Founded in Helskinki in 1936, Roschier has a long history of representing clients in northern Europe.
- People in Who’s Who:
- Pending cases as counsel:
- Value of pending counsel work:
- US$600 million
- Treaty cases:
- Current arbitrator appointments:
- 8 (of which 3 are as sole or chair)
- No. of lawyers sitting as arbitrator:
For many years, husband-and-wife team Carita Wallgren-Lindholm and Tomas Lindholm anchored the work. When they departed to found a boutique, Petri Taivalkoski stepped up and now leads the arbitration team in Helsinki. Taivalkoski has also been a member of the ICC’s commission on arbitration since 2004 and regularly sits as an arbitrator.
In 2008, Roschier added Claes Lundblad to its Stockholm team. The appointment was a coup for the firm; Lundblad had been a partner at Sweden’s Mannheimer Swartling since 1972 and was head of its dispute resolution practice. From 2003 until 2009, Lundblad served as the Swedish member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, as well as chairing the Swedish ICC committee. He is also founder of the Swedish Arbitration Association.
In 2010, Roschier merged its dispute resolution practice with its IP group.
In 2004, an alliance with Raidla Lejins & Norcous gave Roschier a presence in Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia. And in 2005, the firm opened its Swedish office in Stockholm. Roschier is also a member of Lex Mundi, the international network of independent law firms.
Who uses it?
Nokia, engineering group Sandvik, Saab Automobile and British American Tobacco are all arbitration clients. Roschier is also representing a Latin American software distributor in consolidated proceedings against a leading Finnish software manufacturer. The dispute is about the right to distribute the software products and is viewed as critical to the distributor’s business.
In June, the group gained two new partners: Gisela Knuts and Henrik Fieber. The pair – who were both trained within Roschier – have acted in arbitrations under ICC, SCC and Finnish Central Chamber of Commerce rules, as well as in ad hoc arbitrations. Knuts is also a member of the executive committee of the Swedish Arbitration Association.
In Spring 2011, the firm hired two senior associates for the team. Eva Storskrubb has particular expertise in cross-border arbitrations, while Björn Johansson – who joined from Mannheimer Swartling – practises intellectual property law as well as arbitration.