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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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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A Review of the FAI’s Year 2019

 

A Review of the FAI’s Year 2019

The year 2019 was full of action at the FAI. The FAI Arbitration Rules and Rules for Expedited Arbitration were revised, entering into force on 1 January 2020. Mr Santtu Turunen was appointed as new Secretary General to head the FAI Secretariat. New Finnish and international Board members began their terms. In May, the FAI hosted the 15th IFCAI Biennial Conference in Helsinki. The FAI launched a specialisation programme for arbitration lawyers.

The key statistics were positive: The new filings increased by 10 percent compared to the previous year, reaching 67 cases by the end of the year. The median duration of FAI arbitration remained at an excellent level of 8 months after transfer of the case file to the tribunal, and at 3 months in FAI expedited arbitrations.

Please find below some brief comments on selected highlights of the FAI statistics and a brief account of the highlights of FAI activities in 2019. (more…)

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Six Questions to Antti Järvinen

 

Six Questions to Antti Järvinen, Partner at Frontia Attorneys at Law Ltd, FAI Board Member

What is the most enjoyable part of your work?

Having the chance to help our clients in matters that are important to them and work together with colleagues who I consider the best in the market.

What is most challenging in your work?

I think every case is a positive challenge. A litigator needs to feel challenged, push ahead and turn every stone. A very important, though sometimes underestimated part of a litigator’s work is to discover and profoundly understand the parties’ strategic goals and business drivers underlying a dispute. It is critical to consider these issues thoroughly also in order to help the client reach a rational settlement, when possible, and avoid unnecessary proceedings.

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Solja Seppänen started as a trainee at the FAI

 

Solja Seppänen started as a part-time trainee at the FAI. Seppänen is a sixth-year law student from the University of Turku currently  participating in the masters thesis project titled “Theory and Practice of Law of Obligations” lead by Professor Mika Viljanen.

At the FAI, Seppänen will assist in case management, communications and organisation of events. Further, Seppänen will participate in various research tasks and general office work.

 

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FAI Award Checklist and FAI Tax Guidelines published in English

 

The FAI has published the FAI Award Checklist and the FAI Tax Guidelines in the English language.

The FAI Award Checklist aims to support the arbitral tribunal in the drafting of arbitral awards under the Arbitration Rules and the Rules for Expedited Arbitration of the Finland Chamber of Commerce. The checklist is not exhaustive nor binding on the arbitral tribunal but intended to give general recommendations for a high-quality and enforceable award.

The purpose of the FAI Tax Guidelines is to draw the arbitrators’ attention to tax issues related to the arbitrator’s fee and expenses. The guidelines, however, do not exempt the arbitrator from verifying the tax treatment of his/her fee and expenses.

Both publications are also available in Finnish on our website.

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