We Are Strengthening Our Tax & Structuring and Banking & Finance Services: Mikko Alakare and Jonne Järvi Appointed as Partners
Castrén & Snellman further strengthens its expertise in tax law and banking and finance by appointing Mikko Alakare and Jonne Järvi as its partners as of 1 February 2019. Mikko will join our Tax & Structuring service from Borenius Attorneys where he acted as Specialist Partner since 2013. Jonne has been the trusted advisor to our clients in banking and finance already for over a decade.
Mikko has over 15 years of experience in advising clients on a wide range of domestic and international tax issues, including direct and indirect taxation. Recently, tax litigation together with real estate and M&A transactions have been the main topics on his agenda. Mikko offers versatile and creative solutions to clients, such as those exemplified by Supreme Court decisions SAC 2017:20 relating to profit participation loans granted to a private equity fund and SAC 2015:125 relating to the non-profit nature of support organisations. Both decisions were issued by the Supreme Administrative Court in favour of the taxpayer and have significant value as precedents. Mikko will join Castrén & Snellman as counsel, partner elect on 1 February 2018.
‘We are building a stronger tax law team to deliver even better service to our clients. Mikko is among the best experts in his field: his experience in tax-law related assignments is exceptionally broad. He also has enthusiasm and vision for developing the services that we provide to our customers together with Sari Laaksonen. We are excited to have Mikko to join our team’, says managing partner Sakari Lukinmaa.
Besides tax law expertise, we are also strengthening our position as the leading provider of banking and finance law in Finland by appointing Counsel Jonne Järvi as partner. Jonne has had the main responsibility in negotiating financing for several major projects, including the Mall of Tripla and E18 motorway construction projects. He has also been advising banks and funds in numerous financing arrangements relating to M&A and real estate transactions.
The demand for the advice provided by our Banking & Finance service with Tero Tuomisto as its head has shown excellent growth during the past few years. This calls for strengthening our offering in various fields, such as new technology, as required by the forerunner position of our Banking & Finance service. This ensures that our clients continue to receive state-of-the-art service in every situation.
‘Jonne is an experienced, versatile and well-liked expert both in Finland and abroad. He actively follows technological development and innovations, and takes clients’ future needs into consideration in an excellent manner. Jonne has been a key player in our team already for a long time. I do not know whether clients can find better service elsewhere’, Sakari describes.
Castrén & Snellman employs almost 135 lawyers, while having a total headcount of approximately 250 employees in Helsinki, Moscow and St Petersburg. Our mission is to help our clients succeed in a rapidly changing world.
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