Jani Syrjänen

Partner / Helsinki

About Jani

Jani advises international and domestic clients in all employment law and pension & benefits related questions including also occupational safety, discrimination and immigration matters. Jani has extensive experience in litigating employment law matters; negotiating and drafting top management agreements, company policies and procedures; as well as advising employers confronting a wide range of employment law issues including, inter alia, outsourcing, reorganizations and redundancies.

He is also an accredited mediator of the Finnish Bar Association and a frequent speaker about employment law issues at domestic and foreign seminars.

Jani heads the firm’s Employment team.


Chambers Europe

  • Employment

Chambers Europe
“Deep factual knowledge with excellent business acumen.”
“Extremely professional with good communication skills.”
​”He is always very pragmatic and straight to the point in his spot-on advice.”
“Always very responsive and accessible and offers high-quality advice.”
“Very easy to approach and manages to explain legal terms in business language.”

  • Employment

The Legal 500
“​​Jani Syrjänen has been an outstanding companion through our rough dealings and I want to commend him on the special way he handles himself and us in his care.”​​
“​​Jani Syrjänen has given valuable, co-operative, skilled, professional advice. Responses are always finished with high quality and good communication.
“Communicated with us clearly through out the process we were not familiar with.”

  • Corporate Immigration
  • Labour & Employment

Best Lawyers

  • Employment

Selected References

  • Advised Ahlstrom Corporation in outsourcing its global IT functions across 15 jurisdictions.
  • Advised a US listed company in one of Finland’s largest reorganizations and redundancies in 2014, involving over 600 employees.
  • Advised Kesko Corporation in numerous litigations concerning unfair dismissal, discrimination, and working hour issues, as well as misconduct and disciplinary issues.
  • Advised the top management of a Finnish listed company against criminal charges, relating to a claimed breach of cooperation consultation obligation.


  • Partner, Borenius, 2014–
  • Specialist Partner, Borenius, 2011–2014
  • Senior Associate, Borenius, 2007–2011
  • Senior Associate, Krogerus, 2006–2007
  • Trainee District Judge, District Court of Kemijärvi, 2002–2003
  • Associate, Brander & Manner Attorneys, 2000–2006


  • Bar Admission, 2005, Helsinki, Finland
  • Trained on the bench, 2003, District court of Kemijärvi, Finland
  • Master of Laws, 2001, University of Turku, Finland


  • Finnish, English, Swedish