Klaus Metsä-SimolaPartner | Helsinki
Our Environment and Natural Resources team advises clients in the field of environmental and real estate planning laws and legal aspects relevant to mining and other exploitation of natural resources.
Our team assists clients with complicated environmental liability situations, permit application, and appeals processes, as well as critical planning and zoning procedures. The team is able to provide independent legal environmental due diligence reports, and we are used to working in close cooperation with clients’ environmental and technical teams and advisors. We are also experienced in representing our clients before regulatory authorities, municipalities, and courts in permit and environmental compliance matters, including changes to production and processes.
Environment & Natural Resources practice is a part of our cross-border Real Assets service concept, a one stop shop for projects involving real assets. We are one of the largest teams in the Nordic market with a approximately 40-strong team of lawyers. Our Real Assets Practice forms a single practice, but it is divided into sub-teams which cover real estate, environment & natural resources, projects & construction, energy, and infrastructure. Our lawyers are experts in their own fields, but they constantly operate as part of a wider group and in a comprehensive project/transaction context to avoid a division into silos.
ranked #2 for legal competence in the Environment & Natural Resources category by Prospera Law Firm Review 2023 in Finland.
Project development : Mining
Project development : Energy
"Professional and positive attitude."
"They have good market insight, clear arguments and they hold the contract structure together well."
"The firm has an outstanding, full-service energy and infrastructure practice with a professional, knowledgeable and very solution-focused team."
"Proactive, practical and take a business view in helping to conclude negotiations looking at what can be conceded and what protections should be retained."
"The firm has provided us with excellent advice on a very wide range of topics, from land lease agreements and permitting processes to financing and construction. The responses we get to our inquiries are accurate, understandable and based on solid experience."
Project development: Infrastructure
"Quick response time, high-quality work, wide areas of expertise, listens to the client's needs."
"Excellent knowledge of the construction law field, hands-on approach to managing contract content and negotiations with both excellent tracking of open issues and ability to make proposals to reach a balanced solution."