Dispute Resolution: Finland
THE FIRM This full-service firm is renowned for its dispute resolution strength, with a well-versed team offering broad litigation and arbitration expertise to domestic and international clients. The group is very active in the growing private enforcement market, representing Stora Enso in a major dispute against approximately 600 claimants suing for damages of around EUR230 million. This follows a widely publicised infringement of competition law in the forestry industry.
Sources say: "All the work goes through a partner, so you know it will be of a high quality."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Marko Hentunen is the firm's leading figure in dispute resolution, and is revered for his "extremely impressive" litigation skills. He recently became a board member of the Arbitration Institute of the Finnish Chamber of Commerce.
Maritime law expert Niklas Langenskiöld continues to be a prominent name, recently handling a number of disputes in the shipping and insurance sectors.
Tuomas Lehtinen is active in both arbitration and litigation, with a focus on construction and banking cases.
Senior figure Jouko Huhtala is widely recognised for his broad experience in disputes, and also regularly sits as arbitrator.
THE FIRM Hannes Snellman has a vast and highly praised dispute resolution practice, working for clients such as Lemminkäinen Corporation, the largest company in a seven-strong asphalt cartel being sued by 40 Finnish municipalities and the Republic of Finland. The team is also known for its expertise in construction disputes, recently assisting the Finnish Transport Agency with a EUR10 million litigation victory against state-owned construction company Destia.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Mika Savola is one of the key figures in this field. He has long-standing experience in litigation and also frequently acts as arbitrator. Clients appreciate his breadth of knowledge and scientific approach to complex disputes.
The reputation of Antti Järvinen is rapidly increasing in this field. He heads the firm's construction disputes team, acting for clients such as project management contractor SWECO PM on its multiparty litigation against SATO, a major housing investor.
Antti Heikinheimo is the practice's senior figure, bringing decades of dispute resolution experience to the team alongside his strength in restructuring and insolvency.
Ulla Vuokila is highly respected by interviewees, especially for her work in white-collar crime litigation.
THE FIRM This firm excels in all areas of dispute resolution, with work highlights spanning from ICC proceedings involving major Finnish industrial players, to large-scale white-collar crime litigation for global companies. While clients value the team's in-depth knowledge across all areas of disputes, it is particularly known for its strength in construction cases and maritime litigation.
Sources say: "The team always provides a high quality of service, and it works well with its other offices."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Markus Kokko is head of the firm's dispute resolution practice. Clients say he is "trustworthy, and has the capability to handle many kinds of litigation cases."
Rising star Heidi Merikalla-Teir receives widespread praise as a "superb" dispute resolution lawyer, with sources expecting her to go far. She has recently been especially active in international arbitration cases.
Seppo Kemppinen brings over three decades of legal experience to the team. He is especially well versed in IP, contract law and directors' liability disputes.
THE FIRM Dittmar & Indrenius provides a high-quality dispute resolution service to its broad international client base, working with the likes of GM, IKEA and Nordic Real Estate Partners. Additionally, the team represents domestic clients, such as the cities of Espoo and Forssa in their pursuit of damages from the companies involved in a highly publicised asphalt cartel case. The firm's multifaceted disputes practice also spans the IP, real estate and labour law sectors.
Sources say: "The firm can answer all of my questions and keeps me informed of all developments - I've been very satisfied."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Jussi Lehtinen is recognised as the team's main figure in domestic and cross-border cases. He recently led on the firm's role in motor vehicle spare part wholesaler Örum's defence against a EUR65 million damages claim relating to an industrial cartel.
Managing partner Jan Ollila couples his formidable M&A experience with a robust presence in major arbitration cases.
Petteri Uoti is revered by clients for his expertise in labour litigations, and for his prowess in difficult court proceedings. He is also respected for his knowledge of competition-related disputes.
THE FIRM Dispute resolution boutique Lindfors & Co continues to hold its own in the market. It advises on a range of domestic and international litigation and arbitration cases, accommodating mandates of all magnitudes and working with clients of the stature of TeliaSonera and Pohjola Bank. The firm's caseload includes construction disputes, ICC arbitrations, white-collar crime and IT litigation.
Sources say: "The firm is amongst the best in Finland - it is a relatively compact team but can handle large cases and run them very well."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients laud Patrik Lindfors for being "resourceful, persevering, and always able to think of the various possible outcomes," and he stands at the forefront of the Finnish dispute resolution market. Praise is extensive, not only for his legal knowledge but also for his work ethic, cross-border capabilities and for presenting his strategies to clients with clarity and eloquence.
Interviewees consider Petra Kiurunen to be a talented second-in-command, saying she is "an excellent litigator." She is particularly strong in construction cases.
Antti Summa is known for his work in corporate governance, alongside his presence in dispute resolution cases. He is valued by clients for "always putting the concerns of the customer first."
THE FIRM This domestically focused team has notable expertise in white-collar crime, acting for many Finnish businesses in litigation proceedings. Of late the firm has also been active in a high-profile asphalt cartel case, representing Skanska Asfaltti in proceedings against several Finnish municipalities. Interviewees appreciate the team for its experience across many areas of dispute resolution, including contractual, IP and labour disputes.
Sources say: "Any lawyer can learn the substance of law but not everyone does well under the pressure of the courtroom - this is where these lawyers excel."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Jussi Ikonen is an established and active figure in dispute resolution, representing many large Finnish businesses in litigation and arbitration proceedings.
Based in Merilampi's Tampere office, Lassi Kettula is highlighted by sources as the practice's rising figure.
Jukka Laitasalo is the most experienced figure in the practice. He regularly acts as an arbitrator under Finnish Chamber of Commerce and ICC rules, alongside his work as counsel.
Mika Pakarinen is admired for his experience in complex white-collar crime work. He is also known in the market for his work as an arbitrator.
Tapio Väätäinen is highly respected by clients for his litigation work, especially in contractual disputes.
THE FIRM Roschier operates a powerful, pan-Nordic practice with a focus on international disputes, particularly major international arbitration cases. The firm's cross-border prowess has been demonstrated recently in matters such as Brazilian software company FSD Mercosul Comercial Informática's EUR15 million damages victory pertaining to the unlawful termination of an agreement.
Sources say: "The team delivers high-quality documents that are fine tuned to the case. This comes hand in hand with a proactive effort to adapt its services to a client's needs."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Top-rated dispute resolution lawyer Petri Taivalkoski leads Roschier's offering in this sector. He is a prime choice for complex international mandates and major commercial disputes, and he works with many large businesses across the Nordic region.
Recently appointed partner Gisela Knuts is an established figure in dispute resolution, working with clients from the firm's Helsinki and Stockholm offices. She has extensive experience of acting as counsel under Swedish, Finnish and ICC arbitration rules.
Sources are "very impressed" by increasingly prominent associate Aapo Saariviki, especially in international arbitration.
THE FIRM Waselius & Wist's dispute resolution team concentrates on providing a high-quality service in cross-border disputes, especially international arbitrations. The experienced team acts on cases in all areas of business law, working closely with its lawyers in other practice areas. Recent international clients include JCDecaux, Albany International and KVIK.
Sources say: "The lawyers are very responsive and are able to provide candid viewpoints in tough cases."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Highly respected figure Jan Waselius frequently brings his extensive experience to domestic and international arbitration proceedings as chairman, tribunal member or counsel. Interviewees note: "There's no case you can't refer to him."
Tanja Jussila is active as counsel in both litigation and arbitration. She recently held the position of world president of AIJA, an international association of young lawyers.
THE FIRM This tight-knit domestic practice is well regarded in the market, especially for its strength in white-collar crime. It also has an active presence in insolvency and corporate cases.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Sami Uoti receives positive feedback from interviewees, highlighting his talents in domestic criminal litigation cases.
Petteri Sotamaa is viewed as an "excellent" litigator acting on high-profile cases, including privacy and media litigation matters.
Mats Welin is "very sharp, and able to focus on the essential parts of a litigation."
THE FIRM Global firm Bird & Bird thrives in IP and TMT-related dispute resolution. It also has expertise in real estate disputes and commercial litigation and arbitration. Clients appreciate the team's dedication to all aspects of a mandate, from preparatory work through to court proceedings.
Sources say: "The lawyers prepare extremely well, and really go into the details of the case. I've been very satisfied with the work."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head Tom Vapaavuori focuses on complex commercial disputes. He is known for his niche expertise in trade secrets, in addition to his broader litigation and arbitration experience.
Marko Wainio is well regarded as a "fearless" advocate in domestic litigation and arbitration.
Recently made partner, Mikko Rajala has experience in various areas of dispute resolution, including real estate, IP rights and public procurement.
THE FIRM Hammarström Puhakka Partners has a practice that is growing in size and stature, especially in cases related to the environmental, competition and shipping sectors. Recent work highlights include representing Neste Oil in an environmental liability dispute at the Supreme Court of Finland, and acting for Metsäliitto, a leading forestry company, on a damages case relating to a forestry industry cartel.
Sources say: "I was very impressed by how quickly the team reacted and the quality of the memos it produced."
KEY INDIVIDUALS The team's leading practitioner Pekka Puhakka works as counsel and arbitrator, and is admired throughout the market for his dispute resolution expertise. He recently represented industrial conglomerate Ahlstrom in a complex environmental case relating to an alleged oil spill.
The group's maritime expert Henrik Gahmberg is active in numerous contentious matters relating to shipping law.
Jörgen Hammarström impresses clients in large-scale litigations, thanks to his strong organisational abilities. Of late he acted for 24 Finnish local government municipalities in a financial dispute against a major Nordic bank.
Kari Marttinen bring his environmental expertise to the practice, acting for clients such as Neste Oil.
THE FIRM Full-service domestic firm Krogerus retains a robust presence on the Finnish litigation market, representing a mix of private companies and public sector clients in financial, IP, unfair marketing and private enforcement disputes. The firm is additionally active in domestic and international arbitration. It recently represented internet service provider DNA in a complex litigation against major record companies over the blocking of website Pirate Bay. In another key case, it represented Air Finland against Turkish airline Atlasjet in a compensation case regarding the termination of a lease agreement.
Sources say: "We turn to Krogerus when a case goes to court. The lawyers are particularly good in this context."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Jari-Pekka Alho is well regarded for his prominence in litigation and arbitration, notably in employment matters. He heads the arbitration practice.
Raimo Seppälä uses his banking and restructuring background to lead the firm's finance-related disputes work.
Mikko Elonheimo manages the firm's litigation practice, and his growing presence in Finnish courtrooms is noticed amongst interviewees. He has particularly strong knowledge of IP and unfair marketing disputes.
THE FIRM Boutique firm Lindholm Wallgren specialises in dispute resolution. It is led by two highly regarded Finnish practitioners, who combine decades of experience to represent a largely international clientele in a variety of litigations and ad hoc and institutional arbitrations, under Finnish, Swedish and ICC rules.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Tomas Lindholm is amongst the best regarded lawyers in Finland. He divides his practice between dispute resolution cases, sitting mainly as arbitrator, and top-end corporate advisory work.
Carita Wallgren-Lindholm brings formidable dispute resolution and corporate law experience to the team, working as counsel and arbitrator on cross-border cases.
THE FIRM Recently formed firm Peltonen LMR has a strong dispute resolution practice with a high-profile client list, which includes Sampo Bank, Fennia Mutual Insurance and Nokia. The team is active in contentious matters across many areas of law and industry. In one example, it represented NCC Roads and Interasfaltti against approximately EUR20 million damages claims relating to an asphalt cartel.
Sources say: "The lawyers are very good in difficult cases, especially in insolvency and contractual matters."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head Jussi Savonen is well regarded amongst interviewees, who admire his ability to "summarise legal issues succinctly and focus on the essentials."
Jukka Peltonen is a distinguished figure in this field. Sources describe him as "very sharp and hard-working, with years of experience."
commands a powerful reputation in criminal litigation, acting on behalf of domestic and international clients. He is sole partner at his boutique firm Kotiranta & Co Attorney at Law Ltd, and is revered by clients for his ability to handle difficult mandates. One source says: "He's one of the best in Finland for complicated cases. He can remember even the smallest of details."
of Sivenius, Suvanto & Co Oy is active as counsel and arbitrator, notably in domestic commercial cases.
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