Get to Know Us | Sini Paajanen, Senior Associate, M&A, Helsinki
11 December 2019
When did you start working at Hannes Snellman?
I joined Hannes Snellman in January 2019 from another big law firm.
What is your professional background?
During my studies, I acquired work experience by working part time, for instance, at different law firms and in the legal department of a Finnish listed company. I graduated in 2014 and continued working as an associate lawyer in the M&A team of HPP Attorneys, where I had, by then, already worked for three years as a trainee. At HPP, I worked on a broad scope of assignments including private M&A transactions, private equity investments, corporate and tax law advice, and drafting of commercial agreements. After working there for seven years in total, I got the chance to join Hannes Snellman. Here, I am part of our private M&A team, so my main focus is on M&A transactions, which generally also include some corporate, commercial, and contract law-related tasks.
What do you like most about your job?
The best part of my job is that no two days are alike. When I get to work in the morning, I never know what surprises the day will bring along. I also like the fact that I get to work with different kinds of clients and assignments and that the clients bring their most challenging legal issues for us to work on. I am also quite social and enjoy being able to do teamwork.
What is included in a “normal” working day?
I always start my workdays with a cup of coffee in the morning. As stated before, no two days are alike, but normally a day would include client correspondence, internal or client meetings, telephone conferences, and reviewing and drafting agreements and other documents. For an M&A lawyer, the workdays normally include project management tasks as well. I also spend time chatting with colleagues – work should be fun, too.
How do you like to spend your free time?
Besides spending time with friends and family, I like to do different kinds of sports, mainly tennis, gym, and dancing.
What advice would you give yourself on your first day at law school and on your first day working at a law firm?
On the first day of law school, I would pass on the advice I actually received myself: Enjoy studying while it lasts, there is plenty of time to work later. Get to know your fellow students and try different sorts of traineeships in different kinds of work environments. I would also strongly recommend going abroad for a student exchange to broaden your horizons.
On the first day working at a law firm: Do your best, but do not stress about not knowing something. You will learn eventually and no-one expects you to be an expert in the beginning. Be open to different sorts of assignments even outside your general scope of work, it may come in handy one day.
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