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Borenius New York provides legal advice primarily to European and European-owned companies doing business in the United States.

New York

We represent a vast array of clients from start-ups to large multinational companies. Many of the most promising and internationally acclaimed Finnish and Nordic growth companies are our clients, and our advice to them typically relates to their investments in the U.S. market, such as acquisition and establishment of companies, subsidiary establishment, drafting of agreements with U.S. partners and customers, as well as intellectual property.

With the extensive experience and support of our Helsinki office, we are well-positioned to counsel large multinational companies, especially on international agreements, financing transactions, and on privacy and data protection law in the U.S. and in the EU.

Services for Startups and Growth Companies

Our startup clients represent fields as varied as mobile and software technology, design, healthcare/quantified self, gaming, media, Internet, music, and mobile entertainment. This diverse client body has given us the ability and expertise to cater our services to fit our clients’ precise legal needs. Typically, our startup and growth company clients engage our services to establish a U.S. company, and to draft and negotiate agreements with U.S. partners and customers. We also counsel our startup and growth company clients on web and mobile app terms of use and privacy policies, trademark matters, on venture capital financing, and general day-to-day corporate matters.

Privacy and Data Protection

We are particularly well-versed in advising businesses on planning, drafting and implementing privacy and data protection compliance programs and policies. We have experience in advising clients on choosing the best method of compliance with both EU and U.S. data protection and privacy laws, including, among others, privacy matters related to mobile services and applications, data privacy audits, electronic direct marketing laws, children’s privacy protection regulation (COPPA), health information privacy regulation (HIPAA), Safe Harbor certification for EU-U.S. personal data transfers, and employee privacy.


We offer our clients expert legal assistance in preparing and prosecuting trademark applications in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (the “USPTO”), including drafting the application, filing the necessary paperwork, and responding to the USPTO’s office actions. We consult with our clients to learn their business and marketing objectives and then provide advice at every step of the trademark registration process, including determining the best way to describe our clients’ goods and services and preparing responses to any refusals to register the trademark.

Our trademark clients are drawn from a wide array of industries, including mobile applications and web-based industries, design business, consumer products, sporting goods, and entertainment.

In addition to trademark registration services, we also help clients develop trademark protection strategies and to manage their portfolios, including negotiating trademark licenses.

Gateway to the Nordics, Russia and the Baltic Countries

Moreover, we provide a convenient gateway and access to the Finnish, Russian, Baltic and Nordic markets for U.S. companies looking to invest and do business in these markets and partner with local companies. One of our main missions is to constantly deepen the co-operation between Borenius and U.S. law firms and clients. The New York office provides experienced dual-qualified Finnish lawyers available to the North American clients without time zone differences or a burden of the physical distance.

Services for U.S. Law Firms, Investment Banks and Investors

Our goal is to be the best Finnish, Russian and Baltic law firm partner in demanding corporate transactions for our clients. As the only Finnish law firm having an office in New York, we pursue to maintain close relationships with the leading New York based international investment banks, law firms and private equity firms. Partner Juha Koponen, who has prior experience in the New York market, focuses on cross-border transactions and has extensive experience in capital markets, M&A and finance transactions both as a U.S. lawyer and well as a Finnish lawyer.

We provide services in the English, Finnish, Swedish, German and Russian languages.


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