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Waselius & Wist represented Loomis AB in merger control proceedings in connection with its acquisition of Automatia Pankkiautomaatit Oy
Waselius & Wist represented Loomis AB (Nasdaq OMX) in merger control proceedings in the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) in connection with its acquisition of Automatia Pankkiautomaatit Oy from present owners Danske Bank, Nordea, and OP Financial Group. The FCCA approved the acquisition in Phase 2 proceedings subject to commitments. According to the FCCA, the transaction would have resulted in certain adverse effects on the already concentrated market for cash management services in Finland without the conditions attached to the approval. The potential concerns identified by the FCCA were addressed with access and behavioural remedies offered by the parties.
The proceedings included highly complex legal issues due to the key role Automatia plays in Finnish cash infrastructure and the vertical link between the parties. According to the FCCA, this was the most thorough investigation by the FCCA of a vertical merger to date and the first time the FCCA has applied economic methods to assess foreclosure effects in a vertical merger (i.e. a merger between parties operating at different levels of trade).
Automatia operates the largest ATM network in Finland, under the Otto brand, and also offers nationwide cash supply services for bank branches, night safes for retailers and a digital platform for operating instant payments. Loomis is a globally operating company offering comprehensive solutions for cash handling primarily to banks and retailers.
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Waselius & Wist expands its IP practice with the strategic appointment of Åsa Krook as partner in the firm
Åsa joins Waselius & Wist from her position as IP partner at another Finnish law firm. Åsa has more than 25 years of experience in advising companies across an array of industries on trademark, copyright, market law and trade secret matters. In particular, Åsa advises companies on strategic management of IP portfolios and she also regularly counsels them on licensing, franchising and distribution arrangements as well as anti-counterfeiting and unfair business practice related issues and disputes.
Åsa is recognised as a leading IP lawyer in Finland by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500, and is named within the Top 250 Women in IP 2020/2021 by Managing Intellectual Property. She has contributed to both national and international publications within IP, franchising and commercial contracts and is a frequent speaker at Nordic IP seminars.
IP related work continues to be a growing area and the strengthening of the IP practice is an important strategic step for the firm. Åsa’s high professional profile will add further strength and depth to the firm’s IP team and underlines the firm’s investment in its IP practice. Åsa’s energy and enthusiasm is aligned with the firm’s culture and ambitious plans for the future where our clients will benefit from an even more robust expertise in the full range of legal services.
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Waselius & Wist enhances its financial regulatory capabilities with the appointment of Olli Kiuru as partner. Olli joins Waselius & Wist from another Finnish law firm where he headed their Finance, Insurance & FinTech practice.
The appointment signifies further growth of the firm’s finance practice and enables the firm to offer even greater support across the regulatory spectrum to its clients in the future.
Olli specialises in a wide range of financial regulatory, compliance and corporate governance matters for domestic and international financial institutions, insurance companies and other regulated entities as well as FinTech companies. Olli acts as an outsourced compliance officer for many regulated entities and his work involves tight cooperation with the Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority, which makes the firm’s already strong relationship with the regulator even more unique.
Olli is recognised as a leading finance lawyer in Finland and praised for his knowledge of financial regulations and compliance matters. Also Chambers and Partners as well as Legal 500 have recognised Olli for building a stellar reputation in the Finnish financial regulatory and FinTech markets. Olli’s depth and versatility of expertise in financial products and regulatory issues as well as his considerable involvement in the FinTech space will complement the firm’s strengths in these areas and add further depth and breadth to the firm’s capabilities.
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We closely monitor the Finnish Government’s and the World Health Organisation’s Covid-19 guidelines and review daily our contingency plans, internal instructions and processes to ensure that we can continue serving our clients without any disruptions. Read more
Maria Lehtimäki has been appointed Specialist Partner as of 1 January 2020.
Maria’s practice focuses on advising financial institutions, investors and corporates on cross-border financing and capital markets transactions and related regulatory matters. She has experience in structured finance across a variety of asset classes, as well as special situation investments and distressed investments. Read more