Meet our people on secondment: Kristina Mentula

As our employees grow with us, they get the chance utilize different exchange opportunities, including the possibility of going on a secondment. Meet our people who have been on secondment to client firms, foreign law firms, or our office on the other side of the Baltic Sea.

First out is our Senior Associate Kristina Mentula, who was on a client secondment to Huhtamäki.

What did you do?
I worked as a Legal Counsel in Huhtamäki’s Global Legal team, focusing mostly on corporate governance and finance-related matters. My daily tasks included subsidiary management, working on intra-group reorganizations, coordinating the integration of new group companies, and drafting and reviewing various documents.

How did you end up on secondment at Huhtamäki?
I did a similar secondment in another listed company last year and the experience was so great that I wanted to do another secondment and luckily, I got the chance to do that at Huhtamäki.

What were the differences compared to work and everyday life at Roschier?
Projects and tasks were quite similar from a legal perspective but at Huhtamäki the tasks varied more and included more practical matters as well as day-to-day legal advice. Huhtamäki operates in 37 countries and 114 locations around the world, so the work environment is truly international and there is lots of things going on all the time.

What did you bring back with you?
I have learned what it is like to work as an inhouse legal counsel in an international company, what kind of legal issues companies face and most importantly, and what kind of legal advice they appreciate. As a lawyer, it is important for me to understand the surrounding business realities in order to provide valuable legal advice. I had great time at Huhtamäki and I really recommend a secondment for everyone!