Jura N. Junnila


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  • University of Helsinki, LLM, 1997
  • Officer School, Finnish Armed Forces, Current Rank: Lieutenant, 1991
  • Finland
  • Solicitor, England and Wales

Chairman, Finnish British Chamber of Commerce (FBCC)

Member, The Finnish Bar Association

Member, The Law Society of England and Wales

Member, Helsinki Bourse Club

Member, Helsinki Law School Alumni

  • Finnish
  • Swedish
  • English

In addition to his native Finland, English and Finnish qualified Jura has practiced law and done deals internationally in London, Stockholm and Riga (Latvia). During a career of more than 20 years Jura has worked in-house for the leading Nordic financial institution, law firms in Finland and Latvia and now for more than 10 years in London. He has considerable experience in international cross-border M&A and finance transactions, particularly in northern Europe and the United Kingdom, Russia and Central Asia.

His practice is divided between corporate and finance, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions (primarily for vendors and purchasers) on the corporate side and finance transactions (bilateral, club and syndicated, vanilla, leveraged and complex financing structures, debt restructurings and reorganisations), debt capital markets and export and project financing on the finance side. His practice covers five continents and a multitude of jurisdictions for clients ranging from start-ups/SME's and borrowers to global conglomerates and bank syndicates.

Jura has been ranked in Chambers Global as a leading lawyer in Corporate M&A for UK (Foreign Experts), Russia (Experts Based Abroad) and Finland (Experts Based Abroad). He has written numerous articles published in Finniche magazine, a FBCC publication.

Jura is a lieutenant in the Finnish Armed Forces. He completed officer school in 1991.

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Jura N Junnila
T: +44 20 7632 1619F: +44 20 7632 163811 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom
Corporate and M&A

Counsel in a Nordic fund manager’s acquisition of an English technology company in a £6 million transaction.

Counsel in a Swizz conglomerates unsuccessful bid for a Finnish public company’s business at a €25 million transaction value.

Finnish counsel on a global paper company’s Nordic competition audit.

Counsel in a U.S. pharmaceutical company’s unsuccessful bid for a Nordic company at €400 million+ transaction value.

Counsel for Aldata Solution plc of Finland in its acquisition of Cosmos Solutions Ltd in the UK for £3 million.

Counsel in the acquisition of an oil production company and holding company structure in Azerbaijan with a value of US$116 million.

Counsel in the sale of interests in a Russian oil company with a value of $5 billion.

Counsel in the acquisition of a 51% interest in Oil JV in Azerbaijan with a value of $245 million.

Counsel in the development of investment consortium and acquisition of $2 billion interest in a chemical plant and other privatized assets in Turkey and related U.S.$400 million secured loan facility.

Advice to the purchaser in a major Swedish quoted company’s subsidiary MBO.

Advice to the vendor in the transaction where major Russian oil company purchased 100% of the participant in oil deposits of the southwest Central Asia for US $580million in a 25-day project.

Advice to the vendor in the sale of a chain of Russian gas stations for $42 million.

Advice in the initiated negotiations of a purchase of material part of European energy conglomerate with an estimated transaction value in excess of €6 billion.

Advice to the vendor on sale of a greetings card continuance business for £12 million.

Advice on the €21.3 million investment by an international technology investor into Polymer Vision Limited, a Royal Dutch Philips spin-off, and continuing to act for the new high-tech blue chip company.

Advice to an English oil company on its acquisition of a Guatemalan oil company, private placements of more than $20 million relating thereto and its successful admission on AIM.

Representation of a Swedish high-tech industrial company on its acquisition of the vacuum generators business from an American seller in an ambitious timeline.

Representation of a Nordic retail chain’s EBRD backed real estate project in the Baltics totaling €61 million.


English counsel for a U.S. mezzanine finance firm in a senior secured U.S.$17 million facility.

Counsel for a new Nordic financial institution in its initial U.S.$25 million funding through bonds.

English counsel for an U.S. finance firm arranging a syndicated U.S. $27 million facility.

Representation of the English counsel to Elcoteq SE in the refinancing of its €100 million revolving credit facility.

Advice to a Kazakhstan bank on its secured US$10 million bilateral facility.

Advice to Wachovia in its US$30 million bilateral loan to a Malaysian bank.

Advice to Wachovia in a bilateral loan to a Dubai bank.

Advice to a large Kazakhstan bank in its global custody agreement.

Advice to Bank of America on its U$1 billion credit facility to an investment management company.

Advice to Bank of America on its U.S. $25 million liquidity line to a global electronic payment solution company.

Advice to an international hydrocarbon trader on its syndicated U.S. $600 million facility.

Advice to the borrower in respect of its refinance of U.S. $660 million asset based syndicated revolving credit facility.

Advice to a Kazakhstan bank on its participation in notes issued under a $2 billion MTN program.

Advice to Resolution Committee of an Icelandic bank in assessing, recovering, restructuring and otherwise dealing with the bank’s foreign part of its €26 billion assets, including participations in syndicated facilities, investment funds, repo and derivative transactions.

Advice to Resolution Committee on English law issues arising in respect of Informal Creditors Committee and creditors of the bank generally.

Advice to an English charity in its £7 million project finance facility and its hedging.

Advice to a Finnish bank in its international client’s €12 million bilateral secured facility restructuring.

Advice to an English niche bank in its €2.1 million acquisition finance of specialist equipments.

Advice on structuring, development and documentation relating to export financing of telecommunications network equipment totaling in value of more than $200 million in the Philippines.

Advice on export financing of power generating equipment to Lesotho.

Advice on export financing of telecommunications network of circa $20 million in Central America.

Listed as a "Foreign Expert," Corporate/M&A: UK, Chambers Global, 2012

Listed as an "Expert Based Abroad," Corporate/M&A: Finland, Chambers Global, 2012

Listed as an "Expert Based Abroad," Corporate/M&A: Russia, Chambers Global, 2012

Author, "Interview on Kaupthing Litigation," Uusi Suomi Online Magazine, November 2008
Contributing Author, "Cold Cash: Acquisition Finance Article on Nordic M&A Markets in 2007 and 2008," Article in acquisition finance in respect of the Nordic M&A markets, 2007 & 2008
Author, "Expert Advice on Nordic Companies Buying UK Assets and Companies," Corporate UK Magazine, 2007