Heidi HaanpääPartner | Helsinki
Foreign direct investments and transfers of security-sensitive business activities are subject to increasing regulatory review both on a national and EU level. In a more complex economy and constantly shifting geopolitical landscape, the public interest for scrutinising transactions is emphasised and the trend is towards new and more stringent screening regimes. Furthermore, various FDI regimes differ as to the relevant business sectors which may be perceived as sensitive and the triggers and the procedure for the review. This results in complex legal environment and challenges to deal certainty.
Hannes Snellman’s cross-border FDI team utilises our combined, unrivalled expertise and experience from transactions, merger control, and regulatory review procedures before enforcement authorities and sector agencies. Our experience and expertise especially in matters related to defence and dual-use sectors, critical infrastructure, and security of supply, as well as our understanding of the relevant governmental authorities’ processes and case practice in Finland and Sweden, enable us to provide timely and strategic advice and counselling, which is often decisive for the successful completion of the contemplated transaction.
We work seamlessly in Finnish and Swedish cross-border matters and team up with legal partners in other jurisdictions to ensure a streamlined multi-jurisdictional process for our clients while utilising the full synergies in sectoral knowledge and prior experience. We deliver one-stop-shop advice on FDI screening matters, including conducting feasibility studies, authority contacts, the filing process, and post-transaction compliance, while simultaneously ensuring a smooth transaction process.