YACF Blog: YACF’s new board wishes you all happy summer vacations!

Time is flying by and three months have already passed since YACF held its annual meeting, where a new board was elected. I am happy and honored to now get to chair the board of such a wonderful organization together with all our amazing co-chairs. The board now constitutes of the following members:

Ms. Helen Lehto of Hannes Snellman Attorneys Ltd (chair)

Mr. Alexander Gurkov of the University of Helsinki

Mr. Jerker Pitkänen of Castrén & Snellman Attorneys Ltd

Mr. Jussi Hakanen of Fondia Ltd

Ms. Leena Kujansuu of Lexia Attorneys Ltd

Ms. Mari Vanhanen of Roschier, Attorneys Ltd

Mr. Valle-Veikko Eronen of Krogerus Attorneys Ltd


Since the annual meeting, YACF has already arranged two conferences of its own: one being the Helsinki Pre-Moot Seminar on the topic of “Ethical standards and sustainability in international business“, and the other – which was held on the eve of the Helsinki International Arbitration Day – was organised together with YAS and RAA40 and addressed the topic of “What to expect when arbitrating in Finland, Russia and/or Sweden?” from a very hands-on perspective. Big thanks to all the amazing panelists at both events!

Furthermore, many of YACF’s co-chairs also attended the Co-Chairs’ Circle in Rome, and FAI was kind enough to let YACF distribute its book “Arbitration in Finland” at the Helsinki International Arbitration Day. Therefore, it is safe to say that the spring has been packed with several interesting events, and the pace is not going to slow down anytime soon.

I would like to take the opportunity to encourage anyone interested in YACF’s activities to become a member if you are not already one, and to contact the board with any and all ideas you may have for events and/or activities which you feel that YACF should arrange.  We are also very happy to include volunteers in the work that YACF does – no need to be a board member to get your hands dirty! Besides, arranging events is fun – as illustrated by the picture of two newly elected, happy board members handing out books published by YACF at the Helsinki International Arbitration Day.

Lastly, YACF wishes everyone relaxing summer holidays, and hopes to see as many members as possible at the Back to Business -drinks that it will host at the end of August.


Helen Lehto

YACF Chair

Senior Associate, Hannes Snellman Attorneys Ltd

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