MEET OUR LAWYERS

Louise Klerbro

Associate, Dispute Resolution, Stockholm

When did you start working at Hannes Snellman?
I joined Hannes Snellman in September 2018.

What is included in a “normal” working day?
My working days consist of legal research, drafting different submissions, and internal and external meetings, among other things. I also attend various internal and external lectures and events.

Can you describe your working group?
There are about 17 people working in the Dispute Resolution team in Sweden, but we also work a lot with our team in Helsinki. In practice, we work in smaller groups of around two to six people, depending on the matter.

What do you like about your job and what do you wish could be improved?
I like the variety, the fact that one day can be so different from the other, and that I get to work with different people on a lot of different cases. No case is like the other and you develop and learn new things almost every day.

Can you describe the Hannes Snellman culture?
The Hannes Snellman culture is friendly, encouraging, and inspiring.

Anna Bergström

Associate, Private M&A, Stockholm

When did you start working at Hannes Snellman?
I was a summer trainee at Hannes Snellman in the summer of 2017 in the Public M&A team and really enjoyed my time there, why after graduating from Lund University in June 2018 I was happy to come back as an associate yet in the Private M&A team.

What is included in a “normal” working day?
My working days vary depending on the number of transactions our team is currently working with. Usually, my day consists of drafting agreements and other transactional documents, conducting due diligence and helping clients with different queries, e.g. when starting up a business in Sweden or acquiring a Swedish entity. Many of our clients are international and are operating within different industries, giving the job further variation. I also engage in different “non-legal” activities, mostly within recruitment and branding towards students.

Can you describe your working group?
My team comprises of around 10 lawyers in the Stockholm office. We work almost on a daily basis cross-border with our colleagues in the Helsinki office, and we usually have one or two of them with us in Stockholm on secondment. For each transaction, we set up a working group which usually includes colleagues from the other teams as well, most often from Finance and Restructuring and IP & Tech.

What do you like about your job?
It suits me very well to have variation in my tasks, as well as the high intensity which often is the case when working with transactions. I also enjoy that I get to work with people from all of the different teams in the office. However, my colleagues are the best part of my work, because we always have a lot of fun together which is very important to me. Everyone is very down to earth, open-minded and supportive.

Can you describe the Hannes Snellman culture?
I think our culture is formed by the employees, who are all very ambitious and professional in addition to what I’ve said above. The culture is further characterized by the strong teamwork and an including and encouraging atmosphere.

Maja Verne

Associate, Dispute Resolution, Stockholm

When did you start working at Hannes Snellman?
I started working at Hannes Snellman as a Law Student Trainee 1 September 2016, and then as an Associate in the middle of July 2017.

What is included in a “normal” working day?
I would say that a “normal”/typical working day includes meetings with colleagues to discuss ongoing cases, legal research, drafting submissions and reviewing material from clients. But, my working days may also include meetings with clients, attending hearings as well as internal training and different student events.

Can you describe your working group?
My working group here in Stockholm consist of three partners, around ten associates of different seniority and two legal assistants. We work cross-border with our Helsinki team and often also together with our “sister” group Public Procurement. We always work in teams of at least two (one partner and one associate).

What do you like about your job?
What I like the most is the combination of working with different legal areas as well as different industries/sectors. I also appreciate the flexibility and the fact that I get to train my ability to present cases/ legal arguments both in writing and orally, almost every day.

Can you describe the Hannes Snellman culture?
In short, I would describe the Hannes Snellman culture as open-minded and full of initiative – on all levels of the organisation.

Hanna Puranen

Associate, Dispute Resolution, Stockholm

When did you start working at Hannes Snellman?
I joined Hannes Snellman in May 2016 and started to work in the firm’s Private M&A team. Between March 2017 and August 2018 I was on a leave of absence from Hannes Snellman, service as a law clerk at the District Court of Södertörn, Stockholm. I recently returned to Hannes Snellman and wanted to further develop my dispute resolution skills from the law clerk training programme and therefore joined the firm’s Dispute Resolution team.

What is included in a “normal” working day?
Every working day looks a bit different from the other. However, I do a lot of legal research, e.g. when examining a specific legal issue or interpreting an agreement. Another part of the work is to compile, discuss and draft different legal arguments and to meet clients. Aside from the legal part of the day, a normal working day also includes further training as well as events to market Hannes Snellman, e.g. student activities and fairs.

Can you describe your working group?
As mentioned, I am part of the firm’s Dispute Resolution team in Stockholm, consisting of around 15 people with different functions and experiences. Further, we work cross-border with our Helsinki team on a regular basis. We usually work in different smaller project teams which vary depending on the project. However, it is a good way to work with different people.

What do you like about your job?
I like that I, through my job, get to know and work with different legal areas but also different industries depending on what case I am working on. At the beginning of a new case a lot of my time is spent on research, however, when understanding the issue I like that I get to discuss and argue different aspects with colleagues and draft submissions or other legal documents. I also enjoy that the job is based on teamwork, which in my experience often leads to a much better result.

Can you describe the Hannes Snellman culture?
I would describe the Hannes Snellman culture as open-minded, professional and friendly. In my experience, it is easy to approach people of different seniorities with ideas for improvements both on an individual and firm basis. People at Hannes are very ambitious and are professionals in their respective areas, however, the atmosphere is still supportive and friendly and we enjoy spending time together.

Albert Danielsson

Senior Associate, Restructuring & Finance, Stockholm

When did you start working at Hannes Snellman?
After obtaining my law degree from Lund University I was employed as a clerk/junior judge in the Swedish court system and worked at another law firm for several years before joining Hannes Snellman in October 2017.

What is included in a “normal” working day?
As the majority of my work is related to transactions the pace and workload may vary from one day to the other. However, a normal working day will include conference calls with clients and opposing counsel and correspondence with clients and colleagues. It will usually also involve drafting some form of transaction documents and coaching more junior colleagues.

Can you describe your working group?
The Restructuring & Finance group includes around 20 lawyers in both Hannes Snellman offices. In Stockholm, the group consists of two partners and some seven lawyers. We work a lot cross-border mainly with our Finnish colleagues and with other foreign law firms and also work closely with our M&A team. For a particular transaction, we work in smaller teams of people ranging from just two people for small matters to five or six of us, including everyone from partners to assistants.

What do you like about your job?
I like the flexibility and the fact that all employees are very dedicated to their job, in addition to be very outgoing and friendly. We work on very interesting projects and are always dedicated to delivering a top quality product under time constraints so having a friendly culture is essential. As for any law-firm the work/life balance could be improved during the more hectic periods.

Can you describe the Hannes Snellman culture?
No-nonsense, pragmatic and friendly.

Anna-Maria Tamminen

Partner, Dispute Resolution, Stockholm and Helsinki

When did you start working at Hannes Snellman?
I started to work at Hannes Snellman in September 2011 when I moved back to my native Finland after seven years spent working and studying abroad in Vienna, London, and New York.

What is included in a “normal” working day?
Luckily, my working days here vary greatly from one another, but I do not think there is a day when I do not write emails or talk to people. Obviously, as a litigator, the days when we go to trial or have arbitration hearings are very exciting highlights. But I also enjoy drafting legal argument, digging into the facts of a case and understanding the legal framework.

I am a people person so I enjoy working in a team and I am glad to be surrounded by good colleagues. I am also involved in numerous arbitration related working groups both in Finland and abroad and so most of my days are also partly filled with reviewing submissions for publication, preparing for speaking engagements like teaching at the university, or giving seminar presentations and making arbitration more known in Finland. And although on these days I get to teach at times, personally, I am learning more every day.

Can you describe your working group?
My group within the office consist of the dispute resolution team both here in Helsinki and in Stockholm. For each case we have smaller groups of people ranging from just two people for small matters to five or six of us, including everyone from partners to assistants.

What do you like about your job? What do you wish could be improved?
What I like about my job is oral advocacy and arguing cases. The best part of this job is when a case seems like a mess when one first takes a look at it and then the tribunal or court awards our client the relief we have asked for because we have been able to present the case in a clear and logical way. It is a bit like putting together a puzzle from thousands of separate pieces and seeing it come together. Because of my background and the years spent abroad, international work is closest to my heart. I enjoy figuring out cultural conflicts within the law and between people. My dream is to make sure that clients in Finland can get world-class dispute resolution representation in Finland in international matters, and I am working towards achieving that goal. The dispute resolution market in Finland is still very “Finnish”, which has its pros and cons. On the arbitration front there are, however, a lot of good initiatives for moving things forward. I am very glad that I can be part of these exciting developments!

Can you describe the Hannes Snellman culture?
To me the Hannes Snellman culture is very encouraging and no-nonsense Nordic. By that I mean that initiatives are welcome, but there is not a lot of hierarchy or processes to jump through to get things done. We strive to do the best possible work in the best possible way, but we also understand that there is always room for development.

Klara Kjellberg

Senior Associate, Finance, Stockholm

When did you start working at Hannes Snellman?
I joined Hannes Snellman as an associate in February 2011 after graduating from the University of Stockholm. Prior to this, I worked at Hannes Snellman as a thesis trainee and as a summer trainee during the spring and summer 2010. As a trainee, I worked mainly with Public and Private M&A and I wrote my thesis within the field of Public M&A. I took my advanced courses at Queen Mary College in London studying banking and finance and when I returned to Hannes Snellman I, therefore, started working in the Banking and Finance group.

What is included in a “normal” working day?
My days can include very different tasks, however, on a day-to-day basis I call clients and/or counterparts, correspond via e-mail with clients, colleagues in other countries and counterparts, and discuss on-going projects with the team. I usually draft various financing related agreements or review drafts received from the counterpart.

Can you describe your working group?
The Banking and Finance group includes some 20 lawyers in all Hannes Snellman offices. In Stockholm, the group consists of two partners and some seven lawyers, and two assistants. We work a lot cross-border mainly with our Finnish colleagues, which is something I really appreciate. We also work regularly with law firms in other countries such as the UK, the US and all across Europe.

What do you like about your job? What do you wish could be improved?
I like the fact that workdays are very different from one another. Some days I am absorbed in reviewing a loan agreement and on other days I get to participate in business discussions with clients or negotiate with a counterparty. The most significant thing in my work is that I always get to solve problems and try to find the best possible solution for our clients. There is an immense learning curve and after more than five years, I still feel that I learn something new every day. I am very interested in project management so on the improvement side I want to continue to develop our project management skills and processes to ensure that we are as efficient as possible in our work.

Can you describe the Hannes Snellman culture?
Hannes Snellman has been present in Helsinki since 1909 and is one of Finland’s biggest law firms. On the contrary, Hannes Snellman opened in Stockholm in 2008 and has grown rapidly from six partners to some 60 lawyers and 100 employees in total. The Hannes Snellman culture, therefore, aims at combining the experience from over a hundred years of practice in Finland with the new and upcoming entrepreneurial ambiance created in Stockholm. To me, Hannes Snellman is open-minded, initiatives are very much welcomed, and we have fun at work.

Toni Malminen

Counsel, Competition & Procurement, Helsinki

When did you start working at Hannes Snellman?
I joined the firm in 2007 after graduating from Yale Law School. I practise competition and public procurement law (although I did do a six-month stint at our M&A practice a few years ago), specialising in merger control, compliance, and public procurement proceedings. In addition, I have been able to keep up an academic sideline in legal history, taking my doctorate in 2016.

What is included in a “normal” working day?
My day-to-day work consists of client correspondence, reviewing agreements and other commercial documents, drafting various kinds of legal briefs, and corresponding with various authorities and counterparties in Finland and abroad. As most of this can be done via e-mails, I feel that lawyers spend (too) much of their time at the office. However, I lecture extensively and participate in the firm’s student co-operation activities, which provides a nice change of pace.

Can you describe your working group?
Our competition law practice comprises some 20 lawyers, of whom seven are based in Helsinki. It is also worth noting that we closely co-operate with our litigation team (in cartel cases in particular). The relatively small size of the team fosters camaraderie, information sharing, flexible allocation of assignments, and laid-back interpersonal dynamics.

What are the professional advantages of working in a major law firm?
Working at a law firm like Hannes Snellman provides one with extensive possibilities for professional development. Even during an economic downturn (and the Finnish economy has been stagnant for a while), firms are constantly engaged in M&A projects, finance restructuring, negotiating and drafting contracts, etc., and many of these projects have competition law or public procurement related implications as well.

Would you recommend lawyers and law students to apply?
Big law firms operate in an increasingly transnational environment in which linguistic skills and a cosmopolitan mindset are assets; they thus offer a variety of challenges for law students and lawyers with an international, commercial-minded outlook.

Antti Antikainen

Associate, Real Estate, Helsinki

When did you start working at Hannes Snellman?
I started as an associate in the Real Estate team in November 2014.

What is included in a “normal” working day?
One of the great things about working at Hannes Snellman is that there is no such thing as a “normal” working day. From my perspective, this is due to the fact that most of my work is related to transactions, which leads to variation both in the number of tasks at hand and also in the pace of work. Quite often the “normal” working day includes drafting of transactional documents, closing or signing preparations, and due diligence work.

Can you describe your working group?
The Real Estate team could be described as a pragmatic, client oriented, and business-minded group. The culture is supportive and open, and it is possible to be fully involved in transactions from the early steps to the post-closing activities. We also have a lot of collaboration with our colleagues in Finance, M&A, and Tax.

What do you like about your job?
I like the fact that there are always new challenges and opportunities to learn something new. It is also motivating to be in direct contact with the client and to learn about their perspectives and to see the difference our work makes. Generally speaking, I think that the combination of responsibility and freedom in the day-to-day work is great!

Can you describe the Hannes Snellman culture?
The Hannes Snellman culture is highly professional and ambitious, but at the same time relaxed, down to earth, and friendly. Collegiality is an important part of the everyday Hannes Snellman culture, and it is always easy to approach people.