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Hannes Snellman Recruits Experienced Tax Professional – Joakim Frände Joins the Firm as Counsel

1 October 2020

Photo: Joakim Frände and Heikki Vesikansa.

Hannes Snellman has strengthened its tax team by recruiting experienced tax lawyer, LL.D. Joakim Frände as counsel. Joakim specialises in taxation of individuals, especially in international situations such as relocation, and he also handles tax disputes and gives tax advice regarding the implementation of key person remuneration, such as share awards, options, and RSUs. In addition, Joakim has experience from advising on special tax arrangements for inbound and outbound expatriates, such as tax equalisation schemes, build-up models, and salary splits in cross-border work situations.

Joakim has a strong academic background, and he has worked as a researcher and as an assistant at the Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki, from where he also has a Doctor of Laws degree. The topic of Joakim’s doctoral dissertation was “Double residence of natural persons in taxation”. Joakim’s dissertation received wide praise and was awarded the prize for the legal book of the year in 2013 by Juridiska Föreningen i Finland, one of Finland’s most traditional academic legal associations. In addition to his outstanding post-graduate career of over 10 years at the University of Helsinki, Joakim also gained a few years of experience from private practice in a Big4 company prior to joining Hannes Snellman.

Joakim regularly publishes articles, presents at conferences, and lectures on tax related topics.

We are excited to have Joakim Frände on board. He is a very talented lawyer whose expertise and skills especially in complex situations of individual taxation and tax advice related to relocation are a welcome addition to our team and ensure that we are able to provide our clients first-class service in all taxation-related matters”, says Partner Heikki Vesikansa, who heads Hannes Snellman’s tax practice.

I am very honoured and happy to be joining Hannes Snellman’s tax practice, which in the industry is known to be one of the best. My primary goal is to help develop the tax practice by providing solid tax advice both to companies in regard of their key employees and executives and to private individuals. I am also excited to be able to work together with some of the most experienced tax lawyers in the country and to grow and develop further as a lawyer”, says Joakim Frände.


For further information:

Heikki Vesikansa, Partner
Telephone: +358 9 2288 4496

Joakim Frände, Counsel
Telephone: + 358 40 652 7055

Hannes Snellman’s tax practice offers high-end corporate tax advice, VAT and other indirect tax advice, tax litigation assistance, and private wealth planning. The team continuously provides tax advice on major public and private M&A transactions, capital markets transactions, financial instruments, incentive schemes, as well as formation of private equity and other types of investment funds. Within private wealth planning, the team assists clients in succession tax planning, relocation tax advice, and investment structures.