Get to Know Us | Tiina Rico, Legal Assistant, M&A, Helsinki
16 December 2019
How did you end up working as a legal assistant?
I worked in another law firm as an evening receptionist and assistant while I studied Business Administration at Haaga Helia University of Applied Sciences. I also ended up doing my trainee period there and continued working as a legal assistant after my graduation. Thus, I have worked as a legal assistant for almost a decade now.
When did you start working at Hannes Snellman?
I started at Hannes Snellman in April 2018.
How would you describe the Hannes Snellman culture?
I would describe the Hannes Snellman culture as inclusive, hardworking, and inspiring. My colleagues are very talented, motivated, and curious. Everyone takes their job seriously but are also fun and pleasant to work with. We also have some non-work related activities to balance out the sometimes busy workload.
What is it like to work as legal assistant in the M&A team?
It is very versatile and sometimes hectic, and there is always something new to learn. The legal assistants in our M&A team are all somehow involved in the different phases of transactions from pitching to closing, and it is interesting to take part in these processes. The work also includes different kinds of administrative tasks, and it is a combination of both project and administrative work. Every working day is different, and it has been a great learning experience since day one.
Is it easy to combine work and family life?
The world of international mergers and acquisitions doesn’t necessarily follow the Finnish office and day care opening hours, but I have been able to combine work and family life nicely. My employer has also been very supportive by allowing me to work four days a week and to do shorter working days when it has been necessary for family reasons. Spending time with my young kids effectively clears my head from work-related thoughts after office hours.
What would you say to those considering working as a legal assistant in a law firm?
It is an interesting position, and if you are a diligent multitasker with a service-minded attitude, I can highly recommend it!
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