MEET OUR LAWYERS

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.

Haris Catovic

Associate, Competition & Procurement, Stockholm

When did you start working at Hannes Snellman?
I joined Hannes Snellman as an associate in August 2016 after graduating from Stockholm University.

What is included in a “normal” working day?
Luckily, due to the complexity of our assignments, there is no such thing as a “normal” working day at our firm. Since I joined the firm, the day can vary all from drafting contracts, holding client training in competition law compliance to assisting clients in dawn-raids when a competition authority comes knocking at their headquarters. However, normally the day-to-day work consists of conducting merger control assessments and analyses, drafting legal briefs for boards and management, reviewing contracts and other commercial documents as well as lecturing internally and externally.

Can you describe your working group?
My group within the office consists of the Competition and Procurement team located both in Stockholm and Helsinki. We work regularly in cross-border projects involving people from both offices. The Competition & Procurement team can be described as pragmatic, collaborative and business-minded. The group works with clients operating in various sectors, thus, deep-diving into each client’s particular industry is essential and what makes our job dynamic.

What do you like about your job?
I enjoy that work is as dynamic as it actually is. Some days I am occupied with finalising a submission to the court and another day participating in a meeting where the client and all external advisers are discussing strategy in a high-profile M&A transaction. In my opinion, the most significant part of my job is the incredibly professional and ambitious co-workers I get to learn from and sharing experiences with on an everyday basis.

Can you describe the Hannes Snellman culture?
Our culture is characterised by strong team-work, finding the best legal solutions for our clients’ business and providing an empowering professional environment where our people can grow and challenge themselves. Collegiality and professionalism are corner-stones and integral parts of the everyday work at Hannes Snellman and it is always easy to approach people, regardless of their seniority.

Christopher Tehrani

Managing Associate, Intellectual Property and Technology, Stockholm

When did you start working at Hannes Snellman?
15 January 2018

What is included in a “normal” working day?
At the risk of sounding cliché no single day is like the other. Aside from the regular client work on ongoing matters there is a lot of work going into firm development, marketing and client relations as well as continuing education which is important for all attorneys irrespective of seniority

Can you describe your working group?
I’m a part of the IP & Tech group with a particular focus on IPR Dispute Resolution, Life Sciences, Regulatory and Trade Secrets.

What do you like about your job?
I’m a trial attorney so I obviously enjoy being in court. There is also a great deal of variety when working in the legal field, you come across various disciplines from biochemistry to corporate finance so there is much to be learned for the willing.

Can you describe the Hannes Snellman culture?
Laissez-faire and results focused, which is a perfect combination in my opinion.

Anna-Maria Tamminen

Partner, Dispute Resolution, 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.