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Global Leaders in Media Law Practice
Borenius is one of the largest firms in Finland covering multiple media segments including television, music and entertainment. Known for its high quality work, the team routinely advises on audio-visual broadcast production, sports rights and online media. The firm specialises in commercial and contractual work and has extensive experience acting for wide ranging clients in cases of digital transformation of businesses and the planning and development of new digital media services.
Focussed on media, sports and entertainment, Castrén & Snellman is a leading choice for local and global media clients. The practice is one of the oldest in the region with a high profile reputation for handling core media law and broader cases of licensing, e-commerce and competition law. The team represents Songhi Entertainment in various legal matters related to the re-launch of the Songhi music portal service and acts for several Finnish video game companies on sponsorship deals.
Roschier is routinely highlighted by peers and clients as a leader in the legal market for media and entertainment. The practice focusses on copyright law, broadcast license applications and compliance. In representative work, the firm assisted Discovery Networks with a complex broadcast license re-organisation involving new licenses and the reorganisation of free-to-air channels. Lawyers also advise on communications regulation, competition law and data protection.
Media lawyers at Dittmar & Indrenius have in-depth knowledge of data protection and marketing. The firm’s broader focus on media stems from its intellectual property, technology and outsourcing practice groups. The team has notable experience advising digital media companies. The practice is also known for its focus on games, entertainment and privacy.
Hannes Snellman’s combined IP and TMT practice group has a primary emphasis on risk management, technology transfers and litigation. The firm represented Japanese corporation GungHo Online Entertainment on its USD1.53 billion acquisition of a 51 per cent stake in Supercell Oy, a Finnish online gaming company. The practice also works with broadcasters, publishers and music companies.
With emphasis on copyright and data protection, media work at Krogerus is grouped with technology and intellectual property. The firm is noted by competitors for its high visibility and sector specialisation. The media devision handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters including commercial exploitation through distribution.
Magnusson works on sector-related corporate transactions, freedom of speech cases and entertainment. The firm is also known for its focus on the sports sector, music and film. The team advises on mergers and acquisitions, new media and technology agreements and content production.
Merilampi works with media clients from multiple segments, from television and film to advertising and publishing. The team advises on regulation, legislation and the contractual framework of sports and entertainment events. Lawyers assist with production agreements, corporate transactions and litigation.
Procopé & Hornborg regularly advises on film, music and game matters. The practice also specialises in copyright licensing and enforcement. The firm is notable for its work representing clients in litigation and international arbitration proceedings.
Eversheds Sutherland works predominantly with international publishing houses and content producers. The firm’s media division brings together entertainment, sport and consumer services to provide expansive sector coverage. Lawyers regularly advise on book and music publishing, television and film, the games industry, as well as online services such as content provision for online platforms.
Copyright and marketing specialist HH Partners works closely with publishing and technology companies on all aspects of licensing and dispute resolution.The team represents domestic and international clients in courts, including administrative courts.
The Nordic region’s highly penetrated OTT subscription market has potential for further growth, with Finland in the top 10 countries in Western Europe that has more than an 85 per cent subscription rate among its video service users.
According to e-Marketer data, published in September 2021, this user base will continue to expand with Finland expected to post the strongest increase in the region at 7.4% yoy.
Other areas of growth include the country’s booming gaming industry, which lawyers say has become an attractive investment target for foreign studios. Lawyers highlight a notable volume in transactional work, copyright litigation as well as privacy matters.
In other developments, while Finland ranks second for press freedom, online hate speech has become a growing threat. The 2021 World Press Freedom Index, compiled by Reporters Without
Borders RSF), revealed that violence against journalists in the EU doubled over the past year.
RSF’s 2021 summary states: ‘Without taking appropriate, responsible measures, they [social media platforms] tolerate users who pursue and target journalists with hate speech. Many of their users share false information and conspiracy theories, and attack the traditional media with the aim of discrediting them in the eyes of the general public.’
Press freedom has been the subject of much debate in the past year, following the case of a journalist convicted of defamation and the resignation of an editor of regional newspapers. The RSF has warned that Finnish media is increasingly under threat by online hate speech.
Castrén & Snellman
Dittmar & Indrenius
Procopé & Hornborg
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