Senior Partner, Attorney-at-Law
Mr. Patrik Lindfors has extensive experience as counsel in domestic and international arbitration proceedings and commercial and white-collar litigation. This experience includes the Finnish, Swedish and English Arbitration Acts, and the arbitration rules of such institutions as the ICC, SCC, LCIA, ICSID, IATA and the Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce. Patrik Lindfors serves on regular basis as an arbitrator in both domestic and international arbitrations.
Chambers Global 2020
Ranked in in Chambers Global 2020 as the only Star Individual in dispute resolution in Finland. According to Chambers Global 2020, “Star individual Patrik Lindfors enjoys a strong reputation as counsel and arbitrator, acting on domestic and international arbitrations. Lindfors also assists with commercial and white-collar crime litigation. One source describes him as “one of the best known counsels in arbitration and litigation,” and highlights his “in-depth knowledge.””
The Legal 500 EMEA 2019
Listed in the elite “Leading individuals” list and recognised for his ’very hands-on and competent approach’.
Chambers Global 2019
Ranked in Chambers Global 2019 as the only Star Individual in dispute resolution in Finland. According to Chambers Global 2019 “Patrik Lindfors is a market-leading arbitrator and litigator whom peers highlight as “the number one dispute resolution lawyer in Finland.” Clients also endorse him as an “outstanding professional.” Lindfors has extensive experience in the field of dispute resolution and handles a vast array of commercial and white-collar crime disputes.”
The Legal 500 EMEA 2018
Listed in the elite “Leading individuals” list and described as an “innovative litigator”.
Chambers Global 2018
Ranked in Chambers Global 2018 as the only Star Individual in dispute resolution in Finland. According to Chambers Global 2018 “Star practitioner Patrik Lindfors is held in the highest esteem by clients, who enthuse: ”He is very knowledgeable, fast in responding and a person for cases where you need someone who comes across as strong.” He handles an array of commercial and white-collar crime disputes, and is additionally active as an arbitrator.”
The Legal 500 Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Legal 500 Hall of Fame.
Who’s Who Legal: Litigation 2017 / Arbitration 2017
Listed both in Who’s Who Legal: Litigation 2017 and Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2017
According to Who’s Who Legal “Patrik Lindfors is leading litigation counsel and has significant experience in the Finnish courts. He is a highly regarded and well-respected practitioner.”
The Legal 500 EMEA 2017
Listed in the Legal 500 EMEA 2017 and described as “highly regarded” practitioner.
The Legal 500 EMEA 2016
Notes that ”the experienced Patrik Lindfors is described as ‘Finland’s best litigator’”.
Best Lawyers 2016
Best Lawyers’ 2016 Helsinki Litigation ”Lawyer of the Year”
Client Choice Awards 2015
Winner of the Client Choice Award 2015 for the Arbitration & ADR category for Finland.
Who’s Who Legal
Listed as one of the leading practitioners in the fields of arbitration and insurance & reinsurance.
Best Lawyers 2015
Best Lawyers’ 2015 Helsinki Arbitration and Mediation ”Lawyer of the Year”.
Chambers Global 2014
According to Chambers Global 2014 ”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.”
Best Lawyers 2014
Best Lawyers’ 2014 Helsinki Litigation ”Lawyer of the Year”.
Client Choice Awards 2014
Winner of the Client Choice Award 2014 for the Arbitration category for Finland.
Chambers Global 2013
According to Chambers Global 2013 ”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 and cross-border capabilities and for presenting his strategies to clients with clarity and eloquence.”
Patrik was ranked as the only Finnish lawyer as a “Star Individual” under the Dispute Resolution category.
The Legal 500 EMEA 2013
Listed as a leading lawyer and noted that Patrik is ”well established as one of Finland’s best litigators and arbitration lawyers.”
ILO Client Choice Awards 2013
Exclusive winner of the 2013 ILO Client Choice Award in the category of Arbitration.
Chambers Global 2012
In Chambers Global 2012 Patrik Lindfors is described as ”the most brilliant external counsel in Finland” and ranked as the only Finnish lawyer as a “Star Individual” under the Dispute Resolution category.
The Legal 500 EMEA 2012
Patrik Lindfors is widely perceived as a leading litigator, and was sought for an ICC arbitration in Switzerland despite no link to the Finnish jurisdiction. Domestic work includes acting for Pohjola Bank in the country’s largest ever ‘squeeze-out’ litigation following a multibillion-euro takeover involving two Finnish companies. Lindfors is an ‘outstanding personality with great analytical skills’
Best Lawyers 2012
Best Lawyers’ 2012 Helsinki Arbitration and Mediation ”Lawyer of the Year”.
Chambers Global 2011
”The founder of this dispute resolution boutique, Patrik Lindfors is an undisputed market favourite and is unanimously considered deserving of his stellar reputation. Clients make particular note of his ”commercially savvy, strategic approach and thoroughness.” Despite his compact team, many clients prefer to instruct him over many larger operations in the market. His frequent involvement in international arbitration cases, his enviable experience and multilingual capacity make him an excellent choice for successfully handling high-profile disputes.”
Ranked as the only Finnish lawyer as a “Star Individual” under the Dispute Resolution category.
Chambers Europe 2011
”Firm founder Patrik Lindfors is praised by sources for his experience and strong clientele. He is “definitely a leading player in dispute resolution – he has a strong profile in the market and acts on significant cases,” say interviewees. Impressed clients recommend Lindfors’“extremely strategic way of thinking,” his business-minded approach and his excellent analytical skills.”
The Legal 500 EMEA 2011
”The ‘multitalented’ Lindfors & Co Attorneys at Law is ‘excellent in all the parameters’. The fledgling firm is having little trouble establishing itself due to the following and reputation of ‘by far the best litigator in Finland’ Patrik Lindfors, former partner at Hannes Snellman Attorneys at Law Ltd. Typical work included advising a Finnish financial services company in the largest litigation concerning squeeze-out proceedings in Finland, subsequent to a multibillion-dollar take-over.”
Best Lawyers 2010
Included in the Best Lawyers® list for Finland in the practice area of Arbitration and Mediation.
ILO Client Choice Awards 2010
2010 ILO Client Choice Award in the category of Arbitration.
Chambers Europe 2009
In Chambers Europe 2009 Patrik Lindfors was the only Finnish lawyer listed as a “Star” under the Dispute Resolution category.
The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers
Patrik Lindfors has been nominated by peers as being among the world’s pre-eminent commercial litigation and arbitration specialist and listed in International Who’s Who of Commercial Litigation and International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration.
Chambers Global 2007
“Clients and peers are lavish in praise for the „responsive, experienced and completely dependable‟ litigator Patrik Lindfors, whose „good business judgement and strong strategic thinking‟ make him „one of the absolute best‟.”
The Legal 500, 2007
Patrik Lindfors is said to “boast a busy caseload of high profile matters, both domestic and international…”
Chambers Global 2006
“Observers agree that … Patrik Lindfors is „one of the best litigators in Finland”. They go on to say „he is creative, pragmatic, result-driven lawyer, who seeks long-term solutions and boasts excellent presentation skills‟.”
European Legal Experts, 2005
Patrik Lindfors is ranked as leading expert in litigation and arbitration.
The Legal 500, 2004
Patrik Lindfors is described as “highly regarded for his contentious aptitude”.
Mrs. Petra Kiurunen is specialized in domestic and international commercial arbitration and litigation. Petra has years of experience in advising clients in business disputes relating to e.g. construction and engineering, distributorship and service contracts, investment disputes, telecommunications, and IPR rights. She regularly represents Finnish and foreign companies in international arbitrations conducted under the Finnish Arbitration Act and the Arbitration Rules of the Central Chamber of Commerce of Finland, as well as under the rules of major international arbitration institutes such as the ICC and the SCC. Mrs. Kiurunen is also a member of the Board of Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce.
Ranked in Chambers Global 2020 as Band 1 dispute resolution practitioner in Finland. According to Chambers Global 2020, “Sources regard Petra Kiurunen as “extremely diligent,” with one interviewee adding: “She is the most hard-working lawyer I have ever seen.” Kiurunen is noted for her expertise in handling construction disputes. She is also a well-regarded arbitrator.”
Regarded in The Legal 500 EMEA 2019 as a recommended lawyer.
Ranked in Chambers Global 2019 as Band 1 dispute resolution practitioner in Finland. According to Chambers Global 2019 “Petra Kiurunen has considerable experience in both domestic and international cases, focusing on disputes related to construction and infrastructure projects. Sources commend her as a “very talented arbitrator and litigator.””
Regarded in The Legal 500 EMEA 2018 as a recommended lawyer.
Ranked in Chambers Global 2018 as Band 1 dispute resolution practitioner in Finland. According to Chambers Global 2018 “Petra Kiurunen is described by one market source as a “strong lawyer” who is “very impressive” in court. Her expertise primarily lies in disputes arising from construction and infrastructure projects. She has considerable experience in both domestic and international cases.”
Listed both in Who’s Who Legal: Litigation 2017 and Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2017. According to Who’s Who Legal “Petra Kiurunen is highly sought after and has a distinguished record of representing both domestic and international clients in disputes. She is active in numerous industry sectors including construction, finance and telecoms”.
Recognized in Who’s Who Legal: Litigation 2017 as a Thought Leader in Europe.
The Legal 500 EMEA 2017 notes that Petra Kiurunen “provides ‘strong and accurate advice’”.
Best Lawyers’ 2015 Helsinki Litigation ”Lawyer of the Year.”
According to Chambers Global 2014: ”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.”
The Legal 500 2014 states that ”Petra Kiurunen ‘was born to be a litigator’.”
Listed as a leading practitioner in the Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration 2013.
According to Chambers Global 2013 ”Interviewees consider Petra Kiurunen to be a talented second-in-command, saying she is ”an excellent litigator.” She is particularly strong in construction cases.”
Nominated in Best Lawyers 2012 in the practice area of Litigation
Described as ”Excellent” in Legal 500 EMEA 2012
Listed in the Experts in Commercial Arbitration 2012.
Recognized in the Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law as one of the outstanding practitioners.
According to Chambers Global 2012 Petra Kiurunen is ”a very strong player in international arbitration.”
”She wins praise as a high-quality arbitrator on many large-scale international cases. Clients speak admiringly of her approach: “She is extremely efficient, client-oriented and really knows our business”, Chambers Global 2011
Recommended and endorsed in the PLC Cross-border Dispute Resolution Handbook 2011
”Sources describe her ’as “an excellent younger partner, definitely worthy of mention”, Chambers Global 2010
‘Commended for her expertise in international arbitration in particular. Interviewees say: “She gives her whole attention to clients; she is always responsive and extremely knowledgeable.”’ Chambers Europe 2011
Nominated as Expert in the 2009 Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration
’Described by a client as a ”very skilful attorney” in the business conflicts field and head of the firm’s international arbitration practice. She arbitrates domestic and international matters; she handles contentious construction, investment, telecoms and IP matters”, PLCWhich Lawyer? Yearbook 2009
’...“someone who’s definitely on the way up.”’, Chambers Global 2009 and Chambers Europe 2009
Helena Wallentin-Lindstrom serves as a legal consultant to Lindfors & Co. and its clients. Helena’s work focuses on the legal aspects of doing business, especially dispute management, in and between the U.S. and Finland as well as the other Nordic countries. She functions as local counsel in California and across the United States. She facilitates Nordic companies’ business and legal interactions in the U.S. and serves as international liaison, improving communication across the continents, cultures and legal systems. Recently, Helena’s role in assisting a major Finnish client and its local U.S. counsel was crucial in obtaining a favorable court order in the U.S. Helena has in-depth knowledge of both the Finnish and the U.S. legal systems and business cultures. This knowledge, combined with her international experience, allowed her to efficiently identify and clearly explain all issues and options to the Finnish client. Helena’s advice and assistance resulted in significant cost-savings for the client and positioned it for success.
Helena was Specialist Counsel at Lindfors & Co. from April 2011 to December 2016. She represented clients from Asia, America and Europe in business matters, her main focus being international arbitrations before the ICC, the SCC, and other dispute resolution forums and methods.
Previously Helena worked at the largest law firm in Finland and, before that, as a litigator in the United States for 11 years. She has extensive experience trying cases in U.S. state and federal courts as well as representing clients in arbitration proceedings and mediations. Helena’s focus is business disputes and she has in-depth knowledge and understanding of the law in multiple areas, including: contracts, torts, products liability, class actions, officer & directors’ liability, mass torts such as tobacco and asbestos, currency transactions, real estate, and insurance. She is a member of the California State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.
Helena received her law degree from the University of Stockholm in 1993. She was selected to participate in the EU Erasmus university exchange program and, after intensive studies at universities in the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain, she received a Master in Law & Economics. Honored with the Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship 1993/1994, Helena continued her international studies at the University of San Diego School of Law and Business School in San Diego, California. There, she received a LLM in Comparative Law and later a Certificate in International Business.
Helena has lived in various European countries, the U.S. and Indonesia, immersing herself in the local way of life, history, language and culture. She is fluent in Swedish and English, and speaks a few other languages, including Portuguese. She is a member of the Swedish Arbitration Association, the Portuguese Arbitration Association, and various U.S. legal organizations. Helena serves as an arbitrator with, e.g., the International Center for Dispute Resolution.
Clients from all over the U.S., Mexico, Latin America, Asia and Europe have benefitted from Helena’s in-depth understanding of cross-border transactions, her handling of disputes involving parties from different countries, and her ability to explain a country’s social, legal, and business “culture” and the impact of that culture on how disputes are perceived, handled and resolved in different societies. With over a decade of hands-on legal experience in the U.S. and another decade of handling alternative dispute resolution in Europe, and thus possessing an in-depth understanding of common law and civil law as well as international disputes and cross-border transactions, Helena features a unique and remarkable knowledge base and business-focused strategic thinking that allows us to better serve our clients in the growing international legal arena.
Counsel, Head of IP Disputes, Attorney-at-Law
Mr. Vilhelm Schröder advises clients in commercial disputes with particular focus on intellectual property matters. He has significant experience from both civil and administrative litigation as well as preliminary injunction proceedings and enforcement. Vilhelm has represented clients from several industries such as pharmaceuticals, paper & pulp, telecommunications and media. He has also trained on the bench at the District Court of Itä-Uusimaa.
In addition to his Finnish master’s degree, Vilhelm holds an LL.M. from Munich Intellectual Property Law Center in IP and Competition Law. He has also studied at Santa Clara University School of Law in California, U.S. Vilhelm frequently lectures, publishes legal articles and is enrolled as doctoral candidate at the University of Helsinki. Before joining Lindfors & Co, Vilhelm worked in the IP team at another top tier law firm in Finland for almost a decade.
Rising Star 2019, Managing IP
“Obtaining Evidence in Patent Litigation and Trade Secret Protection – A Tale of Two Poles” (with Philipp Widera), GRUR International (Oxford University Press), 7 February 2021
“The protection of trade secrets in the Nordic countries” (with Ulf Bernitz, Niklas Bruun, Bengt Domeij, Harald Irgens-Jensen, Marcus Norrgård, Thomas Riis, Jens Schovsbo and Henrik Udsen), Nordiskt Immateriellt Rättsskydd (NIR), 4/2018
“Transformation from a Patchwork Quilt to a Unified Fabric: Discussion on a Few Particular Aspects of the New Finnish Trade Secrets Act and the EU Trade Secrets Directive”, Nordiskt Immateriellt Rättsskydd (NIR), 4/2018
“Legislative Update: Implementation of the Trade Secrets Directive – A New Trade Secrets Act Proposed in Finland”, Liikejuridiikka, Issue 1, 2018
“Reverse Burden of Proof and the Protection of Trade Secrets in European Pharmaceutical Patent Litigation” Parts One and Two, European Intellectual Property Review, Issues 4 and 5, 2017
“Pay-for-Delay Settlements in the EU: Did the Commission Go Too Far?”, European Intellectual Property Review, Issue 12, 2016 & European Competition Law Review, Issue 12, 2016
“Can ‘external’ bilateral competition law provisions have an interpretative effect within the frame work of the WTO dispute settlement system”, European Competition Law Review, Issue 10, 2016
Recent speaking engagements
“Liikesalaisuuksien muuttunut suoja ja sen käytännön merkitys”, IPR-riidat ja sopimustekniikka, Alma Talent (Lakimiesliiton koulutus), Helsinki 2020
“Dialogue of Experts: Trade Secrets in a Time of Pandemic”, online seminar with Prof. Sharon Sandeen (U.S.), IPR University Center, online 2020
”Trade Secrets in Patent Litigation – A Mock Trial”, Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, Alumni Conference, Munich 2020
“Uusi liikesalaisuuslainsäädäntö”, Markkinaoikeus/IPR University Center, Helsinki 2019
“Trade Secrets in European Patent Litigation”, Nordic/German IPR Network Meeting, University of Bergen, Bergen 2019
“FRII seminar on smart grids”, comments from private practice view (comments to Prof. Petri Kuoppamäki’s presentation), IPR University Center, Helsinki 2018
“Hallintoprosessi – juridiikan perusteet – oikeudenkäynnit”, osa 2, IPR University Center, Helsinki 2018
“Patenttiriidat”, Aalto University, Helsinki 2018
“Patent Litigation – Enforcement & Strategies”, Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki 2018
Mr. Antti Summa specializes in corporate and commercial law and litigation and arbitration. His dispute resolution practice has an emphasis on disputes related to corporate law, M&A transactions, contract law and litigation involving complex technological issues. Additionally Antti advises a number of public and private companies on various corporate transactions and issues concerning corporate governance, regulatory matters, dispute avoidance and risk management. Before joining Lindfors & Co in 2008 as one of the founding partners Antti worked at one of the largest law firms in Finland and as a general counsel of an IT, training and consulting company listed on the OMX Nordic Exchange.
Listed in Best Lawyers 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 (in the categories of Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation, International Arbitration and Corporate Law).
Chambers Global 2015 ”Antti Summa receives positive comments from clients: ”His intelligence, high working capacity and ability to adapt to even difficult technical matters quickly is very impressive.” His practice centres on disputes related to corporate activities, including M&A-related and contract law litigation, and also commercial arbitration.”
Chambers Europe 2014 and Chambers Global 2014 note that ”Antti Summa is an active and respected figure in Finnish disputes, with particular knowledge of M&A and IT-related cases.”
Legal 500 EMEA 2013 describes Antti Summa as a ‘very talented young lawyer with splendid knowledge’.”
Chambers Global 2013 note that ”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.””
Chambers Global 2012 and Chambers Europe 2012 note that Antti Summa is ”highly recommended”.
Described as ”Excellent” in Legal 500 EMEA 2012
Chambers Global 2011 notes that “Antti Summa is a big contributor to the success of this team, especially when the disputes require his expertise in corporate law. He is particularly active in international work and has recently served as counsel in several arbitration cases before the ICC and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce.”
Legal 500 EMEA 2011: ”Antti Summa is ‘also very good’ and handles international arbitrations.”
Chambers Europe 2011: ”...Antti Summa is especially experienced in the field of IT disputes.”
Mr. Jasse Ritakallio specializes in commercial litigation and arbitration. Jasse has advised clients in a number of business disputes relating to e.g. contract law, construction and engineering, distributorship and service contracts, delivery contracts, M&A transactions, IT-related contracts and IPR-rights. Jasse also advises clients in white-collar crime litigations and in various proceedings before administrative courts.
Jasse regularly represents Finnish and foreign companies in arbitrations conducted under the Finnish Arbitration Act and the Arbitration Rules of the Finland Chamber of Commerce, as well as under the rules of major arbitration institutes such as the ICC and the SCC.
Jasse joined Lindfors & Co in 2008.
Mr. Tapio Rantala advises clients in all aspects of commercial litigation and arbitration, as well as corporate and commercial law. Tapio’s strength is his broad and all-round experience in commercial law. Tapio has experience, inter alia, in corporate law and corporate governance, drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, IT law, intellectual property rights and IP litigation, financial regulation, mergers and de-mergers, and insurance portfolio transfers. Moreover, Tapio is one of the few experts in cooperatives law in Finland.
Before joining Lindfors & Co in 2016 Tapio worked for several years as in-house counsel and head of corporate legal affairs at a leading financial group in Finland which also operates in the healthcare industry. Tapio has also worked at one of the largest law firms in Finland.
Tapio is member of the Finnish Sports Arbitration Board and the chief editor of a Finnish sports law journal. In addition, he has served as a disciplinarian for a Finnish sports league.
Tapio holds a Master’s degree in Laws from the University of Turku and he was trained at the bench in Tampere District Court (now Pirkanmaa District Court).
Ms. Henrica Siiskonen specializes in commercial litigation and arbitration and general commercial law.
Henrica advises clients in business disputes relating to e.g. contract law, construction and engineering, distributorship and service contracts. Due to her experience as in-house counsel she also advises clients in a broad spectrum of business law and compliance.
Henrica joined Lindfors & Co originally in 2011. After five years of practice in commercial litigation and arbitration she joined a publicly listed steel company as in-house counsel where she worked for four years. In 2020, Henrica rejoined Lindfors & Co to help clients in all sectors of business.
Henrica holds a Master’s degree from the University of Helsinki from 2011.