Harri Vehviläinen

Title: 
Counsel
Office: 
Helsinki
Telephone: 
+358 9 2288 4217
Mobile: 
+358 40 183 1636
Language: 
English
Finnish
Swedish
Assistant: 
Maria Qutishat

Assistant's telephone:

+358 9 2288 4475

Assistant's e-mail:

PRACTICE AND EXPERIENCE

Harri advises our clients in the field of taxation, particularly corporate and international taxation and transfer taxation. He has experience in tax structuring, including related advance ruling proceedings and other implementation assistance, and in assessing tax considerations in various private and public M&A transactions, with a special focus on real estate, private equity, infrastructure, and investment fund transactions. Harri also advises our clients on tax disputes.

Prior to joining Hannes Snellman, Harri worked as a tax manager at a Big 4 audit firm.

RECENT REFERENCES

  • Counsel to YIT in the sale of its Nordic paving and mineral aggregates businesses to Peab for EUR 280 million

  • Counsel to Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company, Kesko Corporation, Kesko Pension Fund, and Kruunuvuoren Satama Oy in a series of transactions, whereby Ilmarinen, Kesko, and Kesko Pension Fund, among other things, dissolve their joint ownership of Kruunuvuoren Satama and Ilmarinen acquires all 3,438,885 Kesko A shares held by Kruunuvuoren Satama.

  • Counsel to Vaaka Partners in its acquisition of NHG

  • Counsel to a client receiving confirmation from the Supreme Administrative Court that despite domestic tax law provisions the treaty dividend participation exemption prevents Finland from taxing a capital repayment from paid-in capital by a US subsidiary

  • Counsel to Skandia Fastigheter in its divestment of a 14,400 sqm of office property in Helsinki to Castellum

  • Counsel to CapMan Infra’s EUR 70 million investment in Elenia, a leading Finnish electricity network and district heat company

  • Counsel to a fund managed by J.P. Morgan Asset Management in its disposal of a 66,680 sqm logistics property in Espoo to a fund managed by Genesta

  • Counsel to Skandia Fastigheter in its acquisition of 14,400 sqm of office property in Helsinki from TRIUVA

  • Counsel to Lemminkäinen Corporation in the combination of Lemminkäinen Corporation and YIT Corporation through a statutory merger

  • 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

  • Counsel to majority sellers in the sale of a majority of shares in Quattro Mikenti Group Oy to Adelis Equity Partners Fund I AB by Henri Juva and other sellers

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

  • Tax advice to a Swedish group in the acquisition of two Finnish real estate portfolios*

  • Tax advice in an advance ruling process regarding a sale and leaseback arrangement*

  • Tax advice in an advance ruling process regarding a tax neutral transfer of assets to a mutual real estate company*

  • Tax advice to a Finnish group in pre-deal structuring, including advance rulings on a partial demerger and a sale of shares under participation exemption*

  • Tax advice to a German fund in the acquisition of shares in a Swedish company holding a Finnish real estate asset, including post-closing structuring*

  • Tax advice in legal proceedings before the Finnish Supreme Administrative Court leading to a ruling whereby Finnish tax authorities are not entitled to retrospectively impose additional taxes to companies by re-characterising legal transactions without relevant mandate given by Finnish domestic tax law*

  • Tax advice in connection with a debt-leveraged acquisition of certain Finnish energy assets from a European company by a Finnish acquirer*

     

    (*=references from prior to joining Hannes Snellman)

MEMBERSHIPS AND POSITIONS OF TRUST

  • Member of the Finnish Bar Association
  • Member of International Fiscal Association (IFA)
  • Member of the Association for Finnish Tax Professionals
  • Member of the Association of Finnish Lawyers

PUBLICATIONS

EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

  • Counsel, Hannes Snellman, 2019

  • Senior Associate, Hannes Snellman, 2016

  • KPMG Oy Ab, 2010-2016

  • Master of Laws, University of Helsinki, 2010