Kirsi Kannaste specialises in commercial dispute resolution with a particular focus on international arbitration and competition litigation. Ms Kannaste's arbitration experience as counsel includes cases heard under the arbitration rules of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, the Finland Chamber of Commerce and ad hoc arbitration disputes litigated under the rules of the Finnish Arbitration Act. Ms Kannaste also acts as arbitrator and she is an approved mediator for the Finnish Bar Association. Ms Kannaste's sector-specific focus lies in the healthcare and pharmaceuticals market, and she serves as the co-head of our Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals practice area. Ms Kannaste frequently lectures on dispute resolution and healthcare and pharmaceuticals related topics in Finland and abroad. Ms Kannaste has worked on secondment for a leading law firm in New York City.
Chambers Global 2019 (Dispute Resolution): "Kirsi Kannaste is experienced advising clients from the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors, on a range of matters including international arbitration and competition litigation. Sources describe her as 'very efficient, knowledgeable and service-oriented'."
Chambers Europe 2019 (Dispute Resolution): "Sources describe her as 'very efficient, knowledgeable and service-oriented.'"
Chambers Europe 2018 (Dispute Resolution): "Kirsi Kannaste is highlighted as 'a lawyer to watch for international cases.'”
Chambers Europe 2017 (Dispute Resolution): "Praised by clients for her 'excellent attention to detail.'"
Who's Who Legal (Litigation, Future Leaders) 2018: "Kirsi Kannaste is 'really one of the most up-and-coming young litigation lawyers' in the field."
Arbitration in Finland (Young Arbitration Club Finland, 2017) (co-author)
Arbitration in Finland (International Arbitration Review, 2011) (co-author)
Leniency in Finland (Practical Law Company, 2007, 2008) (co-author)
Recent Developments in Finnish Competition Law (Euromoney, Competition and Antitrust Review, 2007) (co-author)
Finnish Bar Association
Finnish Arbitration Association
Finnish Competition Law Association
International Chamber of Commerce, Young Arbitrators Forum
Young Arbitrators Sweden
Young International Arbitration Group
Young Arbitration Club Finland (board member 2017, chair 2016, secretary 2015)
Master of Arts (EC Competition Law), King’s College London, United Kingdom (2011)
Law Clerk, Helsinki District Court (2010)
Master of Laws, University of Helsinki (2006)
Studies at Université Robert Schuman, France (2004–2005)