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Specialist Guide to the

Global Leaders in Media Law Practice

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Borenius is one of the largest firms in Finland covering multiple media segments including television, music and entertainment. Known for its high quality work, the team routinely advises on audio-visual broadcast production, sports rights and online media. The practice, managed by Samuli Simojoki, specialises in commercial and contractual work and has extensive experience acting for wide ranging clients in cases of digital transformation of businesses and the planning and development of new digital media services.


Focussed on media, sports and entertainment, Castrén & Snellman is a leading choice for local and global media clients. The practice is one of the oldest in the region with a high profile reputation for handling core media law and broader cases of licensing, e-commerce and competition law. Led by Arto Linnervuo, the team represents Songhi Entertainment in various legal matters related to the re-launch of the Songhi music portal service and acts for several Finnish video game companies on sponsorship deals.  


With emphasis on copyright and data protection, media work at Krogerus is grouped with technology and intellectual property. The firm is noted by competitors for its high visibility and sector specialisation. Managing partner Juha Pekka Katainen leads the division, which handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters including commercial exploitation through distribution.


Roschier is routinely highlighted by peers and clients as a leader in the legal market for media and entertainment. The practice focusses on copyright law, broadcast license applications and compliance. In representative work led by Mikko Manner, the firm assisted Discovery Networks with a complex broadcast license re-organisation involving new licenses and the reorganisation of free-to-air channels. Lawyers also advise on communications regulation, competition law and data protection.


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Media lawyers at Dittmar & Indrenius have in-depth knowledge of data protection and marketing. The firm’s broader focus on media stems from its intellectual property, technology and outsourcing practice groups. Department head Jukka Lång manages the team, which has notable experience advising digital media companies. The practice is also known for its focus on games, entertainment and privacy.


Eversheds works predominantly with international publishing houses and content producers. The firm’s media division brings together entertainment, sport and consumer services to provide expansive sector coverage. Elina Koivumäki and Markku Varhela are the primary contacts for media and regularly advise on book and music publishing, television and film, the games industry and online services such as content provision for online platforms.


Merilampi works with media clients from multiple segments, from television and film to advertising and publishing. The team advises on regulation, legislation and the contractual framework of sports and entertainment events. Under the leadership of Mika Pakarinen lawyers assist with production agreements, corporate transactions and litigation.


Procopé & Hornborg regularly advises on film, music and game matters. The practice also specialises in copyright licensing and enforcement. Managed by Jusse Rissanen, the team represents clients in litigation and international arbitration proceedings.  


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Hannes Snellmans combined IP and TMT practice group has a primary emphasis on risk management, technology transfers and litigation. In highlighted work led by department head Kaisa Fahllund, the firm represented Japanese corporation GungHo Online Entertainment on its USD 1.53 billion acquisition of a 51 per cent stake in Supercell Oy, a Finnish online gaming company. The practice also works with broadcasters, publishers and music companies.


Magnusson works on sector-related corporate transactions, freedom of speech cases and entertainment. The firm is also known for its focus on the sports sector, music and film. Managing the practice, Tomi Merenheimo advises on mergers and acquisitions, new media and technology agreements and content production.


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Copyright and marketing specialist HH Partners works closely with publishing and technology companies on all aspects of licensing and dispute resolution. Key practitioner Esa Korkeamäki represents domestic and international clients in courts, including administrative courts.



FINLAND

Accelerated media growth spurred by technology continues to reshape market developments, as does the “disruption” of free-to-air linear television.


Public media in Finland is thriving in digital possibilities. Mikko Manner, a partner at Roschier, said: “There are interesting developments that are accelerated by the available technology.”


He added: “We have seen a lot of movement in the SVOD market. More and more broadcasters are offering their own catch-up services and trying to move into the non-liner TV market. There is an ongoing dispute between collection societies and it is escalating. The whole distribution area is in

great change.”


Lawyers explain that companies are moving some channels to IPTV to avoid the cost of over-the-air television “so this whole free-to-air broadcast liner TV is in quite a disruption in Finland right now and ad revenues are also suffering”, noted Mr Manner.


Practitioners say trends include “reducing channels and combining channels” as well as a booming

 

radio market, bolstered by advertising, and Bauer Media’s entrance into the Finnish market.


Mr Manner commented: “We’ve seen major transactions in the radio sector. Bauer entered Finland and made a massive acquisition from MTV Group and bought Radio Nova into the same group they acquired from Discovery. Bauer is a radio specialist and is really taking hold of the Finnish market.”


Commenting on print media, Mika Pakarinen, a partner at Merilampi, said: “If we talk about publishing houses they are concentrating on social media.”


He continued: “On the other hand, radio is in a big boom in Finland. Advertising money has concentrated on radio channels and there are new channels also. Never has it been so popular.”

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Roschier


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Eversheds

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Procopé & Hornborg


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Bird & Bird

Hannes Snellman  

Lexia Attorneys  

Magnusson


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DLA Piper

HPP Attorneys

HH Partners

Susiluoto Attorneys-at-Law


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