Dispute resolution in Finland
Castrén & Snellman has a broad offering across dispute resolution and acts for clients in litigation, mediation and arbitration proceedings, with a number of cases originating internationally. Recent matters span corporate disputes, competition cases and damages claims for clients from a range of industries including the retail, agriculture, financial services, energy, and construction sectors; Google is a key example of the team's international client roster. The 'brilliant' Anders Forss and highly experienced arbitrator Marko Hentunen jointly head up the practice, with counsel Jerker Pitkänen also a key name to note.
Anders Forss; Marko Hentunen
‘Practical and very knowledgeable in both arbitration and competition law. While they know their local market well, they operate with the quality of global competitors.’
‘Castren & Snellman are well known and well respected, creative, and capable of putting together strong teams for international commercial arbitration. I would say that the firm is as good as it gets in the Finnish market.’
‘Tuomas Lehtinen is a standout lawyer and very confident on his feet, comfortable with cross examination and case strategy. Key counsel Jerker Pitkänen is surely an up-and-coming lawyer, with a good strategic brain and a great ability to identify and evaluate arguments.‘
‘Anders Forss is a brilliant lawyer, very calm, imaginative, the kind of lawyer I like working with.‘
‘The Castren team is responsive and thorough. Anders Forss is a star.’
Stora Enso Plc
Delta Motor Group Oy
- Representing Google in Finnish courts in cases relating to data protection and privacy matters.
- Representing Stora Enso in a €400m antitrust damages claim.
- Represented Valio in a $100m damages claim.
Lindfors & Co Attorneys at Law
Patrik Lindfors leads the practice at Lindfors & Co Attorneys at Law, which fields a compact team with notable partner focus on a range of dispute resolution and conflict avoidance matters. The practice has represented several key corporate clients and private individuals in high-value claims, as well as international arbitration. Petra Kiurunen is recommended for her work in criminal and civil cases including bankruptcy proceedings.
‘High competence and prompt service.‘
‘Pragmatic and strategic view on legal issues, excellent. If you need to win, take this team.’
Roschier represents notable international clients including Microsoft and Nokia in complex commercial disputes and international arbitration. The group's experience includes M&A, project and construction-related disputes, with particular expertise in the energy industry and white-collar crime proceedings. The practice is jointly led by Petri Taivalkoski, 'excellent leader' and managing partner Gisela Knuts, and Aapo Saarikivi, and fields a wider team of experienced litigators and arbitrators with extensive industry experience. Niko Hukkinen departed to Frontia Attorneys at Law Ltd.
Petri Taivalkoski; Gisela Knuts; Aapo Saarikivi
‘Extremely capable and experienced in running large and complex litigation matters. Seamless cooperation between specialized department and dispute resolution staff.’
‘The Roschier team was able to help manage proceedings in multiple jurisdictions, which require close co-ordination with other counsels in different jurisdictions. In the end, Roschier was able to provide a comprehensive legal strategy to resolve global issues between the parties.‘
‘The Roschier dispute resolution team provides legal services at the highest quality level.‘
‘Gisela Knuts was an excellent leader and co-ordinator, able to grasp key issues swiftly and deliver clear, practical options and solutions even under difficult situations, and can articulate well in the English language.‘
‘Aapo Saarakivi is my main contact. He is extremely diligent and knowledgable, he is very responsive and has a great understanding of our business so that he always keeps our business needs in his focus.‘
‘Gisela Knuts is an experienced litigator. We always felt completely comfortable, and she is very easy to work with.‘
- Represented Nokia as claimant in an SCC arbitration relating to a patent licence agreement against a North American technology company.
Borenius represents corporate clients in disputes, with a particular strength in corporate crime matters including management liability, insider trading and corporate accident issues. The experienced team also manages precedent-setting cases including several environmental crime disputes. The practice is led by Markus Kokko, while Kristiina Liljedahl contributes to the team's corporate crime expertise. Kokko successfully represented NCC Roads and Interasfaltti in a €120m asphalt cartel damages case, which is pending a final Supreme Court judgement. Senior associate Tero Kovanen is also praised for his work in commercial disputes.
Agnico Eagle Mines
Anglo American Plc
- Successfully represented NCC Roads and Interasfaltti in a precedent-setting asphalt cartel damages case worth €120m.
- Successfully represented Teknos and its executives in a landmark environmental crime case.
- Successfully represented board members of Ahtium in an extensive police investigation and litigation concerning a securities market information offence.
Jussi Lehtinen leads the litigation team at Dittmar & Indrenius and specialises in international commercial arbitration. The group's international focus is reflected in the firm's client roster, which includes Ikea and General Motors. The team is also strong in domestic litigation; it recently represented Stora Enso, UPM-Kymmene and Metsä Group in criminal and damages proceedings against one of Finland's largest trade unions and its former chairman relating to the impact of illegal strikes.
‘Commitment and passion to find solutions.’
‘They are very precise and seek new angles.‘
‘Jan Ollila and Jussi Lehtinen are partners with out-of-the-box thinking! Capability to simplify complex issues/problems and find solutions as well as communicate them in an understandable way.‘
The City of Espoo
KÄMP Collection Hotels Ltd
Royal Sun Alliance Insurance
Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A
Veho Oy Ab
- Representing syndicates of Lloyd’s and the owners of chemical tankers in a €10m maritime dispute in the District Court of Pohjanmaa concerning the supply of unfit propulsion systems.
- Representing a prominent airline in a unique dispute concerning damages sustained in a terrorist attack in an African state.
- Represented Stora Enso, UPM-Kymmene and Metsä Group in criminal and damages proceedings against one of Finland’s largest trade unions and its former chairman concerning the impact of illegal strikes.
Frontia Attorneys at Law Ltd
Newly established litigation boutique Frontia Attorneys at Law Ltd was formed by former Hannes Snellman partners Antti Järvinen and Kimmo Heikkinen, and Nikko Hukkinen, who was previously at Roschier. The team focuses primarily on disputes in the construction, transportation and forestry sectors, with high-profile clients including UPM-Kyremme, Neste and YIT Construction. Recent matters include handling cartel cases, private enforcement work, corporate disputes and damage claims.
‘A team of well-known and highly qualified lawyers without the fuss of a big firm. A welcome addition to the Finnish market.’
‘Antti Järvinen is the best litigator in Finland, with outstanding verbal skills and the capacity to master extensive amounts of facts. The must-have litigator to have on your side in high value cases.‘
- Defended YIT in the asphalt cartel litigation, one of the largest cases ever in Finland.
- Represented UPM in a landmark arbitration and subsequent litigation against Metsäliitto Cooperative and Metsä Board Corporation.
- Represented UPM-Kymmene as respondent in the biggest ever Finnish private enforcement case against over 1,500 claimants in the forestry sector.
Anders Bygglin and Anna-Maria Tamminen lead the practice at Hannes Snellman, which acts in a wide range of disputes for corporate and governmental clients. The firm utilises its full-service offering to provide expertise in commercial litigation and arbitration, white-collar crime, compliance work and regulatory matters. Notable clients include UPM-Kyremme, YIT and Sweco Finland. Tamminen has extensive experience in cross-border disputes and recently represented the Republic of Poland before the Swedish Supreme Court in a set-aside case resulting from an EU treaty arbitration award. Markus Manninen was promoted to the partnership in 2020, and Antti Järvinen and Kimmo Heikkinen have joined Frontia Attorneys at Law Ltd.
Anders Bygglin; Anna-Maria Tamminen
‘A commercial dispute is always a surprise for an in-house lawyer, and thus being able to spar and discuss with a knowledgeable team like that at Hannes Snellman is always valuable. Whilst the Dispute Resolution team in itself merits praise, it is the ability to take on other subject matter experts that brings the edge when you really need it the most.’
‘Anna-Maria Tamminen is a very good lawyer with great international exposure which we appreciate.‘
‘Dispute team represents the same excellent quality as other practise areas we regularly deal with. The approach is thorough and analytical and response times are great.‘
‘Coupled with a fundamental understanding of the legal issue, Anna-Maria Tamminen distils from the complex and provides a concise, hands-on and actionable path forward.’
‘Markus Manninen is an outstanding arbitrator.’
‘Partner Anna-Maria Tamminen is sharp, quick off the mark and capable of providing strategic advice.‘
‘Senior associate Helen Lehto works very diligently, communicates effectively and able to piece together the key points from vast amounts of documentation.‘
Republic of Poland
YIT (Lemminkäinen Corporation)
If Insurance Company
NCC Suomi Oy
- Representing Kildare Partners in redemption proceedings concerning the minority shares in Technopolis valued at €13m.
- Represented City of Tampere’s municipal water works in litigation relating to allegations of pipe corrosion due to water quality.
- Represented the Republic of Poland before the Court of Appeal and the Swedish Supreme Court in a set-aside case resulting from an intra-EU bilateral investment treaty arbitration award.
HPP Attorneys represents several notable international clients including Phillip Morris Finland, Neste and Merropoint. The team is led by the experienced pair of Mikko Leppä and Marko Wainio, who specialise in commercial litigation and domestic arbitration respectively. The group has strong capabilities across dispute resolution and handles damages, tax and administrative disputes, as well as international arbitration proceedings. In a recent highlight, Leppä successfully defended Metsäliitto Osuuskunta against a series of damages claims in the wood cartel case.
Mikko Leppä; Marko Wainio
‘Very good team spirit and good knowledge. One can see that they appreciate each other which enables good co-operation.‘
‘Marko Wainio is my no. 1 choice for difficult cases. Very good at assessing cases and thinking about customer’s best interests. Very sharp legal thinking. Clear oral and written communication and all this combined with excellent co-operation skills and common sense makes an attorney that I can highly recommend.’
‘Marko Wainio is an excellent litigation attorney. He combines very strong communications skills with great legal analysis and legal arguments. His disciplined approach to litigation also allows a client to trust that any given case is given appropriate attention at every stage of the process.‘
Eltel Group Corporation
Talvivaara Sotkamo Ltd.
Superfast Ferries S.A.
Port of Helsinki
NCC Industry Ltd
State of Finland/ Ministry of Finance
The Finnish Transport Agency
Finnish Association of Purchasing and Logistics LOGY
Rusatom Overseas JSC
- Represented Metsäliitto in a wood cartel damages claim.
- Representing Merropoint in a tax dispute regarding VAT charged on the purchase of aeroplanes.
Krogerus acts in a range of disputes across multiple industries including the banking and finance, construction and healthcare sectors. Notable clients include DNA and Danske Bank; the group represented the latter in a dispute relating to the 'branchification' of its Finnish operations. The team also has a particular strength in corporate liability and internal investigations and handles regulatory compliance issues. The practice is led by experienced litigators Mikko Elonheimo, Kirsi Kannaste and Juha-Pekka Katainen.
Mikko Elonheimo; Kirsi Kannaste; Juha-Pekka Katainen
‘We have been working with Krogerus for a substantial amount of time. I would like to highlight the outstanding performance of the team of Krogerus during the years of collaboration. We appreciate having worked with a team of true professionals in the Finnish legal market. We have also worked with other law firms in the Finnish market, and we would say that those are in different league in terms of the work delivered.’
‘Strong partner engagement with the help of excellent associates. They are responsive and provide a good legal advice.‘
‘A highly motivated and skilled team that is incredibly flexible and dynamic in its approach to the client.’
‘Juha-Pekka Katainen is a man of detail (which is important in litigation), but at the same time demonstrates a strategic approach when implementing goals / tasks outlined by the client.‘
‘Recently we had a pleasure of working with Juha-Pekka Katainen: very much result orientated, keeps an eye on every detail until the end of project and at the same time strategic thinking is always ahead. Highest level professional!‘
Santander Consumer Finance
Axel Johnson International
State of Finland (acting through its enterprise Metsähallitus)
Westerback and Kultajousi
- Representing DNA in a multi-jurisdictional dispute concerning the alleged infringement and invalidation of Deutsche Telekom’s European Union trade mark for the colour magenta.
- Representing a listed Nordic construction company in a post-M&A arbitration against a Finnish construction company.
- Acted for Danske Bank in several disputes relating to the “branchification” of its Finnish operations.
The practice at Merilampi Attorneys Ltd is led by Jussi Ikonen and Teemu Taxell, and acts across the full range of dispute resolution matters spanning litigation and arbitration. Ikonen specialises in white-collar criminal defence cases, while Taxell has expertise in commercial litigation. Emma Niemistö is also singled out for her work in construction disputes. Clients include Nordkalk, Elisa and Skanska. The arrival of managing partner and dispute and arbitration specialist Heidi Merikalla-Teir from the Finland Chamber of Commerce has also bolstered the practice.
Jussi Ikonen; Teemu Taxell
‘Good, solid traditional law firm.‘
‘Jussi Ikonen provides insightful and timely advice.’
The Republic of Finland
Lassila & Tikanoja Plc
- Representing Fujitsu Finland in a contractual dispute involving several thousand allegedly missing items of IT equipment, where the city of Espoo has brought claims for breach of contract.
Bird & Bird's practice specialises in corporate disputes and regularly represents clients in the forestry and transportation sectors in corporate malpractice cases; the group also has a key focus on trade secrets cases through the expertise of practice head Tom Vapaavuori. The team also defends clients in white-collar criminal cases.
Mena Wood Oy Ltd
Nokian Tyres Plc
- Successfully represented Mena Wood in a corporate malpractice case.
- Successfully represented Nokian Tyres in a major trade secret violation case.
The experienced team at DLA Piper acts across a broad range of domestic and cross-border disputes including white-collar crime, insurance, banking, finance and project supply matters, while also maintaining a strong track record in international arbitration. The practice is led by white-collar specialist Jussi Savonen and also fields John-Henrik Spåre and Pia Bräysy. Notable clients includes Helsinki City Transport Authority, Danske Bank and Fennia Insurance Group; the team also acts for ECHA across multiple jurisdictions.
‘The dispute resolution team is really proactive. They are capable of providing strategic advice with a great results.‘
‘The firm’s approach in truly business minded and they are devoted to the issue at hand. There is always an easy going atmosphere even though schedules are tight and questions are difficult.’
‘The team always provides practical legal advice. They manage to focus on the key legal issues. The members possess a great legal understanding with respect to all aspects of dispute resolution.’
‘The most distinguishing element DLA Piper has is the enthusiasm the lawyer has when he takes the time to know all relevant details of the case.‘
‘I have worked with John-Henrik Spåre who turned out be a very efficient and reliable person who also quickly understood what was the essence of the case. He seems to be genuinely interested in the cases and asks several questions to be sure that he understood everything and did not leave out anything. He is also very efficient and thorough and takes the deal to the end.‘
‘John-Henrik Spåre concentrates on the main issue of the case and does not get entangled with irrelevant details. He investigates the case personally and maintains a hands on approach throughout the process.’
Helsinki City Transport Authority
Danske Bank A/S, Finland Branch
Asset Management Company Arsenal Ltd
Nurminen Logistics Plc
Wulff Group Plc
Fennia Mutual Insurance Company
European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
- Representing the Helsinki City Transport Authority against Siemens Osakeyhtiö and Siemens SAS (France) in a dispute concerning the termination of several agreements regarding a Helsinki area metro automation project.
- Coordinating the European Chemicals Agency’s multi-jurisdictional claims in Europe for collecting administrative charges levied for chemical registrations under EU Regulations.
- Acting for Senate Properties in a mortgage-backed debt collection process and the related execution process concerning a historically valuable office building in the city centre of Helsinki.
Eversheds Asianajotoimisto Oy / Eversheds Attorneys Ltd (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) represents clients in arbitration and litigation, with a particular focus on corporate disputes, competition and damages cases and corporate and white-collar crime claims. Clients include businesses in the transportation, banking, and telecoms industries, as well as several local municipalities. The practice is led by Niina Rosenlund, who is an experienced litigator and arbitrator who acts in commercial disputes and criminal defence proceedings.
Koiviston Auto Group
City of Vantaa
City of Raasepori
City of Tuusula
City of Nurmijärvi
City of Oulu
City of Rovaniemi
City of Kemijärvi
City of Sodankylä
City of Hyvinkää
Nuorisosäätiö, Youth Foundation
- Representing FIN-TEH in issues relating to the validity of an arbitration agreement after a business transaction.
- Representing Youth Foundation as respondent and claimant in proceedings related to mismanagement by former executives.
- Represented Pneuplan against another company and three individuals, who are charged with the misuse of trade secrets.
Kotiranta & Co Attorney at Law Ltd
'Exceptionally hardworking' criminal law specialist Kai Kotiranta runs boutique practice Kotiranta & Co Attorney at Law Ltd, which focuses primarily on white-collar criminal defence matters, especially securities crimes; it also handles commercial litigation. Clients include several listed companies and high-net-worth private individuals.
‘Exceptionally hardworking, great personal capabilities to deep dive and find arguments to support the case.‘
‘Mr. Kotiranta is an extremely hands-on and fearless litigator who truly fights for his clients. He has probably the best white-collar crime litigation practice in Finland.‘
‘Practice provides best in class legal support in its own speciality areas with very close client/attorney relationship. The best in class service provider in Finland.‘
‘Mr. Kotiranta is very easy to approach, effective and always available. He is proactive and communicates promptly and clearly. He also makes a huge effort in providing an outstanding client experience by his extremely personal service.‘
‘Kai Kotiranta is unlike any other I have worked with, he is very well known for his expertise and equally good communicator who really cares for his clients.’
Annika Kiviharju and Marja Norrena jointly head up the dispute resolution practice at Mäkitalo Attorneys Ltd, which has a particular strength in construction disputes including employment and occupational safety matters. The team handles litigation and arbitration issues and has recently represented clients in the construction, IT services and real estate sectors; it recently represented Vantaa Parishes in litigation and arbitration proceedings relating to tenancy agreements.
Annika Kiviharju; Marja Norrena
Cembrit Production Oy
Evangelic Lutheran parishes of Vantaa
- Representing Cembrit Production and its sister company Cembrit in a range of contentious matters including construction-related claims.
- Represented Vantaa Parishes in litigation and arbitration proceedings relating to tenancy agreements.
The department at Magnusson has particular strength in representing companies in the energy, IT and real estate sectors in a variety of disputes. The practice is led by Jukka Blomberg and new hire Niina Palaja, who brings extensive arbitration experience following her arrival from Sivenius, Suvanto & Co Oy; Palaja is serving as the chair of an arbitration panel relating to the redemption of minority shares in Technopolis. Associates Sini Tossavainen and Annukka Valén are also key names to note.
Jukka Blomberg; Niina Palaja
Adecco Finland Oy
STR Tecoil Oy
Nordic Telecom Oy
Avance Attorneys Ltd primarily handles commercial disputes acting for a variety of companies and individuals. The team is led by the 'highly respected' Ulla Vuokila and Salla Suominen, who are both highly experienced litigators; Vuokila is also in demand as an arbitrator, chairing a number of significant panels.
Ulla Vuokila; Salla Suominen
‘The firm has a really good reputation and has extremely good and experienced personnel who truly are the real experts in company law. Their experience was evident and assuring. I am confident that our relationship will last years to come.‘
‘There is a lot of expert knowledge and excellent experts in Avance in many legal areas and Ulla Vuokila has strongly strengthened Avance’s expertise in the area of dispute resolution.‘
‘Salla Suominen and Sanna Kaistinen’s professionalism and their dedication out won the opposition 10 to 0. I honestly felt sorry for the other company’s counsellors.‘
‘Ulla Vuokila is very experienced and a highly respected partner and lawyer. She has good competence and understanding of different circumstances of dispute resolution including criminal processes. She has also established a very good team around her.’
KPMG Finland primarily represents clients in business disputes including shareholder disputes, real estate cases and property price claims alongside criminal defence proceeding expertise. The team is co-led by Veli Suortamo and Minna Poutiainen, and works closely with the firm's corporate M&A and employment practices to support clients in related contentious work.
Veli Suortamo; Minna Poutiainen
Logistic Automation Invest Group Oy
Municipality of Pirkkala
Iron Sky Universe Oy
AtoB@C Shipping Ab
NIT Naval Interior Team Oy
- Represented the municipality of Pirkkala before the Supreme Court in a dispute regarding the redemption price of land.
The practice at Lexia Attorneys Ltd works closely with industry specialists in the wider firm to provide expert advice on healthcare, insurance and construction disputes. Kenneth Svartström leads the practice with Leena Kujansuu-Tikkanen; both represent clients in general, administrative and market court proceedings. Svartström's recent work includes representing Rohoo and Polartum in a precedent-setting dispute against a co-operative society regarding the legality of a share issuance and the clients' dismissal from the society.
Kenneth Svartström; Leena Kujansuu-Tikkanen
‘Down-to-earth approach. Quick answers and very easily approachable.‘
‘Talented and committed lawyers.‘
‘They are excellent in formulating answers and finding solutions and new point of views.‘
IF Insurance Company
Rooho Oy and Polartum Oy
Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS)
The Finnish Patient Insurance Centre
ILP-Group Logistics Oy
- Acted for Destia in police investigations and the subsequent criminal and civil proceedings relating to fraud charges against its former CEO.
- Represented two foundation board members insured by IF Insurance Company in a case relating to insurance claims.
- Acted for health care provider Attendo in a dispute concerning its alleged withdrawal from a procurement agreement with the Municipality of Kainuu.
Mentula & Väätäinen Attorneys Ltd
Tapio Väätäinen leads the practice at Mentula & Väätäinen Attorneys Ltd, which utilises the firm's competition expertise to handle competition disputes; the group also has strong expertise in commercial disputes, international arbitration, white-collar crime and insolvency matters. Risto Riikonen made partner in 2019 and is a key contact for corporate litigation. Clients include Skanska, Faba and Finnair; Väätäinen leverages his expertise in aviation disputes to represent the latter in a variety of industry-specific disputes.
‘Responsive, proactive and dedicated.’
‘Tapio Väätäinen has a very pragmatic and straight-forward approach focusing on the essential points. He is easy to work with and takes a proactive role where necessary, providing the customer with added value.‘
Mtech Digital Solutions Oy
Asta Siponen and Ulla von Weissenberg jointly lead the dispute resolution practice at Procopé & Hornborg, which fields experts in IP, maritime, insurance and commercial litigation as well as arbitration. The team regularly acts for clients in the real estate, construction and transport sectors. In a notable highlight, Lotta Uusitalo represented Fenniarail in a competition case relating to cross-border rail freight transport between Finland and Russia and VR Group's unfair pricing practices.
Asta Siponen; Ulla von Weissenberg
Teollisuuden Voima Oyj
- Acted for Fenniarail in a case concerning alleged unfair pricing and other pricing regulations at the Finnish Rail Regulatory Body against VR Group.
Attorneys at law Ratiolex Ltd.
The practice at Attorneys at law Ratiolex Ltd. represents clients in commercial disputes, with a particular strength in arbitration proceedings at a domestic and international level. In a recent highlight, the team represented LänsiAuto Drive in a contractual dispute in the District Court. Practice head Timo Ylikantola has substantial experience as an arbitrator and regularly presides over institutional and ad hoc arbitrations. The highly-regarded Tiina Ruohonen was promoted to the partnership in 2019.
‘Ratiolex has always given us very practical and thorough advises in our company’s disputes.‘
‘They have clearly passion towards their assignments as a small law firm and they are really committed to serve us quickly with extremely good business knowledge. The attitude and quality is super.‘
‘Timo Ylikantola has a strong winning attitude of which you can see all in his legal actions – our first choice for complex and international related contractual disputes.’
‘Partner Timo Ylikantola always has time for any assignment even though he is a busy top attorney in Finland.‘
‘Timo Ylikantola is outstanding at handling different dispute strategies and he is extremely well organized and strong. He is highly recommended for international and domestic disputes.‘
International Petroleum Products
- Representing LänsiAuto Drive in a contractual dispute in the District Court.
Waselius & Wist's partner-led practice handles litigation and arbitration and is headed up by experienced arbitrator Jan Waselius and litigators Bernt Juthström and Christoffer Waselius. Notable clients include Bayer, Nordic Gold, and BASF; the team also successfully defended MSD Finland in a preliminary injunction case relating to biosimilars, which involved notable patent and trade mark elements.
Jan Waselius; Bernt Juthström; Christoffer Waselius
Nordic Gold Oy
First Quantum Minerals
HF Industriemontagen Franz Hofmaninger GmbH
MSD Finland Oy /Merck
- Defended MSD Finland in a preliminary injunction matter before the Finnish Market Court against F. Hoffman-La Roche, Roche and Genentech.
- Acting for Melship Oy and Melship AB in criminal proceedings against their former managing director in a business secrets dispute.