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A green economy calls for green legal expertise

Hammarström Puhakka Partners Attorneys Ltd.
Hammarström Puhakka Partners are at the forefront of developing a new, integrated approach to the legal services that companies will need as they face up to the challenges of the green economy.

Hammarström Puhakka Partners (HPP) have become one of Finland’s leading corporate law firms over the company’s nearly 40-year history. A specialist in M&A, dispute resolution, and competition, maritime, environmental, technology, and real estate law, HPP advises many of Finland’s Top30 companies.

HPP has long been Finland’s leading law firm in all aspects of environmental law and currently has the country’s largest environmental law team. Clients include leading players in the forest products, metals, and chemicals industries, as well as companies in the energy, food, waste management, logistics, and mining sectors.

Building on its expertise in energy, recycling, waste management, and cleantech – all key aspects of the emerging green economy – HPP is now focusing on developing a new approach to the legal services that the green economy calls for.

Understanding the bigger picture

Key to HPP’s Green Economy Law® concept is the idea that green economy-related legal services are integral to each other and complimentary, rather than separate areas of legal practice, as they have been perceived traditionally.

HPP’s aim is to bring its entire palette of legal services closer to the needs of companies already active in the green economy or aiming to make green economy-based products and services part of their future core activities. Companies coming into this category can range from energy utilities that need to understand the requirements of emissions trading to recycling businesses that need to keep abreast of the latest developments in producer liability.

Others that are also likely to benefit include companies with large infrastructure portfolios that must comply with increasingly strict environmental permit requirements, as well as cleantech start-ups that need advice on the best way to protect their intellectual property and secure the best financing for their projects.

All of these companies have a lot to gain, believes HPP, from partnering with a law firm with experience across all these areas, locally and internationally, and the vision to leverage this expertise in a new and more innovative way.

Areas in which HPP is already applying its new approach include biorefinery projects, biotechnology, green mining, patenting, and wind power.

Perhaps the most high-profile projects in which HPP is involved in the Green Economy Law area at the moment are the two unique DigiEcoCities currently being built in China.

These new cities, with a projected population of around 100,000 people each, are designed to combine the latest advances in digital technology with a commitment to zero overall emissions and ensuring that they generate more energy locally than they use.

HPP’s aim with Green Economy Law is to bring its entire palette of legal services closer to the needs of companies already active in the green economy or aiming to make green economy-based products and services part of their future.
> Vesa Silaskivi & Kari Marttinen
(Published in HighTech Finland 2013)