Event Overview


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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 involved
  • Corporate and M&A


M&A winter seminar

18:00 - 20:30


Not included in the registration fee, payable upon registration


09:00 - 09:30

09:30 - 10:30

  • 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

  • Mattia Morani, Elvinger Hoss Prussen, Luxembourg
  • Ben Reckinger, Elvinger Hoss Prussen, Luxembourg
  • Carla Munt Feixas, RocaJunyent, Spain
11:30 - 12:00

12:00 - 13:00

Moderator:  Philipp Kapl, Binder Grösswang, Austria

  • Judith Feldner, E+H Rechtsanwälte GmbH, Austria
  • Maija Brossard, UGGC Avocats, France
13:00 - 14:00


  • 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.


21:00 - 23:00


  • 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

  • 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. 

13:00 - 14:30

14:30 - 15:30

  • David Frølich, EY, Denmark
  • Terresa Kauppila, Castrén & Snellman, Finland
  • Carl Christian Marthinussen, Kvale, Norway
  • Annika Brandt, Lindahl, Sweden
15:30 - 15:45

15:45 - 16:45

  • Hannu Suonio, PwC Finland, Finland

17:15 - 18:15

18:30 - 19:30


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

13:00 - 14:00

17:45 - 19:00

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.


Not included in the registration fee, payable upon registration

Fees & General Info

There are currently no registration fees available.

General terms and conditions

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If you are a lawyer under 35 years old and meet the requirements, apply to our Scholarship Programme for this event. You can check more details here.

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.

Organising Committee

Annika BRANDT Advokatfirman Lindahl KB (SWEDEN)
Carl Christian MARTHINUSSEN Kvale Advokatfirma DA (NORWAY)
Emma NIEMISTÖ Borenius Attorneys Ltd (FINLAND)
Joni PAINILAINEN PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy (FINLAND)


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