Maria Neovius (Lassenius)

Title: 
Partner
Office: 
Helsinki
Telephone: 
+358 9 2288 4476
Mobile: 
+358 40 551 6376
Language: 
English
Finnish
German
Swedish
Assistant: 
Milla Äikäs

Assistant's telephone:

+358 9 2288 4465

Assistant's e-mail:

PRACTICE AND EXPERIENCE

Maria Neovius practises in the field of bank lending, acquisition financing, real estate financing, leasing and asset financing, project financing, securitisation and structured financing. Her fields of expertise also cover mergers and acquisitions and company and corporate law.

Maria joined Hannes Snellman in 2002 after having gained several years of experience in another Finnish law firm.

RECENT REFERENCES

  • Counsel to Green Horizon Renewables in the acquisition of over 70% stake in Winda Power, 2018

  • Counsel to TRIUVA Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft, acting on behalf of an institutional investor, in the acquisition of a core mixed use building on Kanavaranta 3-7, 2017

  • Counsel to Sampo plc in the financing of Terrafame Ltd, a Finnish multi-metal company producing primarily nickel and zinc by bioheapleaching at its mine located in Sotkamo, 2017

  • Counsel to Schroder (acting on behalf of  Schroder Nordic Real Estate Fund) in an acquisition of a portfolio of nine office properties located in the Greater Helsinki area, 2017

  • Counsel to a J.P. Morgan Asset Management fund in its disposal of four office properties to Alma Property Partners I AB in the Keilaniemi business district of Espoo, Finland, 2017

  • Counsel to SUSI Partners AG in its acquisition of the Tetrituuli Wind Farm in Finland from Ilmatar Windpower Plc, 2017

  • Counsel to a fund managed by J.P. Morgan Asset Management in its disposal of a 11,200 sqm office property in Helsinki to a fund managed by Genesta, 2017

  • Counsel to IVG Polar Oy in relation to its EUR 57 million term loan facility agreement, autumn 2016

  • Counsel to Ahlstrom in the combination of Ahlstrom and Munksjö through a merger, 2016

  • Counsel to Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation in its acquisition of two wind farms in Finland from Maas Capital Renewables and YARD ENERGY, 2016

  • Counsel to Sampo plc with certain fund financing for the mandatory public cash offer for all outstanding shares in Topdanmark A/S, the second largest Danish insurance company, 2016

  • Counsel to Avant Capital Partners and Alma Property Partners I AB, a fund managed by Alma Property Partners, in their acquisition of the Ideapark Oulu shopping centre from Sukari Group, 2016

  • Counsel to eQ Asset Management Ltd and its funds eQ Care and eQ Finnish Real Estate in connection with large finance arrangements with Nordea, Aktia, Ilmarinen and LocalTapiola during 2015, 2016

  • Counsel to YIT Corporation in a joint venture with Etera, Onvest and Fennia for the implementation of the Mall of Tripla and its parking facilities, Finland, 2016

  • Counsel to Veolia in 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, 2016

  • Counsel to Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ), Branch Operation in Finland – Financing the Hansakortteli properties for the joint venture Kauppakeskus Hansa Ky managed by Exilion, 2015

  • Counsel to EQT Partners, debt fund – Refinancing of Mikeva Group with a Finnish law governed unitranche financing structure, 2015

  • Counsel to Asiakastieto Oyj in connection with its finance transaction during 2014, 2015

  • Counsel to Glaston Oyj in connection with its finance transaction during 2015

  • Counsel to the bank with financing of PVO in 2015

  • Counsel to the Finnish Transport Agency in its acquisition of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project regarding the construction and maintenance of the E18 motorway section Hamina–Vaalimaa. The total value of the project is approx. EUR 378million, 2014-2015

  • Counsel to Valmet Corporation's finance transactions during 2014 and 2015.

  • Counsel to Ahlstrom Corporation in connection with its EUR 100 million bond issue and the listing thereof on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd, 2014

  • Counsel to Componenta Corporation – notes offering, equity offering capital notes, hybrid loan, bond financing and general financing, 2013-2014

  • Counsel in financing (including debt financing and high yield bond) to Ahlström Capital Oy – Acquisition of Destia Ltd from the State of Finland, 2014

  • Counsel in financing to Redito AB – Acquisition of a portfolio of 68 retail properties in Finland, 2014

  • Counsel to European Investment Bank in project financing relating to steam supply of a Finnish listed company, 2014

  • Counsel to Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen – Financing the purchase of Pöyry headquarters for Niam’s Core Fund managed by Niam AB, 2014

  • Counsel to Valmet Automotive Oy in project financing, 2014

  • Counsel to Finnprotein Oy in project financing, 2011-2014

  • Counsel to Ahlstrom Corporation in the combination of its LP business with Munksjö, creating Munksjö Oyj, a company to be listed on Nasdaq OMX Helsinki with approx. EUR 1.3 billion in turnover and more than 3,300 employees, 2013

  • Counsel to ThyssenKrupp in the EUR 2.7 billion combination of ThyssenKrupp’s stainless steel unit Inoxum with Outokumpu (2012) and the subsequent transactions between ThyssenKrupp and Outokumpu as well as the divestiture by ThyssenKrupp of its 29.9 % shareholding in Outokumpu, 2013

  • Counsel to Glaston Oyj – refinancing and equity offering, 2013

  • Counsel to Deutsche Pfandbriefbank – SEK4,300 million facility to some 43 subsidiaries of AB Sagax to extend an existing PBB facility for two industrial and warehouse portfolios, 2012

  • Counsel to Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen – Financing the purchase of an office portfolio for Niam V Funds managed by Niam AB. The portfolio comprises 17 properties with a total of more than 100,000 sqm in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, 2012

  • Counsel to the Finnish Transport Agency in its acquisition of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project regarding the construction and maintenance of the E18 motorway section Koskenkylä-Kotka. The total value of the project is approx. EUR 623 million. Financial close was reached in December 2011

  • Counsel in financing to Sveafastigheter - Acquisition of 16 properties in Finland by a company owned by Sveafastigheter Fund III and Mattila & Saxen Property Partners Oy from Delta Motor Group Oy, 2011

  • Counsel in financing to  Sveafastigheter - Acquisition of nine properties in Finland together with a property area of 59 000 m² from Niam Nordic Investment Fund III and Whitehall Street Real Estate Funds by Sveafastigheter Fund III and HGR Property Partners, 2011

  • Counsel to Myllykoski Group in the refinancing, restructuring and the linked acquisition - Refinancing and restructuring of the Myllykoski Group and Rhein Papier GmbH and acquisition by UPM-Kymmene Corporation of the Myllykoski Group and Rhein Papier GmbH, 2010-2011

  • Counsel to Tamro Corporation on EUR 150,000,000 Syndicated Loan / Multicurrency Revolving Credit Facility, 2010

  • Counsel to Ejendomsspar in refinancing - Purchase and refinancing of hotel chain Norgani Hotels AS by Pandox AB (Sweden), controlled by Eiendomsspar AS (Norway), 2010

  • Solidium Oy EUR 300 million Revolving Facility - Counsel to Borrower, 2009

  • Counsel to OKO Bank plc on the financing for the acquisition of Walki Wisa, 2007

  • Counsel to Sampo Bank plc on the financing for the acquisition of Moventas Oy, 2007

  • Counsel to the Mandated Lead Arrangers in refinancing of Tornator Oy outstanding Bonds, 2006

  • Counsel to Aareal Bank AG in the financing of Kamppi Centre in August 2004 and she has also advised the bank and other banks on the financing of several other real estate portfolios in Finland by international investors, 2006 and 2007

  • Counsel to Finnish Road Administration in the financing of construction of E18 Lohja-Muurla expressway, 2004

RANKINGS

  • Ranked in Banking & Finance in the 2017 edition of Legal 500

  • Ranked in Banking & Finance in the 2017 edition of Chambers Global

  • "Maria receives praise from clients: 'She was brilliant and really got into the details. She's very experienced and has great knowledge.' ", Banking & Finance, Chambers Global 2016 and Chambers Europe 2016

  • Ranked as a Highly regarded lawyer in Capital Markets and Banking in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions of IFLR1000

  • Maria is ‘very knowledgeable of finance agreements and capital restructuring’, Banking & Finance, Legal 500, 2015

  • Maria rises in the rankings thanks to hugely impressive praise from interviewees: 'She is great at looking at the issues, getting to the point and driving deals to completion.', Chambers Europe and Chambers Global, 2015

  • "Maria's reputation has grown in stature this year. Clients appreciate her as 'she can easily switch from a legal angle to a commercial angle, and she is great at using the firm's internal network if there is an area of law that she can't cover.'", Chambers Europe, 2014

  • Ranked among the best lawyers in the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions (Helsinki: Banking and Finance) of Best Lawyers®

  • Ranked as key individual in Banking & Finance, Chambers Europe 2013

  • Recommended as "‘talented’ young partner", Banking and Finance, Legal 500, 2013

  • ‘A source comments: "She's tough, diligent, and one to watch for the future."’, Banking & Finance, Chambers Europe 2012

EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

  • Partner, Hannes Snellman, 2011

  • Senior Associate Lawyer, Hannes Snellman, 2004

  • Associate Lawyer, Hannes Snellman, 2002

  • Associate Lawyer, Dittmar & Indrenius, 1997–2002

  • Master of Laws, University of Helsinki, 1997

  • Trainee Gilbert, Segall & Young, New York, 1997

  • Trainee Droste Anwälte, Frankfurt, 1996