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Tom Vapaavuori

Work +358 9 622 6670
Bird & Bird LLP

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Dispute resolution


Practise areas: Litigation, arbitration, pre-dispute management, trade secrets, contract law. Tom is specialised in complex commercial litigation proceedings and white-collar crime cases. He also works regularly as an arbitrator nominated by the parties, as well as arbitration institutions (such as FAI and ICC). Tom is Finland's leading expert in trade secret related matters.


Bird & Bird Helsinki and its predecessors, Partner 1994-. Tom leads Finland’s Dispute Resolution Group and has practised law as an attorney over 20 years. Admitted to the Bar 1997. Tom is the author of Trade Secrets and Non Disclosure Agreements, the only legal handbook on this subject in Finland, published in 2005 and updated in 2016.


Finnish, English, Swedish


The Finnish Bar Association, the Finnish Industrial Property Rights Association and Finnish Association for Arbitration. Tom is a member of International Chambers of Commerce’s (ICC) Commission on International Arbitration, ICC’s Commission on Commercial law and Practice, the Finnish Association for Arbitration. He was for several years the Chairman of Finland’s Bar Association’s expert group on civil litigation and a member of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Task Force on Confidentiality Agreements, which created an international Model Confidentiality Agreement.


LL.M. University of Helsinki 1993


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Bird & Bird's team is active across the full spectrum of dispute resolution work; practice head Tom Vapaavuori focuses on trade secret matters, while Mikko Rajala and Risto Sipilä are key names to note for construction disputes.

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