Dispute Resolution

Dispute Resolution - Finland


第一等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 28 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly rated team focusing on complex, high-end disputes. Notably active in arbitration and private enforcement cases, and increasingly strong in IT-related disputes. Benefits from a wealth of disputes experience and specialist expertise across a number of sectors and industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The lawyers are easy to work with and the firm offers a proactive approach and a good combination of specialists."  

"The team is very thorough and has the personal resources needed to work with a case of significant magnitude and complexity."

What's new? Anders Forss was promoted to partner.

Work highlights Representing Stora Enso in a dispute related to a competition law infringement, with total damage claims amounting to EUR200 million.

Advising Nordea Bank Finland on a number of cases concerning claims related to an increase in loan margins.

Notable practitioners

A prominent figure in the market, Jouko Huhtala is described by sources as "one of the best dispute resolution lawyers in Finland." He benefits from a great deal of experience in complex high-end arbitration proceedings and is also noted for his expertise in the field of commercial litigation.

Clients commend department head Marko Hentunen for his "easy-going attitude and strength in argumentation," while another source notes that "his analysis is always logical, careful and very precise." He has broad, long-standing expertise in litigation as well as arbitration, where he acts as both counsel and arbitrator.

Niklas Langenskiöld is noted for his specialist expertise on disputes related to maritime and transport law. His practice covers litigation cases, in addition to both domestic and international arbitration proceedings. According to sources, "he is very thorough and persistent, even if the case is very complicated; he also listens to the client and takes our needs into consideration."

Tuomas Lehtinen's practice focuses on litigation and arbitration proceedings related to banking, finance, construction and projects matters. Sources describe him as "a solid courtroom lawyer," adding that "he is eager to win, gives a lot and has the right attitude."

Market sources praise Anders Forss as a "good up-and-coming lawyer" who "clearly has potential." He is also commended by clients, with one interviewee noting: "He makes the case his own, is very thorough and goes deep into the subject matter."

Significant clients Metso Paper, Nordea Bank Finland, Pohjola Bank, Rautaruukki, Wärtsilä.

第一等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Exceptional team active on high-profile litigation and arbitration cases. Has notable experience of construction-related arbitration, private enforcement cases and employment-related disputes. The team also offers expertise on corporate crime matters.

Work highlights Represented UPM-Kymmene in a complex domestic ad hoc arbitration against Metsäliitto and Metsä Board, concerning a shareholder agreement dispute.

Represented SWECO in liability litigation against SATO over alleged gross negligence.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Mika Savola is widely admired as one of the undisputed stars of dispute resolution in Finland. In addition to his litigation expertise, he is noted for his long-standing experience in arbitration, currently sitting as chair of the Board of the Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce.

"A very capable and effective lawyer," Antti Järvinen climbs the rankings on the back of excellent feedback. Sources admire his hard-working nature and consider him "a dynamic and analytical type of litigator with lots of experience," and "an excellent choice for public court proceedings." His broad practice covers construction and engineering disputes as well as administrative and criminal proceedings.

Antti Heikinheimo is an experienced dispute resolution practitioner, offering expertise in complex litigation, arbitration and mediation proceedings. His practice covers a range of contentious corporate and commercial matters, notably related to bankruptcy and insolvency. Market commentators note that "he is a very talented disputes lawyer whose great experience allows him to clearly see the big picture in cases."

Described by sources as "a rising star," senior associate Anna-Maria Tamminen enters the rankings this year on the back of impressive feedback. Her practice focuses on international commercial arbitration, in addition to litigation. Areas of expertise include M&A, competition and oil and gas.

Significant clients KONE, Patria, Valmet, Wärtsilä, Pöyry.

Band 1 | Roschier

第一等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Climbs the rankings, having earned outstanding client feedback. A superb practice noted for its particular strength on cross-border cases. Active on a range of disputes, including both domestic and international commercial arbitration and litigation. Its lawyers offer considerable expertise in tax and competition-related matters, as well as antitrust damages cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team's dedication to the case impressed me. The lawyers have outstanding commercial knowledge and produce very thorough, high-quality work."

"It is very impressive how the team handles cases, especially huge, complex cases; the work and level of service are impressive."

"Roschier performs excellently. I appreciated its experience in international arbitration and expertise in disputes between large international companies."

Work highlights Represented Kemira in a follow-on damages claim relating to the EC’s decision regarding a hydrogen peroxide antitrust infringement.

Assisted Pfizer with patent infringement and invalidation proceedings concerning a patent for an active pharmaceutical ingredient.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Petri Taivalkoski receives glowing praise from clients: "He has strong strategic skills and always thinks ahead while keeping the main strategy in mind." Sources also commend his "unique business understanding," and his "international experience." His broad expertise covers litigation and arbitration as well as ADR.

Gisela Knuts is noted for her ability to advise on proceedings under both Finnish and Swedish law. Her practice covers ADR, litigation and arbitration, representing clients in complex commercial disputes. Sources admire her thorough approach: "She investigates the case comprehensively and is well informed and knowledgeable of its different characteristics, which enables her to create a strategy."

The "extremely talented" Aapo Saarikivi is considered by clients to be a "very thorough and precise lawyer." He works on a broad range of litigation mandates covering disputes related to construction, trade and finance. He also acts as arbitrator on proceedings under Finnish and Swedish rules.

第二等 |

Basic facts about the department 
- 4 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded boutique offering expertise on a range of contentious matters. Represents clients in domestic and international litigation and arbitration, covering disputes in a wide variety of sectors and industries. A particularly strong choice for construction and employment disputes, as well as criminal cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team has good knowledge of the matters and knows how to win a case. The lawyers are first-class - their performance and method of working are very convincing." 

"The team's energy and capacity to really get involved in the substance of a large and technically difficult case is unlike anything I have experienced before."

"If I have a legal problem, I always go to Lindfors & Co because I know that I will get very good-quality work very fast, and that I can trust it 100%." 

Notable practitioners  

A well-respected figure in the market, department head Patrik Lindfors is also highly regarded by clients: "If you need to win an extremely challenging or difficult case, choose him. He is great at strategic thinking and knows exactly what to convey in court." Lindfors has long-standing experience of both domestic and international arbitration, as well as litigation concerning both criminal and commercial cases.

The "very capable and very clever" Petra Kiurunen impresses clients, who note: "She is very talented and has very good international arbitration capabilities." She focuses on complex litigation and arbitration, advising both domestic and international clients on cases related to investments, telecoms, engineering and construction.

Antti Summa receives positive comments from clients: "His intelligence, high working capacity and ability to adapt to even difficult technical matters quickly are very impressive." His practice centres on disputes related to corporate activities, including M&A-related and contract law litigation, and also commercial arbitration.

Teemu Taxell enters the rankings on the back of impressive feedback. He advises clients on both domestic and international arbitration proceedings, in addition to litigation cases covering a broad range of topics related to commercial activities.

Significant clientsÅlandsbanken, Siemens, TeliaSonera Finland.

第二等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Renowned practice handling white-collar crime and cartel damages cases. Offers strength in domestic litigation, particularly related to insolvency proceedings, and has extensive experience in domestic and international arbitration. Its impressive client roster includes a number of Finnish-listed companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A good, solid, traditional law firm." 

Notable practitioners  

Department co-head Jussi Ikonen advises clients on commercial litigation and arbitration cases and is well regarded for his strength in employment-related disputes. Clients appreciate his "clear, insightful and timely advice," with one source adding: "Thorough describes him best; he knows the cases and knows the details."

Lassi Kettula is a respected litigator whose expertise covers disputes across a broad range of subjects. Areas of notable expertise include EU law, product liability, contract law and corporate issues. He receives praise from clients: "He has vast experience and can really handle the issues. He has been tested in several cases and he presents himself clearly and picks out what is relevant in a case fast."

Tapio Väätäinen co-heads the department and is regularly instructed in criminal law cases and employment-related litigation. Arbitration is also an area of notable activity, representing both domestic and international clients in proceedings under a variety of rules. His expertise also covers disputes related to insolvency, contracts and IP.

According to sources, firm founder Jukka Laitasalo is "one of the leading Finnish arbitrators." He is noted for his long-standing experience in both domestic and international arbitrations, as well as his expertise in the field of litigation. Key strengths include complex insolvency-related disputes.

Mika Pakarinen advises on disputes across a range of sectors and industries, including media and marketing. He advises clients on complex litigation and is also active in the field of arbitration, both as counsel and arbitrator. He also assists clients with contentious matters related to contract law and M&A.

Significant clients Finnair, Nordkalk, Peab, Polar Electro, Skanska.

Band 3 | Bird & Bird

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded team with notable expertise in the area of white-collar crime. Clients benefit from the firm's international network, and from its particular strength on cross-border mandates. Experience includes IT, IP and construction-related disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I like its lawyers' practical and honest approach. If we need to pursue litigation, Bird & Bird will be there wholeheartedly."

"The lawyers are forthcoming, straightforward, solution-oriented and communicative."

Notable practitioners  

Marko Wainio is highly recommended by sources for domestic litigation cases and also for his expertise in construction-related disputes. Impressed clients say: "His written statements and performance in court are brilliant," with another interviewee adding: "He is a very analytical litigator and an especially good writer; I would simply say he has outstanding advocacy skills."

Mikko Rajala handles a wide variety of commercial disputes, advising clients from a broad range of sectors and industries. His expertise covers both litigation and arbitration, representing clients in contentious cases related to IT, construction, real estate and IP. 

Department head Tom Vapaavuori is described by sources as a "skilful litigator," who "defends his clients very intently and effectively." He handles a range of corporate and commercial disputes, including criminal cases, and also advises on arbitration. "He takes a practical approach in every matter; he doesn't try to complicate things," according to clients.

Band 3 | Borenius

第三等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Sizeable team offering disputes expertise across an impressive range of industries. A well-established domestic litigation practice, and also a growing presence on both domestic and international arbitration cases. Its lawyers have disputes experience in areas such as M&A, real estate, construction and IP.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm has great lawyers who are very skilled, and you can be sure that you will get great service."

Work highlights Advising Talvivaara Mining on a case regarding suspected environmental crime at the Talvivaara Sotkamo mine in Finland.

Represented NCC Roads in arbitration proceedings related to a major infrastructure project.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Markus Kokko has recently acted on arbitrations under the ICC and on a range of criminal cases. One impressed source notes: "I am very happy with him; I get quick answers and good argumentation for the decision. He is very relaxed and considers very much what he says. He is polite and friendly and his behaviour at court is excellent."

Significant clients Elematic, Lufthansa, PKC Group, Verizon, Arizona Chemical.

第三等 |

Basic facts about the department 
- 5 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected domestic firm handling complex litigation and arbitration cases. Maintains an excellent track record in M&A and finance-related disputes, with increasing activity in competition litigation and international arbitration.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"The lawyers are extremely diligent and work hard to find all the arguments to use, which is extremely helpful."

"A strong and hard-working team; what it produced was excellent."

Work highlights Acted as co-lead counsel for the City of Espoo and other cities in antitrust damages litigation following the conviction of a nationwide asphalt cartel.

Represented Fonecta in a number of cases concerning the defence of essential trade marks and copyright protection.

Notable practitioners  

According to sources, department head Jussi Lehtinen is "a great thinker - he thinks outside the box and his way of thinking creates value." He also receives praise from clients: "He was able to systemise the whole case and provide new ways of thinking how to proceed." He is an experienced litigator and arbitration counsel, advising principally on corporate and commercial disputes.

Clients appreciate Jan Ollila's detailed knowledge of the law and strong business approach. One interviewee notes: "He proposes an approach, considering the business perspective first - this is a real strength." His practice focuses on corporate contentious matters, including those related to M&A and capital markets transactions. "He is good at adapting, explaining, putting things together and finding the pros and cons; he is everything a lawyer should be," clients say.

Petteri Uoti comes recommended by clients for his specialist knowledge of contentious issues related to competition law. One client notes: "It is a pleasure to work with him; he is very good at court and in pre-trial work, and his level of knowledge is very high." Key areas of expertise include employment, restructuring and M&A disputes.

Significant clients ABB, Finnair, GM, Specsavers, Stora Enso.

第三等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-established team handling large-scale disputes across a variety of sectors and industries. Recently active in disputes concerning environmental, competition and maritime law. Advises both domestic and multinational corporates on complex commercial disputes, including arbitration.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The lawyers have a very hands-on and business-oriented approach, and I appreciate the way they open up the issues to non-lawyers."

"I go to this firm when I have a specific need or question; its lawyers know what they're talking about."

Work highlights Representing Metsäliitto Osuuskunta in cartel damage claims brought by more than 700 plaintiffs, amounting to approximately EUR300 million.

Advising Merropoint on Supreme Administrative Court proceedings concerning a claim for damages against the State of Finland.

Notable practitioners  

Pekka Puhakka heads the firm's dispute resolution practice. He is a seasoned arbitration practitioner who is regularly appointed as both counsel and arbitrator in both domestic and international commercial arbitration. He also advises on litigation cases, notably in connection with employment and contract law.

Henrik Gahmberg is a seasoned practitioner who advises both domestic and international clients on complex litigation. His practice concentrates on maritime and transportation law disputes, as well as contentious matters related to insurance law.

Jörgen Hammarström has long-standing experience in the field of dispute resolution, representing clients in both arbitration and litigation proceedings. His expertise covers a broad range of corporate and commercial disputes, including transaction and restructuring-related disputes. Recent highlights include advising 24 municipal governments on a loan-related dispute with Nordea.

Kari Marttinen specialises in disputes related to environmental law, representing clients in cases linked to permitting matters, environmental liability and nature protection. He is assisting Talvivaara Sotkamo with a dispute concerning compensation claims over waste water emissions.

Mikko Leppä is praised by sources for his ability to "explain complicated issues in an understandable way." His practice focuses on arbitration, advising both domestic and international clients on proceedings related to a variety of commercial disputes. "He constantly exceeds our expectations; he really digs up the detail and makes a strong case," enthuse clients.

Significant clients Finavia, Jyväskylän Energia, Labquality, Merropoint, Neste Oil.

Band 3 | Krogerus

第三等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regularly represents foreign investors and multinational corporations in both litigation and arbitration proceedings. Combines broad disputes experience with sector-specific expertise to advise on complex cases. Active in private enforcement corporate liability cases and also financial disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team produces excellent work and has excellent, proactive lawyers who have a good understanding of business." 

Work highlights Representing Metsähallitus in compensation claims relating to an illegal raw wood cartel operated by three major Finnish forest companies.

Notable practitioners  

Gustaf Möller is well regarded by market sources for his experience as an arbitrator. He is regularly appointed as chairman, sole arbitrator and party-appointed arbitrator in both domestic and international proceedings. He previously worked as a judge at the Finnish Supreme Court and sat as chairman of the board for the Arbitration Institutes of the Finland Chamber of Commerce.

Jari-Pekka Alho has long-standing experience in dispute resolution, advising on contentious matters related to employment, insolvency and other commercial activities. He represents clients in litigation as well as both domestic and international arbitration.

Sources describe Mikko Elonheimo as "a good, hard-working lawyer who is very careful in what he does and works very precisely." A similarly impressed client adds: "He has a very strong character in the courtroom and is a good litigator; he knows how to put the case forward to the judge." His practice covers both domestic and cross-border disputes related to liability, marketing, commercial agreements and IP.

Significant clients Danske Bank, DNA, Santander, Special Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Iceland.

第三等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Widely respected practice offering impressive arbitration expertise on both domestic and international cases. Clients benefit from its wide-ranging experience of disputes across a variety of industries. In addition to acting as counsel, its lawyers are also regularly appointed as arbitrators.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm provides really excellent service; the lawyers always give really good help and offer a lot of support."

Work highlights Acted for SCA Tissue Finland as counsel in a dispute over its marketing campaign for Lotus products, involving a promotional lottery.

Notable practitioners  

The "very capable and very intelligent" Jan Waselius heads the dispute resolution practice. He advises on litigation cases and is noted for his experience as both counsel and arbitrator in complex arbitrations. One impressed client notes: "He has extensive experience of Finnish law and industry, he understands our business, and has a lot of expertise." 

Tanja Jussila has experience of acting as both counsel and arbitrator in domestic and international proceedings, in addition to representing clients in litigation. Key areas of activity include corporate and commercial disputes, including contentious issues linked to contractual and transactional matters.

Significant clients Albany International, KVIK, Nordic Mines, Sachtleben Pigments, SCA Hygiene Products.

第四等 |

What the team is known for Robust domestic firm that covers a range of industries in mid-level disputes. Known for handling insolvency-related disputes and criminal cases, and for its specialist expertise in niche practice areas such as occupational health and safety. Its lawyers are experienced in both litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Notable practitioners 

Petteri Sotamaa has a great deal of experience in dispute resolution, with a focus on commercial and criminal cases. He is commended for his skills as both a litigator and arbitrator.

Sami Uoti is a noted litigator, heavily involved in insolvency-related disputes and criminal cases. He also advises on civil law proceedings and regularly sits as arbitrator.

第四等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-established firm concentrating on finance-related disputes and white-collar crime cases. Represents both domestic and international clients in complex disputes. A growing presence in both domestic and international arbitration.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I'm very satisfied - it's one of the best in terms of quality, in my opinion."

Work highlights Acting for the Helsinki City Transport Authority on a dispute with Siemens regarding contracts to supply the automation system for the Helsinki metro and its western extension.

Notable practitioners  

Founding partner Jukka Peltonen is a well-respected figure in the Finnish dispute resolution market. He benefits from long-standing experience in both litigation and arbitration, representing clients in landmark cases related to topics ranging from bankruptcy to M&A and insurance.

Jussi Savonen heads the department, advising clients on a broad range of disputes. He represents clients in both domestic and cross-border arbitration and litigation, and is noted for his particular expertise on bankruptcy and insolvency disputes. His practice also covers contentious cases related to corporate and contract law.

John-Henrik Spåre represents clients in both litigation and arbitration proceedings, notably in connection with insurance and contractual disputes. "He doesn't get caught up in details and is very pragmatic; he understands when it is worth starting a dispute, is very trustworthy and helps us to find settlements," according to clients.

Significant clients Danske Bank, Fennia Mutual Insurance, Wulff Group, NCC, Nokia. 

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Ulla Vuokila of Avance Attorneys represents both domestic and international clients in corporate and commercial litigation cases. She has notable expertise in the areas of white-collar crime and corporate liability, including disputes related to securities.

Kai Kotiranta of Kotiranta & Co Attorney at Law Ltd is highly valued by clients: "He is an extremely talented and delightful man who is very sharp and strictly to the point; at the same time he applies a human touch to the work he's doing." He represents clients in a broad range of contentious cases, covering both litigation and arbitration proceedings related to an array of corporate and criminal matters.

Firm founding partner Carita Wallgren-Lindholm of Lindholm Wallgren Attorneys Ltd is recognised for her extensive experience of international arbitration cases. She represented clients in corporate, commercial and investment disputes, in proceedings conducted under various institutional rules.

Mika Hemmo of Ryti & Hemmo is a widely respected academic with long-standing expertise in the area of dispute resolution. He has been appointed as arbitrator in numerous large-scale international and domestic arbitrations, covering a wide range of commercial disputes.  

Juha Sivenius of Sivenius, Suvanto & Co Oy acts on prominent domestic litigation cases. He advises clients on both litigation and arbitration proceedings, covering disputes in the areas of contract law, insolvency, M&A and other commercial activities.

Ari Kantor of The Supreme Court of Finland is recognised for his significant experience as chairman or sole arbitrator in complex arbitrations. He is best known for his role as a Supreme Court judge.

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