M&A at its best is a form art. The most sophisticated transactions require meticulous tailoring, structuring and understanding of the parties’ intentions and strategy. Due to our commitment to deep knowledge and insight in all transactional work, we are able to concentrate on providing additional value to our clients. Through our established documentation models and seniority we are able to guide our clients though even the most complex transactions, negotiate, structure, and make deals happen when it matters the most.
Our corporate transaction services make you succeed in expanding your business, divestments, corporate financing and even when the business needs to be restructured financially or otherwise. We negotiate, draft and help you execute and follow up. We are there to protect and build your value. Our lawyers have carried out some of the biggest M&A transactions in Finland from defensive to hostile and friendly takeovers and public-to-private arrangements, reverse mergers, private equity acquisitions and divestments, small to mid-size corporate acquisitions as well as bid-processes and their financing.
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Transaction Boutique TRUST growing to a leading ICT law firm in Finland: Juha Taipale joins the company as a partner
Leading ICT and outsourcing practitioner in Finland, Juha Taipale has been appointed as a TRUST partner. TRUST’s growth is driven by increasing demand in the TMT sector, business restructuring arrangements in the industry, investments, disputes and business digitalisation projects. TRUST is already one of the few boutique law firms in Finland that is ranked among the top firms in M&A, Financial Law and Technology law. The company further strengthens its competence and experience with broad-scale technology investments and other strategic assignments.
We published the first M&A and Corporate Finance Update approximately five years ago. Needless to say, we and our clients have seen a plethora of transactions after that and we have been fortunate to have worked with some of the most challenging Finnish transactions.
Proposed new act on university inventions increases freedom of contract but may still fall short of the expectations
The Finnish act on the right in inventions made at higher education institutions is in the process of being amended. The reason behind the underlying revision is to enhance the commercialisation of inventions at higher education institutions. Statistics on patents granted from 2013 to 2016 show that Finnish universities in general produced high-quality research and a wealth of excellent research results but, unfortunately, a large portion of these results will be left unexploited. But will the amended act solve this issue and enhance commercialisation?
I will describe below some recent developments in the Private Equity LBO markets that sophisticated institutional investors should take into account. At the end of this post, I will set out some legal topics that LP investors in Private Equity and LBO debt investors should bear in mind.
TRUST. has been once again recognised among the leading law firms by Chambers and Partners in its 2018 edition of Chambers Europe: The World’s Leading Business Lawyers.
In essence, purchasing cloud solutions is a simple process: just go to the site of your choice, place an order and pay by credit card. Businesses, however, often prefer a higher level of customisation in the solution, and another the key element is that these enterprise level agreements give the group better overall visibility to ‘cloud spend’ and capacity optimisation.
Chambers and Partners Global Guide recognizes Trust’s Technology M&A expertise among the leading ones in Finland:
Long time ago in law school, our partner Jan Lindberg heard a lecture from a professor who was of the opinion that when you are a young lawyer and a client gives you a case, you might have only one valid question to ask him or her, thus arguing that one’s experience is actually measured by the number of valid questions a person is able to ask. The professor continued that when your experience grows, you learn to ask more and more valid questions, and the customers’ answers create even more valid questions leading to endless lengthy discussions. Then, when you go deep enough in your expertise area and also learn business principles from different fields, you start forming opinions, or insight, as you may put it, and truly start creating value for your customers.
As of January 1st this year, the Finnish employment law environment changed more than it has in a long while. Most of the introduced changes are employer friendly, and related to Finland’s attempts to better competitiveness in the global framework. In this blog post, we have shortly summarized the main changes.
It is time for our next section on mergers and acquisitions. Before we start with the question on “parties” of the agreement and definitions and interpretation issues as promised last time, we need to focus on some preliminary considerations. When I started my law studies one of our more-distinguished professors said that: “during you career you learn to ask more and more questions on each topic and after law school you should be able to present at least three relevant questions on any legal issue”. On the other hand, Mika mentioned that his old boss and partner, a well-known M&A figure, taught him years back that every M&A deal contains the maximum of three fundamental issues that need to be resolved or addressed. The rest is not that significant. So if you are planning a transaction either as a buyer or a seller – what are the questions you should ask? Well, we naturally cannot offer here the pleasure of enjoying the bliss of a full law degree, which we’ve had our share of – not only one but also twice at the minimum, but at the minimum we can provide you all with a head start and some insights on the matters you should go through to ensure that your deal will be successful.