Ossi Haapaniemi heads the tax group at Hannes Snellman. His fields of expertise include public and private M&A, capital markets, financial instruments, incentive schemes, EU tax law and tax litigation. Recently he has been doing mostly tax litigation. Mr Haapaniemi’s career to date has included positions as tax auditor at a county tax office, tax manager at Arthur Andersen, and a director in charge of structuring and taxation of M&A and capital markets transactions at Evli Corporate Finance (later Evli Bank). He has vast experience and in-depth knowledge of corporate taxation, especially of financial instruments, corporate finance transactions and incentive schemes. He is a frequent speaker at seminars, and has written numerous articles and books on taxation. In 2006, he successfully defended his tax law dissertation on the tax treatment of stock-based incentive schemes. He was the Finnish IFA branch reporter in 2000 (hybrid financial instruments) and in 2009 (foreign exchange issues).