Services

Wist Attorneys

Banking and Finance Law

The Banking and Finance Law practice includes


  • advice on banking and finance law, regulation and compliance;
  • loan facilities, asset-backed lending and acquisition finance;
  • bond issuances, including Tier 1 and Tier 2 capital and other hybrid instruments;
  • securitisation, leasing, structured and project finance;
  • aircraft finance; as well as
  • advice on enforcement and distressed situations.

Tarja Wist is one of the leading banking and finance law experts in Finland. Throughout her career, Tarja Wist has represented a large variety of banks and other financial institutions in both public and private M&A transactions. Additionally, she has assisted in the structuring and set up of their Finnish operations, branches and subsidiaries. Her experience also includes serving as a member of the board of directors of a listed commercial bank.

Tarja Wist served as the co-chair of the Banking Law Committee of the International Bar Association in 2010-2011 and as the chairperson of the Securities and Finance Law Expert Group of the Finnish Bar Association in 2006-2010 and member in 2011-2014. She has contributed to several publications and guidebooks, including

  • Banking Regulation Global Guide 2017 (Finnish chapter); Thomson Reuters Practical Law
  • Set-off Law and Practice – An International Handbook (Finnish chapter)Oxford University Press 2018
  • Lending and Taking Security in Finland, Overview, Thomson Reuters Practical Law 2019
  • ICLG Securitisation 2019
  • Global Financial Services Regulator; Oxford University Press
  • Restructuring & Insolvency Global Guide 2016 (Finnish chapter); Thomson Reuters Practical Law



Securities Law and Capital Markets

The Securities Law and Capital Markets practice includes advice on

  • structuring of financial instruments and their terms;
  • public offers, private placements and listing of shares and other equity and debt instruments;
  • trading in and sale and marketing of financial instruments;
  • market abuse;
  • clearing and settlement;
  • share buy-backs;
  • derivatives and netting; as well as
  • tender offers and takeovers.

Tarja Wist is a highly renowned capital markets expert both internationally and domestically with extensive experience in all aspects of securities law and capital markets.

Alongside her private practice, Tarja Wist has contributed to the Finnish securities legislation as a member of the Legislative Working Group for the Securities Market Law Reform in 2009-2011 and the Legislative Working Group for the Implementation of the Takeover Directive in 2004-2005 and as the secretary of the Legislative Commission for Securities Market Legislation in 1990 -1991.

Tarja Wist was the chairperson of the Securities and Finance Law Expert Group of the Finnish Bar Association in 2006-2010 and a member in 2011-2014. She has contributed to several publications and guidebooks in this field of law, including

  • GLI Initial Public Offerings 2019
  • A Practitioner’s Guide to Takeovers and Mergers in the EU, City & Financial Publishing
  • The Squeeze Out and Pricing under the Finnish Companies Act, Mondaq Business Briefing
  • Due diligence med hänsyn till aktiebolags-, värdepappersmarknads- och konkurrensrättsliga aspekter, Wist, Tarja; Oker-Blom, Max; Pöntynen, Inga, Helsingfors juridiska föreningen i Finland 2001



Mergers and Acquisitions

The M&A practice includes advice on

  • structuring;
  • share sale and purchases;
  • business and asset transfers;
  • joint ventures;
  • mergers, demergers and spin-offs;
  • exchange offers;
  • private equity and venture capital investments and divestments;
  • management buy-outs;
  • distressed sales; and
  • tender offers and takeovers.

Tarja Wist has advised and provided strategic legal expertise to clients in both public and private M&A transactions as well as other corporate transactions throughout her 30-year long practice. The unique combination of her broad experience base, pragmatic approach, and specialized capabilities in both Corporate Law as well as Finance and Securities Laws have allowed Tarja Wist to successfully structure and facilitate highly complex transactions through to successful completion. Her extensive knowledge base paired with her strategic capability and business acumen continues to make Tarja Wist a highly sought after legal advisor for M&A and other corporate transactions.


Corporate and Contract Law

The Corporate and Contract Law practice includes advice on various corporate and commercial questions and drafting of corporate documents and commercial agreements. The Corporate and Contract Law practice is integrated into all services of the firm and is supported by the strong capital markets practice. Typical corporate law questions addressed include questions of

  • structuring, issuance and repurchase of equity and debt instruments;
  • the capital and governance structure;
  • distribution of profits and capital;
  • decision-making and representation powers and procedures;
  • shareholders agreements;
  • mergers, demergers and spin-offs;
  • redemption of minority shares; as well as
  • question of director and shareholder liability.

Arbitration

Tarja Wist regularly acts as an arbitrator in arbitration proceedings governed by the Finnish Companies Law. Cases addressed by her include:

  • Hoivatilat Oyj
    Aureit Holding Oy v. the minority shareholders of Hoivatilat Oyj
  • Normet Group Oy
    Cantell Oy v. - Orox Oy
  • Affecto Oyj
    CGI Nordic Investments Limited v. the minority shareholders of Affecto Oyj
  • Finnlines Oyj
    Grimaldi Group S.p.A. v. the minority shareholders of Finnlines Oyj
  • Vacon Oyj
    Danfoss Ab v. the minority shareholders of Vacon Oyj
  • Suomen Rakennuslogistiikka Oy
    Tietorakentajat Oy - Jussi Kammonen
  • Lännen Puhelin Oy
    Satakunnan Teletieto Oy v. the minority shareholders of Lännen Puhelin Oy