Klaus Metsä-SimolaSpecialist Partner | Helsinki
Our Environment and Natural Resources team focuses on environmental law and planning matters and legal aspects relevant to mining and other exploitation of natural resources.
Environmental issues affecting investments and operations are increasingly complex and involve various interested parties, such as owners, operators, authorities and environmental organisations. Our legal expertise and thorough understanding of our clients’ businesses allow us to provide advice that is suited to the specific demands of each client.
We have experience with complicated environmental liability situations, permit application and appeals processes, as well as critical planning and zoning procedures. Our clients typically include industrial, energy and mining companies, as well as parties to M&A and capital markets transactions.
We also regularly represent our clients before regulatory authorities, municipalities and courts in supervisory and permitting matters, including changes to production and processes, and relating to the use of natural resources.
Hartwall Capital Oy Ab (Buyer), SUEZ Suomi Oy (Target)
Hartwall Capital Oy Ab's acquisition of SUEZ Suomi Oy, comprising the Finnish operations of SUEZ Group
Value not public
Counsel to Hartwall Capital Oy Ab
Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation (Buyer), Maas Capital Renewables (Seller) and YARD ENERGY (Seller)
Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation's acquisition of two wind farms in Finland from Maas Capital Renewables and YARD ENERGY
Value not public
Counsel to Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation
Metsähallitus (Seller), Taaleri Plc private equity fund and Loiste Energia Oy (Buyers)
Metsähallitus' divestment of wind farm project to Taaleri Plc private equity fund and Loiste Energia Oy
EUR 110 million
Counsel to Metsähallitus
Veolia, Neste and Borealis
A transaction creating a JV with Neste and Borealis to build a new combined heat and power plant and produce and supply steam and other utilities to Neste's refinery and Borealis' petrochemical plant in Porvoo, Finland
Approximately EUR 350 million
Counsel to Veolia
Mondi Group (Buyer), Walki Group (Seller)
Mondi Group's acquisition of Walki Group's extrusion coating plants located in Pietarsaari, Finland and Wroclaw, Poland
EUR 60 million
Counsel to Mondi AG
Counsel to Finnish Wind Power Association in a regulatory assignment concerning the noise emissions caused by wind turbines.
Counsel to TuuliSaimaa Oy in a zoning dispute against the Finnish Military Forces regarding the construction of a wind farm in Eastern Finland.
Counsel to TuuliWatti Oy in permitting of several wind farms in Finland.
Counsel to a Finnish City in an administrative proceedings in relation to remediation liability of an landfill.
Counsel to a large Finnish energy production company in its dispute concerning the acceptable emission levels to the water course and environmental damages related thereto.
Counsel to a foreign mining company in assessing environmental obligations and liabilities resulting from possible shut-down of a mine in Finland.
Counsel to a Finnish hydropower plant owner in a dispute concerning the proposed amendments to the existing water permit and compensation related thereto.
Counsel to the Finnish Transport Authority in a dispute concerning environmental remediation requirements of a lake located in Southern Finland.
Counsel to the municipality of Siuntio in the amendment of its city plan concerning a shopping mall.
Counsel to Metsähallitus in its divestment of two pre-construction stage wind power projects (envisaged to comprise a total of 64 wind power plants with an aggregate output of approximately 166 megawatts) to a JV owned by Taaleritehtaan Tuulitehdas II Ky and Loiste Energia Oy.
Counsel to the City of Porvoo in the drafting of the building code of the municipality.