Hammarström Puhakka Partners has appointed Markku Mäkinen as a Specialist Counsel and head of the firm’s technology, media and telecommunications group effective from February 13, 2012. Prior to joining HPP, Mäkinen was in-house counsel at Nokia for 12 years, ultimately as head of legal for Nokia’s global marketing function.
Mäkinen has significant experience of large-scale technology implementation and delivery projects and technology development in an international environment. He has lead several legal teams including the Nokia China and Nokia North America legal teams as well as been responsible for the legal support to Nokia Research Center and Nokia Ventures Organization and head of legal for Nokia’s global marketing, retail, online sales, logistics and care functions. Prior to his career in Nokia he was a partner of a Helsinki based law firm.
“I am really excited about this opportunity. The last 12 years at Nokia in different roles in Europe, China and the US give an excellent basis to add value for the clients of Hammarström Puhakka Partners. Customer focus and providing solutions to our clients’ needs will be at the core of the expanding activities of HPP’s TMT group”, says Mäkinen.
According to HPP’s Managing Director, Markus Einiö, Mäkinen’s long international career in one of the world’s leading technology companies will further strengthen HPP’s TMT practice and offer a valuable commercial and legal perspective on taking Finnish clients into the international market as well as attracting further multinational technology and telecoms companies with Finnish business activities and legal needs.