People

Johan Aalto

Partner | Helsinki

Johan Aalto specialises in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and capital markets, with an emphasis on public takeovers. During the last few years, Johan has been involved in some of the largest and most complex transactions in Finland. He also focuses on corporate governance issues and acts as the chairman of general meetings of several listed companies in Finland.

Johan has been awarded the honorary title Lagman by the President of the Republic of Finland.


References

Parties

Ramirent Plc, Loxam S.A.S.

Transaction

Recommended public cash tender offer for Ramirent Plc by Loxam S.A.S.

Deal Value

EUR 970 million

Role

Counsel to Ramirent Plc

Johan Aalto

Johan Aalto

Partner | Helsinki
johan.aalto@hannessnellman.com
Anna Sahrakorpi

Anna Sahrakorpi

Associate | Helsinki
anna.sahrakorpi@hannessnellman.com
Heidi Haanpää

Heidi Haanpää

Partner | Helsinki
heidi.haanpaa@hannessnellman.com
Sini Paajanen

Sini Paajanen

Senior Associate | Helsinki
sini.paajanen@hannessnellman.com
Toni Malminen

Toni Malminen

Counsel | Helsinki
toni.malminen@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Commonwealth Bank (Seller), Colonial First State Global Asset Management (Target), Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation (Buyer)

Transaction

Commonwealth Bank's sale of its global asset management business, Colonial First State Global Asset Management (CFSGAM), to Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation

Deal Value

AUD 4.1 billion

Role

Counsel to Commonwealth Bank

Johan Aalto

Johan Aalto

Partner | Helsinki
johan.aalto@hannessnellman.com
Kati Punakallio

Kati Punakallio

Counsel | Helsinki
kati.punakallio@hannessnellman.com
Sanna Boow

Sanna Boow

Counsel | Helsinki
sanna.boow@hannessnellman.com
Jari Tukiainen

Jari Tukiainen

Specialist Partner | Helsinki
jari.tukiainen@hannessnellman.com
Toni Malminen

Toni Malminen

Counsel | Helsinki
toni.malminen@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Ahlstrom-Munksjö (Buyer), Expera Specialty Solutions (Target), KPS Capital Partners (Seller)

Transaction

Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s acquisition of Expera Specialty Solutions, a U.S.-based specialty paper producer

Deal Value

USD 615 million

Role

Counsel to Ahlstrom-Munksjö

Sonja Siggberg

Sonja Siggberg

Partner | Helsinki
sonja.siggberg@hannessnellman.com
Fredrik Olsson

Fredrik Olsson

Managing Partner | Stockholm
fredrik.olsson@hannessnellman.com
Johan Aalto

Johan Aalto

Partner | Helsinki
johan.aalto@hannessnellman.com
Antti Kuha

Antti Kuha

Managing Associate | Helsinki
antti.kuha@hannessnellman.com
Anniina Järvinen

Anniina Järvinen

Managing Associate | Helsinki
anniina.jarvinen@hannessnellman.com
Albert Danielsson

Albert Danielsson

Senior Associate | Stockholm
albert.danielsson@hannessnellman.com
Henrik Hautamäki

Henrik Hautamäki

Senior Associate | Helsinki
henrik.hautamaki@hannessnellman.com
Agda Vähä-Piikkiö

Agda Vähä-Piikkiö

Associate | Helsinki
agda.vaha-piikkio@hannessnellman.com
Anton Karlais

Anton Karlais

Associate | Helsinki
anton.karlais@hannessnellman.com
Carolina Wahlby

Carolina Wahlby

Specialist Partner | Stockholm
carolina.wahlby@hannessnellman.com
Aina Renström

Aina Renström

Senior Associate | Stockholm
aina.renstrom@hannessnellman.com

Parties

NDX Intressenter (Buyer), Nordax Group AB (Target)

Transaction

NDX Intressenter’s mandatory bid for all shares in Nordax Group AB

Deal Value

Offer value SEK 6.657 million

Role

Counsel to NDX Intressenter

Johan Aalto

Johan Aalto

Partner | Helsinki
johan.aalto@hannessnellman.com
Sören Lindström

Sören Lindström

Senior Advisor | Stockholm
soren.lindstrom@hannessnellman.com
Christoffer Saidac

Christoffer Saidac

Partner | Stockholm
christoffer.saidac@hannessnellman.com
Peter Forsberg

Peter Forsberg

Partner | Stockholm
peter.forsberg@hannessnellman.com
Sanna Böris

Sanna Böris

Senior Associate | Stockholm
sanna.boris@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Sampo plc (Buyer), 19.9% of the shares in Saxo Bank Group (Target)

Transaction

Sampo plc’s Acquisition of 19.9% of Shares in Saxo Bank Group

Deal Value

EUR 265 million

Role

Counsel to Sampo plc

Johan Aalto

Johan Aalto

Partner | Helsinki
johan.aalto@hannessnellman.com
Mikko Heinonen

Mikko Heinonen

Senior Partner | Helsinki
mikko.heinonen@hannessnellman.com
Panu Siitonen

Panu Siitonen

Partner | Helsinki
panu.siitonen@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Ahlström Capital (Buyer), Oy GW Sohlberg Ab (Seller), 39% of shares in Detection Technology and 18% of shares in Glaston (Targets)

Transaction

Ahlström Capital’s acquisition of shares in Detection Technology and Glaston from Oy GW Sohlberg Ab

Deal Value

Approx. EUR 110 million

Role

Counsel to Oy GW Sohlberg Ab

Johan Aalto

Johan Aalto

Partner | Helsinki
johan.aalto@hannessnellman.com
Heikki Vesikansa

Heikki Vesikansa

Partner | Helsinki
heikki.vesikansa@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Ahlstrom Oyj, Munksjö Oyj

Transaction

The combination of Ahlstrom and Munksjö through a merger

Deal Value

Approx. EUR 1,2 billion

Role

Lead counsel to Ahlstrom

Johan Aalto

Johan Aalto

Partner | Helsinki
johan.aalto@hannessnellman.com
Sonja Siggberg

Sonja Siggberg

Partner | Helsinki
sonja.siggberg@hannessnellman.com
Antti Kuha

Antti Kuha

Managing Associate | Helsinki
antti.kuha@hannessnellman.com
Heikki Vesikansa

Heikki Vesikansa

Partner | Helsinki
heikki.vesikansa@hannessnellman.com
Henrik Hautamäki

Henrik Hautamäki

Senior Associate | Helsinki
henrik.hautamaki@hannessnellman.com
Janne Veneranta

Janne Veneranta

Senior Associate | Helsinki
janne.veneranta@hannessnellman.com
Johanna Haltia-Tapio

Johanna Haltia-Tapio

Specialist Partner | Helsinki
johanna.haltia-tapio@hannessnellman.com
Annemari Rosi

Annemari Rosi

Senior Associate | Helsinki
annemari.rosi@hannessnellman.com
Stefan Stellato

Stefan Stellato

Associate | Helsinki
stefan.stellato@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Sampo plc (Buyer), Topdanmark A/S (Target)

Transaction

Sampo plc’s mandatory public cash offer for all outstanding shares in Topdanmark A/S

Deal Value

Value not public

Role

Counsel to Sampo plc

Johan Aalto

Johan Aalto

Partner | Helsinki
johan.aalto@hannessnellman.com
Sonja Siggberg

Sonja Siggberg

Partner | Helsinki
sonja.siggberg@hannessnellman.com

Parties

National Silicon Industry Group (Offeror), Okmetic Oyj (Target)

Transaction

Voluntary recommended public tender offer by National Silicon Industry Group for all shares and option rights in Okmetic Oyj

Deal Value

Approximately EUR 170 million

Role

Counsel to Okmetic Oyj

Johan Aalto

Johan Aalto

Partner | Helsinki
johan.aalto@hannessnellman.com
Heidi Haanpää

Heidi Haanpää

Partner | Helsinki
heidi.haanpaa@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Adven Group (Target), EQT (Seller), AMP Capital, Infracapital (Buyers)

Transaction

EQT Infrastructure Limited’s sale of Adven Group to a consortium comprising of AMP Capital Investors and Infracapital Partners II

Deal Value

Value not public

Role

Counsel to EQT

Johan Aalto

Johan Aalto

Partner | Helsinki
johan.aalto@hannessnellman.com
Jesper Kostiainen

Jesper Kostiainen

Managing Associate | Helsinki
jesper.kostiainen@hannessnellman.com
Heikki Vesikansa

Heikki Vesikansa

Partner | Helsinki
heikki.vesikansa@hannessnellman.com
Henrik Hautamäki

Henrik Hautamäki

Senior Associate | Helsinki
henrik.hautamaki@hannessnellman.com
Marta Kauppinen

Marta Kauppinen

Senior Associate | Helsinki
marta.kauppinen@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Metso Oyj (Seller) and Valmet Oyj (Buyer)

Transaction

Valmet Oyj’s acquisition of the process automation systems business from Metso Oyj

Deal Value

EUR 340 million

Role

Counsel to Valmet Oyj

Johan Aalto

Johan Aalto

Partner | Helsinki
johan.aalto@hannessnellman.com
Sten Olsson

Sten Olsson

Partner | Helsinki
sten.olsson@hannessnellman.com
Jesper Kostiainen

Jesper Kostiainen

Managing Associate | Helsinki
jesper.kostiainen@hannessnellman.com
Heidi Haanpää

Heidi Haanpää

Partner | Helsinki
heidi.haanpaa@hannessnellman.com
Johannes Husa

Johannes Husa

Senior Associate | Helsinki
johannes.husa@hannessnellman.com
Johanna Haltia-Tapio

Johanna Haltia-Tapio

Specialist Partner | Helsinki
johanna.haltia-tapio@hannessnellman.com
Heikki Vesikansa

Heikki Vesikansa

Partner | Helsinki
heikki.vesikansa@hannessnellman.com

Rankings

  • Ranked as a Leading individual in Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Legal 500, 2020
  • Ranked in the 2020 edition of Capital markets, Legal 500
  • 'Johan Aalto is described by a client as "a steady hand when you are going through difficult situations."', Corporate and M&A, Chambers Global and Chambers Europe 2020
  • Ranked in Band 1 in Corporate/M&A in the 2019 edition of Chambers Global and Chambers Europe
  • One client says Johan Aalto is "the number one M&A lawyer in Finland. He stands out in the team as he is old enough and experienced enough to provide the best advice" and another client describes him as "Highly competent! Excellent performance." IFLR1000, 2019
  • Ranked as Market leader in Capital Markets and M&A in the 2019-2020 editions of IFLR1000
  • "Johan Aalto and Sten Olsson are ‘probably the best M&A lawyers in Finland’ according to one client", Commercial, corporate and M&A, Legal 500, 2018
  • "Clients appreciate that he is 'very experienced, solution-driven and easy to deal with.'", Corporate and M&A, Chambers Global 2018 and Chambers Europe 2018
  • "Johan Aalto is described by clients as 'a good negotiator with nerves of steel.'", Corporate and M&A, Chambers Global 2017 and Chambers Europe 2017
  • Leading individual, Commercial, corporate and M&A, Legal 500, 2016-2020
  • "...Very knowledgeable, easy to deal with and fast." Corporate and M&A, Chambers Global 2016 and Chambers Europe 2016
  • Ranked as a Highly regarded lawyer in Capital Markets and Corporate and M&A in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions of IFLR1000
  • Ranked as "Lawyer of the Year" in Mergers and Acquisitions Law (Helsinki, 2016) by Best Lawyers®
  • Ranked among the leading lawyers (Corporate and M&A, Finland) in Legal 500, 2015
  • "Commentators agree that Johan Aalto 'is one of the best M&A lawyers in Finland. He is smart, excellent in negotiations and offers great depth of legal expertise' ", Corporate/M&A, Chambers Global 2015 and Chambers Europe 2015
  • Ranked as "Lawyer of the Year" in Corporate Law (Helsinki, 2015) by Best Lawyers®
  • "Sources deem him a 'very talented' lawyer who exercises 'superb judgement' in major cases.", Corporate/M&A, Chambers Global 2014
  • Leading practitioner, Who’s Who Legal, Corporate Governance, 2014
  • Ranked among the best lawyers in the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions (Helsinki: Corporate Governance & Compliance, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity) of Best Lawyers®
  • 'Senior partner Johan Aalto is one of Finland’s leading transactional lawyers...', Legal 500, 2013
  • 'Johan Aalto is a noted force in major Finnish transactions...', Corporate/M&A, Chambers Global 2013 and Chambers Europe 2013
  • Winner of the Mergers & Acquisitions category for Finland in the Client Choice Awards - International 2013
  • Ranked as "Lawyer of the Year" in Private Equity (Helsinki, 2013) by Best Lawyers®
  • Leading lawyer, Corporate/M&A, Chambers Europe 2011
  • Ranked as "Lawyer of the Year" in Corporate (Helsinki, 2010) by Best Lawyers®
  • Leading lawyer, Capital Markets and M&A, IFLR1000, 2015 edition
  • Leading lawyer, Corporate/M&A, Chambers Global and Chambers Europe 2010
  • Leading practitioner, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Banking, 2010
  • Leading practitioner, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Capital Markets, 2010
  • Leading lawyer in Banking and finance, Corporate and M&A as well as in EU and Competition in the Guide to European Legal Experts 2010
  • Endorsed in Corporate/M&A, Directors duties and liabilities, Private Equity/venture capital, Finland, PLC Which Lawyer? 2010

Memberships and Positions of Trust

  • Member of the committee preparing the first Finnish guidelines on takeovers (the Helsinki Takeover Code), 2007
  • Board memberships in several companies
  • Member of the Finnish Bar Association, 1991

Education and Professional Background

  • Senior Partner, 2009–
  • Managing Partner, Hannes Snellman, 2005–2009
  • Partner, Hannes Snellman, 1994
  • Master of Laws, University of Helsinki, 1987