Dr Veijo Heiskanen > LALIVE > Geneva, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

PO BOX 6569
1211 GENEVA 6
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Work Department

International Commercial Arbitration, Public international law and Investment Arbitration.




Veijo Heiskanen joined the firm in 2002.  He has been practicing international arbitration, including commercial and investment arbitration, for over 25 years. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in numerous international arbitration proceedings under most of the major arbitration rules, including the ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, LCIA, SCAI, SCC, WIPO and Cairo Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration – CRCICA.

Veijo Heiskanen’s practice focuses on the energy (including oil & gas), construction, infrastructure and mining sectors, as well as intellectual property and technology disputes. He has vast experience as arbitrator, including as presiding arbitrator, in complex and high-value commercial and investment disputes.  He previously served as Legal Adviser at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal and as Deputy Chief of the Legal Service of the United Nations Compensation Commission.

He is member of the SCC Board and of several panels of arbitrators, including ICSID, ICDR Energy Arbitrators List, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), and of numerous professional associations, including IBA, ILA, American Society of International Law, LCIA, IAI, ASA and Finnish Arbitration Association.

Veijo Heiskanen graduated from the University of Helsinki (LL.B., 1983; LL.Lic., 1985) and holds an LL.M. and a Doctorate of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) from Harvard Law School (1988 and 1992). He is Adjunct Professor of International Law at the University of Helsinki and previously served as Adjunct Professor of International Arbitration at the University of Lausanne (2009-17) and taught at the Hague Academy of International Law (2002).


English, French, Finnish, working knowledge of Swedish and German.

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: arbitration

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Veijo HeiskanenLALIVE

LALIVE operates on a worldwide basis, and represents individuals, multinationals, states and state entities in the full range of disputes, with notable sector expertise in the construction and infrastructure, energy, mining, and pharmaceuticals industries. Matthias Scherer co-leads the team with Joachim Knoll; Knoll has expertise in disputes arising from commercial transactions, while Scherer is a prominent name for investor-state arbitrations. Founding partners Michael Schneider and Teresa Giovannini have expertise in complex commercial disputes, with Schneider focusing particularly on the energy and construction sectors, and Giovanni covering infrastructure, technology, pharmaceuticals, and aviation matters. Also key are investor-state dispute specialist Veijo Heiskanen, energy sector expert Marc Veit, and Melissa Magliana.