Ville Salonen

Attorney-at-law / Partner / Head of ESG & Sustainability, Finland

My service areas

  • ESG and Sustainability
  • Commercial
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Data Protection
  • Employment
  • Intellectual Property
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment
  • Real estate
  • Tax
  • Technology

Summary

Ville is Head of ESG & Sustainability at Magnusson Finland and leads the ESG and Sustainability team. Together with his team, he provides legal and strategic support to our clients on a wide range of ESG issues while ensuring the development and implementation of Magnusson’s own ESG practices.

During his two terms (2022-2023) as Chairman of Magnusson International, he has witnessed the rise of ESG issues both in client engagements and in the work of international law firms.

Ville has attended and spoken at several international seminars, bringing together a wide range of stakeholders with ESG issues at the core of their business, particularly in relation to regulation and business impact assessment in sustainability matters.

Ville and Magnusson’s ESG and Sustainability team have a comprehensive understanding of corporate sustainability, compliance, risk management and business alignment with ESG regulation, among others, considering various stakeholders.

He has extensive experience in handling complex cross-border commercial and transactional matters, with a particular focus on the mining, real estate, and technology sectors.

Over the years, Ville has held numerous board positions in various industries, from local to international corporations and innovative start-ups. He is also well known for his recognised work in multi-jurisdictional legal matters relating to risk management and strategy work. Ville also advises clients on employment and sports law matters.

Professional experience

 

Attorneys-at-Law Magnusson Ltd
Attorney-at-law / Partner / Head of ESG & Sustainability: 2024 – to date

Magnusson International
Chairman of the Committee: 2022 – 2023

Attorneys-at-Law Magnusson Ltd
Attorney-at-law / Partner / Co-Head of Tampere: 2018 – 2024

Prunus Attorneys Ltd
Attorney-at-law / Partner: 2010 – 2017

Prunus Consulting Ltd
Owner, Legal Counsel: 2008 – 2010

Talentor Finland Oy
Senior Consultant: 2008 – 2010

Talentor Group Oy
Legal Counsel: 2008 – 2010

Ulla-Riitta Harju & Co Ltd, Attorneys-at-law
Partner: 2003 – 2008

Ulla-Riitta Harju & Co Ltd, Attorneys-at-law
Associate: 1999 – 2003

Riihimäki District Court
Trainee Judge: 2001 – 2002

Ulla-Riitta Harju & Co Ltd, Attorneys-at-law
Legal Assistant: 1997 – 1999

Education

Helsinki University, LL.M.: 1999

Certificates

Certificate of Completion: Leadership in Law Firms. Harvard Law School Executive Education. Issued in May 2022. No Expiration Date.

Bar admissions

  • Member of the Finnish Bar Association
  • Admitted in Finland as Attorney-at-law

Languages

  • Finnish
  • English

Positions of trust

  • Legalmondo, Member: 2024 – to date
  • Työmaapalvelut Express Oy, Chairman of the Board: 2023 – to date
  • Green Building Council Finland, Member of the Real Estate Committee: 2023 – to date
  • One4all Finland Oy, Board Member: 2021 – to date
  • Vahinkosaneeraus Grahn Oy, Board Member: 2020 – 2022 and 2023 – to date
  • Joblink Oy, Chairman of the Board: 2015 – 2023
  • Rakennus-Grahn Oy, Board Member: 2014 – 2022
  • Ilves ry, Member of the Board of Directors: 2020 – 2021
  • Magnus Minerals Ltd., Board Member: 2018 – 2021
  • SH Palveluverkko Oy, Chairman of the Board: 2018 – 2021
  • Football Association of Finland, Member of the Board of Directors: 2016 – 2020
  • Tampereen Pallo-Veikot ry, Chairman: 2014 – 2017
  • Football Association of Finland, District of Tampere, Vice President: 2014 – 2016
  • Kotkan Kiinteistöpalvelu Oy, Chairman of the Board: 2013 – 2015

Awards and rankings

The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2022
Finland: Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Dispute Resolution and Real Estate and Construction

The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2021
Finland: Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Employment and Dispute Resolution

The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2020
Finland: Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Employment and Dispute Resolution

The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2019
Finland: Commercial, Corporate and M&A and Employment