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Dottir Attorneys is an agile, full-service business law firm, with focus on companies that operate in or around the fields of technology and media. Dottir’s lawyers are recognised experts within their practice areas and experienced in serving clients of all sizes.

Helsinki Berlin San Francisco

What We Do

  • Corporate and M&A

    Dottir handles private equity mergers, acquisitions, investments, and other types of corporate transactions, covering all stages of the deal: from strategy and due diligence to contract negotiations and regulatory filings. We also assist clients in day-to-day corporate administration by drafting and maintaining corporate documentation and providing board advisory services.

  • Technology and Outsourcing

    Dottir's lawyers specialize in advising both users and suppliers of information technology on various legal matters. We provide services relating to IT outsourcing, IT procurement and supply, software licensing, as well as regulatory compliance.

  • Cyber Security and Data Protection

    Our lawyers are leading experts in the field of information security and data protection law. We advise on company policies, regulatory and compliance matters, security audits, and international transfers of personal data.

  • Employment

    Dottir provides employment law services ranging from drafting employment and management contracts and share option and benefit schemes to providing advice on employment termination, employee consultation obligations, and employment law issues deriving from corporate transactions and outsourcing.

  • Brands and IP

    We know brands and how to build and protect them. We offer clients a wide range of IP services, such as trademark registration, design protection, brand management, and IP strategy. We also help companies commercialize their IP by negotiating and drafting license, distribution, and partnership agreements.

  • Dispute Resolution

    We assist our clients in litigation, arbitration, and mediation, with a particular focus on technology, intellectual property, and contract-related disputes. We have a strong track record in helping our clients negotiate settlements in complex disputes.

Business Sectors

  • Public Sector and Education

    Dottir's lawyers are experienced in providing the public sector with advice both in compliance and contractual issues, including negotiating agreements relating to public procurement.

  • Health Care, Energy and Biotechnology

    Our lawyers provide companies operating within the regulated fields of biotechnology, health care and energy with a wide range of contractual and marketing law advice, covering issues such as labeling, authority enquiries, distribution, and intellectual property.

  • Startups

    Our lawyers help startups through their entire life cycle and all stages of growth, from formation, to raising capital, expanding to new markets, and successfully exiting.

  • Private Equity and Venture Capital

    Dottir represents private equity investors, industrial clients, and venture capitalists in all types of domestic and cross-border transactions.

  • ICT and Internet

    We provide our clients that operate in the fields of ICT and the Internet with a full range of business law services, including negotiating license and IT supply agreements, as well as tackling telecommunications regulatory compliance and consumer and data protection issues.

  • Media and Entertainment

    Dottir advises media, sports, and entertainment companies on regulatory issues and contract negotiations relating to matters such as financing and production, as well as rights acquisition and licensing.

References

  • PL’s mission is to promote responsible ownership that develops businesses through generations. Its 430 member companies account for a total revenue of EUR 33.6 billion a year and employ 165 000 people. Dottir has helped PL and many of its members in variety of legal issues.

    PL’s mission is to promote responsible ownership that develops businesses through generations. Its 430 member companies account for a total revenue of EUR 33.6 billion a year and employ 165 000 people. Dottir has helped PL and many of its members in variety of legal issues.

  • Dottir assists Unit4, a global software company with revenue of MEUR 500, in their legal matters in Finland.

    Dottir assists Unit4, a global software company with revenue of MEUR 500, in their legal matters in Finland.

  • Umbra’s 3D optimization technology has been powering up over 125 games in almost ten years, including Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Batman Arkham Knight, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Quantum Break, World of Tanks and Destiny. Dottir advises Umbra in protecting and licensing their state-of-the-art technology.

    Umbra’s 3D optimization technology has been powering up over 125 games in almost ten years, including Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Batman Arkham Knight, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Quantum Break, World of Tanks and Destiny. Dottir advises Umbra in protecting and licensing their state-of-the-art technology.

  • Dottir advised Vito Ventures in the EUR 1.5 million Series A funding round of Wirepas Oy, a global device connectivity provider. Vito Ventures is a Munich-based global early stage Venture Capital fund investing in the fields of Internet of Things, Enterprise Tech and Energy Tech.

    Dottir advised Vito Ventures in the EUR 1.5 million Series A funding round of Wirepas Oy, a global device connectivity provider. Vito Ventures is a Munich-based global early stage Venture Capital fund investing in the fields of Internet of Things, Enterprise Tech and Energy Tech.

  • Blueprint Genetics is genetic knowledge company that provides comprehensive genetic testing services based in San Francisco, Helsinki and Dubai. Dottir assisted Blueprint Genetics in their corporate law and agreement matters.

    Blueprint Genetics is genetic knowledge company that provides comprehensive genetic testing services based in San Francisco, Helsinki and Dubai. Dottir assisted Blueprint Genetics in their corporate law and agreement matters.

  • Dawn Capital is a London-based early stage venture fund. Dawn's team is made up of founders, experienced VCs and business builders with strong track records in Fintech and B2B software.

    Dawn Capital is a London-based early stage venture fund. Dawn's team is made up of founders, experienced VCs and business builders with strong track records in Fintech and B2B software.

  • Wolt is the world’s smoothest mobile interface for getting great food. Dottir assists Wolt in their legal matters.

    Wolt is the world’s smoothest mobile interface for getting great food. Dottir assists Wolt in their legal matters.

  • Blooming is a digital mindfulness solution for stress reduction and cognitive abilities improvement for leaders and knowledge workers. Dottir assisted Blooming in their financing round and corporate legal matters.

    Blooming is a digital mindfulness solution for stress reduction and cognitive abilities improvement for leaders and knowledge workers. Dottir assisted Blooming in their financing round and corporate legal matters.

  • Slush is the Northern Europe’s largest tech startup event, organised in Helsinki, Finland. The two-day conference takes place every fall in the wintery Scandinavia amidst one of the most dynamic tech ecosystems in the world. Dottir advises Slush on their international expansion.

    Slush is the Northern Europe’s largest tech startup event, organised in Helsinki, Finland. The two-day conference takes place every fall in the wintery Scandinavia amidst one of the most dynamic tech ecosystems in the world. Dottir advises Slush on their international expansion.

  • Gimmeyawallet Productions is the company behind the award-winning tv-productions Madventures, Docventures and Sound Tracker. Dottir assists Gimmeyawallet Productions in international brand protection and contractual matters.

    Gimmeyawallet Productions is the company behind the award-winning tv-productions Madventures, Docventures and Sound Tracker. Dottir assists Gimmeyawallet Productions in international brand protection and contractual matters.

  • Flow Festival is a trailblazer in the Finnish festival scene. We helped our favorite festival in their international expansion to a very cool location. Flow Festival Ljubljana is organized in the Slovenian capital on June 26­-28 in collaboration with Slovenian organizers. We also assist Flow Festival in their brand protection matters.

    Flow Festival is a trailblazer in the Finnish festival scene. We helped our favorite festival in their international expansion to a very cool location. Flow Festival Ljubljana is organized in the Slovenian capital on June 26­-28 in collaboration with Slovenian organizers. We also assist Flow Festival in their brand protection matters.

  • What have Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Beth Ditto, Paloma Faith and the First Lady of Finland in common? They all love Minna Parikka shoes. Dottir assists Minna Parikka in international branding issues and in capturing the full value of their iconic designs.

    What have Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Beth Ditto, Paloma Faith and the First Lady of Finland in common? They all love Minna Parikka shoes. Dottir assists Minna Parikka in international branding issues and in capturing the full value of their iconic designs.

“Dottir has assisted us in commercializing our 3D optimization technology. They have been very flexible and cost-efficient legal partner for us. Recommended for all growth companies!”
— Sampo Lappalainen, COO
“Tuomas and Jaakko form a very client-oriented and professional team for technology transactions. They understand the deal-making dynamics and have the ability to find solutions instead of problems.”
— Teddie Wardi, Vice President
“Dottir is a lean and responsive law firm. They have helped us out in our international expansion. Recommended!”
— Riku Mäkelä, CEO, Slush
“Dottir is our kind of law firm, they are lean and mean lawyers with true cut the crap attitude. They have helped us with our international affairs and IPR concerns which are hugely important in our business.”
“Dottir helped us a great deal with Flow Festival’s international affairs and immaterial rights processes. We started to work with them one year ago and they’ve proven in a short period of time to be quick, smooth, professional and reliable.”
— Tuomas Kallio, Artistic Director, Chairman of the Board
“Dottir has helped us manage our intellectual assets in a strategical manner and thus created great value for a company operating in over 25 different countries.”

News

  • New Agile Law Firm Launched to Serve Technology Companies

    Dottir Attorneys Ltd is a new agile business law firm focusing on technology and media. Founded by lawyers based in Helsinki, Finland, Dottir Attorneys Ltd has acquired the assets of Finnish boutique law firm Dottir Oy on January 14th, 2016.

  • Dottir expands to Berlin and San Francisco

    Dottir expands to Berlin and San Francisco!

    We announced today the opening of two new offices in Berlin and in San Francisco.

    “We want to help our clients as they expand internationally. Berlin and San Francisco are important centres for high growth companies”, says Antti Innanen, partner at Dottir. “We are confident that our clients will benefit from our international reach and local know-how in both Berlin and San Francisco.”

    Tobias Salomon will head the Berlin office and Pietari Gröhn will head the San Francisco office. All Dottir lawyers have Finnish backgrounds.

    Dottir was established in 2014. Dottir’s clients include, among others, Slush, Flow Festival and Minna Parikka.

    Read more from Kauppalehti (14.10.2015).

  • Dottir partners with the Finnish Information Security Association

    Dottir provides legal assistance to the members of the Finnish Information Security Association in IPR and cyber security issues.

    Read more about the partnership

  • Book on brand protection is out now and getting rave reviews

    Reviews

    Get yours here

  • A survey on how to transform the UG (haftungsbeschränkt) into a GMBH

    Tobias Salomon discusses in the Berlin based Gründerszene-magazine the legal and technical process of transforming the German limited liability company UG (haftungsbeschränkt) into a GmbH and points out the hurdles of this process – especially for startups. The article is in German.

    How to transfer German limited liability company into a GmbH

  • Startup scene in Finland

    An article by Tobias Salomon in VentureVillage, Berlin based startup magazine, on the startup scene in Finland. The article is in English.

    Article Startup scene in Finland

Who We Are

The Lean Law Firm

Dottir Attorneys is a law firm that is stripped of the nonessentials. We provide our clients with a full range of business law services, with an emphasis on technology law: our lawyers are specialized in advising both users and suppliers of information technology on various legal matters.

No hierarchy. No bureaucracy

We are convinced that a team of ambitious professionals is more powerful than a hierarchical organisation that feeds off titles and internal competition. We believe that by encouraging teamwork we increase the quality and efficiency of our services.

Young and driven

We believe that lawyers tackling the increasingly complex legal questions faced by today's companies must have a profound understanding of modern business and technology. Dottir Attorneys is a team of tech-savvy lawyers who think lawyers should be approachable instead of formal, and forward-thinking instead of stagnant.

Helsinki – Berlin – San Francisco

Our lawyers are based in Helsinki, Berlin and San Francisco. Modern business is increasingly global, irrespective of industry. We believe that the lawyers serving these businesses should be as well.

Dottir is an affiliation of independent legal entities and attorneys providing legal services in separate jurisdictions. Each office is established and operates on a local basis in accordance with the laws binding in its home country and state.

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    Pietari Gröhn

    San Francisco

  • Photo of Tuomas Honkinen

    Tuomas Honkinen

    Helsinki

  • Photo of Antti Innanen

    Antti Innanen

    Helsinki

  • Photo of Anna Kuusi

    Anna Kuusi

    Helsinki

  • Photo of Jaakko Lindgren

    Jaakko Lindgren

    Helsinki

  • Photo of Jukka Pello

    Jukka Pello

    Helsinki

  • Photo of Johanna Rantanen

    Johanna Rantanen

    Helsinki

  • Photo of Tobias Salomon

    Tobias Salomon

    Berlin

  • Photo of Kyösti Siltala

    Kyösti Siltala

    Helsinki

  • Photo of Maria Storey

    Maria Storey

    Helsinki

  • Photo of Tio Tikka

    Tio Tikka

    Helsinki

Pietari Gröhn

Counsel, US
Tel. +1 415 439 0225
pietari.grohn@dottirlaw.com
731 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
Cal. Bar # 256188

Pietari is a corporate attorney qualified to practice law in California, USA. He represents startup and expansion stage companies, as well as investors and acquirers, in corporate matters from formation, to venture financings, commercial agreements, international expansion and exits.

Expertise

  • Company and subsidiary formations
  • Equity and debt financings
  • US expansion, representative office, foreign subsidiary, flip
  • Founder matters
  • Investor representation
  • Acquisitions for both target and acquirer
  • Commercial contracts and licensing
  • Full US legal services (litigation, IP, immigration, tax)

Education and qualifications

  • JD, Cornell Law School
  • MPA, Cornell Institute of Public Affairs
  • BS - Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, College of Human Ecology
  • Admitted to the bar, California, US

Languages

  • Finnish
  • English
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Tuomas Honkinen

Partner
tel. +358 40 760 1565
tuomas.honkinen@dottirlaw.com
Temppelikatu 4, FI-00100, Helsinki

Tuomas advises clients on private equity and venture capital investments as well as mergers and acquisitions. He has been involved in a variety of domestic and cross-border transactions acting for private equity sponsors and industrial clients, including startup and expansion stage companies. Tuomas also advises clients on various ownership and equity structuring as well as general corporate law matters.

Before Dottir, Tuomas worked several years in a major Finnish law firm as a transaction lawyer.

Expertise

  • M&A
  • Private equity
  • Venture capital and startups
  • Ownership and equity structuring
  • Fund formation
  • Corporate law
  • Contract law

Education and qualifications

  • LLM, University of Turku
  • B.Sc.(Econ.), University of Turku
  • Admitted to the Finnish bar

Languages

  • Finnish
  • English
  • Swedish
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Antti Innanen

Partner
tel. +358 45 603 8602
antti.innanen@dottirlaw.com
Temppelikatu 4, FI-00100, Helsinki

Antti advises clients on questions related to intellectual property and brands, as well as on complex data protection and cyber security related matters.

Before Dottir, Antti worked in a major Finnish law firm as a lawyer, working closely with some of the largest brands in Finland.

Antti worked for over three years in the European Trademark Office (OHIM), in Alicante, Spain. Antti has extensive experience in the field of trademarks and branding, especially with international brand protection.

Antti has also worked as a Legal Counsel for the National Communication Security Authority (NCSA-FI) and the Computer Emergency Response Team (FICORA) (CERT-FI). These organizations have now merged into the National Cyber Security Centre.

Antti is the co-author of two books:

Internet Law (Internetoikeus, published by Edita 2009 and 2012, together with Jarkko Saarimäki)

Brand Protection (Brändin Suoja, published by Edita 2014, together with the Legal Counsel of Rovio, Jukka Jäske)

Expertise

  • IP, trademarks and branding
  • Data protection
  • Information law and cyber security regulation
  • E-commerce and Internet law
  • Advertising, marketing and promotions Law
  • New media and technology law
  • Contract law
  • Startups

Education and qualifications

  • LLM, University of Turku
  • Admitted to the Finnish bar

Languages

  • Finnish
  • English
  • Swedish
  • Spanish
  • Dutch
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Anna Kuusi

Counsel
tel. +358 50 521 5890
anna.kuusi@dottirlaw.com
Temppelikatu 4, FI-00100, Helsinki

Anna advises clients on corporate and contractual matters, intellectual property and dispute resolution, with particular focus on sectors involving culture, media and arts.

Before Dottir, Anna worked as a lawyer in another Finnish law firm, where she was part of the firm’s dispute resolution practice, acting as a counsel in civil litigation and arbitration.

Anna also works as a Lawyer in the Artists’ Association of Finland.

Expertise

  • Contracts and liability
  • Corporate and company law
  • Law of organizations
  • Copyright and intellectual property
  • Dispute resolution
  • Culture, media and arts
  • Start-ups

Education and qualifications

  • LLM, University of Helsinki
  • Libera Universitá degli Studi Sociali Guido Carlo (LUISS), Rome
  • Trained on the bench at the District Court of Helsinki

Languages

  • Finnish
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Swedish
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Jaakko Lindgren

Partner
tel. +358 400 958 755
jaakko.lindgren@dottirlaw.com
Temppelikatu 4, FI-00100, Helsinki

Jaakko assists clients in technology law acting for both technology users and suppliers in the private and public sector. He regularly advises domestic and international companies on a broad range of technology law matters such as IT outsourcing, procurement and delivery of business-critical IT systems and services, software and IP licensing, e-commerce, data protection and telecommunications regulatory matters. He has had a leading advisory role in multiple technology-driven M&A transactions and in venture capital investments in technology companies. Jaakko has also been acting as a member of the board of several growth companies.

Jaakko is the Chairman of the Finnish IT Law Association and a frequently requested chairman and speaker at various technology law seminars.

Prior to Dottir, Jaakko worked as a legal counsel at the Finnish multinational IT corporation Tieto and as an attorney at a major law firm in Finland.

Expertise

  • Outsourcing
  • Technology law
  • M&A
  • Venture Capital and Startups
  • Data protection and cyber security regulation
  • Social media
  • Commercial contracts

Education and qualifications

  • LLM, University of Helsinki
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Mykolas Romeris University
  • Admitted to the Finnish bar

Languages

  • Finnish
  • English
  • Swedish
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Jukka Pello

Partner
tel. +358 50 330 3307
jukka.pello@dottirlaw.com
Temppelikatu 4, FI-00100, Helsinki

Jukka specializes in contracts and litigation with particular focus on the ICT and media sectors. He also regularly advises in public procurement engagements and M&A transactions.

Before Dottir, Jukka has worked for his own business law boutique as well as for a major Finnish law firm.

Jukka is a regular lecturer within the areas of technology contracts and dispute resolution.

Expertise

  • Technology and Outsourcing
  • Commercial litigation
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Public Procurement
  • E-commerce and Consumer Protection
  • IP and Data Protection

Education and qualifications

  • LLM, University of Helsinki
  • Trained on the bench at the District Court of Helsinki
  • Admitted to the Finnish bar

Languages

  • Finnish
  • English
  • Swedish
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Johanna Rantanen

Counsel
tel. +358 50 385 0632
johanna.rantanen@dottirlaw.com
Temppelikatu 4, FI-00100, Helsinki

Johanna has several years of experience in assisting companies of all sizes in various technology and media related legal matters, ranging from commercial contracts and regulatory advice to transactions and corporate law questions.

Johanna's practice is focused on technology and intellectual property as well as media and data protection law, covering for example technology procurement and supply and IP acquisitions and licensing arrangements. Johanna has particularly extensive knowledge of copyright law and regularly lectures on the subject.

Before Dottir, Johanna worked in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications and M&A & Private Equity practices of one of Finland's major law firms. Johanna has also worked as a secondee at the Finnish advertising technology company Kiosked.

Expertise

  • Copyright
  • Commercial agreements
  • Information technology procurement and supply
  • Rights acquisition and licensing
  • Film and television production
  • Startups
  • Consumer protection and e-commerce
  • Data protection
  • Media and telecommunication regulation
  • Corporate law

Education and qualifications

  • LLM, University of Helsinki
  • University of Sheffield (UK)

Languages

  • Finnish
  • English
  • Swedish
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Tobias Salomon

Rechtsanwalt, Germany
tel. +49 30 609 69 720
fax +49 30 609 69 721
tobias.salomon@dottirlaw.de
Gormannstraße 14, D-10119 Berlin

Tobias manages the Berlin Office and his core areas of practice are commercial and corporate law as well as M&A. He frequently consults startups, business angels and investors and a particular focus of his is on Finnish-German and German-US legal relations. Tobias is the Chairman of the Finnish-German Trade Guild in Berlin.

Expertise

  • Business formation
  • Structuring round financing
  • Shareholder's and investment agreements
  • Employee involvement programs
  • Bilingual general terms and conditions
  • Dispute resolution and litigation

Education and qualifications

  • Freie Universität Berlin
  • University of Helsinki
  • Admitted to the German Bar

Languages

  • German
  • Finnish
  • English
  • French
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Kyösti Siltala

Counsel
tel. +358 50 385 2039
kyosti.siltala@dottirlaw.com
Temppelikatu 4, FI-00100, Helsinki

Kyösti advises clients on corporate law, M&A, intellectual property rights and commercial agreements.

Kyösti has over 24 years of experience in working as an in-house counsel for both public and private equity global corporations, including Valmet, MacGregor, Uponor and Dynea. Kyösti has negotiated and executed more than 100 M&A transactions, on all 6 continents.

Before Dottir, Kyösti acted as General Counsel for Dynea Corporation.

Kyösti was the Chairman of the Finnish Industrial Lawyers' Association from 2006 to 2010.

Expertise

  • Commercial contracts
  • Corporate secretary services
  • Company law & M&A
  • Intellectual property

Education and qualifications

  • LLM, Helsinki University
  • MA, University of Sussex (UK)
  • Trained on the bench at the District Courts of Korsholma and Kauhava

Languages

  • Finnish
  • English
  • Swedish
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Maria Storey

Trainee
tel. +358 40 743 2222
maria.storey@dottirlaw.com
Temppelikatu 4, FI-00100, Helsinki

Maria is currently studying law in the University of Helsinki where she focuses on various areas of business law in her studies, such as intellectual property law, competition law and contract law issues.

Maria has completed her Bachelor of Laws degree in Bristol, England, from where she graduated with a 1st class degree. Maria has also studied intellectual property matters in Bonn, Germany.

Education and qualifications

  • LLM, University of Helsinki
  • LL.B. (Hons) University of the West of England

Languages

  • Finnish
  • English
  • Swedish
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Tio Tikka

Trainee
tel. +358 40 735 6510
tio.tikka@dottirlaw.com
Temppelikatu 4, FI-00100, Helsinki

Tio is studying law at the University of Helsinki. In addition to his Finnish LL.M degree, Tio has studied law at the University of Stockholm, Sweden and at the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Tio assists clients mainly with questions related to intellectual property and brands.

Tio is also an entrepreneur at a medium-size HORECA-corporation.

Education and qualifications

  • LLM, University of Helsinki
  • University of Stockholm
  • Higher School of Economics St. Petersburg

Languages

  • Finnish
  • English
  • Swedish
  • Russian
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  • New Agile Law Firm Launched to Serve Technology Companies

  • Dottir expands to Berlin and San Francisco

  • Dottir partners with the Finnish Information Security Association

  • Book on brand protection is out now and getting rave reviews

  • A survey on how to transform the UG (haftungsbeschränkt) into a GMBH

  • Startup scene in Finland

Dottir Attorneys Ltd is a new agile business law firm focusing on technology and media. Founded by lawyers based in Helsinki, Finland, Dottir Attorneys Ltd has acquired the assets of Finnish boutique law firm Dottir Oy on January 14th, 2016.

Dottir expands to Berlin and San Francisco!

We announced today the opening of two new offices in Berlin and in San Francisco.

“We want to help our clients as they expand internationally. Berlin and San Francisco are important centres for high growth companies”, says Antti Innanen, partner at Dottir. “We are confident that our clients will benefit from our international reach and local know-how in both Berlin and San Francisco.”

Tobias Salomon will head the Berlin office and Pietari Gröhn will head the San Francisco office. All Dottir lawyers have Finnish backgrounds.

Dottir was established in 2014. Dottir’s clients include, among others, Slush, Flow Festival and Minna Parikka.

Read more from Kauppalehti (14.10.2015).

Tobias Salomon discusses in the Berlin based Gründerszene-magazine the legal and technical process of transforming the German limited liability company UG (haftungsbeschränkt) into a GmbH and points out the hurdles of this process – especially for startups. The article is in German.

How to transfer German limited liability company into a GmbH