Leading Finnish commercial firm Castren & Snellman will merge with niche firm Serlachius & Ryti on 1 September to give it maritime law capability for the first time
Castren & Snellman will gain access to the firm's client base and capability in maritime, transport, aviation and insurance law matters. Serlachius acts for domestic and international ship owners, as well as P&I clubs and cargo insurance companies. Post-merger it will be able to offer its clients a full service across the board. Castren & Snellman's practice is dominated by M&A work, but also has capability in contract law banking, insolvency, IP and dispute resolution. Serlachius is a three-lawyer family firm. Attorney-at-law, Niklas Lagenskiöld will join as a partner, with Henrik Lagenskiöld joining as an associate and attorney-at-law, and Rickard Lagenskiöld joining as a senior adviser. Castren & Snellman has also strengthened its leading Finnish competition law practice by hiring the Finnish Competition Authority's secretary general. Petri Kuoppamäki joins as a partner and will work with highly regarded competition head Hannu Poleka and partner Johan Akermarck in Helsinki, bringing the team to three partners and seven assistants. Kuoppamäki spent nine years at the Competition Authority. Poleka said that merger notification work had diminished in the past few years. "But otherwise there's no sign that competition work in Finland has reduced," he added. "It's still a big field."