Career Stories | Marcus Lehtinen, Associate, Public M&A and Capital Markets
31 May 2022
What has your career at Hannes Snellman been like?
It has been varied, and I have had the opportunity to not only work in different teams but also at both of our offices full-time. Back in 2013, I decided to move from Finland to Stockholm to study law and naturally my career at Hannes Snellman started at the Stockholm office in February 2018 as a law student trainee in the Competition & Procurement Team. Thereafter, while I was writing my master’s thesis, I worked in the Private M&A Team as a thesis trainee and then in the Public M&A Team as a part-time associate before starting as a full-time associate lawyer in spring 2019. In late 2021, during a secondment to the Helsinki office, I felt that it was time for me to move back to Finland after 8 years of studying and working abroad, and consequently I switched my home base to the Public M&A Team in Helsinki. However, I have not left my Stockholm days entirely behind me as I still work cross-border with the Stockholm team on a frequent basis.
What does your team work with?
As an associate lawyer in our team, you are involved in varying tasks related to our business area from the get-go. Typical tasks include drawing up prospectuses for the issuance of securities or debt instruments, preparing offer documents in relation to public takeovers of listed companies, or advising clients in relation to various regulatory matters, such as national and EU regulation pertaining to the issuance and trade of securities and specific stock exchange requirements. I would say the working profile and matters we advise on is more or less the same at both offices, although the clientele is typically a bit more established in Finland and thus the projects tend to be more high profile. On the other hand, the Stockholm team is currently smaller, so you have more room as an associate to take responsibility and interact with clients directly early on.
What do you like the most about working in the Public M&A Team?
Even though it probably is one of the biggest clichés, I have to say that one of the best things about working in the Public M&A Team is the variety of tasks that our team handles. This makes working fun and interesting, as you seldom get stuck with similar tasks for a longer period, especially since our business area is heavily regulated and therefore new regulatory issues are constantly looming around the corner. We also have a great team spiritwith lots of banter, and everyone is very helpful towards each other, which is equally true at both offices. It is also rewarding that you often will hear or read from the media about the very matters that you have helped clients with, as most of our clients are publicly listed companies or other entities carrying out various capital market transactions in relation to listed or soon to be listed securities.
Can you describe the Hannes Snellman culture?
It is a very no-nonsense and down to earth culture. The atmosphere at the firm is a good mix of relaxed and friendly, yet at all times very professional. It is evident that employees enjoy working at the firm and everyone is very open and helpful towards each other, irrespective of the role, team, or office, which contributes to the overall culture. Of course, it varies a bit at both offices as Finnish and Swedish working cultures differ somewhat, but I feel the same underpinning culture is present throughout the organisation.
What is the best advice you have received when it comes to your career?
Be humble and eager to learn from others but at the same time gradually start to find your own way of doing things. Do not automatically mimic or accept a certain way as right or wrong, a lot is in the end a question of personal preference and everything becomes more natural and enjoyable if you find what suits you when it comes to, for instance, working methods and networking etc. Similarly, do not specialise in a field of law or topic that does not interest you, even if it would currently be a hot topic. In the long run, you will likely not enjoy working with it. So, you could summarise it as stay true to yourself and focus on what interests you and find the way of doing things that you feel comfortable with.
One theme that currently stands out in working life discussions is purpose. To conclude this interview, what are the things that keep you going and motivated in work — what is your purpose?
I like to think that it would be to help others and work with clients and projects that have a positive impact on society at large.
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