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Dispute Resolution - Finland

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第一等 |

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

What the team is known for Leading dispute resolution practice with vast knowledge and experience in both domestic and international cases. Particularly active lately in international arbitration, IT outsourcing disputes and high-profile cartel-related private enforcement cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"This team provides top-level client service, far ahead of many international firms - it should be the benchmark for everyone!"

Work highlights Recently represented Nordea and associated companies in a case against Itella and the Republic of Finland, concerning the restitution of VAT charged on postal services in violation of EU law, and associated damages. The case was valued at EUR32 million.

Notable practitioners

Senior figure Jouko Huhtala continues to act on a number of high-end disputes, bringing decades of litigation and arbitration experience to advise clients across a variety of sectors.

Marko Hentunen remains a top-rated figure in Finnish dispute resolution. He has recently acted on some of the highest-profile cases in the domestic and international markets, such as advising packaging and wood products company Stora Enso on the well-publicised round wood cartel damages case. Sources describe him as "very thorough in his work and a good communicator." His practice is increasingly focused on appointments as arbitrator on complex international disputes.

Niklas Langenskiöld is best known for his leading expertise in shipping-related cases, but his dispute resolution practice also stretches to include clients from sectors such as financial services. Interviewees recommend him as "very good at writing responses or statements to court, and for simplifying and focusing on the right issues." 

Tuomas Lehtinen has expertise in a variety of areas, such as international trade contracts, project agreements and bank guarantees, which he frequently utilises to act on a range of disputes for major clients.

Anders Forss joins the rankings this year as he continues to grow in stature in the Finnish disputes market. He has had notable recent success in IT-related disputes, with his broad caseload also including litigations concerning shareholder agreements and construction projects.

Significant clients Stora Enso, Pohjola Bank, Cargotec, Metso Paper, City of Helsinki.  

第一等 |

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

What the team is known for Highly active on an extensive range of high-end, complex disputes in Finland and internationally, covering many sectors and areas of law. Recently successful in construction-related matters and private enforcement litigations, with significant prominence in the growing Finnish arbitration market.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"What I particularly like about this team is its strategic view - knowing how to drive the dispute forward. I also appreciate the understanding of our needs and targets, and what we want to achieve in a particular dispute."  

Work highlights Advised Lemminkäinen, one of seven defendants, on a high-profile and long-running damages case against 52 municipalities and the Republic of Finland concerning alleged price fixing in the asphalt industry.

Notable practitioners 

Market leader Mika Savola impresses interviewees with his top-level work on major disputes in Finland, alongside a prominent role in the development of the Finnish arbitration market following his recent appointment as chair of the Finnish Arbitration Institute's board. He has wide-ranging experience acting as arbitrator on cases conducted under numerous institutional rules, including ICC, and has recently appeared as counsel on a number of international cases involving industrial clients.

Antti Heikinheimo is a long-standing member of the Finnish dispute resolution market and has experience of all types of contentious matters, with notable expertise in insolvency-related litigation.

The "very talented and skilful" Antti Järvinen has acted on an extensive range of disputes lately, representing clients in sectors such as engineering, construction and project management. Highlights include advising pulp and paper giant UPM-Kymmene on private enforcement proceedings following a high-profile Market Court judgment concerning a round wood cartel.

Ulla Vuokila is widely respected for her expertise in white-collar crime cases as part of a broader dispute resolution practice, notably those relating to the securities market.

Significant clients Metso, Nokia Siemens Networks, KONE, SWECO, Orion.

第二等 |

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

What the team is known for Highly regarded dispute resolution boutique, with impressive scope of expertise and presence in domestic and international disputes despite its compact size. Active in litigation and arbitration cases involving parties from sectors such as private equity, construction and IT. Further notable strength in IP-related cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"This firm is fast, reliable and easy to deal with - there is a good ratio between how much you pay and what you get."

Notable practitioners  

Patrik Lindfors remains a standout figure at the top end of the Finnish dispute resolution market. Sources offer glowing praise for all aspects of his work: "If I have a very complicated case and it's very difficult to estimate the outcome I always use him - if you want to win, you use Patrik Lindfors. He is good in litigation and arbitration, and has great strategic thinking." Lately he has acted on an extensive range of major disputes for Finnish and international clients, including appointments as arbitrator on cases conducted under ICC rules.

Petra Kiurunen is an "experienced and effective" dispute resolution lawyer who "picks things up quickly and is smart in negotiations," according to sources. Her stellar reputation has grown recently thanks to her prominence in high-profile cases across the field, particularly in substantial arbitrations and construction-related litigations.

Antti Summa is an active and respected figure in Finnish disputes, with particular knowledge of M&A and IT-related cases.

Significant clients TeliaSonera Finland, Pohjola Bank.

第二等 |

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

What the team is known for Well known for white-collar crime and insolvency litigation, with increasing prominence in domestic and international arbitration. Also recently active in damages cases relating to industrial cartels.

Notable practitioners  

Department co-head Jussi Ikonen is this firm's most prominent figure in Finnish disputes and according to interviewees he "understands the big picture but also the strategic side" of disputes. He has had particular success lately in high-profile white-collar crime and employment law-related cases.

Sources recognise Tampere-based Lassi Kettula as a "strong analytical litigator" and an active presence in numerous complex litigations.

Jukka Laitasalo is a highly experienced dispute resolution lawyer, who brings expertise from decades of practice in the field to act on major domestic arbitrations and large-scale insolvency-related disputes.

Tapio Väätäinen is a well-regarded litigator who acts on a broad range of contentious matters, frequently involving competition, employment and criminal law issues. Alongside displaying a visible presence in the arbitration market, he is co-head of the department.

Mika Pakarinen remains an active member of the domestic dispute resolution market, as part of his broader corporate law practice. He is a specialist in matters relating to media and marketing law. 

Significant clients Finnair, Stonesoft, Polar Electro.

Band 2 | Roschier

第二等 |

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

What the team is known for Sizeable practice with an international focus to its litigation and arbitration caseload, including notable prominence in Nordic-wide cases thanks to the firm's Swedish presence. Active lately in litigations concerning IP rights, corporate and securities law, and product liability.

Work highlights Recently acted for international chemical industry group Kemira on a follow-on damages claim against a Belgian company. The case related to an EC decision concerning a hydrogen peroxide antitrust infringement.

Notable practitioners

Petri Taivalkoski is a leading member of the Finnish dispute resolution community, with an extensive presence across the team's broad caseload. Recent highlights include representing domestic and international clients from sectors such as insurance, food and beverages and the chemical industry.

Gisela Knuts is highly active in Finnish dispute resolution, particularly on cases with competition law aspects, and comes recommended by sources as "very intelligent and strong in the courtroom." She has a notable presence in cases with Swedish aspects, dividing her time between the firm's Helsinki and Stockholm offices.

Senior associate Aapo Saarikivi rises in this year's rankings, having established himself as a prominent figure in Finnish disputes. His broad practice covers litigation, arbitration and ADR, frequently working with clients from a variety of industries and jurisdictions.  

Significant clients FSD Mercosul Comercial Informática.

第三等 |

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

What the team is known for Long-standing presence in domestic litigation, notably in construction-related cases. Also particularly active lately advising international clients on a range of arbitration matters.

What's new? Saara Paronen joined the firm as a specialist partner in 2013, bringing with her an extensive knowledge of construction-related disputes.

Work highlights Advised Talvivaara Sotkamo, a subsidiary of major mining company Talvivaara, on a complex and multifaceted criminal case concerning a suspected environmental crime at the Sotkamo mine.

Notable practitioners 

Markus Kokko is widely respected in Finnish dispute resolution circles and has a broad presence across the market. He has also acted on a variety of arbitration matters involving parties from numerous jurisdictions.

Heidi Merikalla-Teir has been active recently advising clients from across the Nordic region on litigation and arbitration matters.

Significant clients Ideal Design & Construction, Arwidson, Rakennusliike Porrokki.

Band 3 | Bird & Bird

第三等 |

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

What the team is known for International firm with a widely respected practice in Finnish disputes and a significant presence in the international arbitration market. Best known for work involving parties from the IT sector, but also highly active in cases concerning IP, securities and corporate crime.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The lawyers are really focused on what they do and carry out their research and background checks very thoroughly. The quality of the service is always excellent - I have no complaints at all." 

Notable practitioners

Marko Wainio draws praise from across the market for his strength in dispute resolution and is "a real expert of law, who is highly intelligent and has a very good capability of expressing himself," according to clients. He has been particularly prominent in domestic arbitration matters recently.

Department head Tom Vapaavuori has wide-ranging litigation and arbitration experience, including recent activity in cases conducted under ICC rules. He is recognised by interviewees for his courtroom strength.

Mikko Rajala remains an active presence in Finnish disputes, with a notable focus on contentious IP cases, although he is also experienced in matters concerning the finance and real estate sectors. Clients appreciate his thoroughness in complex cases and the knowledge of corporate and contract law that he brings to disputes.  

第三等 |

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

What the team is known for Highly active with international parties in litigation and arbitration, as well as in high-profile domestic cases with competition law aspects. Also particularly knowledgeable of disputes involving M&A and finance clients.

Work highlights Acting for Finnish motor vehicle spare parts wholesaler Örum on a damages case concerning alleged competition law abuses conducted alongside four other industrial wholesalers. The damages are valued at an estimated EUR55 million.

Notable practitioners

Jussi Lehtinen leads the team, and is the firm's most prominent figure in Finnish dispute resolution. His wide-ranging caseload recently included advising private equity house NREP on a victory in a District Court case against the City of Lappeenranta and Lappeenranta Free Zone, concerning real estate acquisitions.

Alongside his high-profile M&A practice, Jan Ollila has a long-standing presence in dispute resolution. He is noted for a focus on high-level, complex arbitration matters.

Petteri Uoti is primarily recognised for his vast expertise in employment-related cases. However his wider dispute resolution work also includes acting for clients such as the City of Espoo and other Finnish cities on the widely publicised EUR200 million asphalt cartel damages claim.

Significant clients GM, Fonecta, IKEA.

第三等 |

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

What the team is known for Broad team active in numerous sectors, including environmental, shipping and pharmaceutical law. Primarily domestic-focused, although growing in prominence in the international market following recent successes with foreign clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The service here is high-quality. I think the lawyers understand our business - they are not just familiar with the law, but also how it applies in practice." 

What's new? New partner Mikko Leppä joined the firm from Borenius in April 2012, bringing with him extensive dispute resolution expertise across a variety of sectors.

Work highlights Recently represented 24 Finnish local municipal governments and subsidiaries in a dispute against Nordea, concerning a decision by the bank to increase interest on loans to the municipal sector.

Notable practitioners

Pekka Puhakka is the firm's standout dispute resolution figure and has decades of experience in Finnish and international contentious cases. He has particular strength in the arbitration market.

Esteemed shipping law expert Henrik Gahmberg is amongst the most experienced litigators in the Finnish market. Alongside his focus on maritime cases, he recently acted for clients from a range of industrial sectors on contentious matters.

Jörgen Hammarström has advised on a number of the firm's major litigation cases recently, including advising leading forestry company Metsäliitto on a major EUR300 million cartel-related damages case.

Kari Marttinen draws broad market recognition for his presence in disputes relating to environmental law. His recent caseload has particularly focused on construction disputes with environmental aspects.

Mikko Leppä recently joined the team as partner and enters the rankings this year thanks to his widespread activity on some of the firm's most significant disputes. Clients praise his ability to "explain complicated matters in a way that is easy to understand." He recently acted for publicly owned health company Labquality on a case concerning the embezzlement of money from the client by a former managerial employee.

Significant clients Neste Oil, Philip Morris, Pfizer.

Band 3 | Krogerus

第三等 |

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

What the team is known for Notably active in private enforcement cases relating to high-profile industrial cartels. Also experienced in significant multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration matters in sectors such as construction and telecoms.

Work highlights Recently acted for Finnish telecoms provider DNA on a number of litigation cases against various competitors, including a multi-jurisdictional trade mark dispute concerning the alleged unauthorised use of Deutsche Telekom's Community trade mark protected colour.

Notable practitioners

Gustaf Möller is an arbitrator of international renown, who utilises his many decades of experience to act as sole arbitrator, chairman or party-appointed arbitrator on an extensive range of disputes. His long history in the Finnish legal sector has included periods as chair of the Finnish Arbitration Institute's board and as a judge at the Finnish Supreme Court. He has acted on cases under a variety of arbitration rules in major hubs such as London, Paris, Stockholm and Washington, DC.

Jari-Pekka Alho heads the firm's arbitration team but has a wide-ranging litigation practice, with recent case highlights also including employment, projects and energy, and pharmaceutical law aspects.

Mikko Elonheimo's reputation as a "skilful" dispute resolution lawyer continues to grow in the Finnish market. Recent major cases include advising state-run landowner Metsähallitus on a high-profile damages claim against three prominent forestry companies concerning a raw timber cartel.

Significant clients Santander, Rautaruukki, Peab.

第三等 |

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

What the team is known for Broad practice with notable strength in white-collar crime cases and growing prominence in both domestic and international arbitration. Provides particular knowledge of disputes relating to the financial services industry, especially cases involving insurance clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"This team approached the case in an extremely logical and structured way - it was very pragmatic."

Work highlights Represented the Helsinki City Transport Authority in a substantial dispute against multinational technology giant Siemens, concerning delays in a project for the extension and development of the Helsinki metro system.

Notable practitioners

Jukka Peltonen remains a prominent figure in the firm's dispute resolution practice, with a particular focus on arbitration. He is widely revered for his long-standing experience in the field.

Jussi Savonen is an established and highly active member of the team, known primarily amongst sources for his litigation strength. His recent work includes representing numerous high-profile clients in sensitive white-collar crime disputes.

Rising star John-Henrik Spåre enters the rankings following a year of increased prominence in the field, with a notable presence in contentious matters involving IP, banking and insurance clients. Sources recommend him as "pragmatic and structured in his way of working." 

Significant clients Fennia Mutual Insurance, Danske Bank, NCC.

第三等 |

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

What the team is known for Experienced team with a cross-border focus to its broad caseload. Recent work has covered a wide range of international arbitration cases, including high-profile arbitrator appointments.

Work highlights Acted for pigment producer Sachtleben Pigments on a case against German chemical company Lanxess concerning the termination of a supply agreement.

Notable practitioners

The highly experienced and "very impressive" Jan Waselius remains a widely revered figure in the Finnish market, thanks to his extensive experience as litigation and arbitration counsel and growing prominence as a domestic and international arbitrator. His recent case highlights have involved clients from jurisdictions as broad as France, Norway and China, across a variety of industries.

Tanja Jussila is an active litigator who has recently appeared on cases involving clients from a wide range of sectors, such as advising power company Esse Elektro-Kraft against the Public Prosecutor on a dispute concerning a fatal accident in the workplace.

Significant clients Nordic Mines, Albany International, JCDecaux.  

第四等 |

What the team is known for Domestically focused, compact practice with long-established partners active on a variety of mid-sized disputes. Particularly knowledgeable of insolvency-related disputes and criminal cases.

Notable practitioners

Sources recognise Sami Uoti for the high-quality service he provides to dispute resolution clients, especially in cases concerning bankruptcy.

Petteri Sotamaa has over two decades of experience in the Finnish legal market, which he utilises on a range of disputes, notably those involving white-collar crime.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Kai Kotiranta of Kotiranta & Co Attorney at Law Ltd is well known for his white-collar crime-focused practice, and has long-standing experience of the area. He has particular knowledge of disputes relating to insider trading.

Carita Wallgren-Lindholm of Lindholm Wallgren Attorneys Ltd focuses on arbitrator appointments in significant international arbitration cases and has experience of acting under a variety of institutional rules, including numerous ICC cases. She is highly appreciated for her long-standing prominence in the Finnish disputes market.

Mika Hemmo of Ryti & Hemmo has acted as chairman, sole and party-appointed arbitrator on dozens of major international arbitration panels. Sources recognise the academic approach that he brings to his appointments.

Juha Sivenius of Sivenius, Suvanto & Co Oy is an active and long-established presence in Finnish disputes, with a respected reputation for his litigation expertise.

Ari Kantor of The Supreme Court of Finland is most prominent in his role as a Supreme Court judge, but is also widely appreciated for his esteemed presence as chairman or sole arbitrator on a variety of high-profile and complex disputes.

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Senior Statesman

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Eminent Practitioners

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