Joint Statement: EU Provides Exemption for Arbitration Proceedings in Sanctions Regime

FAI, SCC, VIAC, DIS, CAM and Swiss Arbitration Centre have issued a joint statement on the EU’S 7th sanction package. The EU has with council regulation (EU) 2022/1269 of 21 July 2022 amended regulation 833/2014 concerning restrictive measures in view of Russia’s actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine. The amended regulation contains an exemption for arbitration proceedings.

Read the statement here.

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Finnish Arbitration Academy – September – October 2022



The FAI will organise the 2022 edition of Finnish Arbitration Academy (Välimieskoulu) starting in September this year. The Academy will take place during five days, consisting of three full training days (Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th and Tuesday 20th September 2022) and two afternoon trainings (Thursday 6th and Thursday 13th October 2022).

Applications to participate in the Academy are open. The FAI welcomes applications by Sunday 5th June 2022 via THIS LINK. The participation fee for the Academy is EUR 2 400 + VAT. The FAI will confirm the participants separately after the closing of the application period.

For information on the Academy, please contact Kirsi Johanna Loikas,, tel. +358 40 545 7451.

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Matias Temonen joins the FAI team as Legal Trainee


Matias Temonen joins the FAI team as Legal Trainee as of 19 April 2022. Matias assists the FAI team with various internal development projects and day-to-day operations of the Institute.

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Susanna Derefalk appointed as Case Manager


Susanna Derefalk has joined the FAI team as a Case Manager in the FAI Specialisation Programme for Arbitration Lawyers as of 1 February 2022.



As part of the FAI Specialisation Programme, Susanna will, in addition to case management work, further develop her expertise in arbitration with the institutional experience. She will participate in the Finnish Arbitration Academy, which will be organised starting in September 2022, as well as other national and international FAI events.

Prior to joining the FAI, Susanna has been working as an Associate Lawyer at the dispute resolution team of Krogerus Attorneys Ltd. Susanna has worked with both domestic and international arbitration throughout her professional career. In law school, she focused on arbitration during the latter part of her university studies. Susanna speaks Swedish, Finnish and English.

“I am excited to join the FAI as a Case Manager as it enables me to gain further understanding of and seeing arbitral proceedings from a different perspective. I have used the FAI services both as counsel and tribunal secretary, and now I have the valuable opportunity to experience the proceedings from the FAI’s perspective”, Susanna says.

The FAI Secretary General, Sanna Kaistinen, welcomes Susanna to the team:

”We are very happy to welcome Susanna to the FAI. Susanna’s prior experience in dispute resolution and arbitration provides an excellent background for case management work and for contributing to the development projects at the FAI Secretariat. We are delighted to have her as our new colleague.”

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The Finland Chamber of Commerce appoints new Chairmanship Heidi Merikalla-Teir, Gisela Knuts and Anders Forss together with two new International Members to the Board of The Finland Arbitration Institute (FAI) as of 1 January 2022 – current Chairmanship awarded with medals of extraordinary achievement

Heidi Merikalla-Teir, Gisela Knuts and Anders Forss appointed as the new Chairmanship of the FAI


Attorney at law, Managing Partner Heidi Merikalla-Teir (Merilampi Attorneys Ltd, Finland) has been appointed Chair of the FAI Board as of 1 January 2022. Merikalla-Teir has previously held the position of Secretary General of the FAI and has been part of the task forces renewing and drafting the Arbitration and Mediation Rules of the Institute. Attorney at law, Partner Gisela Knuts (Roschier, Attorneys Ltd, Finland) and Attorney at law, Partner Anders Forss (Castrén & Snellman Attorneys Ltd, Finland) have been appointed as Vice-Chairs.



Partner Anina Liebkind (Norburg & Scherp Advokatbyrå AB, Sweden) and Counsel Andrey Panov (Allen & Overy LLP, Russia) have been appointed as new International Members of the FAI Board.

The term of the current FAI Chairmanship ends on 31 December 2021. The Finland Chamber of Commerce has awarded Attorney at law, Partner, FAI Board Chair Petra Kiurunen (Lindfors & Co Attorneys at Law Ltd, Finland) and Head of Legal Affairs, FAI Board Vice-Chair Mikko Kemppainen (Orion Corporation, Finland) its Medals for Extraordinary Achievement for their significant contribution to the development of commercial dispute resolution services and meritorious work in the Chairmanship of the FAI Board. Attorney at law, Partner, FAI Board Vice-Chair Marko Hentunen (Castrén & Snellman Attorneys Ltd, Finland) has been awarded The Finland Chamber of Commerce Cross for Extraordinary Achievement as recognition of his meritorious work to promote the economic freedom and the operational prerequisites of the Finland business community. Hentunen held a key role in the taskforce renewing the FAI Arbitration Rules as of 1 June 2013. The recognitions were awarded in connection with Helsinki International Arbitration Day on 3 December 2021 and the FAI Board’s final meeting of the year on 17 December 2021.


As of 1 January 2022, the composition of the FAI Board is the following:



Heidi Merikalla-Teir, Managing Partner, Merilampi Attorneys Ltd, Finland



Gisela Knuts, Partner, Roschier, Attorneys Ltd, Finland

Anders Forss, Partner, Castrén & Snellman Attorneys Ltd, Finland


Finnish Members:

Tero Artimo, Attorney at law, Asianajotoimisto Artimo & Co, Finland

Tarja Honkanen, District Judge, District Court of Helsinki, Finland

Antti Järvinen, Partner, Frontia Attorneys Ltd, Finland

Ville Pönkä, LL.D., Professor of Private Law, University of Helsinki, Finland

Tuuli Timonen, Senior Licensing Manager, Nokia Technologies Ltd, Finland


International Members:

Daniel Hochstrasser, Partner, Bär & Karrer AG, Switzerland

Jennifer Kirby, Arbitrator, KIRBY, France

Stefan Kröll, Arbitrator, Professor for International Dispute Resolution, Bucerius Law School, Germany

Anina Liebkind, Partner, Norburg & Scherp Advokatbyrå AB, Sweden

Robin Oldenstam, Partner, Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyrå AB, Sweden

Andrey Panov, Counsel, Allen & Overy LLP, Russia

Galina Zukova, Partner, ZUKOVA Legal, France


The FAI wishes to extend its gratitude and warmest thanks to the current Chairmanship as well as the Finnish and International Members stepping down from the Board as their terms come to an end on 31 December 2021:


Chair Petra Kiurunen

Vice-Chair Marko Hentunen

Vice-Chair Mikko Kemppainen

Finnish Member Olli Sailas

International Member Niuscha Bassiri

International Member Toomas Vaher


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Elina Ylinen joined the FAI team as Assistant


Elina Ylinen has joined the FAI team as assistant as of 25 October 2021. Elina supports the FAI team in the day-to-day operations of the Institute.


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Interview with Sanna Kaistinen, the FAI’s new Secretary General

Welcome to the FAI! When did you assume your new role as Secretary General and what is your professional background?

Thank you! I started in this position as of 1 September 2021. Before my transition to the FAI, I was a practicing attorney-at-law with the business law firm Avance Attorneys Ltd in Helsinki, focusing my practice on commercial and corporate arbitration and litigation.

How have your first few weeks been at the FAI?

It’s been a busy but exciting start – The FAI has many ongoing development projects, and we are very eagerly looking forward to the upcoming Helsinki International Arbitration Day (HIAD), which the FAI organises on 3 December 2021. The 7th edition of the Finnish Arbitration Academy is also currently rolling with an excellent and active participant body.

What drove you to pursue a career in the field of dispute resolution?

The availability of efficient and flexible means of dispute resolution is one of the cornerstones of functioning business activities. In the broader context, access to peaceful resolution of commercial, political and social unrest in the world is an essential prerequisite for the whole of humankind. Promoting the effective resolution of disputes has been one of the most intrinsic personal values for me in law since law school, and I’m very happy to be able to contribute to the community in my new role. (more…)

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Meet the FAI’s newest case manager Kristoffer Stockus

My first months with FAI have flown by so fast. From the very beginning I got a warm welcome and tremendous support from my colleagues. I was lucky to join FAI at an exciting time. Among other things we had our first ever Emergency Arbitration this summer, and later this autumn we will move over to a new IT-system which will further improve our service offering. Moreover, we have had a good number of cases thus far. Hence, I am pleased to say that there are a lot of interesting things going on at the Secretariat. (more…)

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The FAI to transition to a new technological solution for internal case management

The FAI will be transitioning to a new technological solution for internal case management during the end of the year 2021. The new solution is part of the FAI’s larger project of broadening and modernising its digital service offering to serve the parties resolving their disputes under the auspices of the FAI even better in the future. (more…)

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Sanna Kaistinen appointed as Secretary General of The Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce


The Finland Chamber of Commerce has appointed Master of Laws, LLM, Master of Arts Sanna Kaistinen as Secretary General for the Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce starting 1 September 2021.

Kaistinen has prior to her appointment worked as an attorney specialising in dispute resolution, particularly arbitrations, at Avance Attorneys. Kaistinen has an LLM degree from Queen Mary University of London, where she focussed on international and commercial arbitration. Additionally, she has been active in associations within the field of commercial and international arbitration, and the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. She has extensive domestic and international networks.

The Secretary General is responsible for the arbitration institute’s operations and marketing in Finland and globally.

“The FAI has done great work in the long-term to develop the institute’s operations and recognition. The rules of the Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce have been revised and updated regularly to meet international standards. The services of international arbitration institutes develop continuously, and the FAI must follow these development trends also going forward.  We will continue to work to provide the best possible services for our users”, Kaistinen says.

The CEO of the Finland Chamber of Commerce Juho Romakkaniemi, is very pleased with Kaistinen’s appointment to lead the FAI.

“Kaistinen’s vast dispute resolution background and international experience provides significant added knowledge to the FAI. This will continue to improve our already internationally high-quality arbitrations”, Romakkaniemi notes.

Arbitration is a quick, efficient, and confidential mechanism for businesses to solve their disputes. Usually, contracting parties agree to use arbitration by inserting an arbitration clause in their contract. The Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce administrates domestic and international arbitrations with long and broad experience. The Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce is a part of, but operationally independent, from the Finland Chamber of Commerce.

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