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

(Leading individuals)

Veijo HeiskanenLALIVE

LALIVE ‘delivers seamless advice’ and is a key name in the market for commercial and investment arbitration, representing individuals, multinationals, state entities and states; clients include Romania, Mauritius and the Republic of Latvia. The team also has substantial expertise in the construction and infrastructure, energy, mining, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology industries; it recently represented Prairie Mining in a UNCITRAL arbitration involving the Australian/Poland bilateral investment treaty. Matthias Scherer and Joachim Knoll jointly lead the team; Scherer is praised for his investor-state arbitration knowledge and Knoll is active in disputes arising from commercial transactions. Michael Schneider has expertise in energy and construction claims, Teresa Giovannini focuses on contractual disputes, Veijo Heiskanen regularly acts for governments and foreign investors, and Melissa Magliana is ‘very strong on tactics and strategy’.

Switzerland > Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland

LALIVE is well known for its strengths in domestic and international dispute resolution and arbitration. The key practitioners Matthias Scherer, Alexander Troller, Sandrine Giroud, Domitille Baizeau, Marc Henzelin, Veijo Heiskanen and Michael Schneider all have specific areas of expertise, including commercial contracts, financial matters, fraud, asset recovery, joint ventures, M&A transactions, economic criminal law and construction matters.