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Maria Aholainen

Counsel | Helsinki

Maria advises our clients with privacy and data protection law, telecommunications law, and commercial contracts. She advises on all aspects of data protection issues, including multi-jurisdictional GDPR projects and data transfer projects, contract negotiations, data protection disputes, and strategic advice.  

Prior to joining Hannes Snellman, Maria worked in a data protection group of a global law firm (20162022). Before transitioning into private practice in 2016, Maria worked as a lawyer at the Ministry of Transport and Communications and was responsible for data protection in electronic communications.  

Maria is recognised as a rising star in the Legal 500 EMEA 2023, TMT and holds an international certification in privacy and data protection (CIPP/E) awarded by IAPP. 


References

Counsel to a Finnish delivery company in an appeal under GDPR to the Helsinki Administrative Court and the Supreme Administrative Court in Finland *

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Seconded Counsel to an airline in a multi-jurisdictional privacy compliance project in Hong Kong aiming to achieve compliance with both GDPR and data protection law in Hong Kong*

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Counsel to a US-based technology company in a GDPR implementation project in Europe, including all mandatory GDPR documentation*

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Counsel to a media company in a contract and data transfer project*

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Counsel to a global IT company in a cross-border data transfer project (BCR project)*

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Rankings

  • Counsel Maria Aholainen has notable expertise in data protection work.”, Legal 500 EMEA 2023, TMT

Memberships and Positions of Trust

  • Member of the Finnish Bar Association
  • Member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • Member of the Finnish IT Law Association
  • Certified information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E)

Education and Professional Background

  • Counsel, Hannes Snellman, Helsinki, 2022 
  • Senior Associate, Bird & Bird Attorneys Ltd, 20192022 
  • Associate, Bird & Bird Attorneys Ltd, 20162022 
  • Senior Officer / Lawyer, The Ministry of Transport and Communications in Finland, 20152016 
  • Master of Laws, University of Helsinki, 2015 
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Helsinki, 2014 
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Helsinki, 2013