Dispute resolution in Finland

Castrén & Snellman

Castrén & Snellman is a highly regarded practice for clients seeking representation in cross-border commercial disputes, international arbitration proceedings, and white-collar criminal cases. Recent work includes major antitrust damages actions and disputes in the Finnish energy and construction sectors. Practice co-heads Anders Forss and Marko Hentunen are known for their work in high-profile proceeding, counsel Jerker Pitkänen is noted for his work on major contract disputes for construction and energy clients, and counsel and partner-elect Ilona Karppinen is a key resource regarding corporate and M&A disputes, regulatory investigations, and antitrust enforcement work. Senior advisor and insolvency expert Mikko Könkkölä is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Anders Forss; Marko Hentunen

Other key lawyers:

Jerker Pitkänen; Ilona Karppinen; Mikko Könkkölä

Testimonials

‘Thought leadership, collaboration of different areas of practice and inclusion of people with different experience and capabilities.’

‘Jerker Pitkänen stands out for being a good communicator with strategic thinking.’

‘A very professional and easy to work with team.’

‘Anders Forss is the leading name of his generation in Finnish dispute resolution.’

Ilona Karppinen is up-and-coming and a sheer pleasure to work with – accessible, to the point and very thorough in both the factual and the legal analysis.’

‘The team is diligent and understands the nuances of the business which makes it easy to describe the occurred events. They seem to work well together and appreciate and respect each other.’

Jerker Pitkänen remains calm and clear-minded in all situations. He is also experienced and hard-working with an appetite to provide excellent service. His ability to describe complex issues in writing is one of the best based on my experience.’

‘The C&S dispute resolution team is the only Scandinavian/Finnish team of which I am aware that is able to handle the very large international construction arbitrations (which seems to be their central focus), and also able to handle the unusual construction projects such as chemical plants. They are also adept at dealing with risk management issues and claims.’

Key clients

BMW AG

Finnair plc

Gasum Ltd

Google Inc

Lujatalo Oy

Metsä Group

Nordea Bank Finland plc

Stora Enso plc

Valio Ltd

The Finnish Composer’s Copyright Society Teosto

Work highlights

  • Represented Lujatalo Oy in a dispute concerning the construction of a new hospital in Espoo, Finland.
  • Represented Google in Finnish court cases concerning data protection and privacy matters, including the ‘right to be forgotten’ as well as cases concerning issues under the Freedom of Speech Act.
  • Represented the Finnish Composer’s Copyright Society Teosto in litigation regarding the non-payment of Teosto’s full royalty rates.

Lindfors & Co Attorneys at Law

The litigation and arbitration specialists at Lindfors & Co Attorneys at Law cover the full range of contentious work including providing conflict management and conflict avoidance advice. It represents clients in large, complex infrastructure and project delivery disputes, as well as IP and IT-related disputes, and has recently branched out to represent clients in tax litigation. Patrik Lindfors heads up the practice and is an expert in Finnish, Swedish and US arbitration; the team also frequently represents clients in the UK, Switzerland and Denmark. Petra Kiurunen is also noted for her arbitration expertise.

Practice head(s):

Patrik Lindfors

Other key lawyers:

Petra Kiurunen; Henrica Siiskonen

Testimonials

‘Very effective in patent litigation in the field of pharmaceuticals.’

Roschier

Roschier handles large, complex commercial disputes, particularly international arbitrations, and also provides risk management and strategic advice, acts in project and construction-related disputes in the energy sector, and handles Finnish-Swedish cross-border arbitration work. Practice co-head Gisela Knuts is a ‘true leader‘ and specialises in complex cross-border litigation and alternative dispute resolution in the construction, engineering and energy sectors; while co-head Aapo Saarikivi is an ‘outstanding litigator‘ and has niche expertise in dispute avoidance and strategic advisory work. Investigations and compliance expert Laila Sivonen was promoted to principal associate in June 2021, while senior associates Tero Toivonen and Nika Larkimo joined from Lindfors & Co Attorneys at Law and Asianajotoimisto White & Case Oy in April and May 2021 respectively.

Practice head(s):

Gisela Knuts; Aapo Saarikivi

Other key lawyers:

Laila Sivonen; Nika Larkimo; Tero Toivonen

Testimonials

‘Roschier is the best firm in Finland. Counsel are sophisticated global practitioners who work very well with US companies.’

‘Aapo Saarikivi is an outstanding litigator who capably handles litigation and arbitration in Finland and around the world.’

‘The Roschier litigation team is very diverse and team work is their core strength as they enable team members of any seniority to bring valuable input to the case. The team always stays on top of their game making it easier for the client by taking on not only the core drafting work as expected but also most organizational tasks, meeting preparation and collection of information.’

‘What stood out the most compared to competitors is the unpretentious nature of the Roschier litigation team members. The practical no-nonsense approach makes collaboration easy and comfortable.’

‘Commitment to difficult tasks, ability to produce high quality of solutions even in new law areas.’

‘Unique cooperation to build winning teams among the organization, high level of knowledge.’

‘The team is really deep – Roschier Helsinki office could easily allocate three senior and two junior associates for our complex arbitration, led by partner Gisela Knuts.’

‘Gisela Knuts is a true leader of the team. Great strategist with hands on approach.’

Key clients

Microsoft

Nokia

Stora Enso

Arla

Fennovoima

Pfizer

Kemira

Mash Group plc

R-Investicija

Work highlights

  • Advised Finnish energy company Fennovoima in relation to its EPC Contract with Rosatom for the turnkey delivery of the Hanhikivi-1 nuclear power plant.
  • Represented the claimant, Lithuanian family-held investment company UAB R Investicija and related smaller co-claimants, in an SCC arbitration seated in Helsinki, under Lithuanian substantive law, against Finnish listed company Kesko Corporation relating to their joint venture in the Baltics and Belarus.
  • Represented the Finnish parent company of global fintech group Mash Group plc in parallel litigation proceedings aiming for a corporate restructuring to avoid insolvency.

Borenius

Borenius frequently represents blue-chip companies in complex commercial litigation and arbitration proceedings including green energy, construction, financial markets, trade, retail and mining clients. Markus Kokko leads the team, focusing on construction disputes as well as complex regulatory investigations. Kristiina Liljedahl focuses on both domestic and international commercial arbitration and litigation for IT and telecoms clients, while newly promoted partner Tero Kovanen acts in cross-border mandates.

Practice head(s):

Markus Kokko

Other key lawyers:

Kristiina Liljedahl; Tero Kovanen

Testimonials

‘High level professionalism throughout the process. Deep knowledge of customer’s situation combined with solution and business driven approach.’

‘Kristiina Liljedahl and Tero Kovanen are both highly respected in customer’s organisation, not only due to top notch subject matter expertise but also due to exceptional collaboration skills.’

‘Borenius is a premier law firm in the field of dispute resolution in Scandinavia. They have special capabilities in international arbitration and are able to handle complex and technically detailed work such as project delivery disputes.’

‘Tero Kovanen is the standout performer. Always provides clear advice and recommendations even in complex situations. A great combination of big picture tactical thinking, attention to detail and persuasive argumentation skills.’

‘Ms Kristiina Liljedahl is appreciated for her pragmatic and result-driven approach.’

Key clients

NCC Group

Agnico Eagle Mines

PKC Group

Tamro plc

Finlayson

Harvia Finland Oy

Taaleri plc

Outokumpu plc

Alva-yhtiöt Oy

Jyväskylän Voima Oy

Heraeus Medical GmbH

Work highlights

  • Represented Talvivaara’s top executives in a class action-like lawsuit that followed the decision of the Supreme Court regarding the aggravated impairment of environment at the Talvivaara mine.
  • Represented Heraeus at the Market Court as regards to damages claimed as a result of unfair business practices and loss of sales of bone cement products.
  • Successfully defended Agnico’s executives against criminal charges for aggravated manslaughter and work safety offences relating to a mining accident.

Dittmar & Indrenius

Dittmar & Indrenius has developed a strong reputation regarding settlement negotiations and cross-border commercial arbitration and mediation proceedings, cartel damages litigation, M&A-related disputes, and high-profile state aid cases. It is particularly strong in representing clients in the telecoms and technology, automotive, aviation and energy sectors. Practice leader Jussi Lehtinen is noted for his expertise in international arbitration and criminal proceedings, and Tom Ehrström is particularly strong in strategic dispute management.

Practice head(s):

Jussi Lehtinen

Other key lawyers:

Tom Ehrström

Testimonials

‘Team works well together and provides value to the customer.’

‘The individuals focus on the customer’s case and if there are any unclear issues they do not hesitate to ask about it. Individuals also want to find the best possible solution for the customer.’

‘Well organised, use of virtual document handling tools, friendly and constructive in and outside the courtroom.’

‘Attention to the detail, young and enthusiastic.’

‘We have primarily worked with Jussi Lehtinen and Tom Ehström who are both hands-on, quickly identify the relevant core issues and pleasant to work with.’

‘Dittmar & Indrenius’ team have all the capabilities they need to serve customers. Very good performance and fast progress, clear communication including the reasoning makes it easy to trust the team.’

Key clients

Nobina Oy

SPX Flow Technology Germany GmbH

Veho Oy Ab

Realpro Oy

Work highlights

  • Acted for bus traffic operator Nobina in the European Court of Justice and Finnish courts in one of Finland’s largest state aid case with a matter value exceeding €60m.
  • Acted as Finnish co-counsel in ICC arbitration proceedings arising from services agreements in the telecoms field, against a publicly listed Finnish telecoms corporation.
  • Represented a leading European provider of source-to-pay and e-invoicing solutions in international arbitration proceedings under the FAI Expedited Rules.

Frontia Attorneys at Law Ltd

The dispute resolution team at Frontia Attorneys at Law Ltd is particularly experienced in representing mid-to-large Finnish and international clients in alternative dispute resolution, but is also active in private enforcement-related litigation and white-collar crime cases. Practice leader Antti Järvinen represents clients in major arbitration and litigation proceedings, while Kimmo Heikkinen handles complex construction and engineering disputes. Mika Karppinen focuses on engineering-related disputes, as well as disputes covering procurement and insolvency issues, and Kati Laine was promoted to partner in August 2021.

Practice head(s):

Antti Järvinen

Other key lawyers:

Kimmo Heikkinen; Mika Karppinen; Kati Laine

Testimonials

‘Proactive, pragmatic, very professional service.’

‘Antti Järvinen especially (and his key colleagues) stand out based on the in depth knowledge and experience especially in the field of construction litigation, but also in other disputes and litigation matters. Antti is super professional, clear and pragmatic without sacrificing the necessary detail. One of Finland’s best attorneys.’

Pragmatic approach striving at mitigating conflict while maintaining and improving the legal position in the case pre-trial.’

Antti Järvinen is an outstanding analytical minded litigator who has the experience to assess the true merits of the case and build a solid litigation strategy.’

Key clients

Neste

YIT

SWECO

Kesko

UPM-Kymmene

NCC

Hannes Snellman

Hannes Snellman is particularly strong in representing clients in international commercial arbitrations, post-M&A-related disputes, and public procurement litigation. It is also highly experienced in construction and energy disputes, as well as insolvency and financial claims, often led by practice head Anders Bygglin. Anna-Maria Tamminen’s expertise lies primarily in international arbitration proceedings and competition litigation, while Markus Manninen is regarded for his work in arbitration and administrative proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Anders Bygglin

Other key lawyers:

Anna-Maria Tamminen; Markus Manninen

Testimonials

‘Our contact persons worked extremely well! Anders Bygglin’s knowledge of the demanded things in our case is high-class and the way they work is impressive. They are good in thinking about the case from many points of views so that they can answer the questions of the judge and the accusations of the opposite side. Their good experience and both the knowledge of the law and court practices are convincing. Our company is extremely satisfied with the way Bygglin worked with us.’

‘Anders Bygglin represented us in court. He was extremely good at “reading” both the judge and the counterpart at court sessions. He had carefully planned beforehand how to proceed at court but he has the skills to work according to the situation and the persons. I think that had a big effect at the court since he could understand immediately what the judge considered important and he could immediately work accordingly. Very impressive work at the court!’

‘The dispute resolution team has proven to have very high quality in its legal assessment, also drafting of documents is at a particularly strong professional level. No mistakes, timely, and high quality deliveries.’

‘The dispute resolution team of Hannes Snellman Attorneys has provided extremely valuable support to us in multiple cases. Not only from the legal resolution aspect but also from broader perspective; very good discussions, brainstorming, consultative process development support, etc. Working with them makes you feel they would be your in-house department, not external service supplier.’

‘Anders Bygglin is a very high-calibre professional with vast experience. Easy to communicate and always reachable. Anders can fit himself very quickly to the case / situation on hand and thinks about everything from a very broad perspective but still with great attention even to the smallest detail. Working with him is always super-professional but with a very open, transparent and casual manner, just as I want it to be. Summary: If I would have any legal topic I need consultation for, Anders is my #1 “whom shall I ask”. Full trust and very high appreciation, definitely worth of every euro.’

Key clients

Kesko Oyj

Republic of Poland

Tampereen Vesi

Spa Holdings 3 Oy

Work highlights

  • Represented the Republic of Poland in a set-aside case resulting from an intra-EU BIT award before the ECJ and Swedish Supreme Court, with a value in dispute of over €176m.
  • Represented a global technology company in a €12m construction arbitration against a consortium.
  • Represented Kesko Oyj before the market court in proceedings resulting from the Finnish Competition Authority’s decision to prohibit the sale of Heinon Tukku Oy to Kesko Oyj.

HPP Attorneys

HPP Attorneys fields a ‘very professional and competent team’, which is known for representing both international and Finnish commercial clients in the construction, transportation, logistics and industrial sectors; it also handles competition law infringement claims, maritime and transport disputes, and corporate litigation including shareholder agreement and post-M&A disputes. Practice co-leader Mikko Leppä represents both local and international clients in court and arbitration proceedings concerning commercial disputes, as well as providing dispute avoidance advice. Marko Wainio co-leads the practice and focuses primarily on domestic litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Mikko Leppä; Marko Wainio

Testimonials

‘Very professional and competent team members showing great expertise and experience. Dedicated to customer specific needs. Output very clear and spot on as requested. Easy, fun and fluent to work with.’

‘Mikko Leppä is probably the best dispute lawyer I have ever encountered.’

‘As a customer, we are pleased with the extensive expertise and in-depth commitment to our cause. ’

‘On the HPP side, our cause has been driven by several people whose internal cooperation and expertise have convinced us as a customer.’

‘The team is very business minded and is able quickly to understand the needs of the customer and come up with sensible proposals.’

‘The individuals are very innovative and solution oriented which makes the communication with the individual team members smooth. It is also easy to see as a customer that the communication between the individuals works well which creates further efficiencies.’

Key clients

Metsäliitto Cooperative

Eltel Group Corporation

Finavia plc

Neste plc

Talvivaara Sotkamo Ltd.

Superfast Ferries S.A.

Port of Helsinki

NCC Industry Ltd.

Destia Group

State of Finland/Ministry of Finance

The Finnish Transport Agency

Rusatom Overseas JSC

CGI Finland Ltd.

Privanet plc

Merropoint Oy

B-Kiinteistöt Oy

Amiko Oy

Agnico Eagle Finland Oy

Erikoissijoitusrahasto Aktia Toimitilakiinteistöt Oy

Collector Bank AB

Phillip Morris

Mawaad Environmental Services DMCC

Nevel Oy

PRO-Keskus Oy

Reima Oy

Suomen Ertyisjäte Oy

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Privanet in multiple disputes regarding the bankruptcy of a Finnish construction company, Lapis Rakennus Oy.
  • Represented Reima Oy in an arbitration related to a purchase price under a Business Transfer Agreement.
  • Represented Mawaad Environmental Services DMCC in an arbitration related to a shareholders agreement about infringement of certain obligations.

Krogerus

Krogerus is a key name for banking and finance and M&A-related disputes, acting for international clients based in Europe, the US and Asia. It is also experienced in representing clients before disciplinary committees involving corporate offences, arbitration panels, and in internal investigations, especially in the construction and real estate sectors. Commercial arbitration and private enforcement specialist Kirsi Kannaste was appointed practice group head in April 2021, while Mikko Elonheimo focuses on IP, IT, construction and general commercial disputes. Thomas Kolster specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration in the international finance, trade and transport sectors.

Practice head(s):

Kirsi Kannaste

Other key lawyers:

Mikko Elonheimo; Thomas Kolster

Testimonials

‘Their flexibility has made it very easy to work with them. They always seem to have the right specialist for the task. Quick and professional.’

‘I have worked closely with Thomas Kolster. He is proactive and easy to work with. Always seems to understand what it is I need.’

‘Great commitment to the work and to building the relationship. Excellent availability, will bend over backwards to assist and always a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Kirsi Kannaste is an absolute pleasure to work with and very responsive. Thomas Kolster is very knowledgeable.’

‘Krogerus Attorneys Ltd has a reputation of being one the top commercial law firms in Finland. They are known for highly skilled partners and associates, to the point advice to the customers and practical solutions for complex legal issues. They have also good reputation to take “the extra mile” for their customers.’

‘I have mainly worked with Kirsi Kannaste and she fits completely into Krogerus’ reputation. I was mostly impressed with how quickly and thoroughly she and her team was able get to the core issues of the case(s) we have had. Just within a timeframe of a few days they were able to present their analyses of the case(s), risks & opportunities and strategies to go forward. Also their knowledge of the subject matters is impressive.’

‘The team was easy to approach, through and professional.’

Key clients

Danske Bank

Kiinteistö Oy Espoon sairaala

Nuorisosäätiö

Work highlights

  • Represented the city-owned real estate company Kiinteistö Oy Espoon sairaala regarding the development of hospital real estate in Espoo.
  • Acted as administrator in the corporate restructuring proceedings of Nuorisosäätiö sr, a registered foundation.
  • Represented Danske Bank A/S in defending against sanctions related claims from an OFAC SDN-listed Russian oligarch, who has sued all of the largest banks in Finland and is seeking to gain access to the EU banking system through his lawsuit.

Merilampi Attorneys Ltd

Merilampi Attorneys Ltd handles a broad range of commercial litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. Its recent caseload has shifted to include shareholder disputes and product and environmental liability cases, which are usually led by Jussi Ikonen, who is an experienced mediator and ‘excellent litigator‘. Teemu Taxell also deals with commercial litigation and arbitration proceedings, while managing partner Heidi Merikalla-Teir focuses on construction and real estate arbitration and mediation issues.

Practice head(s):

Teemu Taxell; Jussi Ikonen

Other key lawyers:

Heidi Merikalla-Teir

Testimonials

‘Jussi Ikonen has long history and experience in dispute resolution. Very good insight into different strategies in the process. Good engagement with customer and timely execution of the process. Very professional argumentation of the customer viewpoints in the dispute resolution.’

‘We have received well argued advice in our disputes with different stakeholders from Merilampi’s Dispute resolution team. There are many experts in the team with a business oriented approach to legal proceedings and capability to give ad hoc tips for ongoing processes in different phases.’

‘Jussi Ikonen is a very experienced dispute resolution professional who has the necessary knowledge for both the legal questions but also for the claim management of a project as a whole from the business perspective.’

‘Jussi Ikonen is absolutely an excellent litigator. I have been his client now for four years. He has won all the processes we have gone through. He is supportive and a very intelligent litigator. I think all the opponents are afraid of him. I would not like to sit on the other side of the table. He has high moral.’

‘Jussi Ikonen always thinks the best of the client. Even as a litigator he wants to solve the cases peacefully and tactically. I think he is one of the best litigators in Finland.’

‘A very strong team of professionals works here. The employees of the company quickly understand the essence of the problem and give all options for the development of events.’

‘Teemu Taxell is a reliable partner who understands our needs. He always takes into account the fact that we normally need to maintain relations with the same parties we have disputes with. He looks at the disputes from a larger perspective and enhances our possibilities of finding a solution that supports our business in the long run. I can just give him a call and he’ll take matters into his care.’

Key clients

Elisa Corporation

Lassila & Tikanoja plc

Skanska Oy

Huhtamäki plc

Fujitsu Finland Oy

Municipality of Sysmä

Saxdor Yachts Oy

Work highlights

  • Represented Fujitsu Finland Oy in a complex litigation initiated by the municipality of Espoo. The contractual dispute involves the alleged loss of several thousands of leased IT equipment items and Fujitsu Finland Oy’s alleged failures to attend to Espoo’s IT equipment register.
  • Advised a leading Finnish company operating in the energy sector in a significant matter that involves an insurance related dispute against the liability insurer as well as other complex environmental and contractual liability issues.
  • Represented a Dubai-based holding company in arbitration proceedings under the SCC Arbitration Rules related to several loan agreements.

Avance Attorneys Ltd

The conflict management and dispute resolution team at Avance Attorneys Ltd is noted for its strength in M&A and other transaction-related disputes and is particularly strong in corporate dispute avoidance work and arbitration proceedings. It also represents clients in international investigations, corporate criminal litigation, and insolvency and tax-related disputes. Practice co-leaders Ulla Vuokila and Salla Suominen are both highly regarded corporate and commercial dispute resolution and arbitration specialists.

Practice head(s):

Ulla Vuokila; Salla Suominen

Testimonials

‘Clear and uncomplicated, practical advice.’

‘Ulla Vuokila has solid experience in litigation, excellent communication skills, and is easy to approach.’

‘The Avance team has a nice range and has over the years covered a wide range of topics for us, everything from tenant disputes to negotiating with city representatives on our behalf.’

‘We have worked extensively with Salla Suominen over the last several years and she is excellent. Knowledgeable but also with a strong commercial sense.’

‘Ulla Vuokila is a highly professional lawyer and expert in Dispute Resolution. She always tries to find the best and most suitable way to go forward for her clients. Her understanding of commercial life and communication in media is remarkable. In addition to her own expertise, she co-operates with other professionals from other branches at Avance. She also has very good contacts to get expert opinions from specialists, for example professors, whenever needed. Ulla Vuokila is also very discreet and elegant in person and always available to help as needed.’

‘The team is very competent, agile and fast.’

‘To the point people, pragmatic, result oriented, competent and fast. Valuable advice received on difficult cases.’

Bird & Bird

The dispute resolution team at Bird & Bird is noted for its experience in the Court of Appeal, the Finnish Supreme Court, and the Market Court. It covers contentious trade secret issues and white-collar crime matters, as well as construction and real estate-related litigation. Tom Vapaavuori co-heads the practice and is an ‘expert‘ in trade secret litigation, while co-head Mikko Rajala focuses on commercial and real estate disputes. ‘Future star‘ Jarno Sulasalmi was recently promoted to senior counsel and real estate specialist Essi Jolma was promoted to senior associate.

Practice head(s):

Tom Vapaavuori; Mikko Rajala

Other key lawyers:

Jarno Sulasalmi; Essi Jolma

Testimonials

‘Bird & Bird are excellent at defining a strategy as well as bringing together the detail to underpin and execute it. Our case had a number of highly unusual and unexpected aspects to it. The Bird & Bird team were always on top of the facts of the case and consistently stepped up, often with very little time to respond, so that we could adjust and adapt as needed to address the challenges.’

Overall Bird & Bird deliver exceptional value for money. I do not think they, or anyone, could have done more to represent us effectively and I was convinced of this long before we knew, and regardless of, the final outcome of the case.’

‘Very good professional skill especially regarding negotiations and pre-work of arbitration. Collaboration with client was immediate and they reacted and responded properly without any default with respect to different kind of legal problems.’

‘Collaboration, very good knowledge of arbitration and solving of disputes, knowledge of commercial/contract laws.’

‘Tom Vapaavuori is reliable, responsive and very easy to work with.’

‘Very hands-on experts, easy to communicate with and proactive.’

‘Tom Vapaavuori is an expert in litigation, doesn’t hesitate to take a view and give recommendations. Jarno Sulasalmi is a future star. Both are also fun to work with.’

DLA Piper Finland Attorneys Ltd

The commercial and corporate disputes specialists at DLA Piper Finland Attorneys Ltd are connected to other teams globally to provide multi-jurisdictional and practice area coverage to clients, particularly across the Nordics. Arbitration specialist Jussi Savonen leads the team on cross-border corporate disputes and white-collar crime proceedings, while John-Henrik Spåre represents financial sector clients in damage claims. Pia Bräysy recently represented the Helsinki City Transport Authority and the National Emergency Supply Agency in two high-profile cases.

Practice head(s):

Jussi Savonen

Other key lawyers:

John-Henrik Spåre; Pia Bräysy

Testimonials

‘The team is very effective and always provides excellent results.’

‘Great legal knowledge from all aspects of dispute resolution.’

‘The firm has an easy going atmosphere and it’s easy to approach them with difficult issues. The overall level of legal service is exceptional. The firm’s approach in truly business minded.’

‘John-Henrik Spåre has a rational and pragmatic approach to cases, and wants to find good solutions for the client. He represents clients in complex dispute resolution and litigation proceedings. I fully trust his approach and views on the process.’

‘I have recently gotten to work with the DLA dispute resolution practice in Finland. Pia Bräysy is a fantastic dispute lawyer, with a fantastic business/commercial touch and understanding, which goes beyond just legal matters and topics. Above expectations experience with their team, and in particular Pia.’

‘DLA Piper Finland Attorneys Ltd has dedicated an excellent team to drive our very significant case where I have experience. The team has done incredibly thorough work in preparing the case for us, and has very successfully argued the case in district court of Helsinki against a very high profile opposing side.’

‘Pia Bräysy has been leading the work with crystal clear focus and assembled the presentation of the case in fantastic detail, leading to perfect results.’

Key clients

Helsinki City Transport Authority

Länsimetro Oy

Danske Bank A/S, Finland Branch

Solteq plc

National Emergency Supply Agency (NESA)

SEB Life International Assurance Company DAC

Fennia Mutual Insurance Company

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)

Dentsu Aegis Network

MTV Oy

Nurminen Logistics plc

Asset Management Company Arsenal Ltd

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Helsinki City Transport Authority and Länsimetro Oy in a large dispute regarding termination of supply agreements for the Helsinki area metro automation.
  • Represented National Emergency Supply Agency in various high profile litigation and criminal proceedings against two suppliers of facemasks during Covid-19.
  • Assisted the European Chemicals Agency with coordination of multi-jurisdictional claims in Europe for collecting administrative charges levied for chemical registrations under EU Regulations.

Eversheds Asianajotoimisto Oy / Eversheds Attorneys Ltd (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)

Eversheds Asianajotoimisto Oy / Eversheds Attorneys Ltd (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) focuses on both domestic and international competition law enforcement work and represents clients in the European Court of Justice and in white collar and corporate crime cases. Practice co-head Tapio Väätäinen joined the team in mid-2021 and focuses on complex civil and criminal litigation proceedings. Fellow co-head Niina Rosenlund is an expert in competition disputes, while Mika Oksanen specialises in commercial disputes and white collar crime mandates.

Practice head(s):

Tapio Väätäinen; Niina Rosenlund

Other key lawyers:

Mika Oksanen

Testimonials

‘They are obviously experienced arbitration counsel. What impressed me in particular was their willingness to consider a negotiated solution to the dispute, which ultimately proved to be in the best interest of their client. This kind of openness represents a new style in alternative dispute resolution that I subscribe to as well.’

‘They are very competent, hard working and they have good ethics.’

‘They are very thorough in their legal work, competent, and good performers in court.’

‘Tapio Väätäinen is a skilled litigator and a long-standing dispute resolution adviser. Collaboration with Tapio is straightforward and refreshingly informal.’

‘Broad understanding of different law sub-areas, negotiating skills and appearance in court.’

Key clients

Quorum Rakennuttajarahasto II Ky

Koiviston Auto Group

Bankruptcy Estate of Talvivaara

Youth Foundation / Nuorisosäätiö

Bankruptcy Estate of Ahtium Oyj

Pipeline Finland Oy

SKM Service Oy

Work highlights

  • Represented Youth Foundation / Nuorisosäätiö in several ongoing legal proceedings both as claimant and as respondent with regard to claims arising out of disadvantageous and suspicious business decisions by the foundation’s former management.
  • Represented Quorum Rakennuttajarahasto II Ky in a complex civil procedure and criminal investigation against.
  • Represented the Bankruptcy Estate of Talvivaara Sotkamo Oy against several claimants having claimed over €10m damages from the Bankruptcy Estate.

Kotiranta & Co Attorney at Law Ltd

The dispute resolution team at Kotiranta & Co Attorney at Law Ltd specialises in corporate dispute resolution work, securities defence, and white-collar crime matters. Clients include international corporations, corporate board members, and Finnish start-ups. In September 2020 the team opened a new office in Northern Finland. Founding partner and head of litigation Kai Kotiranta specialises in white-collar crime litigation and financial and securities work.

Practice head(s):

Kai Kotiranta

Testimonials

Kai Kotiranta is able to understand the special needs of clients and provide a quality service.’

Kai Kotiranta is an extremely talented and relentless litigator. He really fights for his clients and makes it difficult for the adverse party. Whether it is a challenging shareholders’ agreement dispute or white collar crime case, I would definitely choose Kai. He is also extremely nice to work with.’

Key clients

Cargotec group

Former CEO of Comptel plc

Sanoma group

Work highlights

  • Acted for Cargotec group in a case regarding suspected aggravated fraud inside the corporation.
  • Defended the former CEO of Comptel plc in a case regarding alleged misuse of insider information.
  • Represented Sanoma group in a case regarding freedom of speech and reporters privilege.

Mäkitalo Attorneys Ltd

The dispute resolution team at Mäkitalo Attorneys Ltd focuses on litigation and arbitration cases, as well as handling conflict management issues for mid and large-sized multinational companies active in the construction and energy sectors. Team co-heads Annika Kiviharju and Marja Norrena specialise in both arbitration and litigation work, especially relating to commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Annika Kiviharju; Marja Norrena

Other key lawyers:

Juho Lönnblad

Testimonials

‘Mäkitalo is a true expert in dispute resolution, their approach is extremely proactive and both customer and case oriented. Very focused approach.’

‘Juho Lönnblad is a no-nonsense straight-to-the-point attorney but not overly aggressive, driving the customer’s case with extremely clear view on overall situation.’

Marja Norrena is an expert in legal proceedings, cross-examination and with her very analytical and cool approach she can drive the customer’s case very efficiently.’

‘Quick response to customers’ need, evaluating the need for special expertise, committing right specialist(s). High quality response in 24 hrs.’

‘In the field of dispute resolution Annika Kiviharju made great work at our case. Not only dispute solution itself but also advice to customer when to settle immediately.’

Key clients

Kymsote-Kiinteistöt Oy

Vantaan seurakuntayhtymä / Vantaa Parish Union, Evangelic Lutheran church

Helsingin kaupunki / City of Helsinki

Cembrit Oy

Cembrit Production Oy

Kokkolan Energia Oy

Work highlights

  • Represented Kymsote-Kiinteistöt Oy in a large-scale dispute concerning its building project for new hospital premises, where it faced claims from its construction company Skanska Talonrakennus Oy.
  • Represented Vantaa Parish Union in nine court cases and one arbitration relating to land lease agreements under which the Parish Union leases out land to several housing companies in a valuable seaside area of Helsinki.
  • Represented the City of Helsinki in a dispute against the construction company YIT Suomi Oy. The dispute concerned an infrastructure project in the city of Helsinki, where a landslide caused damages to neighbouring land and construction projects.

KPMG Law in Finland

KPMG Law in Finland primarily represents Finnish clients in business-related disputes; its expertise also extends across diverse industries including the real estate and construction sectors. Veli Suortamo co-heads the practice and is noted for representing domestic and international clients in complex contract and arbitration matters, while co-head Minna Poutiainen represents clients in employment and labour law disputes.

Practice head(s):

Veli Suortamo; Minna Poutiainen

Testimonials

‘Our cases have been handled with great professionalism.’

‘They have managed to build up a good relationship with us, also on a personal level.’

Key clients

A1 Asunnot Oy TL

VammSteel Oy

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Lappeenrannan Energiaverkot Oy

Oy NIT Naval Interior Ltd

FCG Smart Transportation Oy

Imatran Kiinteistö-ja Aluepalvelut Oy

Åbo Akademi

Work highlights

  • Represented Lappeenrannan Energiaverkot Oy as a defendant in a matter concerning the reasonableness of connection fees.
  • Acted for A1 Asunnot TL Oy as a plaintiff in an issue related to the exchange of a contract-based security.
  • Acted as counsel for FCG Smart Transportation Oy in a Market Court appeal of a public procurement decision concerning transfer services.

Lexia Attorneys Ltd

Lexia Attorneys Ltd focuses on administrative proceedings and domestic and international arbitrations. The team is particularly strong in conflict mitigation work in the healthcare, insurance and construction sectors. Practice head Kenneth Svartström specialises in disputes related to construction and energy sector projects and cross-border cartel cases, while Saku Knuuti is noted for his work on criminal matters and investigations.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Svartström

Other key lawyers:

Saku Knuuti; Roosa Suutari

Testimonials

‘They are easy to approach. They are business minded lawyers who know our field of business very well. They are also down-to-earth and the pricing is very competitive.’

Key clients

Mutual Insurance Company Fennia

Rooho Oy and Polartum Oy and its affiliates

Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS)

Attendo Terveyspalvelut Oy

Work highlights

  • Represented Fennia in a dispute concerning the sale of the shares in a real estate company.
  • Represented health care provider Attendo in a dispute concerning the alleged withdrawal from a procurement agreement with the municipality of Kainuu.
  • Assisted Rooho Oy and Polartum Oy and its affiliates Info Center Finland ICF Oy and Finvention Oy, and its owner Markku Vettenniemi, in a dispute against a cooperative society of which they are member of.

Magnusson

Magnusson represents clients in criminal, civil and arbitration proceedings, and also provides mediation and alternative dispute resolution services. Jukka Blomberg specialises in litigation, energy sector arbitrations and ad hoc arbitration proceedings; while Ville Salonen represents companies in energy, mining and corporate and M&A claims.

Practice head(s):

Jukka Blomberg; Ville Salonen

Key clients

Teknos Group Oy

St1 Oy

STR Tecoil Oy

Work highlights

  • Assisted several Finnish restaurant entrepreneurs in filing lawsuits regarding litigation matters in the Helsinki District Court against the insurance company Pohjola.

Procopé & Hornborg

The dispute resolution team at Procopé & Hornborg covers both litigation and arbitration matters for Finnish municipalities and European clients active in the construction and pharmaceuticals sectors. Asta Siponen is an experienced litigator and specialises in complex contract disputes, while Ulla von Weissenberg focuses on disputes and sanctions in the shipping, transport, aviation and international trade arenas.

Practice head(s):

Asta Siponen; Ulla von Weissenberg

Testimonials

‘Always very good and competent advice taking into account customer’s needs and business, even with short notice for the assignment from the customer.’

‘Asta Siponen is very competent and experienced professional with a customer focused mindset.’

Attorneys at law Ratiolex Ltd.

Attorneys at law Ratiolex Ltd. specialises in domestic and international business-related disputes and arbitration proceedings. It is particularly strong in employment, insolvency, real estate and construction-related disputes. Practice leader Timo Ylikantola is noted for his work in insolvency procedures, ad hoc arbitration proceedings, and disputes related to general commercial law.

Practice head(s):

Timo Ylikantola

Testimonials

‘Ratiolex has always been intensive in their assignments from us and they turn all dimensions in favour of us; partner Timo Ylikantola’s quality and legal skills are just brilliant.’

‘Timo Ylikantola has all the legal skills that we need for our dispute resolution cases, he has the ability to be truly convincing, tough and polite and he can plan durable strategies and has the ability to make fantastic cross-examinations, but the most importantly he wins our cases.’

‘The quality of work and advocate skills are just superb. Ratiolex is a very competent boutique law firm in arbitration and litigation proceedings.’

‘Timo Ylikantola has brilliant oral, pleading and communication skills – truly convincing dispute resolution counsel for complex cases.’

Key clients

RE/MAX Finland

Neele-Vat

Granlund

Warner Music

Polar Aviation

LänsiAuto

Verona International

Terramek

Onvest

Vaasan Oy

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Terramek as a claimant and respondent of counterclaim in a foreign construction works dispute under the arbitration rules of the Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce.
  • Successfully represented Verona International as a respondent in a Shareholders’ Agreement dispute of €14m under the Arbitration Rules of the Finland Chamber of Commerce.
  • Successfully represented LänsiAuto as a respondent in the District Court of Länsi-Uusimaa wherein its former dealer companies and their owners had brought €1.2m and €0.8m claims under earlier Finnish General Motors’ dealership contract from 2005.

Waselius & Wist

Waselius & Wist focuses on commercial litigation and arbitration matters, ranging from IP claims and tax litigation to post-M&A disputes. Senior partner and founding member Jan Waselius specialises in dispute resolution and arbitration work, while Bernt Juthström is known for IP and IT-related disputes. Christoffer Waselius covers commercial disputes, bankruptcy and restructuring petitions, and ad hoc and institutional arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Jan Waselius; Bernt Juthström; Christoffer Waselius

Key clients

Board members of Anttila Oy

BASF

Venator Corporation

HF Industriemontagen Franz Hofmaninger GmbH

Otso Gold Oy

Alfa Oil

Samsung Electronics Nordic AB

Essity Hygiene Products AB

First Quantum Minerals

Ejendals

Oy NCH Suomi Ab

MSD Finland Oy /Merck

Work highlights

  • Acted as a counsel to former board members for Anttila Oy in a dispute concerning clawback to the bankruptcy estate of Anttila Oy.
  • Successfully acted for Venator Materials in a contractual dispute against Neste Engineering Solutions Oy in the Helsinki District Court.
  • Successfully acted as counsel for Samsung in several proceedings before the Finnish Consumer Dispute Board regarding complaints regarding consumer goods.