The Finnish-Swedish firm is handling high-value energy work
|People in Who’s Who Legal:||2|
|Pending cases as counsel:||16|
|Value of pending counsel work:||US$7 billion+|
|Current arbitrator appointments:||5 (of which 4 are as sole or chair)|
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Roschier was founded in Helsinki in 1936 but its arbitration practice these days is balanced between its Finnish and Swedish offices.
For many years, husband-and-wife team Carita Wallgren-Lindholm and Tomas Lindholm anchored the work. When they departed in 2009 to found a boutique, Petri Taivalkoski stepped up and now leads the arbitration team in Helsinki. Taivalkoski has been a member of the ICC’s commission on arbitration since 2004 and regularly sits as an arbitrator.
Other names to know are Helsinki partners Gisela Knuts and Henrik Fieber, and Johan Sidklev in Stockholm.
In 2004, an alliance with Raidla Lejins & Norcous gave Roschier a presence in Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia. The official alliance was discontinued in 2012 but the firms continue to work together. The firm has had an office in Stockholm since 2005. Roschier is also the Finnish 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 clients. Roschier is also representing a Latin American software distributor in consolidated proceedings against a leading Finnish software manufacturer.
The firm obtained a victory for a Nordic party in three consolidated ICC arbitrations initiated under five different arbitration agreements. The result was a multimillion-euro award for its client plus full costs and the dismissal of claims from four south-east European companies.
In 2014 it successfully defended Nordzucker unit Nordic Sugar from a €30 million claim brought by Finnish food company Apetit, with the tribunal rejecting all the latter’s claims. The firm also settled a Miami-seated arbitration on behalf of a Latin American IT business following a successful application for interim relief obtained in the Swedish District Court.
The hire of Johan Sidklev from Setterwalls in 2014 has led to a number of high-profile instructions including a US$150 million SCC arbitration for a company in the energy managing and measuring industry, taken from another Swedish firm. It is also advising a Nordic company in a multibillion-dollar, energy-related ICC arbitration.
In September 2015, it won a €18 million award in a purchase price dispute against a German private equity fund, persuading the tribunal that the parties’ joint intention differed from the wording of the parties’ agreement.
The firm is representing a multinational oil and gas company in an SCC dispute with a Russian supplier over Siberian oil exploration rights, after a previous US$220 million award was set aside by the Swedish courts.