People

Meri-Katriina Pyhäranta

Counsel | Helsinki

Meri-Katriina Pyhäranta has extensive understanding of the energy market through several years of work experience in the energy field. She has actively participated in different energy working groups and future energy strategy and policy work contributing to developing and decarbonising the energy market at both national and EU level. She advises Finnish and international companies on all aspects of energy regulation and has wide experience in cooperating and negotiating with different interest groups in the energy field, including producers, traders, system operators, investors, governmental institutions, and landowners. Prior to joining Hannes Snellman, Meri-Katriina worked as a senior advisor at the Energy Authority where she was responsible for monitoring the Finnish natural gas market and carrying out various other regulatory tasks appointed to national regulatory authorities. Meri-Katriina is one of the leading legal experts in natural gas market regulation in Finland and has in-depth knowledge of evolving energy regulation concerning hydrogen and e-fuels.

Meri-Katriina holds a Doctor of Laws / LL.D. degree and LL.M. degree in energy law and policy from the University of Eastern Finland. She has been a visiting scholar at top US and UK universities in her area of expertise and has published articles in internationally recognised academic journals. Her doctoral dissertation covers regulatory questions concerning cooperation between energy companies and landowners in energy production.


References

Parties:

Gasgrid Finland Oy, Excelerate Energy

Transaction:

Gasgrid Finland Oy's chartering of an LNG Floating Storage and Regasification Unit from Excelerate Energy.

Deal Value:

EUR 460 million

Role:

Counsel to Gasgrid Finland Oy

Rabbe Sittnikow

Rabbe Sittnikow

Partner | Helsinki
rabbe.sittnikow@hannessnellman.com
Janna Pihanurmi

Janna Pihanurmi

Associate | Helsinki
janna.pihanurmi@hannessnellman.com
Meri-Katriina Pyhäranta

Meri-Katriina Pyhäranta

Counsel | Helsinki
meri-katriina.pyharanta@hannessnellman.com
Santeri Jääskeläinen

Santeri Jääskeläinen

Associate | Helsinki
santeri.jaaskelainen@hannessnellma.com
Heikki Majamaa

Heikki Majamaa

Specialist Partner | Helsinki
heikki.majamaa@hannessnellman.com
Mikko Huimala

Mikko Huimala

Partner | Helsinki
mikko.huimala@hannessnellman.com
Päivi Tammilehto

Päivi Tammilehto

Counsel | Helsinki
paivi.tammilehto@hannessnellman.com
Outi Jousi

Outi Jousi

Counsel | Helsinki
outi.jousi@hannessnellman.com
Annika Juhola

Annika Juhola

Associate | Helsinki
annika.juhola@hannessnellman.com
Klaus Metsä-Simola

Klaus Metsä-Simola

Partner | Helsinki
klaus.metsa-simola@hannessnellman.com
Jesper Nevalainen

Jesper Nevalainen

Partner | Helsinki
jesper.nevalainen@hannessnellman.com
Anniina Hämäläinen

Anniina Hämäläinen

Legal Assistant | Helsinki
anniina.hamalainen@hannessnellman.com
Johanna Haltia-Tapio

Johanna Haltia-Tapio

Specialist Partner | Helsinki
johanna.haltia-tapio@hannessnellman.com
Anna Nyberg

Anna Nyberg

Associate | Helsinki
anna.nyberg@hannessnellman.com

Rankings

  • Award-winning article "State ownership of petroleum resources: an obstacle to shale gas development in the UK?" published in Journal of World Energy Law and Business and recognized by the Association of International Energy Negotiators
  • ASLA-Fulbright Scholarship, 2016–2017

Publications

  • State ownership of petroleum resources: an obstacle to shale gas development in the UK?
    Journal of World Energy Law and Business, June 2017
  • Reforms in UK shale gas regulation: better prospects for investors? 25 (2) European Energy and Environmental Law Review, 2016
  • EU:n energiatehokkuussääntely – Viimeaikaisia kehityslinjoja ja täytäntöönpano Suomessa, Defensor Legis 2/2016

Education and Professional Background

  • Counsel, Hannes Snellman, 2021–
  • Doctor of Laws, University of Eastern Finland, 2020
  • Visiting Research Scholar, Tulane University, Louisiana (USA), 2019
  • Senior Adviser, Energy Authority, 2017–2020
  • Visiting Research Scholar (ASLA-Fulbright Scholarship), University of Texas, Austin (USA), 2016-2017
  • Visiting Research Scholar, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, 2015
  • Researcher, University of Eastern Finland, 2014–2017
  • LL.M. in European and International Energy Law and Policy, University of Eastern Finland, 2013
  • Associate, Krogerus Attorneys, 2013–2014
  • Junior Legal Adviser and HR Coordinator, Ernst & Young, 2011–2012
  • Master of Laws, University of Helsinki, 2011

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