Riikka Rannikko

Title: 
Managing Partner
Office: 
Helsinki
Telephone: 
+358 9 2288 4270
Mobile: 
+358 40 731 1611
Language: 
English
Finnish
Swedish
Assistant: 
Katri Heino

Assistant's telephone:

+358 9 2288 4325

Assistant's e-mail:

PRACTICE AND EXPERIENCE

Riikka is the managing partner of Hannes Snellman’s office in Helsinki. She regularly acts for both listed and non-listed companies on a wide range of private and public M&A transactions and advises clients on corporate, governance, securities market, and compliance matters.

Riikka has been a member of the Finnish Patent and Registration Office’s Audit Board since 2019. In 2015, Riikka chaired a working group set by the Finnish Securities Market Association for the purpose of reviewing and revising the Finnish Corporate Governance Code.

RECENT REFERENCES

  • Counsel to Fazer Group in its Divestment of Fazer Food Services
  • Counsel to BVB Substrates B.V. and its owners in forming the joint venture Kekkilä-BVB Oy by combining BVB Substrates B.V. and Kekkilä Oy
  • Counsel to Aspo Plc in the Acquisition of AtoB@C Shipping AB
  • Counsel to Orion Corporation in its divestment of the diagnostics business unit Orion Diagnostica Oy to a private equity fund managed by Axcel Management A/S
  • Counsel to OP Financial Group in its sale of the non-life insurance company Seesam Insurance AS (Seesam), including its Latvian and Lithuanian branches, to Vienna Insurance Group (VIG)
  • Counsel to ISS Palvelut Oy in the sale of ISS Proko Oy and its subsidiary ISS Suunnittelupalvelut Oy to WSP Finland Oy
  • Counsel to Norvestia Oyj in the public exchange offer for the shares and other securities in Norvestia by CapMan Plc

  • Counsel to Viking Malt Oy in its acquisition of the Danish Malting Group comprising three malt breweries in Denmark and Poland from The Carlsberg Group

  • Counsel to Atine Group Oy in the sale of Turvatiimi to Sector Alarm

  • Counsel to Tata Steel in connection with the acquisition from SSAB of steel service centres in Naantali and Halmstad

  • Counsel to Paulig Group in connection with the divestment of Lihel Oy (industrial flavouring division)

  • Counsel to Fiskars Group in connection with the Wärtsilä joint venture with Investor

  • Counsel to Hartwall Capital in the joint venture concerning Karelia and Kährs

  • Counsel to Sanoma Group in the sale of R-kioski Ltd and the Baltic subsidiaries of Pressco Trade Services to Reitangruppen

  • Counsel to Beneq Oy in the investment by the Russian Nanotechnology Company Rusnano

  • Counsel to Finnair Oyj in the partnership agreement with LSG Lufthansa Skychefs concerning Finnair Catering

  • Counsel to Sanoma Group in the divestment of 21% of shares in DNA Ltd

  • Counsel to Oy Karl Fazer Ab in connection with the demerger of Cloetta Fazer AB (publ) and the public tender offer for the shares of Fazer Konfektyr AB (publ)

RANKINGS

  • "Excellent legal knowledge, high negotiation skills. Well structured and always on top of things. Well trusted.", IFLR1000, 2020
  • Ranked as 2019 exclusive winner of Client Choice’s M&A category in Finland
  • “She combines experience, hard work, and a no-nonsense attitude in a way which truly creates added value”, M&A, Client Choice, 2019
  • “Riikka can bring the focus back to the issue at hand when negotiations around her are getting lost in emotions or irrelevant issues”, M&A, Client Choice, 2019
  • “She drives projects with a clear focus and has the client’s best interests in mind”, M&A, Client Choice, 2019
  • “Riikka Rannikko represents a balanced combination of excellent legal expertise, strong commercial abilities, and compelling social skills”, M&A Client Choice, 2019
  • "According to Clients, Riikka has 'excellent expertise and a very proactive approach.' One client states she is constructive and has the "ability to listen and act independently within the agreed limits." Corporate/M&A, Chambers Global 2019
  • "Riikka Rannikko has ‘strong knowledge’ in corporate governance", Commercial, corporate and M&A, Legal 500, 2018
  • "Riikka Rannikko...is noted as 'a true expert in the field of disclosure requirements.' Clients appreciate her dedication: 'She is very pragmatic, she works extremely hard and provides excellent advice.'", Corporate and M&A, Chambers Global 2018 and Chambers Europe 2018
  • "Clients profess that Riikka Rannikko is 'extremely talented, very responsive and always down to earth with her advice.'", Corporate and M&A, Chambers Global 2017 and Chambers Europe 2017
  • Ranked among the Highly regarded lawyers in Capital Markets, IFLR1000, 2017-2020 editions
  • Ranked in Corporate/M&A, Chambers Global 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Ranked in Capital Markets, Chambers Europe 2015 and in Corporate/M&A Chambers Europe 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Ranked among the best lawyers in the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions (Helsinki: Capital Markets, Corporate Governance & Compliance Practice, Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions Law) of Best Lawyers®
  • 'Riikka Rannikko moves up the rankings thanks to glowing praise from sources and a strong caseload. Clients particularly appreciate her strong negotiation skills.', Corporate/M&A, Chambers Global 2013 and Chambers Europe 2013
  • Key individual in Capital Markets, Chambers Europe 2013
  • "...‘good advice as well as the ability to manage a team while keeping to deadlines’.", Corporate and M&A, Legal 500, 2013
  • '..."She's really precise, gets straight to the point, and always looks after the interests of her client." Another says: "If she has read the documents you don't need to scrutinise them yourself."', Capital Markets, Chambers Europe 2012
  • Ranked in Capital Markets and Corporate/M&A, Chambers Europe 2011
  • Up-and-coming laywer in Corporate/M&A, Chambers Global and Chambers Europe 2010
  • According to the Chambers Global and Chambers Europe 2008 Editions '‘Riikka Rannikko is recognised as a “talented” young lawyer by both peers and clients. She is rated for her “thorough and uncomplicated approach.”'

MEMBERSHIPS AND POSITIONS OF TRUST

  • Member of the Audit Board, 2019-
  • Member of the Finnish Bar Association
  • Chairman of the working group revising the Finnish Corporate Governance Code, 2015

EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

  • Managing Partner Helsinki, Hannes Snellman, 2019
  • Partner, Hannes Snellman, 2006
  • Senior Associate, Hannes Snellman, 2002
  • LL.M., University of Cambridge (UK), 2002
  • Visiting lawyer, Allen & Overy London, 2000
  • Associate Lawyer, Hannes Snellman, 1998
  • Master of Laws, University of Turku, 1998