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Maria Lehtimäki

Joined Firm:
University of Helsinki, LL.M. 2012
English, Finnish, Swedish
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Practice Areas

Banking and Finance; Capital Markets; Corporate and Commercial

Maria advises 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 situations and distressed investments.

Career and qualifications

Waselius & Wist 2012-; Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP (2015); Law Office Heinonen & Mörä (2009–2012)
In 2015, Maria was with Cravath, Swaine & Moore in London as a Foreign Associate working on equity and debt capital markets transactions.


Finnish Bar Association (2016); Finnish Law Association


* Recommended in Banking & Finance and Capital markets by The Legal 500 in 2020
* Winner of the country award for Finland across practice areas in the Euromoney Legal Media Group Europe Rising Star Awards in 2019.
* Shortlisted for the Banking and finance practice area award in the Euromoney Legal Media Group Europe Rising Star Awards in 2019.
* Recommended as “Rising Star” in Banking and finance by the Euromoney Legal Media Group Rising Stars Guide, 2018-2020.

"Maria Lehtimäki is able to clearly explain issues and provide commercial and pragmatic solutions to such problems."
– Chambers Global 2021

"outstanding: we hadn't worked together previously, but they came recommended on the fintech payment side and they were just wonderful. They offered key insights with regards to the regulator in Finland and delivered everything you would want in terms of working in a similar style to US lawyers but also having deep knowledge of the landscape in Finland."
– Chambers Global 2020

"Excellent, very responsive and engaged."
– IFLR1000

Recent Publications

* ICLG – Securitisation 2021 – Finland
* ICLG: Aviation Finance & Leasing 2021 – Finland
* Lexology – Restructuring & Insolvency in Finland
* Structured finance and securitisation in Finland: overview
* Lending and taking security in Finland

Laura Paalosmaa


Selected experience:

* Advised Nomad Foods in the issuance of EUR 750 million and tack-on issuance of EUR 50 million 2.50% senior secured notes ;
* Advised LocalTapiola Finance in the private securitisation of a portfolio of auto HP contracts;
* Advised LocalTapiola Finance in the EUR 592 million inaugural public securitisation of a portfolio of auto HP contracts;
* Waselius & Wist advised Otso Gold and its subsidiary in the securing of USD 11 million financing from Brunswick Gold;
* Sale and leaseback of Airbus A350-941 Aircraft;
* Advised LocalTapiola Finance in the private securitisation of a portfolio of auto HP contracts;
* Advised Santander in an EUR 650 million STS labelled securitisation of auto portfolio;
* Sale and leaseback of Airbus A350 Aircraft;
* Advised Winance in connection with a convertible note facility to Valoe Corporation;
* Acquisition of Automatia Pankkiautomaatit Oy by Loomis AB;
* Acted for Otso Gold Oy (former Nordic Gold Oy) in bankruptcy proceedings before the District Court of Oulu;
* Purchase of three Embraer E190 aircraft;
* Advised AMC Networks in connection with the rights offering of Next Games;
* Advised Santander in an EUR 799 million STS labelled securitisation of auto loans;
* Refinancing of CABB Chemicals with EUR 640 million Senior Secured and Unsecured Notes offering;
* Lease of aircraft engines;
* EUR 930 million refinancing of Technopolis;
* Acquisition of Bella Boats by Nimbus Boats;
* Acquisition of Verifone Systems Inc. by Francisco Partners and BCI;
* Acquisition of Solita by Apax;
* Fingrid Oyj EMTN Debt Issuance Programme listed on the LSE;
* Acquisition of Digita Oy by Digital Colony;
* Joint venture between Firesteel Resources Inc. and Nordic Mines AB;
* Acquisition of Skaala by IFN Group;
* Financing of My Lender;
* Neste Corporation EUR 400 million notes listed on NASDAQ Helsinki;
* Refinancing of Nomad Foods by Offering of Senior Secured Notes and Senior Credit Facilities;
* Offering of Senior Notes by Nets Group;
* Advised Eurex Clearing AG in connection with its admission as a clearing house pursuant to the EMIR;

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