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We are very pleased to announce that Henrica Siiskonen (née Koskenranta) has rejoined Lindfors & Co as Senior Associate as of 3 August 2020. Henrica has spent the last four years as in-house counsel for the SSAB Group of Companies, serving clients in all legal matters of the Group both domestically and internationally.

Henrica will draw on her recent experience to counsel clients in commercial law and compliance and represent their interests in commercial litigation and arbitration.

Henrica first joined Lindfors & Co in 2011 as Associate and was part of our team until joining SSAB in 2016.

After my time within the steel industry, I wanted to focus on demanding dispute resolution again and the decision to rejoin Lindfors & Co felt right. I am excited to apply the skills and lessons learned for the benefit of our clients. I am also very happy to reunite with my former colleagues and look forward to cooperating with such a talented and hardworking team“ Henrica Siiskonen says.

“We are delighted to welcome back Henrica. She will further add to our understanding of the real life of industry, business reality and customer’s needs. She has a great attitude and understands what it requires to become a successful litigator”,  says Senior Partner Patrik Lindfors.

Vilhelm Schröder joins Lindfors & Co and starts as Counsel, Head of IP Disputes as of 23 April 2020. He has previously worked for another law firm in Finland and his practice has mainly focused on intellectual property rights and trade secrets. In 2019, Managing IP recognized Vilhelm as a rising star. Vilhelm has also been trained on the bench. Vilhelm holds LL.M degrees from the University of Helsinki and Munich Intellectual Property Law Center. He is also preparing a doctoral thesis on the topic “Trade Secrets in European Patent Litigation”.
 
“We are very happy to have Vilhelm onboard. He will strengthen our already top-ranked dispute resolution team, especially in the field of IP disputes”, says Senior Partner Patrik Lindfors.

The Legal 500 EMEA edition, published on 15 April 2020, ranked Lindfors & Co as a Tier 1 law firm in dispute resolution in Finland.

Senior Partner Patrik Lindfors was once again recognized as a leading individual, and Partner Petra Kiurunen is recommended for her work.

We are very proud of the feedback given by our clients, including, e.g., the following testimonials:

High competence and prompt service.

Pragmatic and strategic view on legal issues, excellent. If you need to win, take this team.

Senior Partner Patrik Lindfors and Partner Petra Kiurunen were once again recognized as leading practitioners in Finland in the recently published Chambers Global 2020. Lindfors & Co remains as the only law firm in Finland having  its lawyers both in “Star Individuals” and “Band 1” categories in dispute resolution. In addition, Lindfors & Co is listed among the top three law firms in dispute resolution in Finland.

According to Chambers Global 2020, Lindfors & Co is known for “Compact team handling a range of matters, including disputes arising from commercial agreements and construction projects. Represents corporate clients in both litigation and arbitration proceedings. Offers additional experience in competition-related disputes. Advises both domestic and international clients from a range of sectors, including banking and pharmaceuticals, and is also experienced handling white-collar criminal matters.”

Patrik Lindfors was ranked 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.””

Petra Kiurunen was ranked in Band 1 in dispute resolution in Finland together with only a few other practitioners. 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.”

Both Mr. Lindfors and Ms. Kiurunen also received Spotlight Table rankings in Dispute Resolution: Most in Demand Arbitrators in Finland.

Our Partner Petra Kiurunen and Senior Partner Patrik Lindfors received top rankings in the 2020 edition of the Benchmark Litigation Europe.

Both Mrs. Kiurunen and Mr. Lindfors were recognized as Dispute Resolution Stars.

The recently published 2019 edition of the Legal 500 EMEA ranked Lindfors & Co again as a top-tier (Tier 1) law firm in Finland. Lindfors & Co’s position as one of the leading dispute resolution practices in Finland is described as follows:

“Lindfors & Co Attorneys at Law’s practice is led by Patrik Lindfors and is recognised for its ’very hands-on and competent approach’. Petra Kiurunen is also recommended; she recently defended a former company board member in criminal and civil cases regarding the company’s bankruptcy.”

In addition, our Senior Partner Patrik Lindfors was again recognized as a leading individual and Partner Petra Kiurunen as a recommended lawyer. Mr. Lindfors is also a member of the Legal 500 Hall of Fame.

Our Partners Patrik Lindfors and Petra Kiurunen were once again recognized as top practitioners in Finland in the recently published Chambers Global 2019. According to Chambers Global 2019, Lindfors & Co continues to hold the position as the only law firm in Finland to have its lawyers receive recognitions both in “Star Individuals” and “Band 1” categories in dispute resolution, therefore, reconfirming Lindfors & Co’s position as one of the leading dispute resolution practices in the country.

Patrik Lindfors was ranked 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.”

Mr. Lindfors received also a Spotlight Table ranking in Dispute Resolution: Most in Demand Arbitrators – Finland.

Petra Kiurunen was ranked in Band 1 in dispute resolution in Finland together with only a few other practitioners. 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.””

Lindfors & Co has been once again recognized as a top-tier (Tier 1) law firm in Finland in the recently published 2018 edition of The Legal 500 EMEA. The said edition confirms Lindfors & Co’s position as one of the leading dispute resolution practices in Finland with the following remarks:

“Regarded by a client as ‘the best dispute resolution law firm in Finland’, Lindfors & Co Attorneys at Law offers ‘excellent value for money’. The practice has experience in construction litigation and arbitration proceedings; it is representing a seller in M&A arbitration proceedings against a private equity buyer. ‘Innovative litigator’ Patrik Lindfors heads the team, which includes Petra Kiurunen.”

In addition, The Legal 500 EMEA 2018 positions our Partner Patrik Lindfors in the elite “Leading individuals” list. Partner Petra Kiurunen is also regarded as a recommended lawyer.

  

Our Partners Patrik Lindfors and Petra Kiurunen were once again recognized as top practitioners in Finland in the recently published Chambers Global 2018. According to the said publication, Lindfors & Co is the only law firm in Finland to have its lawyers receive recognitions both in “Star Individuals” and “Band 1” categories, which confirms the firm’s position as one of the leading dispute resolution practices in the country.

Patrik Lindfors was ranked 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.

Petra Kiurunen was ranked in Band 1 in dispute resolution in Finland together with only a few other practitioners. 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.

We are proud to announce that our Partner Patrik Lindfors has been inducted into the Legal 500 Hall of Fame. The said induction recognizes Patrik Lindfors’ continuous excellence as a leading dispute resolution lawyer in Finland.

The Legal 500 Hall of Fame is described as follows:

The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In Europe, Middle East and Africa, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for seven consecutive years.

Jasse Ritakallio and Tapio Rantala have been promoted to partners as of 1 January 2018. Both Jasse and Tapio focus on international and domestic dispute resolution.

The recently published Chambers Global 2016 publication listed all of our partners among the ranked individuals with the following commentary:

”Head of department Patrik Lindfors is described by sources as ”just brilliant.” He is highly regarded for his experience across a broad spectrum of disputes matters and is regularly appointed as arbitrator in complex multi-jurisdictional cases. Recent mandates include post-M&A disputes, cases in the energy sector and white-collar crime litigation.

Petra Kiurunen is described by sources as ”efficient and reliable,” as well as ”a fierce litigator with a lot of character.” She is experienced in disputes related to project delivery and construction issues, notably in the energy sector. Her expertise also includes disputes concerning IP rights and distribution contracts.

Antti Summa’s practice focuses on disputes related to corporate law, M&A transactions and IT. He represents domestic and international clients in litigation proceedings concerning contract disputes, shareholder agreements, post-M&A issues and regulatory matters.

Teemu Taxell advises clients on domestic and multi-jurisdictional contentious cases, covering both litigation and arbitration. Areas of expertise include post-M&A transactional cases, project and construction issues, and contract disputes.”

The 2016 edition of the peer review-based Best Lawyers publication listed all of our partners among the leading lawyers in Finland:

Patrik Lindfors was Helsinki Litigation ”Lawyer of the Year.” and listed in the Arbitration and Mediation category

Petra Kiurunen and Teemu Taxell were listed in the Litigation and Arbitration and Mediation categories

Antti Summa was listed in Corporate Law, Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation and International Arbitration categories

On 2 March 2015 we moved to new premises in central Helsinki. Our new address is Aleksanterinkatu 17, 00100 Helsinki. Our other contact details remain unchanged.

Patrik Lindfors was awarded the ILO Client Choice Award 2015 for the category of Arbitration & ADR in Finland.

Established in 2005, the Client Choice awards recognise those law firms and partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client service they provide. The criteria for the awards focus on the ability to add real value to clients’ business above and beyond other players in the market. Uniquely, these awards survey senior corporate counsel only, with this year’s winners chosen from a pool of more than 2,000 individual client assessments.

More information http://www.clientchoice.com/patrik-lindfors

The 2015 edition of Chambers Global 2014 listed three of our partners as leading experts in dispute resolution with the following comments:

A well-respected figure on 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 is very impressive.” His practice centres on disputes related to corporate activities, including M&A-related and contract law litigation, and also commercial arbitration.

The recently published Chambers Global 2014 listed three of our partners as leading experts in dispute resolution with the following comments:

”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.”

Petra Kiurunen was named the Best Lawyers’ 2015 Helsinki Litigation ”Lawyer of the Year.” and Patrik Lindfors was selected as the Lawyer of the Year in the category of Arbitration and Mediation. Only a single lawyer in each practice area, in each community is being honored as a ”Lawyer of the Year.”

Furthermore, the 2014 edition of the peer review-based Best Lawyers publication listed all of our partners as leading experts in the fields of Arbitration, and Mediation and Litigation and Antti Summa also in the category of Corporate Law.

Patrik Lindfors was awarded the ILO Client Choice Award for the category of Arbitration in Finland.

Established in 2005, the Client Choice awards recognise those law firms and partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client service they provide. The criteria for the awards focus on the ability to add real value to clients’ business above and beyond other players in the market. Uniquely, these awards survey senior corporate counsel only, with this year’s winners chosen from a pool of more than 2,000 individual client assessments. A searchable directory of this year’s winners is available at www.clientchoiceawards.com.

The 2013 edition of Legal 500 was recently published. The publication notes ranks Patrik Lindfors among the leading individual and notes with respect to our firm that:

”‘The level of service is absolutely top-class, and very effective in terms of response times’ at Lindfors & Co Attorneys at Law. Practice head Patrik Lindfors is well established as one of Finland’s best litigators and arbitration lawyers. Along with the well-respected Petra Kiurunen, he recently acted as counsel in an ICC arbitration in Switzerland concerning the termination of a consultancy agreement. Antti Summa is a ‘very talented young lawyer with splendid knowledge’.”

Chambers Global 2013 once again noted our dispute resolution practice and listed Mr. Patrik Lindfors as the only dispute resolution specialist in Finland under the ”Star” category. According to Chambers Global’s research:

”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. 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.””

In recently published 2012 edition of Chambers Global all of our partners were listed among the leading dispute resolution practitioners in Finland. According to Chambers’ research:

”Patrik Lindfors is described as ”the most brilliant external counsel in Finland.” Petra Kiurunen is ”a very strong player in international arbitration.” Antti Summa is also highly recommended in this area.”

Our firm was ranked in the Legal 500 EMEA 2011 publication, which described our firm as follows:

”Litigation boutique Lindfors & Co Attorneys at Law is in huge demand as the go-to firm for high-end corporate disputes. 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’, and Petra Kiurunen and Antti Summa are also ‘excellent’.”

Chambers Europe 2014 describes our dispute resolution group as follows:

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.