Get to Know Us | Sanna Boow, Counsel, Finance, Helsinki
22 October 2019
When did you start working at Hannes Snelman?
I joined the Finance team at Hannes Snellman in April 2018 after spending 14 years abroad. My speciality is financial services regulation and investment funds.
What is your professional background?
I have a somewhat unusual background. After graduating from the University of Turku, I trained on the bench at the District Court of Kouvola. I then joined Dittmar & Indrenius, where I worked as an associate for three years doing everything from employment law to M&A (i.e. DD)—with some emphasis on property law. After three years at Dittmar & Indrenius, I moved to London to do an LL.M. I chose University College London (UCL), as they offered a possibility to do a combined UCL/Kings College LL.M. in Corporate and Securities Law. After finishing my LL.M., I joined Norton Rose Fulbright London office as an associate in the corporate team. I initially assisted in IPOs (one of them had Hannes Snellman as local counsel) and then gradually moved into investment funds. I also spent five months on secondment in the Norton Rose Dubai office. After 5.5 years at Norton Rose, I moved to Société Générale Private Banking. I worked there as a senior in-house legal counsel for 2.5 years doing regulatory work relating to the distribution of funds and asset management. While I was in London, I met my husband, who is from New Zealand. He wanted to move back to New Zealand, and after some convincing, I agreed to move to Auckland. I was offered a job in the financial services regulatory team at Chapman Tripp (NZ’s number one commercial law firm). At Chapman Tripp, I mainly worked with retail funds and generally advised clients on the regulation of financial services. After four years in NZ, we started to miss Europe, so we decided it was time to move to Finland. So, after almost 14 years abroad, I returned with a husband, two children, and a 20ft container, and I am now back where I started—on the Esplanade.
What was your first impression of Hannes Snellman?
Hannes Snellman seems to have a relaxed no-nonsense working culture (e.g. there is no strict dress code in the office) but at the same time, everyone is very professional and results focused. The partners trust you to do your job but at the same time offer support when you need it.
What are your expectations for your future at Hannes Snellman?
To be a financial services regulation expert in Finland (and at the same time, in the EU).
How would you describe the Hannes Snellman culture?
Professional, down to earth, and collaborative.
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