Rankings

Avance ranked as the number one provider of legal services within real estate in Finland.
(Euromoney Real Estate Survey 2017)

Ulf-Henrik Kull – selected for inclusion in the elite “Leading individuals” list.
(Legal 500 2017)

Robin Nordblad – selected for inclusion in the elite “Leading individuals” list.
(Legal 500 2017)

Christoffer Charpentier and Mathias Lindqvist – selected for inclusion in the elite “Leading individuals” list.
(Legal 500 2017)

"Avance Attorneys Ltd advised Elenia Group on the issuance of two bonds valued at €50m and €27m, respectively. It also assisted Mikeva with its refinancing, which included implementing unitranche facilities and revolving credit facilities. Tencent and Altor are new clients. Practice head Sari Wallgren and Robin Nordblad are recommended."
(Legal 500 2017)

"Avance Attorneys Ltd is ‘nimble, fast and extremely experienced’. It advised a consortium led by Tencent on its acquisition of 84% of Supercell, valued at $10.2bn. Onvest, Altor and Alma Media are also clients. Erkki-Antti Sadinmaa is recommended for venture capital and private equity deals. Ulf-Henrik Kull and Mathias Lindqvist are other key contacts."
(Legal 500 2017)

"Avance Attorneys Ltd ‘provides a high level of expertise on Finnish matters’. It advised Elenia on the issuance of secured bonds by subsidiary Elenia Finance and assisted The Bank of Åland with establishing its €2bn medium-term note and covered bond programme. Elisa Heinonen and the ‘proactive, professional and customer-oriented’ Robin Nordblad are key contacts."
(Legal 500 2017)

"Avance Attorneys Ltd has ‘solid industry background’. It advised If P&C Insurance on its complaint to the FCCA regarding an alleged abuse of dominant position by OP Group. Practice head Mikko Alkio is ‘practical, business-minded and solution-oriented’."
(Legal 500 2017)

"Recent highlights for Avance Attorneys Ltd include handling Next Games’ IP licensing issues, as well as advising Raisio and Benemilk on licensing negotiations with food manufacturers in multiple jurisdictions. The well-regarded Mikko Alkio heads the team."
(Legal 500 2017)

"Avance Attorneys Ltd has focused on strengthening the construction side of its practice by advising Ahlström Capital, YIT and HGR Property Partners on the construction of an office building in Helsinki’s city centre. The team, headed by Christopher Charpentier and Mathias Lindqvist, also assisted eQ Care with its €155m acquisition of 27 nursing homes. Senior associate Henrikki Tahkokallio is also recommended."
(Legal 500 2017)

Clients commend the team for its "in-depth knowledge and strong negotiation skills." According to clients, the lawyers are "very effective and very good."
(Chambers Europe 2017)

Mathias Lindqvist focuses on real estate and M&A transactions. Sources contend that "his particular strengths are knowledge about the real estate sector."
(Chambers Europe 2017)

Christoffer Charpentier specialises in real estate, environmental, M&A, energy and infrastructure matters. Clients praise him for being "hands-on, very pragmatic and very good at negotiating."
(Chambers Europe 2017)

Sources find the department "extremely customer-friendly and easy to work with" and reference the firm's "excellent capabilities for cross-border transactions and very dedicated team." Christoffer Charpentier maintains a notable reputation in the market advising a range of domestic and international clients on energy and natural resources transactions as well as regulatory issues.
(Chambers Europe 2017)

The team draws praise from clients for its "quick responses" and "to-the-point advice." According to clients, the lawyers are "able to learn fast, very approachable and client-friendly."
(Chambers Europe 2017)

Mikko Alkio is recognised for his expertise in state aid regulation and is particularly active in various regulated industries, such as healthcare, pharma, energy and gambling. Sources praise his "high level of knowledge," adding that he is "friendly and easy to co-operate with."
(Chambers Europe 2017)

Clients say the team offers "excellent quality, billing flexibility and is capable of handling cross-border transactions" while also noting its "outstanding knowledge of covered bonds." The firm also receives plaudits for the qualities of its individuals, with interviewees describing the lawyers as "knowledgeable, responsive and practical."
(Chambers Europe 2017)

Robin Nordblad advises on a full scope of capital markets transactions, with a particular focus on the debt side as well as regulatory issues. Sources comment that "he is very responsive, helpful and creative in trying to solve problems." Clients also highlight his "commercial awareness" and describe him as "very service-minded: he anticipates clients' needs."
(Chambers Europe 2017)

Clients appreciate the breadth of the firm's capabilities and the collaboration of the lawyers throughout the organisation: "I think they have a very good and talented team who like to work together. They are all specialists as well, with a broad range for a relatively small firm." Sources also praised the firm's working culture, with one client reporting: "They are very reliable and available: it is a partner-driven organisation and it gave very good advice throughout the process. A fantastic firm." 
(Chambers Europe 2017)

Sari Wallgren routinely acts for both borrowers and banks, including syndicates, on bilateral loans, unitranche financing, acquisitions, structured and real estate finance. Sources say: "She's very good, she's responsive, has international style and doesn't overcomplicate things."
(Chambers Europe 2017)

Selinda Näse is "responsive, technically skilled and knows banking well," clients say. Her scope of expertise includes debt restructurings and acquisitions, and real estate and project finance.
(Chambers Europe 2017)

Robin Nordblad is recognised for his handling of project financings, corporate bonds and financial regulatory issues. He is qualified in both Finland and New York and has considerable practice experience with US clients. Sources commend his "good, broad experience."
(Chambers Europe 2017)

Clients praise the firm's "dynamic and young team and they have a very international approach, which is good for transactions." One client particularly values the level of partner involvement at the firm, describing it as "a partner-driven organisation which gives very good advice throughout the process. It is a fantastic firm, one of the best I have ever worked with."
(Chambers Europe 2017)

The team's level of client service, dedication and promptness are praised by clients: "The team is very flexible and capable, operating on short response times. They have profound insight into clients' overall objectives and interests, not just the contract at hand, and they have superb execution."
(Chambers Europe 2017)

Esteemed expert Ulf-Henrik Kull is renowned for his handling of complex private and public M&A and also advises on private equity transactions. Clients say: "He is a great guy who goes into detail. Furthermore, he gives a lot of good insight and is very commercial and deal-oriented."
(Chambers Europe 2017)

Mathias Lindqvist routinely acts for industrial clients and investors and is known for his knowledge of the real estate sector as well as advising on M&A. According to one client, "he sees the big picture and he is always thinking ahead."
(Chambers Europe 2017)

Ilkka Perheentupa acts for funds and industrial clients on M&A transactions, as well as shareholder, corporate and contractual matters. He is also a member of the New York State Bar and frequently acts for clients on US law implications of deals and US-inbound investments into Finland. He is described by clients as "a very dynamic and talented person who is technically gifted, pragmatic and experienced, with an international background."
(Chambers Europe 2017)

Robin Nordblad and his team were also active in the capital markets sector, with one example of their work seeing them advise the Terex Corporation with its contemplated listing of securities on the US stock exchange. He was also the sole lead partner advising the Bank of Åland in connection with establishing its €2 billion MTN and covered bond programme.
(IFLR1000 2017)

In the banking and finance space, Linda Magnusson and Sari Wallgren led a team during the research period advising Danske Bank and Relkredit Danmark in regards to financing the acquisition of a logistics portfolio located in Denmark, Sweden and Finland by a consortium of pension funds located in Denmark. This deal had a value of approximately €650 million.
(IFLR1000 2017)

“It is not easy to work with a Finnish law firm from the US but they managed the work extremely well and I was impressed that they were always responsive. I would be more than happy to choose this firm again.”
(IFLR1000 2017)

“I really appreciated the substance, efficiency, practicality and scheduling of their work and their ability to minimise the costs on the client’s wallet and time – it would be a pleasure to work with them again.”
(IFLR1000 2017)

“They are a very good firm with very good lawyers,” says one client. “In fact, the firm is full of them.” The team receives wide-ranging praise, with its strategy to provide a senior lawyer-orientated service. The success of this is confirmed by one client: “Avance are a small firm that refuse to have excessive administration departments or bloated teams. You have direct access to the best lawyers without the additional cost that bigger law firm charge for their excesses.”
(IFLR1000 2017)

Avance ranked #2 among all legal advisors in Finland
(Euromoney Real Estate Awards 2016)

Mathias Lindqvist has expertise in both real estate and M&A. He receives effusive praise from clients, with one interviewee stating: "It's been very good and we've been very happy working with him. He's personally very much involved in all cases and very involved in all the details, which I appreciate a lot."
(Chambers Europe 2016)

Ulla Vuokila of Avance Attorneys receives plentiful praise from clients: "She is an excellent, professional, experienced and highly reliable lawyer. It is easy to get in contact with her and she is very committed to the mandate that has been given to her. It is a pleasure working with her." She advises on litigation and arbitration cases concerning compliance, white-collar crime and securities law.
(Chambers Europe 2016)

"Christoffer Charpentier is a pragmatic problem solver and negotiator," while another interviewee considers him to be among "the top three in Finland for negotiations."
(Chambers Europe 2016)

"I think the lawyers are very hard-working and make a very skilled and competent team. I think the firm has heavily invested in the buy-side advice and, for us, I think that's been a strength."
(Chambers Europe 2016)

"The service has been really good. The lawyers are very diligent and business-oriented, to the point, and they don't dwell on unnecessary things. They're very responsive too."
(Chambers Europe 2016)

Christoffer Charpentier is experienced in energy, natural resources and infrastructure project work, also advising on the regulatory aspects of those fields. He is described by sources as a "very solid lawyer who defends his clients well."
(Chambers Europe 2016)

"The lawyers were excellent in providing the ongoing support the client required. Most importantly, the way they provided advice at critical times and helped and led the negotiations was excellent."
(Chambers Europe 2016)

Firm founding partner Ilkka Perheentupa is noted as being "a true professional; he was super-flexible."
(Chambers Europe 2016)

Mathias Lindqvist is a well-respected corporate practitioner whose expertise focuses on public M&A mandates and transactions in the real estate sector. Recent work highlights include advising SSAB on six different asset divestments, as part of its combination with Rautaruukki. Clients say: "He is pragmatic and sees the big picture; he always looks ahead and has all the solutions prepared."
(Chambers Europe 2016)

Carl-Henrik Wallin is recognised for his long-standing transactional experience, assisting with both domestic and cross-border M&A. Clients include major industrials and companies in the energy sector, in addition to shareholders of both publicly and privately held companies.
(Chambers Europe 2016)

"Ulf-Henrik Kull is the most proficient M&A lawyer in the Finnish market; he is pragmatic, experienced and understands his clients."
(Chambers Europe 2016)

"I like the team's no-nonsense approach - it provides a very good service with integrity."
(Chambers Europe 2016)

"The lawyers were pragmatic, commercial and maintained good relations on all sides."
(Chambers Europe 2016)

"Mikko Alkio is a very experienced antitrust lawyer and well networked."
(Chambers Europe 2016)

"Robin Nordblad is good practical advice, and is on the ball and responsive."
(Chambers Europe 2016)

"Sari Wallgren is client-driven, pragmatic and knows how to efficiently draft a document, making it clear to the client."
(Chambers Europe 2016)

"Selinda Näse is "so detail-oriented - you never find mistakes. She is also very effective and nice to work with as a person." She has a particular focus on transactional work, including acquisition, project and real estate financing, as well as debt restructurings."
(Chambers Europe 2016)

"The lawyers were excellent in providing the ongoing support the client required. Most importantly, the way they provided advice at critical times and helped and led the negotiations was excellent."
(Chambers Europe 2016)

"The lawyers are very professional, easy to work with, resourceful and look for solutions."
(Chambers Europe 2016)

"The team was very professional, task-oriented and the lawyers wanted to find solutions and worked hard."
(Chambers Europe 2016)

"The team is partner-driven, cost-efficient, pragmatic and knows the market inside out."
(Chambers Europe 2016)

Ulf-Henrik Kull - leading individual.
(Legal 500 2016)

Christoffer Charpentier - leading individual.
(Legal 500 2016)

Mathias Lindqvist - leading individual.
(Legal 500 2016)

Department head Mikko Alkio is well regarded.
(Legal 500 2016)

Practice head Mikko Alkio is recommended for public procurement issues.
(Legal 500 2016)

Sari Wallgren is praised for her ‘practical point of view’.
(Legal 500 2016)

Avance Attorneys Ltd acted for EQ Finnish Real Estate on the €48m acquisition of retail property leased to Kesko from a fund managed by Nordic Real Estate Partners. Christopher Charpentier has a ‘pragmatic approach and suggests practical solutions’. Mathias Lindqvist is also recommended.
(Legal 500 2016)

Headed by Ulf-Henrik Kull, Avance Attorneys Ltd’s team is noted for ‘cultivating the best talent and fostering an open mind’. Highlights included assisting with the €6.6bn divestment of Fortum’s electricity distribution business in Sweden and advising Terex Corporation on the €3.8bn merger with Konecranes. Senior associate Anders Floman is also recommended.
(Legal 500 2016)

On the banking and finance side this has been enhanced by the performance of partners such as Selinda Näse and Sari Wallgren. Näse, for example, took the lead in advising Sagax in €14.8 million and kr45 million (€6 million) financing arrangements made available by Swedbank to Sagax’s Finnish and Danish subsidiaries to finance the acquisition of Finnish and Danish properties from the Volvo group. Wallgren, meanwhile, was in charge as the team assisted Nordea Bank Finland in a secured financing transaction for a Finnish property company ultimately owned by an international real estate investor. (IFLR1000 2016)

“They deliver high commercial acumen, are very solution oriented and have high-calibre partners available for hands-on project work,” says one client from the banking sector. “Avance is the most hands on and deal oriented of all the firms we work with. Larger firms have less partner time to allocate.” (IFLR1000 2016)

Selinda Näse - rising star. (IFLR1000 2016)

Sari Wallgren - leading lawyer. (IFLR1000 2016)

Robin Nordblad – leading lawyer. (IFLR1000 2016)

Elisa Heinonen – rising star. (IFLR1000 2016)

Ilkka Perheentupa – leading lawyer. (IFLR1000 2016)

“The M&A space is where the firm is seen as strongest, thanks in no small part to the reputation of Ulf-Henrik Kull as one of the leading names in the Helsinki market. In addition, the team managed to strengthen its offering this year through the addition of partner Robin Nordblad from Dittmar & Indrenius.”
(IFLR1000 2016)

“They have a strong presence and unique team in the Finnish market with regard to M&A and finance transactions, especially within the energy industry,” says one in-house counsel. “They have an excellent understanding of the market and business development combined with an exceptionally client-friendly service.”
(IFLR1000 2016)

“The capital markets team has been increasingly busy as the market has picked up in recent years, both on the debt and tender side. For example, partner Elisa Heinonen was in charge as the team advised the Nixu Corporation on its IPO and listing on the First North Finland market. [Partner Sari] Wallgren, along with partner Ilkka Perheentupa, also led as the team advised the Elenia Group and its main shareholders in the €165 million issuance of secured bonds and €120 million issuance of secured senior notes as part of the existing multicurrency bond program listed in the London.”
(IFLR1000 2016)

Though still one of the newer firms in Helsinki, Avance continues to build on the already sterling reputation it has managed to secure. “Avance are always straight to the point,” says one in-house counsel. “They offer no hassle, speedy and understandable solutions.” On the banking and finance side this has been enhanced by the performance of partners such as Selinda Näse and Sari Wallgren.
(IFLR1000 2016)

“It’s a very, very entrepreneurial team and I think I like that. I would rather work with a small, driven team that is advocating a lot of time for us rather than a team where people are working on a lot of deals at the same time.”
(IFLR1000 2016)

“Generally seen as a firm developing a strong reputation for itself in the market, Avance is seen as especially strong for transactional work. One example of that this year saw a team led by Ulf-Henrik Kull advising the Fortum Corporation on its €2.55 billion divestment of its electricity distribution network in Finland to Suomi Power Networks and a consortium of Finnish pension funds Keva and LocalTapiola Pension along with international investors First State Investments and Borealis Infrastructure.”
(IFLR1000 2016)

“One of the best qualities of Avance as a firm is that they are dealmakers,” says a client. “They are able to keep it relevant for commercial people and bankers in terms of what is a legal technicality and what is a commercial risk, rather than a theoretical legal risk. The commercial acumen is very high for all of those guys.”
(IFLR1000 2016)

Ulla Vuokila elected Lawyer of the Year 2016 in Criminal Defense. “Lawyer of the Year” awards are presented annually to a single outstanding lawyer in each practice area and designated geographical area.
(Best Lawyers 2016)

Ulf-Henrik Kull elected Lawyer of the Year 2016 in Corporate Law. “Lawyer of the Year” awards are presented annually to a single outstanding lawyer in each practice area and designated geographical area.
(Best Lawyers 2016)

"The lawyers are very fast to take things on board and find pragmatic solutions. Everyone I have dealt with has been excellent."
(Chambers Europe 2015)

"The firm has the resources to handle major mandates and understand regulated business and their rules."
(Chambers Europe 2015)

“Key figures include the well-regarded Ulf-Henrik Kull and Carl-Henrik Wallin, who is extremely good at providing solutions.” 
(Legal500 2015)

"Ilkka Perheentupa is really amazing! He is available 24/7 and is client-oriented, no-nonsense and straightforward."
(Chambers Global 2015)

Mathias Lindqvist is described as "commercial and pragmatic. He knows what he is doing and gets to the point quickly."
(Chambers Global 2015)

"Carl-Henrik Wallin is a valuable adviser - he is very experienced, with a good feeling for the Finnish market."
(Chambers Global 2015)

"Ulf-Henrik Kull is extremely commercial - he understands what we are trying to achieve. He understands the financial perspective and quickly learns new things."
(Chambers Global 2015)

Clients point to the quality of the team, saying it has “excellent and effective lawyers”, with the professionalism of its staff a consistent message that comes through.
(IFLR1000 2015)

“Their performance was very high,” says one client of the corporate team. “They are excellent overall; absolutely top performers in their field. They are well positioned for M&A in the Finnish market. They have a smaller team but the partners are really hands on in the cases. What helps them stand out from some of the larger firms is that hands on work.”
(IFLR1000 2015)

“Robin Nordblad of Avance Attorneys elicits enthusiastic praise from sources: "He possesses excellent knowledge of capital markets and he has a very proactive approach. He delivers promptly and always keeps his promises."
Others report: "We like his problem-solving approach."
(Chambers Europe 2015)

Robin Nordblad – recommended lawyer.
(Legal500 2015)

Robin Nordblad – leading lawyer.
(IFLR1000 2015)

Selinda Näse has a broad practice covering banking and finance, capital markets and regulatory issues.
(Chambers Global 2015)

“They deliver truly exceptional work,” says one client of the capital markets team. “I highly recommend them.” This year it advised the Elenia Group and its main shareholders, Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners and 3i, in the establishment of a €3 billion multicurrency bond programme listed on the London Stock Exchange and the issuance of €650 million in secured bonds and related bank financing made available under €1 billion term and revolving credit facilities.
(IFLR1000 2015)

"It is a partner-driven organisation; the partners are always involved and come up with very strong commercial solutions."
(Chambers Europe 2015)

"We get extra value from the team. It is great at helping us understand the risks. The lawyers are very personable and know what is needed."
(Chambers Europe 2015)

Robin Nordblad is active across banking, capital markets and energy transactions. He is recognised by sources for his knowledge of bond transactions.
(Chambers Global 2015)

Sari Wallgren is praised by clients as "highly responsive and fluent in her ability to communicate risk. She went the extra step to help guide us into the right position."
(Chambers Global 2015)

Selinda Näse has a broad practice covering banking and finance, capital markets and regulatory issues.
(Chambers Global 2015)

Robin Nordblad – leading lawyer.
(IFLR1000 2015)

Sari Wallgren - leading Lawyer.
(IFLR1000 2015)

Professional is the word most closely associated with the lawyers by clients, with its capability on project finance transactions particularly praised. One says: “They have a very approachable and professional service. They have good team availability and a quick process throughout.”
(IFLR1000 2015)

Mikko Alkio – recommended lawyer.
(Legal500 2015)

“Mikko Alkio of Avance Attorneys recently acted for Solidium on the competition elements of a EUR1.1 billion public offer by SSAB for all outstanding shares in Rautaruukki. "He is very trustworthy, helpful, friendly and easy to understand," report interviewees.”
(Chambers Europe 2015)

"The lawyers have an entrepreneurial mindset and understand that to serve us properly they have to understand our business."
(Chambers Europe 2015)

"This was a one-of-a-kind transaction and I relied on the team's expertise and discretion. I would definitely use them again."
(Chambers Europe 2015)

Robin Nordblad – leading lawyer.
(IFLR1000 2015)

“Ulla Vuokila of Avance Attorneys represents both domestic and international clients in corporate and commercial litigation cases. She has notable expertise in the areas of white-collar crime and corporate liability, including disputes related to securities.”
(Chambers Europe 2015)

Ulla Vuokila represents both domestic and international clients in corporate and commercial litigation cases. She has notable expertise in the areas of white-collar crime and corporate liability, including disputes related to securities.
(Chambers Global 2015)

"We have some of the best legal advice out there. The lawyers do what they promise within the deadline and understand investors and the international environment."
(Chambers Europe 2015)

"The lawyers were better than those on the other side of the negotiation table. In future we will only be using Avance."
(Chambers Europe 2015)

Christoffer Charpentier and Mathias Lindqvist – selected for inclusion in the elite “Leading individuals” list.
(Legal500 2015)

Clients rank Avance as number one law firm in a majority of all key categories, such as quality of advice, speaking partner on strategic issues, business mindedness, project management, assignment staffing as well as availability and service-mindedness.
(TNS Sifo Prospera 2015)

"These lawyers provide straightforward advice, and they are very pleasant and intelligent people to deal with. The quality you get for the price you pay is good - I'm actually happy to pay the fees." 
(Chambers Europe 2014)

Avance is increasingly active in high-end M&A, winning numerous large-scale mandates and prominent clients across the field. Offers sector-specific expertise in areas such as healthcare, energy, real estate and media, and noted for substantial partner involvement in cases.
(Chambers Europe 2014)

"The advice given by this team is very dedicated and commercially oriented". 
(Chambers Europe 2014)

Fast-growing presence in major Finnish and international real estate mandates, thanks largely to the extensive experience and cross-border strength of its highly regarded partners.
(Chambers Europe 2014)

Robin Nordblad continues to rise in prominence in banking and finance circles, and is cited as being "prompt, reactive and proactive" by clients. He is particularly appreciated for the multilingual skills and international experience that he brings to cross-border finance cases.
(Chambers Europe 2014)

Christoffer Charpentier takes his place amongst the market leaders in Finnish real estate this year, thanks to his extensive caseload and long-standing expertise in transactional assignments.
(Chambers Europe 2014)

Mathias Lindqvist is widely recognised as a significant presence in major property-related mandates. 
(Chambers Europe 2014)

Transaction-focused team with a growing presence on major energy mandates and financings, prominent lately in cases involving electricity, nuclear and wind energy clients. "This team takes a proactive and comprehensive approach to things - very deal-driven".
(Chambers Europe 2014)

Ulla Vuokila is widely respected for her expertise in white-collar crime cases as part of a broader dispute resolution practice, notably those relating to the securities market.
(Chambers Europe 2014)

Mikko Alkio of Avance Attorneys is a widely recognised expert in state aid matters, with an academic background in the area alongside professional experience at the EU commission.
(Chambers Europe 2014)

Avance Attorneys' "highly experienced" practice head Ulf-Henrik Kull has "strong interpersonal skills" and is "the clear number-one M&A and private equity lawyer in Finland".
(Legal500 2014)

Erkki-Antti Sadinmaa is recognised for his "innovative thinking" and is considered "a rising star".
(Legal500 2014)

Avance Attorneys is recognised for its "broad-based industry insight", and has "a significant market share in the real estate field".
(Legal500 2014)

Christoffer Charpentier and Mathias Lindqvist – leading individuals.
(Legal500 2014)

Avance Attorneys continues its impressive ascent in the market, and has "a strong team with a commercial mindset".
(Legal500 2014)

Avance Attorneys advises on EU competition and state aid matters, and is increasingly active in public procurement issues within the regulated industries. Practice head Mikko Alkio has e.g. a "very good and broad in-depth understanding of healthcare".
(Legal500 2014)

The outstanding Ulf-Henrik Kull is widely regarded as "one of the best lawyers on the market".
(Chambers Global 2014)

Carl-Henrik Wallin is an increasingly active figure in the transactional market, alongside his corporate governance advisory work.
(Chambers Global 2014)

Mathias Lindqvist has become an established presence in the market, thanks to his experience of advising major clients.
(Chambers Global 2014)

Ilkka Perheentupa is regarded as a very skilled lawyer with a good work ethic.
(Chambers Global 2014)

Sari Wallgren has made a sizeable impact on the market and clients state that "she is very thorough and goes into the detail, and finds inventive solutions".
(Chambers Global 2014)

Selinda Näse is widely respected for combining international professional experience with strong knowledge of the domestic financing market.
(Chambers Global 2014)

Erkki-Antti Sadinmaa is noted for his "excellent co-operation skills".
(IFLR1000 2014)

Ulf-Henrik Kull named Lawyer of the Year 2014 in Mergers and Acquisitions.
(Best Lawyers®)

Avance has "gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2011" and "continues to grow into one of the best M&A houses in Finland".
(IFLR1000 2014)

Avance has "a very good reputation in the Finnish market" and "strong execution skills even though they're more of a mid-sized player in terms of headcount", says one client.
(IFLR1000 2014)

Elisa Heinonen (Capital Markets, M&A) is described as having a "pragmatic, no-nonsense approach" and "solid legal skills".
(IFLR1000 2014)

A senior private equity client says: "Ulf-Henrik Kull is the best M&A and private equity lawyer in this jurisdiction."
(IFLR1000 2014)

Carl-Henrik Wallin – leading lawyer.
(IFLR1000 2014)

Sari Wallgren – leading lawyer.
(IFLR1000 2014)

Selinda Näse has a strong relationship with Nordic banks and is recognised for her "logical thinking."
(Chambers Europe 2013)

Avance ranked number one law firm in Finland by the absolute top (Tier 1A) purchasers of legal services.
(TNS SIFO Prospera Tier 1 Law Firm Review 2013 Finland)

Avance is carving out an impressive reputation thanks to its high-quality team, which includes some of the biggest names in Finnish corporate M&A.
(Chambers Europe 2013)

Ulf-Henrik Kull is revered for his stellar reputation as one of Finland's leading M&A lawyers.
(Chambers Europe 2013)

Carl-Henrik Wallin is well respected for his transactional work.
(Chambers Europe 2013)

Touted as a rising star, Mathias Lindqvist handles M&A and contract law. He has impressive international experience, having previously worked in Copenhagen, New York and St Petersburg.
(Chambers Europe 2013)

Avance has an entrepreneurial feel to it - you have the practical benefits of working with a smaller firm alongside the vast knowledge of the experienced partners.
(Chambers Europe 2013)

Christoffer Charpentier is acknowledged by sources as the firm's most established figure in the real estate market, drawing praise for his "quick, commercial" approach to transactional work.
(Chambers Europe 2013)

Mikko Alkio focuses on advising high-profile clients and is valued by interviewees for his extensive knowledge of competition law and its institutions. Sources also appreciate his professional experience at the Ministry of Employment and Economy and the European Commission.
(Chambers Europe 2013)

Ulf-Henrik Kull – leading individual.
(Legal500 2013)

"Fast-growing boutique" Avance Attorneys has "particularly skilful M&A lawyers".
(Legal500 2013)

Ulf-Henrik Kull is "the number-one M&A and private equity lawyer in Finland, with a unique understanding of the business needs of clients".
(Legal500 2013)

Avance Attorneys has shown the potential to become a major player in capital markets law.
(Legal500 2013)

Elisa Heinonen is "excellent".
(Legal500 2013)

Ilkka Perheentupa has "in-depth knowledge and shows exceptional commitment when taking care of assignments".
(Legal500 2013)

The "very good" Sari Wallgren handles all manner of financial transactions and was praised by one client for "negotiating a bank facility agreement in record time".
(Legal500 2013)

Elisa Heinonen is "skilful, detailed and service-oriented".
(Legal500 2013)

Christoffer Charpentier and Mathias Lindqvist – leading individuals.
(Legal500 2013)

Christoffer Charpentier – regarded as one of the best real estate and construction lawyers in Finland.
(Legal500 2013)

Carl-Henrik Wallin – leading practitioner.
(The International Who’s Who of Energy Lawyers 2013)

Christoffer Charpentier – leading practitioner.
(The International Who’s Who of Energy Lawyers 2013)

Avance is a heavy hitting M&A boutique with a strong partner heavy team.
(IFLR1000 2013)

Ulf-Henrik Kull is the big name at the firm and along with Carl-Henrik Wallin, Mathias Lindqvist and Christoffer Charpentier he makes up one of the most formidable teams around.
(IFLR1000 2013)

"The quality of skill is very high level and all lawyers have backgrounds in big law firms with high standards… they have a good knowledge base, very straight forward way of working and they analyse the essence of each case".
(IFLR1000 2013)

Ulf-Henrik Kull is "an absolutely extremely good M&A lawyer".
(IFLR1000 2013)

Peers consistently point out the Avance team highly capable and its recent matters showcase an ability to work on large and cross-border equity deals.
(IFLR1000 2013)

Elisa Heinonen - rising star.
(IFLR1000 2013)

Christoffer Charpentier and Mathias Lindqvist - rising stars.
(IFLR1000 2013)

Sari Wallgren has good knowledge on real estate financing; she is pragmatic, finds good solution for banks and is very diligent and good in drafting and communication.
(IFLR1000 2013)

Although Avance is very much known for its M&A expertise a number of its partners are highly capable in capital markets on the equity and debt side. The most prominent individuals would include Ulf-Henrik Kull for equity work and Elisa Heinonen and Sari Wallgren on the debt side.
(IFLR1000 2013)