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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Kristoffer Stockus appointed as Case Manager at the FAI

Kristoffer Stockus has joined the FAI team as a Case Manager as of 7 June 2021.

Mr Stockus has a Master of Laws degree from Uppsala University, with additional legal studies at Singapore Management University.  During his studies he worked with case administration at the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, and most recently he worked with business development at Guestit AB. In addition to his native Swedish and Finnish, he speaks professional English.

“After several years abroad, I am excited to join the FAI team and return to Finland. I look forward to facilitate trade through efficient dispute resolution, and together with my colleagues, contribute to increasing the Institute’s international presence”, Mr Stockus says.

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Start-ups and Arbitration – HIAD on 3 December 2021


The topic of HIAD 2021 on 3 December is Start-ups and Arbitration. Since HIAD will be held following the world’s leading start-up event Slush, Helsinki will be the world’s start-up capital during that week. (more…)

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Focus on End Customers – Value Proposition and Purpose of Arbitration  


Focus on the end customers is a rising topic in arbitration at the moment. Ms. Claudia Salomon, the President-elect of the ICC Court, emphasised the importance of client mindset in the 6th Annual AtlAS Lecture. According to Ms. Salomon, the international arbitration community has not effectively responded to needs of the parties, who are not usually the loudest participants in the discussion on arbitration. Similar topics were also discussed by Secretary General Santtu Turunen in two blog posts published in Kluwer Arbitration Blog. (more…)

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Six Questions to Olli Sailas

Six Questions to Olli Sailas, CEO at Wiidare, FAI Board Member

What is the most enjoyable part of your work?

Helping our clients to succeed in business and working together with absolutely fantastic colleagues.

What is most challenging in your work?

Definitely finding the time to do all the interesting things that I would like to do and get done. Saying no and putting things on hold is never easy. (more…)

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Miisa Happonen joins the FAI team as a Case Manager


Miisa Happonen has joined the FAI team as a Case Manager in the FAI Specialisation Programme for Arbitration Lawyers.

As part of the FAI Specialisation Programme, Happonen will, in addition to case management work, further develop her expertise in arbitration with the institution experience. She will participate in the Finnish Arbitration Academy which will be organised starting in September 2021, as well as other national and international FAI events such as the HIAD2021.

Prior to joining the FAI, Miisa Happonen has been working as an associate at Roschier for three years. During her studies, Ms Happonen has participated in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot as a member of the University of Helsinki team. After her graduation, Ms Happonen has coached the team for two consecutive years. Ms Happonen speaks Finnish, professional English and Swedish. (more…)

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Aleksi Komulainen started as a legal trainee at the FAI

Aleksi Komulainen started as a part-time legal trainee at the FAI. Komulainen is a fourth-year law student at the University of Turku. In addition to his other studies, he is currently participating in the Vis Moot, one of the biggest and most prestigious moot court competitions in the world.

At the FAI, Komulainen will first participate in developing the FAI data system. In addition to that, he will assist in case management, communications, organisation of events and various research tasks at the institute. (more…)

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Record number of 101 new cases filed with the Finland Arbitration Institute (FAI) in 2020

In the year 2020, the FAI received a record number of 101 new requests for arbitration. This translates into a growth of 50 percent in comparison to 2019 (67 RfAs) and 25 percent in comparison to the previous record year 2013 (80 RfAs).



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Six Questions to Tero Artimo


Six Questions to Tero Artimo, Partner at Artimo & Co, FAI Board Member

What is the most enjoyable part of your work?

Independence and autonomy: Having both control and freedom within the job. My clients set the goals but I get to select the strategy and means. Variability and diversity: every assignment is different and presents a new challenge, which enables one to learn and evolve professionally.

What is most challenging in your work?

It seems I still give too much time and resources to work at the expense of my family and personal well-being. Adjusting the workload to a balanced level is anything but easy. (more…)

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The 6th edition of Finnish Arbitration Academy was completed by 35 participants


The Finnish Arbitration Academy is a programme organised by the FAI to ensure that the pool of qualified arbitration practitioners will continue to grow in Finland. More than 180 lawyers have already completed the Academy.



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