Sakari Halonen

Sakari Halonen

Partner Bird & Bird Finland


Sakari’s clients value his ability to immediately get to the core of a problem.

Sakari is a partner in our Tech & Comms Group, based in Helsinki and the Head of the practice.

He advises clients in IT and business process outsourcing (BPO) arrangements as well as on all aspects of IT systems procurement, software licensing, integration, development, distribution and related services and maintenance agreements. Sakari is also frequently engaged in M&A, with a particular focus on technology-related transactions and technology aspects in M&A in general. Sakari is also active in IT related dispute resolution, as well as acting as an arbitrator in the field.

Prior to the partnership at Bird & Bird Sakari was a partner in another notable law firm in Finland, establishing technology and outsourcing practices at the firm. His career in law firms begun however already in the beginning of the 2ooo's when he worked as an associate at Fennica Attorneys Ltd, Finnish law firm that since became a part of Bird & Bird.

He is a regular lecturer on a variety of topics in IT law (with various commercial seminar organisers) and on prevention of money laundering (with the Finnish Bar Association).

Sakari has a Master of Laws from the University of Helsinki and was called to the Finnish Bar in 2004.

In addition to his native Finnish, Sakari is fluent in English and Swedish.

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Lawyer Testimonials
  1. Sakari Halonen joined the firm in 2016 and is widely respected by peers for his experience in the field.

    Chambers and Partners, 2017
  2. "Sakari Halonen’s "understanding of the Finnish IT market, business acumen and solution-oriented approach is unmatched".

    EMEA Legal 500, 2016
  3. Sakari Halonen impresses clients with his "broad knowledge of the IT sector and its developments, and his reliable nature."

    Chambers Europe, 2014