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Personnel

We are highly motivated to offer our clients the service they require, regardless of the assignment. Our team lacks no sense of humour and we understand the demands of modern customer service.

As people we are different and each one of us is unique. By combining the individual abilities of our team members with our high standards of service, expertise and ethics, we are able to live up to the expectations of our clients and successfully carry out our assignments.

We truly like our job. Our genuine interest towards our profession, a dose of healthy ambition and a constant urge to better ourselves can be observed in the success and satisfaction of our clients.

Timo Ylikantola

Partner, Attorney at Law (Bar Admission), Master of Laws

+358 400 705854

timo.ylikantola@ratiolex.fi

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Timo Ylikantola

Timo specializes in domestic and international dispute resolution and M&A transactions, contract, construction, corporate and employment law matters as well as insolvency procedures.

Timo has advised and represented clients in institutional and ad hoc arbitration proceedings and before all the instances of the Finnish state courts in many complex disputes particularly relating to the domestic and international sale of goods, agency, letter of intent, subcontracting, franchising, distribution, consultancy, service, supply, construction, directors’ agreements and liability issues, employment and shareholders’ agreements, non-competition, confidentiality and NDA issues, mergers and acquisitions, sports, insurances, sale and lease of real estate, business premises and housing, real estate agency, IPR, transportation and aviation as well as insolvency and white collar criminal procedures.

Timo has gained diverse experience from both small-scale and large bankruptcy proceedings as a counsel and as a bankruptcy trustee.

Timo has experience in arbitrating disputes as a counsel under institutional arbitration rules such as the Arbitration Rules of the Finland Chamber of Commerce (FAI), the Arbitration Rules of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) and the ICC Arbitration Rules and ad hoc arbitrations under the Finnish Arbitration Act as well as enforcement procedures of the domestic and international arbitral awards. Timo also acts and has acted as an arbitrator in institutional as well as ad hoc arbitrations in, inter alia, the following:

Sole arbitrator:
• Ad hoc proceeding under the Finnish Arbitration Act on shareholders’ agreement;
• FAI proceeding on the sale of software business contract;
• Rules for expedited arbitration of the FAI proceeding on co-operation agreement and orally agreed sublease;
• Ad hoc proceeding under the Finnish Arbitration Act on service agreement, appointed by the District Court of Helsinki;
• FAI proceeding on the Distribution Agreement between Finnish and Russian party relating to non-competition and confidentiality provisions;
• FAI proceeding on a franchising agreement dispute.

Party-appointed arbitrator:
• Ad hoc proceeding under the Finnish Arbitration Act on service agreement;
• FAI proceeding on contract dispute relating to the General Conditions for Building Contracts (YSE 1998).

In addition to his vast arbitration, insolvency and litigation proceedings experience, Timo regularly advises Finnish and foreign companies in many domestic and international contractual and company law related arrangements.

Timo acted as a member of the Central Federation of Finnish Real Estate Agencies Legal Affairs Committee in 2013-2015 and has acted as an arbitrator at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot since 2009.

Rankings

• Legal 500 EMEA 2019 (Dispute Resolution): “extremely sharp and a quick-witted pleader”.

• Legal 500 EMEA 2018 (Dispute Resolution): “highly regarded”.

• Legal 500 EMEA 2017 (Dispute Resolution): Recommended lawyer.

• Legal 500 EMEA 2016 (Dispute Resolution): “an excellent practitioner in complex, international-related arbitrations and litigations”.

• Legal 500 EMEA 2015 (Dispute Resolution): “extremely competent in arbitration proceedings”.

• Legal 500 EMEA 2014 (Dispute Resolution): “a very effective, organised and impressive pleader in domestic and international arbitration proceedings”.

• Legal 500 EMEA 2013 (Dispute Resolution): “really knows how to plead the case in favour of his client and he is definitely a leading young litigator and arbitration lawyer”.

• The price of Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 in Helsinki, Finland.

Education

2014 Finnish Arbitration Academy
2011-2012 Swiss Arbitration Academy
2011 LL.M (Master of Laws) in International Commercial Law at the University of California, Davis (UCD) [Granted a scholarship from the memory fund of Janne Kairo]
2008 Attorney, member of the Finnish Bar Association
2004 Master of Laws, University of Helsinki, Finland

Professional career

2007- Attorneys at law Ratiolex Ltd., partner
2006-2007 Law Office Ratiolex Ltd., partner
2004-2005 Attorneys at law Borenius Ltd, lawyer
2004 Attorneys at law Borenius Ltd, lawyer trainee and master’s thesis program
2001-2004 Attorneys-at-Law Mäkitalo Rämö Juutilainen Ltd, lawyer trainee

Languages

Finnish, English, Swedish

Membership

• The Finnish Arbitration Association
• Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
• The Swedish Arbitration Association (SAA)
• The Finnish Insolvency Law Association and INSOL International

Publications

• The International Arbitration Review, Ninth Edition, Finland Chapter, Law Business Research Ltd, published in August 2018, pp. 182-191, a Finnish part written in English by Timo Ylikantola and Tiina Ruohonen

• The International Comparative Legal Guide to: International Arbitration 2018, 15th Edition, published by Global Legal Group Ltd on 25 July 2018, pp. 276-283, a Finnish chapter written in English by Timo Ylikantola and Tiina Ruohonen.

• The International Arbitration Review, Eighth Edition, Finland Chapter, Law Business Research Ltd, published in August 2017, pp. 174-183, a Finnish part written in English by Timo Ylikantola and Tiina Ruohonen.

• The International Comparative Legal Guide to: International Arbitration 2017, 14th Edition, published by Global Legal Group Ltd on 25 July 2017, pp. 294-301, a Finnish chapter written in English by Timo Ylikantola and Tiina Ruohonen.

• The International Arbitration Review, Seventh Edition, Finland Chapter, Law Business Research Ltd, published in August 2016, pp. 196-205, a Finnish part written in English by Timo Ylikantola.

• The International Comparative Legal Guide to: International Arbitration 2016, 13th Edition, published by Global Legal Group Ltd on 29 July 2016, pp. 220-227, a Finnish chapter written in English by Timo Ylikantola and Tiina Ruohonen. download

• The Product Regulation and Liability Review, Second Edition, Finland Chapter, Law Business Research Ltd, published in April 2015, pp. 85-95, a Finnish part written in English by Timo Ylikantola.

• The Vindobona Journal of International Commercial Law and Arbitration, Volume 16, Issue 1 (2012), pp. 123-144, Document Discovery in Current International Arbitration Practice: Are There Differences Between Common Law and Civil Law Traditions?, an article written in English by Timo Ylikantola.

• European Journal of Commercial Contract Law, Volume 2, Number 3, 2010, pp. 153-162, Multimodal Transport Including Cross-border Road Haulage – Will the CMR Apply?, a Finnish part of the joint articles written in English by Timo Ylikantola.

• Defensor Legis N:o 2, 2005, p. 303-330: Kai Kotiranta – Timo Ylikantola: Confidentiality in International Arbitration. Listed in the Consolidated Bibliography of recent writings related to the work of UNCITRAL (1968 – 2010). download in Finnish

Timo Ylikantola

Markku Tolvi

Partner, Attorney at Law (Bar Admission), Master of Laws, M.Sc.Econ

+358 50 5114030

markku.tolvi@ratiolex.fi

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Markku Tolvi

Partner, Attorney at Law (Bar Admission), Master of Laws, M.Sc.Econ

Markku specializes in dispute resolution, corporate law, contract law and employment law matters.

Markku advises domestic and international clients in all fields of commercial disputes through litigation. He has extensive experience in representing domestic and international clients in disputes regarding construction, sale of goods, cooperation, sale and lease agreements, non-competition, confidentiality and NDA issues, compensation for damages, guarantees, employment and public procurement. He also advises clients in white collar crimes, procedures regarding safety at work and other business related crimes.

In addition to litigation, Markku advises domestic and international companies and customers on a wide range of matters. Markku is active in contractual matters such as IT, purchase/sale, cooperation, ownership changes, employment, shareholding, construction and non-disclosure and guarantee agreements and company law matters.

Rankings

• Legal 500 EMEA 2017 (Dispute Resolution): Recommended lawyer.

Education

11/2007 Attorney, member of the Finnish Bar Association
4/2006 trained on the bench at the District Court of Hyvinkää, Finland
3/2006 Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration, Helsinki School of Economics
11/2003 Master of Laws, University of Helsinki, Finland

Professional career

11/2007 Attorneys at law Ratiolex Ltd., partner
11/2006 – 11/2007 Law Office Ratiolex Ltd., partner
5/2006 – 10/2006 Attorneys At Law Ulla-Riitta Harju & Co Ltd, lawyer
5/2005 – 4/2006 District Court of Hyvinkää, clerk
11/2003 – 4/2005 Attorneys At Law Ulla-Riitta Harju & Co Ltd, lawyer
1/2003 – 10/2003 Attorneys At Law Ulla-Riitta Harju Ltd, lawyer trainee

Languages

Finnish, English, Swedish

Markku Tolvi

Elina Nieminen

Lawyer, Master of Laws

+358 50 367 9777

elina.nieminen@ratiolex.fi

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Elina Nieminen

Lawyer, Master of Laws

Elina specializes in employment law and contract law matters as well as in legal proceedings.

Elina has successfully represented both private and legal persons in civil and criminal procedures. She has experience for example in assignments concerning company, employment, sale of real estates and construction.

Education

12/2010 – LL.M. University of Helsinki

Professional career

1/2011 – Attorneys at law Ratiolex Ltd., lawyer
9/2010 – 12/2010 Attorneys at law Ratiolex Ltd., lawyer trainee
3/2008 – 7/2010 Nordic Law Attorneys at law Ltd., lawyer trainee

Languages

Finnish, English, Swedish

Elina Nieminen

Tiina Ruohonen

Attorney at Law, Master of Laws

+358 40 505 4181

tiina.ruohonen@ratiolex.fi

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Tiina Ruohonen

Attorney at Law, Master of Laws

Tiina specializes in domestic and international dispute resolution and M&A transactions, contract law, and sports law. She also has experience in assignments concerning insolvency proceedings, employment law, corporate law, and construction.

Tiina has experience in arbitrating disputes as a counsel under the Arbitration Rules of the Finland Chamber of Commerce and as a counsel in litigation proceedings before national courts.

Rankings

• Legal 500 EMEA 2019 (Dispute Resolution): “rising star”.

Education

3/2019 Attorney, member of the Finnish Bar Association
12/2014 LL.M. University of Helsinki

Professional career

2/2015- Attorneys at law Ratiolex Ltd., lawyer

1/2014-8/2014 Hannes Snellman Attorneys Ltd, lawyer trainee and master’s thesis program

Languages

Finnish, English, Swedish

Publications

• The International Arbitration Review, Ninth Edition, Finland Chapter, Law Business Research Ltd, published in August 2018, pp. 182-191, a Finnish part written in English by Timo Ylikantola and Tiina Ruohonen

• The International Comparative Legal Guide to: International Arbitration 2018, 15th Edition, published by Global Legal Group Ltd on 25 July 2018, pp. 276-283, a Finnish chapter written in English by Timo Ylikantola and Tiina Ruohonen.

• The International Arbitration Review, Eighth Edition, Finland Chapter, Law Business Research Ltd, published in August 2017, pp. 174-183, a Finnish part written in English by Timo Ylikantola and Tiina Ruohonen.

• The International Comparative Legal Guide to: International Arbitration 2017, 14th Edition, published by Global Legal Group Ltd on 25 July 2017, pp. 294-301, a Finnish chapter written in English by Timo Ylikantola and Tiina Ruohonen.

• The International Comparative Legal Guide to: International Arbitration 2016, 13th Edition, published by Global Legal Group Ltd on 29 July 2016, pp. 220-227, a Finnish chapter written in English by Timo Ylikantola and Tiina Ruohonen.

Tiina Ruohonen