Heidi Merikalla-Teir (LL.M., Trained at the Bench, MBA) has been appointed as the new Managing Partner of Merilampi as of 1 June 2019. She is currently the Director of Dispute Resolution Services at the Finland Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Finland Chamber of Commerce’s executive team. She is also the Secretary General of the Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce (FAI).

Previously, Heidi worked for several years as an attorney and a Specialist Partner at one of the largest Finnish law firms. At Merilampi, Heidi joins Partners Jussi Ikonen and Teemu Taxell at our Dispute Resolution team.

Heidi has extensive and diverse experience in domestic and international commercial arbitration, litigation and mediation. In addition to acting as counsel, she serves as arbitrator and mediator. She is a CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) Accredited Mediator.

Jussi Ikonen, our Managing Partner since 2015, takes on the position as Chairman of the Board, and Merilampi’s current Chairman, Jani Ylä-Autio, will continue his work as Member of the Board and Partner of the Transactions and Finance team.

I am grateful for the opportunity to join Merilampi and to work together with colleagues who I highly respect. In times of increasingly changing business environment, law firms will not remain unaffected. At the same time, this is an excellent opportunity to develop organisations and to find solutions that best serve clients’ needs. I strongly believe that value creating solutions are found in collaboration with personnel, clients and other stakeholders. In this work, also the organisation’s corporate culture plays a key role”, says Heidi Merikalla-Teir. “I am accepting the Managing Partner appointment with very high motivation”.

“We are very happy and proud to have Heidi on board. Heidi’s diverse background and experience in expert and management positions give her an excellent basis, together with all our people, to guide Merilampi to the next level. At the same time, I am glad to complement our dispute resolution services with such a talented colleague. Heidi is highly respected professional in the fields of commercial arbitration and mediation, and she shares our values and mission in providing ever more holistic and client-oriented conflict management services,” says Jussi Ikonen.

It has been impressive to follow the development of the Arbitration Institute under Heidi’s leadership. It is a great opportunity for Merilampi to get Heidi’s knowledge and skills for the benefit of our clients and the firm. I am eager to see Heidi and Jussi’s cooperation in Merilampi’s management and the continuation of Jussi’s extremely admirable work,” comments Jani Ylä-Autio.

Further information:

Heidi Merikalla-Teir, tel. +358 40 750 6106
Jussi Ikonen, tel. +358 40 097 8281, jussi.ikonen@merilampi.com
Jani Ylä-Autio, tel. +358 40 769 8260, jani.yla-autio@merilampi.com