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News / 9 Mar 2018

Borenius’ Bolsters its Corporate Finance Capabilities with the Appointment of Mikko Heinonen as Co-Head of Debt Capital Markets

Counsel Mikko Heinonen solidifies Borenius’ leading position in various types of debt financings.

Borenius is pleased to announce that Mikko Heinonen, who is a well-known and highly appreciated figure on the Finnish debt finance market, has joined our talented roster from Roschier. He will be working primarily with our banking & finance practice, but will also have a key role in further developing our debt capital markets practice as a co-head together with Juha Koponen and Niina Nuottimäki.

Mikko is ranked as one of the leading Finnish experts in the banking and finance and the debt capital markets by international legal directories such as Chambers Europe, Chambers Global, and IFLR1000. The most recent Chambers Europe 2018, published yesterday, accolades Mikko as ”a very experienced and skilled lawyer”.

We are excited to have Mikko’s extensive expertise and knowledge to our team. Mikko has had a key role in some of the most recent development financing projects, such as Tampereen Areena and Tripla, and his expertise is widely respected within the market. Mikko has also been pioneering some of the first secured bank loan and bond structures, which include super senior revolving facilities. Taking into account the recent trends in the market, we are really pleased to boost our capability to be able to advise our clients in the changing financing environment,” says Niina Nuottimäki, head of Borenius’ Banking & Finance practice.

Mikko has a brand name in the field of debt capital markets in Finland. He is one of the very best lawyers on the market and we are glad to see him taking an active role in co-heading our debt capital markets practice together with Niina and me,” enthuses Juha Koponen, head of Borenius’ Capital Markets practice.

Jani Koivula, Head of Debt Capital Markets at OP Financial Group, describes Mikko as follows: “Mikko is a highly regarded and experienced DCM lawyer whose substance and work ethic can be relied upon through every step of the process. We have worked with him on a number of bond transactions in the past, including some rather complex ones, and have only good experience in working with him. Mikko will surely be an asset and a great addition to the already highly talented and dependable Borenius team.”.

Borenius’ Banking & Finance and Capital Markets teams consist of an aggregate number of over 20 lawyers working on complex financing structures requiring both finance and capital markets knowledge. Last year, we advised the arranging banks in the financing of the merger between YIT and Lemminkäinen, which also included a bond consent solicitation procedure. Similarly, in 2017, we advised the arranging banks with Mercada’s secured loan and bond structure, which was a novelty under Finnish law. Currently, we are advising an international bank syndicate on a high-yield issue and revolving credit facility in the financing of a larger LBO.

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