People

Riikka Rannikko

Managing Partner | Helsinki
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English, Finnish, Swedish
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Riikka is the managing partner of Hannes Snellman’s office in Helsinki. She regularly acts for both listed and non-listed companies on a wide range of private and public M&A transactions and advises clients on corporate, governance, securities market, and compliance matters.

Riikka has been a member of the Finnish Patent and Registration Office’s Audit Board since 2019. In 2015, Riikka chaired a working group set by the Finnish Securities Market Association for the purpose of reviewing and revising the Finnish Corporate Governance Code.

She combines experience, hard work, and a no-nonsense attitude in a way which truly creates added value.

M&A | Client Choice, 2019


References

Parties

Fazer Food Services, Compass Group PLC

Transaction

Fazer Group in its divestment of Fazer Food Services to Compass Group PLC

Deal Value

EUR 475 million

Role

Counsel to Fazer Group

Richard Åkerman

Richard Åkerman

Partner | Stockholm
richard.akerman@hannessnellman.com
Riikka Rannikko

Riikka Rannikko

Managing Partner | Helsinki
riikka.rannikko@hannessnellman.com
 Ammar Khan

Ammar Khan

Managing Associate | Stockholm
ammar.khan@hannessnellman.com
Klara Kjellberg

Klara Kjellberg

Managing Associate | Stockholm
klara.kjellberg@hannessnellman.com
Jonas Sjöberg

Jonas Sjöberg

Associate | Stockholm
jonas.sjoberg@hannessnellman.com
Nicole Jerad

Nicole Jerad

Associate | Stockholm
nicole.jerad@hannessnellman.com
Moa Fritzon Torbjelt

Moa Fritzon Torbjelt

Associate | Stockholm
moa.fritzon-torbjelt@hannessnellman.com
Erkko Korhonen

Erkko Korhonen

Specialist Partner | Helsinki
erkko.korhonen@hannessnellman.com
Sini Paajanen

Sini Paajanen

Senior Associate | Helsinki
sini.paajanen@hannessnellman.com
Johanna Haltia-Tapio

Johanna Haltia-Tapio

Specialist Partner | Helsinki
johanna.haltia-tapio@hannessnellman.com
Jenny Lundberg

Jenny Lundberg

Specialist Partner | Stockholm
jenny.lundberg@hannessnellman.com
Josephine Lindgren

Josephine Lindgren

Associate | Stockholm
josephine.lindgren@hannessnellman.com
Jenni Heurlin

Jenni Heurlin

Associate | Helsinki
jenni.heurlin@hannessnellman.com

Parties

BVB Substrates B.V. and its owners, Vapo Oy and Kekkilä Oy

Transaction

Joint venture by combining BVB Substrates B.V. and Kekkilä Oy to form Kekkilä-BVB Oy, a leading horticultural substrate company in Europe in the market for professional growers and home gardeners

Deal Value

Value not public

Role

Counsel to BVB Substrates B.V. and its owners

Heidi Haanpää

Heidi Haanpää

Partner | Helsinki
heidi.haanpaa@hannessnellman.com
Riikka Rannikko

Riikka Rannikko

Managing Partner | Helsinki
riikka.rannikko@hannessnellman.com
Erkko Korhonen

Erkko Korhonen

Specialist Partner | Helsinki
erkko.korhonen@hannessnellman.com
Maisa Cederström

Maisa Cederström

Senior Associate | Helsinki
maisa.cederstrom@hannessnellman.com
Toni Malminen

Toni Malminen

Counsel | Helsinki
toni.malminen@hannessnellman.com

Parties

AtoB@C Shipping AB (Target), Aspo Plc (Bidder) Anders Nilsson (Private Investor)(Seller)

Transaction

Aspo Plc has agreed to acquire AtoB@C Shipping AB from Anders Nilsson (Private investor).

Deal Value

EUR 30 million

Role

Counsel to Aspo Plc

Richard Åkerman

Richard Åkerman

Partner | Stockholm
richard.akerman@hannessnellman.com
Riikka Rannikko

Riikka Rannikko

Managing Partner | Helsinki
riikka.rannikko@hannessnellman.com
Mikko Huimala

Mikko Huimala

Partner | Helsinki
mikko.huimala@hannessnellman.com
Josephine Lindgren

Josephine Lindgren

Associate | Stockholm
josephine.lindgren@hannessnellman.com
Sara Soini

Sara Soini

Associate | Helsinki
sara.soini@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Orion Corporation (Seller), Axcel Management A/S (Buyer), Orion Diagnostica Oy (Target)

Transaction

Orion Corporation's divestment of the diagnostics business unit Orion Diagnostica Oy to a private equity fund managed by Axcel Management A/S

Deal Value

Value not public

Role

Counsel to Orion Corporation

Riikka Rannikko

Riikka Rannikko

Managing Partner | Helsinki
riikka.rannikko@hannessnellman.com
Mikko Huimala

Mikko Huimala

Partner | Helsinki
mikko.huimala@hannessnellman.com
Johanna Haltia-Tapio

Johanna Haltia-Tapio

Specialist Partner | Helsinki
johanna.haltia-tapio@hannessnellman.com
Antti Alanko

Antti Alanko

Partner | Helsinki
antti.alanko@hannessnellman.com
Erkko Korhonen

Erkko Korhonen

Specialist Partner | Helsinki
erkko.korhonen@hannessnellman.com

Parties

OP Financial Group (Seller), Vienna Insurance Group (Buyer), Seesam Insurance AS (Target)

Transaction

OP Financial Group's sale of the non-life insurance company Seesam Insurance AS (Seesam), including its Latvian and Lithuanian branches, to Vienna Insurance Group (VIG)

Deal Value

Value not public

Role

Counsel to OP Financial Group

Riikka Rannikko

Riikka Rannikko

Managing Partner | Helsinki
riikka.rannikko@hannessnellman.com
Johanna Haltia-Tapio

Johanna Haltia-Tapio

Specialist Partner | Helsinki
johanna.haltia-tapio@hannessnellman.com
Toni Malminen

Toni Malminen

Counsel | Helsinki
toni.malminen@hannessnellman.com
Laura Tavakka

Laura Tavakka

Senior Associate | Helsinki
laura.tavakka@hannessnellman.com
Riikka Kuha

Riikka Kuha

Senior Associate | Helsinki
riikka.kuha@hannessnellman.com

Parties

WSP Finland Oy (Buyer), ISS Palvelut Oy (Seller), ISS Proko Oy and its subsidiary ISS Suunnittelupalvelut Oy (Targets)

Transaction

ISS Palvelut Oy's sale of ISS Proko Oy and its subsidiary ISS Suunnittelupalvelut Oy to WSP Finland Oy

Deal Value

Value not public

Role

Counsel to ISS Palvelut Oy

Riikka Rannikko

Riikka Rannikko

Managing Partner | Helsinki
riikka.rannikko@hannessnellman.com
Maisa Cederström

Maisa Cederström

Senior Associate | Helsinki
maisa.cederstrom@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Norvestia Oyj, CapMan Plc

Transaction

The public exchange offer for the shares and other securities in Norvestia by CapMan Plc

Deal Value

Value not public

Role

Counsel to Norvestia Oyj

Riikka Rannikko

Riikka Rannikko

Managing Partner | Helsinki
riikka.rannikko@hannessnellman.com
Elina Toivakainen

Elina Toivakainen

Counsel | Helsinki
elina.toivakainen@hannessnellman.com

Parties

The Carlsberg Group (Seller), Viking Malt Oy (Buyer), Danish Malting Group A/S (Target)

Transaction

The Carlsberg Group sold the Danish Malting Group comprising three breweries located in Denmark and Poland to Viking Malt Oy

Deal Value

Value no public

Role

Counsel to Viking Malt Oy

Riikka Rannikko

Riikka Rannikko

Managing Partner | Helsinki
riikka.rannikko@hannessnellman.com
Markus Bremer

Markus Bremer

Partner | Helsinki
markus.bremer@hannessnellman.com
Olli-Pekka Veranen

Olli-Pekka Veranen

Specialist Partner | Helsinki
olli-pekka.veranen@hannessnellman.com
Toni Malminen

Toni Malminen

Counsel | Helsinki
toni.malminen@hannessnellman.com
Tuuli Pikkarainen

Tuuli Pikkarainen

Associate | Helsinki
tuuli.pikkarainen@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Atine Group Oy (Seller), Sector Alarm (Buyer), Turvatiimi (Target)

Transaction

Sale of Turvatiimi to Sector Alarm by Atine Group Oy

Deal Value

EUR 7,610,330

Role

Counsel to Atine Group Oy

Riikka Rannikko

Riikka Rannikko

Managing Partner | Helsinki
riikka.rannikko@hannessnellman.com
Tuuli Pikkarainen

Tuuli Pikkarainen

Associate | Helsinki
tuuli.pikkarainen@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Tata Steel (Buyer), SSAB (Seller)

Transaction

Acquisition by Tata Steel of steel service centers in Naantali (Finland) and Halmstad (Sweden) from SSAB

Deal Value

Value not public

Role

Counsel to Tata Steel in Finland and Sweden

Riikka Rannikko

Riikka Rannikko

Managing Partner | Helsinki
riikka.rannikko@hannessnellman.com
Claes Kjellberg

Claes Kjellberg

Partner | Stockholm
claes.kjellberg@hannessnellman.com
Peter Forsberg

Peter Forsberg

Partner | Stockholm
peter.forsberg@hannessnellman.com
Johanna Haltia-Tapio

Johanna Haltia-Tapio

Specialist Partner | Helsinki
johanna.haltia-tapio@hannessnellman.com
Heikki Vesikansa

Heikki Vesikansa

Partner | Helsinki
heikki.vesikansa@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Tabulon Oy (Buyer), Responda 113 Oy (Target), Turvatiimi Oyj (Seller)

Transaction

Acquisition by Tabulon Oy of shares in Responda 113 Oy from Turvatiimi Oyj

Deal Value

Value not public

Role

Counsel to Tabulon Oy

Riikka Rannikko

Riikka Rannikko

Managing Partner | Helsinki
riikka.rannikko@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Atine Group Oy (Buyer), Turvatiimi Oyj (Target)

Transaction

Public tender offer by Atine Group Oy concerning all shares in Turvatiimi Oyj

Deal Value

Value not public

Role

Counsel to Atine Group Oy

Riikka Rannikko

Riikka Rannikko

Managing Partner | Helsinki
riikka.rannikko@hannessnellman.com
Antti Kuha

Antti Kuha

Managing Associate | Helsinki
antti.kuha@hannessnellman.com

Rankings

  • "Excellent legal knowledge, high negotiation skills. Well structured and always on top of things. Well trusted.", IFLR1000, 2020
  • Ranked as 2019 exclusive winner of Client Choice’s M&A category in Finland
  • “She combines experience, hard work, and a no-nonsense attitude in a way which truly creates added value”, M&A, Client Choice, 2019
  • “Riikka can bring the focus back to the issue at hand when negotiations around her are getting lost in emotions or irrelevant issues”, M&A, Client Choice, 2019
  • “She drives projects with a clear focus and has the client’s best interests in mind”, M&A, Client Choice, 2019
  • “Riikka Rannikko represents a balanced combination of excellent legal expertise, strong commercial abilities, and compelling social skills”, M&A Client Choice, 2019
  • According to Clients, Riikka has 'excellent expertise and a very proactive approach.' One client states she is constructive and has the "ability to listen and act independently within the agreed limits." Corporate/M&A, Chambers Global 2019
  • "Riikka Rannikko has ‘strong knowledge’ in corporate governance", Commercial, corporate and M&A, Legal 500, 2018
  • "Riikka Rannikko...is noted as 'a true expert in the field of disclosure requirements.' Clients appreciate her dedication: 'She is very pragmatic, she works extremely hard and provides excellent advice.'", Corporate and M&A, Chambers Global 2018 and Chambers Europe 2018
  • "Clients profess that Riikka Rannikko is 'extremely talented, very responsive and always down to earth with her advice.'", Corporate and M&A, Chambers Global 2017 and Chambers Europe 2017
  • Ranked among the Highly regarded lawyers in Capital Markets, IFLR1000, 2017-2020
  • Ranked in Corporate/M&A, Chambers Global 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Ranked in Capital Markets, Chambers Europe 2015 and in Corporate/M&A Chambers Europe 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Ranked among the best lawyers in the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions (Helsinki: Capital Markets, Corporate Governance & Compliance Practice, Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions Law) of Best Lawyers®
  • 'Riikka Rannikko moves up the rankings thanks to glowing praise from sources and a strong caseload. Clients particularly appreciate her strong negotiation skills.', Corporate/M&A, Chambers Global 2013 and Chambers Europe 2013
  • Key individual in Capital Markets, Chambers Europe 2013
  • "...‘good advice as well as the ability to manage a team while keeping to deadlines’.", Corporate and M&A, Legal 500, 2013
  • '..."She's really precise, gets straight to the point, and always looks after the interests of her client." Another says: "If she has read the documents you don't need to scrutinise them yourself."', Capital Markets, Chambers Europe 2012
  • Ranked in Capital Markets and Corporate/M&A, Chambers Europe 2011
  • Up-and-coming laywer in Corporate/M&A, Chambers Global and Chambers Europe 2010
  • According to the Chambers Global and Chambers Europe 2008 Editions '‘Riikka Rannikko is recognised as a “talented” young lawyer by both peers and clients. She is rated for her “thorough and uncomplicated approach.”'

Memberships and Positions of Trust

  • Member of the Audit Board, 2019-
  • Member of the Finnish Bar Association
  • Chairman of the working group revising the Finnish Corporate Governance Code, 2015

Education and Professional Background

  • Managing Partner Helsinki, Hannes Snellman, 2019–
  • Partner, Hannes Snellman, 2006
  • Senior Associate, Hannes Snellman, 2002
  • LL.M., University of Cambridge (UK), 2002
  • Visiting lawyer, Allen & Overy London, 2000
  • Associate Lawyer, Hannes Snellman, 1998
  • Master of Laws, University of Turku, 1998