Krogerus Disputes Day 2024 - Disputes and Distressed Parties

Krogerus Disputes Day 2024, an annual live conference focusing on topical issues within resolution of business disputes, was held on 19 March 2024 at Little Finlandia in Helsinki.

The theme of the event was Disputes and Distressed Parties. The theme was chosen since 2023 was largely characterised by macroeconomic volatility, primarily due to escalating interest rates and inflation, coupled with heightened global geopolitical tension and, as a result, increased protectionism. These developments have led many companies finding themselves or their contractual counterparties in different types of distressed situations in the beginning of 2024. Disputes Day 2024 therefore aimed to provide practical insights and expert perspectives to navigate the complexities of legal disputes where the involvement of distressed companies has grown.

The event was hosted by Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution, Kirsi Kannaste , Partner Thomas Kolster and other Krogerus’ dispute resolution practitioners. 

Thank you to all our fantastic guest speakers and event attendees!


12.00 - 13.00

Registration and lunch

13.00 - 13.10

Opening words

  • Kirsi Kannaste, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution, Krogerus
  • Thomas Kolster, Partner, Dispute Resolution, Krogerus
13.10 - 13.35

Keynote I: Economic outlook into 2024 and beyond

  • Juho Kostiainen, Senior Analyst, Nordea
13.35 - 14.20

Panel Discussion: Dispute avoidance - why, what and how?


  • Jalmari Sasi, Chief Legal Officer, Sanoma Corporation
  • Tim Williams, Senior Counsel, Dispute Management, Wärtsilä Energy
  • Susan Gustafsson, EVP and Group General Counsel, AFRY AB
  • Jan Grapatin, Vice President and Head of Legal, Business Area Surveillance, Saab AB
  • Moderator: Thomas Kolster, Partner, Krogerus
14.20 - 14.50

Panel discussion: Insights from the arbitral institutions: Impacts of the geopolitical and financial situation on arbitration


  • Caroline Falconer, Secretary General, SCC Arbitration Institute 
  • Sanna Kaistinen, Secretary General, Finland Arbitration Institute 
  • Ulrich Kopetzki, Acting Director of Europe, Dispute Resolution Services, ICC (remotely)
  • Moderator: Kirsi Kannaste, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution, Krogerus
14.50 - 15.20

Coffee break

15.20 - 15.45

Keynote II: Disputes and distressed companies - where do human rights come into play?

  • Robert Spano, Partner, Gibson Dunn
15.45 - 16.30

Panel discussion: Toolkit and strategies in disputes with distressed parties


  • Marieke van Hooijdonk, Partner, Allen & Overy LLP
  • Giedre Aukstuoliene, Partner, Ellex
  • Atle Skaldebø-Rød, Partner, BAHR
  • Moderator: Kirsi Kannaste, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution, Krogerus
16.30 - 17.00

Interview: Show me the money - asset tracing and enforcement of awards

  • Prof Dr Eric Bylander, Professor at the Faculty of Law, Uppsala University
  • Marja Boman, Compliance and Investigations Lawyer, Sandvik
  • Interviewer: Thomas Kolster, Partner, Krogerus
17.00 - 17.25

Keynote III: Disputes and their effect on company valuations and investor relations

  • Mikael Rautanen, Co-Founder and CEO, Inderes
17.25 - 17.30

Closing remarks

  • Kirsi Kannaste, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution, Krogerus
  • Thomas Kolster, Partner, Dispute Resolution, Krogerus
17.30 - 19.00


Meet our speakers

Giedre Aukstuoliene

Giedre Aukštuolienė is Ellex partner based in Vilnius, Lithuania, and co-chair of the Dispute Resolution practice of the firm. She has wide experience in representing clients in complex, high-profile disputes, including energy, infrastructure, construction and shareholders‘ disputes before the state courts and arbitral tribunals. Giedre has served as counsel in a commercial arbitration under various arbitration rules, including UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA, SCC, and VCCA (Vilnius Court of Commercial Arbitration). She also has substantial experience in investment arbitration and has successfully represented the Republic of Lithuania in several investment arbitration proceedings.
Marja Boman
Compliance and Investigations Lawyer

Marja Boman is a dual-qualified lawyer (Finland and England & Wales) with experience in all aspects of anti-corporate crime, investigations and related litigation. She has spent 6 years in the Middle East working with cross-border investigations and advising on related compliance matters. Before her adventures in the Middle East, Marja held a number of roles as a dispute resolution lawyer in Finland and practised as an in-house counsel in the UK. Currently she focuses on anti-bribery and corruption, economic sanctions, competition law and data privacy covering Europe and Middle East, leveraging from the numerous contentious cases that she has handled in the past.
Prof Dr Eric Bylander
Professor at the Faculty of Law
Uppsala University

Professor of Procedural Law at the Faculty of Law, Uppsala University, Sweden, Doctor of Laws (LL.D.), Editor of Juridisk Tidskrift (a leading Swedish law journal), Member of the Appeal Committee of the Church of Sweden, Former Chairman of the Nordic Association of Procedural Law (NFfP, 2012–22), Former Visiting Professor at University of Minnesota Law School (2015 & 2019). Research in several different areas, currently including digitalisation of the taking of evidence and service of documents in cross-border civil cases within the framework of a European partnership project. Regularly consulted as an expert in national and international disputes in both litigation and arbitration.
Caroline Falconer
Secretary General
SCC Arbitration Institute

Caroline Falconer is the Secretary General of SCC Arbitration Institute. She holds a Swedish LL M degree from Stockholm University as well as a LL M degree in international dispute resolution from King’s College, London University. She was Senior Legal Counsel at a major European energy company between 2015 and 2022 and gained during those years a thorough understanding of the daily challenges inhouse legal counsels face. She has spent almost 10 years at three different Swedish law firms specializing in dispute resolution and has worked at the Stockholm District Court.

Caroline is co founder of SWAN, Swedish Women in Arbitration Network a professional network for women with an interest in arbitration, was the chairperson of the board for the Swedish Company Lawyers Association, and she is member of the jury for the prestigious Swedish prize “The Company Lawyer of the Year”. Caroline is frequently engaged as speaker at domestic and international events for lawyers.
Jan Grapatin
Vice President and Head of Legal, Business Area Surveillance
Saab AB

Jan Grapatin is the Vice President and Head of Legal, Business Area Surveillance at Saab AB. He is responsible for a group of five lawyers and member of the Business Area Management Team. Business Area Surveillance is one of four business areas within Saab and the most international one, with operations in US, UK, Australia, Germany, Finland, Denmark, UAE and South Africa.

Prior to his current position, Jan worked as a Legal Counsel at Saab AB. His previous roles include Corporate Legal Counsel at Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson and Law Clerk at the District Court Gothenburg. He has also worked at different Swedish law firms.
Susan Gustafsson
EVP and Group General Counsel

Since 2019, EVP Group General Counsel at AFRY AB and member of the Group Executive Management, responsible for Legal & Compliance, Security and Quality.

Previous professional experience: Group General Counsel at MTG Modern Times Group and Nordic Entertainment Group, Stockholm (2015–2019), EVP General Counsel at Martell Mumm Perriet-Jouët, part of the Pernod Ricard group, Paris (2008–2015), M&A and corporate lawyer at Pernod Ricard HQ, Paris (2003–2008). M&A and corporate lawyer at Advokatfirman Vinge and Landwell & Partners, Paris, (1999–2003).

Education: Law degree (L.L.M) from Lund and Maastricht University (1999), INSEAD Leading Innovation Programme (2011).
Sanna Kaistinen
Secretary General
Finland Arbitration Institute

Sanna Kaistinen is the Secretary General of the Finland Arbitration Institute (FAI). As Secretary General she is responsible for developing and coordinating the Finnish and global activities of the FAI. Sanna and the FAI team are also responsible for the administrative functions of the Redemption Board of the Finland Chamber of Commerce. Sanna holds Master of Laws and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Helsinki and an LL.M. from Queen Mary University of London.
Kirsi Kannaste

Kirsi heads Krogerus' Dispute Resolution practice. She specialises in commercial dispute resolution with a particular focus on international arbitration and competition litigation. Kirsi has also valuable experience from advising clients in relation to management liability issues and corporate offences. Kirsi also acts as an arbitrator, and she is an approved mediator for the Finnish Bar Association.
Thomas Kolster

Thomas is a dispute resolution lawyer specialised in commercial litigation and arbitration. He has a special focus on disputes relating to the financial sector, M&A and international trade and transport. Thomas also advices customers on trade compliance issues, including AML, export control and sanctions. His knowledge and understanding of the financial sector combined with his extensive work experience from the Finnish courts (including the Finnish Supreme Court) makes him unique on the Finnish legal market.
Ulrich Kopetzki
Acting Director of Europe
Dispute Resolution Services, ICC

Ulrich Kopetzki is an Austrian lawyer with a focus on international arbitration. In addition to having supervised over 500 arbitrations as Counsel at the ICC, he has acted as counsel, administrative secretary and arbitrator under various institutional rules.

Ulrich graduated from the law school of the University of Vienna. Afterwards, he worked in the arbitration department of WilmerHale in London and at the Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris. At the ICC, he served both in the case management team for the German-speaking and Nordic countries and in the Eastern European case management team.

Ulrich is currently acting as the Director for Europe for ICC Dispute Resolution Services.
Juho Kostiainen
Senior Analyst

Economist following the Finnish economy. Main areas of interests are macroeconomic forecasting, public finance and housing markets. Juho has background in the Bank of Finland and the Ministry of Finance. He has also worked three years in the Economic Adjustment Program for Greece as a member of European Commission team.
Mikael Rautanen
Co-Founder and CEO

Mikael Rautanen is the CEO and co-founder of Inderes. He has been working with equity research and investor relations throughout his entire career, helping both investors and companies to understand each other. As an equity analyst, he was ranked among the top analysts in the Nordics for several years. Today, Inderes serves over 400 publicly listed companies in investor relations, and has one of the biggest equity research teams in the Nordics.
Jalmari Sasi
Chief Legal Officer
Sanoma Corporation

As Sanoma Corporation’s Chief Legal Officer since 1 January 2024, Jalmari Sasi is responsible for Group legal affairs. He worked for Neste Corporation’s Renewables Business for 12 years, leading different legal aspects of business development and transformation. He also has experience as a legal counsel at Tieto Corporation and a Finnish law firm in technology and dispute areas.
Atle Skaldebø-Rød

Atle Skaldebø-Rød is partner and head of BAHR’s Dispute Resolution group and is a highly experienced and acclaimed all-round litigator. He handles complex litigations and arbitrations within a broad field of expertise, including commercial contracts, marine insurance, post-M&A issues, D&O liability, insolvency, and shareholder rights, in addition to public law matters such as tax, charges and general administrative law. He is also experienced with specialised procedures like interim measures and securing of evidence. Further, he assists clients on anti-corruption and compliance issues, as well as cases regarding corporate penalties.

Atle was admitted to the Norwegian Supreme Court in 2008. He is member of the Norwegian Bar Association’s Legislative Policy Committee for Civil Proceedings and Arbitration, ICC Norway’s Commission for Arbitration and ADR and a board member of the Norwegian Maritime Law Association.
Robert Spano
Gibson Dunn

Robert Spano is a partner in the London and Paris offices where he practices in the field of international dispute resolution and advises on regulatory matters. He is a member of the firm’s Transnational Litigation, International Arbitration, Environment, Social and Governance (ESG), Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Innovation, Technology Regulatory and Litigation, Artificial Intelligence, and Public Policy Practice Groups.

Robert is a leading expert in public international law, business and human rights, EU law and the law of the European Convention on Human Rights, bringing unparalleled experience from senior roles in the judiciary, private practice and academia.

He is the former president of the European Court of Human Rights, the youngest judge ever to be elected to the presidency in the Court’s 60 year history. When leaving the Court his colleagues published a Liber Amicorum in his honour stating that ”during his term as President he demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities, showing creativity and imagination in improving the functioning of the Strasbourg institution”.

Robert sits on the Panel of Arbitrators and Conciliators of the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and is an honorary bencher of the Middle Temple.

Robert is a visiting professor of law at the University of Oxford and also serves part-time as a tenured professor of law at the University of Iceland, where he served as Dean of the Faculty before being elected to the international judiciary.

Robert graduated with a Magister Juris Degree in European and Comparative Law from the University of Oxford where he was awarded the Clifford Chance Prize (proxime accessit) and the Civil Procedure Prize for his scholastic achievements. Prior to his studies at Oxford, he studied international trade law and EU law at the University of Leuven, Belgium, and graduated with a Candidatus Juris Degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Iceland.

Robert is admitted to the Icelandic Bar (EEA lawyer) and is a registered foreign lawyer in the United Kingdom.

He is fluent in English, French, Italian, Danish and is a native Icelandic speaker.
Marieke van Hooijdonk
Allen & Overy LLP

Marieke is a partner with Allen & Overy, specialising in international arbitration and leading the Arbitration Group in Amsterdam. Marieke typically handles corporate and commercial disputes involving joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and trade matters. She also represents clients in arbitration related court proceedings.

Marieke has served as the Dutch member on the ICC International Court of Arbitration from 2014 until 2021. She often acts as arbitrator and also has a long-standing role as deputy judge at the Court of Appeal in Arnhem-Leeuwarden.

Marieke regularly speaks and writes on arbitration related issues. She appears on the Legal 500 Hall of Fame, is ranked as Band 1 – Arbitration Counsel (Chambers Europe, Netherlands, 2023-2014) and listed as Thought Leader in Who's Who Legal Arbitration. Marieke holds a law degree from the University of Amsterdam and an LL.M. from Columbia Law School in New York.
Tim Williams
Senior Counsel, Dispute Management
Wärtsilä Energy

Tim Williams is Senior Counsel at Wärtsilä Energy in Helsinki, which delivers and operates power generation and energy storage projects around the world. Tim is global lead for conflict prevention and dispute resolution with has a particular focus on large scale disputes, which are typically resolved by ADR (such as mediation, adjudication and determination) or international commercial arbitration. Tim holds an LLB from the University of Southampton and an MBA from the Helsinki School of Economics, and is also an accredited mediator with CEDR London.

Event venue

The conference was held at Little Finlandia, a unique wooden event centre set amid the most beautiful scenery in Helsinki.

Little Finlandia

Karamzininranta 4
00100 Helsinki

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