Emma Niemistö

Partner, Attorney-at-Law, M.Sc. (Tech.)

Emma Niemistö specialises in construction and real estate matters.

Her practice is particularly focused on demanding construction and project law assignments. She has broad experience in negotiating and drafting complex project agreements, providing risk management advice during construction and dispute resolution.

Emma has advised clients on major infrastructure, property development and industrial construction endeavours, on construction management and alliance contracting, and on prominent Finnish public private partnerships (PPP). She regularly represents key players in the construction industry in disputes both in litigation and arbitration proceedings.

In addition to her law degree, Emma has earned a Master of Science degree in Construction Economics and Management from the Helsinki University of Technology. She has authored books on construction management contracting and contractors’ guarantee liabilities, and is a sought-after lecturer on topics related to construction law and dispute management.

Emma heads our firm’s Real Estate and Construction practice group.


  • Master of Science (Construction Economics and Management), Helsinki University of Technology, 2007
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.), University of Helsinki, 2010
  • Attorney-at-Law, 2014


  • Merilampi Attorneys Ltd., Partner 2017 –
  • Castrén & Snellman Attorneys Ltd., 2009 – 2016
  • RIL Conciliation Ltd., 2007 – 2009
  • NCC Construction Ltd., 2004 – 2009


  • Finnish Association of Civil Engineers
  • Finnish Arbitration Association
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • National Representative, International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)
  • Young Arbitration Club Finland (YAC)
  • The Association of Finnish Lawyers


  • Chambers Europe, Real Estate: Construction (2021): “Emma Niemistö is praised for her broad practice covering all aspects of construction mandates. Her diverse work portfolio includes procurement issues, project developments and contractual disputes.”
  • Chambers Europe, Real Estate: Construction (2020): Spotlight Table. “Emma Niemistö is hailed by clients as “one of the best experts in Finland” for construction law mandates. She is highly regarded for her knowledge in construction contracts and contentious proceedings. Clients say: “She is very easy to approach and provides broad, pragmatic advice.””
  • Legal 500 EMEA, Real Estate and Construction (2020): Emma Niemistö recommended
  • Legal 500 EMEA, Dispute Resolution (2020): Emma Niemistö recommended
  • Who’s Who Legal, Construction (2020): Future Leader
  • Chambers Europe, Real Estate: Construction (2019): Spotlight Table. “New to the rankings, Emma Niemistö is well respected for her construction practice, assisting clients with building projects and contentious mandates. One client praises “her sharpness and analytical view“, and also highlights her engineering expertise.”
  • Legal 500 EMEA, Real Estate and Construction (2019): Emma Niemistö recommended
  • Legal 500 EMEA, Dispute Resolution (2019): “Emma Niemistö is recommended for construction-related disputes.”
  • Who’s Who Legal, Construction (2019): Future Leader
  • Legal 500 EMEA, Real Estate and Construction (2018): “Newly promoted partner and head of construction Emma Niemistö is noted for her “expertise in construction management contracts“.”
  • Chambers Europe, Real Estate (2018): “Sources single out the team’s “prompt response times, good understanding of client needs and solution-focused approach”. Another interviewee remarks that the department offers “a very high service level”.”
  • Listed in Euromoney Legal Media Group (LMG) Expert Guide’s Rising Stars in the Construction category in 2016, 2017 and 2018.