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Hannes Snellman continues its Nordic expansion by moving into Copenhagen, Denmark

1 September 2010
1 September 2010

Hannes Snellman continues the implementation of its Pan-Nordic strategy by launching an office in Copenhagen. With close to 200 lawyers operating from the offices in Stockholm, Helsinki, Moscow and St. Petersburg, Hannes Snellman is today a key player in the Nordic region. Hannes Snellman is on its way to become the first real Pan-Nordic law firm.

International businesses view the Nordic countries as one market and so does Hannes Snellman. At the end of 2008, Hannes Snellman launched its operations in Sweden. The Stockholm office has today established itself as a key player in high-end M&A and other transactions and complex conflict management matters.

“Our move into Copenhagen is a very important milestone in Hannes Snellman’s Nordic strategy,” says Fredrik von Baumgarten, Managing Partner, Stockholm. “To my great satisfaction we are able to launch the Copenhagen office with dynamic lawyers who are among the very best in Denmark. To me the business rationale is obvious and I really believe that clients will appreciate an integrated one-stop-shop of the highest quality covering the Nordics,” Fredrik von Baumgarten continues.

In Copenhagen, Hannes Snellman’s operations take off with top partners. Managing Partner Philip Risbjørn was until recently Head of an M&A department of a leading Danish law firm. Moreover, Hannes Snellman has secured two other Danish top practitioners, who will join the Danish office as soon as possible. Their names will be announced later. These three very experienced and highly ranked individuals have all advised on several of the largest M&A transactions in Denmark. Amanda Tonsgaard will join as a partner on 1 October. She has worked as a director in London with the global private equity manager Capital Dynamics focusing on the operations in the Nordic region. She has more than a decade of transactional experience as an M&A lawyer and a Principal of a private equity fund. Hannes Snellman’s M&A partner Mathias Lindqvist has relocated to Copenhagen to form part of the Copenhagen team as well.

“With this team, we have a strong base for expanding,” says Philip Risbjørn. He decided to join because “Hannes Snellman is a leading and international firm with the right strategy and culture”. Amanda Tonsgaard agrees and adds that “from a client’s perspective I can clearly see the compelling advantages of a Pan-Nordic law firm both in terms of coverage and the ability to service clients.

The Danish operation, like the rest of the firm, will focus on transactions and conflict management and the plan is to grow significantly within M&A, Capital Markets and Banking & Finance.

With offices in Helsinki, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Stockholm and now Copenhagen, Hannes Snellman is rapidly developing its critical mass and knowledge base to serve clients in the Nordic region and Russia.

For further information please contact:
Fredrik von Baumgarten, Managing Partner, Stockholm:
+46 760 000 002, fredrik.baumgarten@hannessnellman.com
Philip Risbjørn, Managing Partner, Copenhagen:
+45 41 772 400, philip.risbjorn@hannessnellman.com
Johan Aalto, Senior Partner: +358 400 609 755, johan.aalto@hannessnellman.com