M&A winter seminar


09 March 17:00 CET - 12 March 2022 13:00 CET

The M&A Commission is delighted to invite you to a very special winter seminar on top of the Nordics, in Levi, Finland.

The seminar will have a main focus on Private Equity transactions.

As we are in the wilderness we will also strain a little bit from the beaten path and explore what is special about doing transactions in the Nordics and what cultural and business differences there are between the Nordic countries.

In addition, we are very pleased that our good colleagues in the antitrust commission will come and provide us with valuable insight on "killer-acquisitions".

Beside very interesting and in-depth academic topics with experienced speakers, this year’s winter seminar organising committee has put together a fantastic social programme offering both first-timers in Lapland as well as returning reindeer spotters a variety of exotic activities, including husky ride, snowmobile safari, arctic sauna experience with hot outdoor baths under aurora borealis and a winter adventure in the village of elves. And who knows, if you have been very kind before and also after Christmas, you might run into the real Santa Claus…


Choose your favourite activity or book them all - you won’t regret it. This will be unique. Please note that extracurricular optional social activities are subject to additional fees and even though the Organising Committee will use reasonable best efforts to accommodate everyone interested on board, certain activities may have a limited number of slots and they will be issued  on “first booked, first served” basis.

As the daylight time above arctic circle is very short, all the planned activities are organised so that they can be performed in the deep blue colour of the Lapland’s magical darkness. Also the ski slopes are illuminated and the lifts are open until early evening. Temperatures can vary greatly at this time of year, so be prepared for anything between gentle sub-zero temperatures (-2 to -5 degrees centigrade) to mind-blowing (and hell-freezing) -30 degrees and below.


AIJA Commissions

  • Corporate and M&A

Full programme

M&A winter seminar

Wednesday 09 March 2022

18:00 » 20:30
Registration at Design Hotel Levi
Optional diner at Restaurant Kekäle, Design Hotel Levi
Not included in the registration fee, payable upon registration

Thursday 10 March 2022

Registration at Design Hotel
09:00 » 09:30
Welcome address by the AIJA President and the OC
09:30 » 10:30
Private Equity Basics

  • Mircea Ciocirlea, Wolf Theiss, Romania
  • Krzysztof Pawlak, Schoenherr Halwa sp.k., Poland
  • Alexander Göbel, Niederer Kraft Frey Ltd, Switzerland
  • Roman Graf, Lenz & Staehelin, Switzerland
10:30 » 11:30
Earn out Mechanisms, IPOs and other exit routes in Private Equity Deals

  • Mattia Morani, Elvinger Hoss Prussen, Luxembourg
  • Ben Reckinger, Elvinger Hoss Prussen, Luxembourg
  • Carla Munt Feixas, RocaJunyent, Spain
11:30 » 12:00
Coffee break
12:00 » 13:00
Killer Acquisitions with anti-trust lawyers

Moderator:  Philipp Kapl, Binder Grösswang, Austria

  • Judith Feldner, E+H Rechtsanwälte GmbH, Austria
  • Maija Brossard, UGGC Avocats, France
13:00 » 14:00
Optional social programme
  • Snowmobile safari  including the Arctic sauna experience
Not included in the registration fee, payable upon registration

Meeting at the looby at 14:30. Departure of the bus at 14:45.
Transportation back to the hotel
Meeting at the lobby for dinner
21:00 » 23:00
Dinner at Restaurant Levin Kammi

Friday 11 March 2022

Optional social programme
  • Snowmobile safari  including the Arctic sauna experience
Not included in the registration fee, payable upon registration

Meeting at the looby at 8:30. Departure of the bus at 8:45.
09:30 » 12:30
Optional social programme
  • Husky Ride
Not included in the registration fee, payable upon registration

Meeting at the lobby at 9:25. Departure from the hotel lobby. On the return there will be transportation to the husky organiser's office to drop off borrowed clothes. From there, we need to walk 1,5 km to the hotel. 
Transportation back to the hotel
13:00 » 14:30
14:30 » 15:30
Doing business in the Nordics - So close but yet different: How to navigating cross cultural negotiations in the Nordics

  • David Frølich, EY, Denmark
  • Terresa Kauppila, Castrén & Snellman, Finland
  • Carl Christian Marthinussen, Kvale, Norway
  • Annika Brandt, Lindahl, Sweden
15:30 » 15:45
Coffee break
15:45 » 16:45
Current Trends and Issues in the Private Equity Industry

  • Hannu Suonio, PwC Finland, Finland
Transportation to Elves village
17:15 » 18:15
Fireside chat at Elves Village
18:30 » 19:30
A night with elves
Dinner at Tonttula
There will be a shuttle back to Hotel Design. Exact timing to be confirmed

  • 00:30 Return 1 back to hotel
  • 01:30 Return 2 back to hotel

Saturday 12 March 2022

13:00 » 14:00
17:45 » 19:00
Grand Finale
The academic programme will end with an exciting negotiation competition where everybody will get a role and where we will crown the best negotiator of the Winter Seminar.
Transportation by bus to Tuikku
Optional dinner at Tuikku
Not included in the registration fee, payable upon registration
Transportation back to hotel




Become a sponsor

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please fill out the form*.
You can download the sponsorship brochure after submitting this form.


* Filling out this form does not obligate you to become a sponsor.

* compulsory

Practical information


The seminar will be taking place at Design Hotel Levi and we have negotiated special rates for the participants of the seminar:

  • Deluxe double or twin as single use 278 € / night (incl. VAT)
  • Deluxe double or twin for two 298 € / night (incl. VAT)
  • Junior Suite as single use 318 € / night (incl. VAT)
  • Junior Suite for two 338 € / night (incl. VAT)

The room rates includes: breakfast and complimentary access to Spa Water World

When booking your accommodation, please use the code: AIJA.

Please note that rooms will be allocated on a first come first served basis according to availability and that we have the special rates until 10 December 2021

If you have any questions regarding the booking of your accommodation or encounter any difficulties, please contact sales@designhotellevi.fi 

In case of cancellations of your accommodation: please contact sales@designhotellevi.fi. If the hotel receives your notification earlier than 14 days prior the arrival, they will refund the paid amount reduced by office expenses of 40 €. They offer no refunds for cancellations submitted at a later time. 

How to get to Levi

The easiest way to reach Levi is to take a flight from Helsinki, Finland to Kittilä airport which is located 15 min from Levi.

From the airport, there are shuttles to Levi . The shuttle bus leaves after the luggage are delivered.

Airport bus: Kittilä - Levi - Kittilä

You can also find taxis at the airport. Taxis cost approximately 30 euros to Levi. 


As an alternative you can choose to fly to Rovaniemi and from there take 2,5h bus ride to Levi.

General terms and conditions

By registering you have to accept the general terms and conditions and accept that your registration is considered binding immediately, but participation to the event is possible only after full payment of the registration fee.

Please note that any arrangements related to the participation of the participant in an AIJA event, including but not limited to booking or cancellation of accommodation or flights, as well as respecting the cancellation deadlines indicated in the general terms and conditions, are the sole responsibility of the participant. AIJA shall not be held liable for any expenses the participant may suffer as the result of participant’s failure to comply with his/her obligations. 

It is recommended for each participant to purchase a cancellation and travel insurance.

Please read the general terms and conditions applicable for AIJA events.

Health and safety measures

The health and safety of our participants is of utmost importance.
To ensure that the event runs smoothly, AIJA will implement the following measures:

  • Participants should be carrying a valid Covid certificate with a valid QR code which will be scanned at the hotel/AIJA venues. A valid QR code can be:
    • Vaccination certificate or a covid recovery certificate with a QR code
    • Valid PCR test with a QR code
    • Valid antigen test with a QR code
  • Participants must carry their ID card or Passport
  • Wearing the mask and social distance are strongly recommended

AIJA reserves the right to decline the entrance to participants who do not comply with the above.

While we appreciate the possibility of meeting in person again, please note that going out clubbing is not recommended during the pandemic. The social programme of the seminar, with the support of the local Organising Committee, is set accordingly. If you choose to go out, please remember you are nevertheless part of an AIJA (business) networking event. We strongly encourage you to act in a responsible manner.


Organising Committee

Advokatfirman Lindahl KB (SWEDEN)

Kvale Advokatfirma DA (NORWAY)

Merilampi Attorneys Ltd. (FINLAND)

PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy (FINLAND)

HPP Attorneys (FINLAND)