving Design Right, Patent, Trade Mark and Copyright to an online publication of an international law firm. He took part to teaching of the Institute by familiarising the representatives of EU candidate states with Intellectual Property Rights.

Pekka is a member of the Finnish Bar Association and the Law Society of England and Wales.


Kauttu & Co is a business law firm, offering the highest quality legal services. We assist domestic companies with local and overseas matters, while also helping foreign companies to do business and invest in Finland and the Nordic region. Being a boutique law firm, we aim to assist clients by delivering the quality of professional service expected from large firms, but with greater flexibility, efficiency and responsiveness. We fully realize that in order to be effective and to offer real value, we must be able to react to your legal needs and to make ourselves available whenever required. We pay special attention to getting to know and understand your businesses and operations rather than simply pointing out problems. We represent companies at all stages of their growth, from start-ups and emerging growth companies, to multinational public corporations. Our practice focuses on all forms of business ownership, including family-owned businesses, and both private and public companies.

Hanna-Maija 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:

Firm Overview:

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.