Heidi Merikalla-Teir

Managing Partner, Attorney-at-Law, Trained at the Bench, MBA

Heidi is the Managing Partner of Merilampi.

She has extensive experience in domestic and international commercial arbitration, litigation and alternative dispute resolution. She regularly acts as an arbitrator and a mediator in both domestic and international disputes. In addition to being accredited as a mediator by the Finnish Bar Association, she is a CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) accredited mediator. Heidi is also a member of the Finnish Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Mediation.

Prior to joining Merilampi, Heidi worked as a Director at the Finland Chamber of Commerce, heading its Dispute Resolution Services, and as the Secretary General of the Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce (FAI). From her career at the FAI, she gained unique experience and insight in arbitration and mediation. In her role, she supervised a significant number of arbitration cases, reviewed arbitral awards, and advised in the application of the FAI Arbitration and Mediation Rules. She was a member of the task force that drafted the FAI Mediation Rules.

Previously in her career, Heidi worked for more than 12 years as an attorney and Specialist Partner at one of the largest Finnish law firms, where she specialised in commercial dispute resolution.

In addition to her law degree, Heidi has an MBA-degree with a finance concentration.


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  • Finnish
  • Swedish
  • English


  • Master of Laws (LL.M), University of Helsinki, 2002
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), Helsinki School of Economics (currently Aalto University), 2005
  • Trained at the Bench, 2005
  • Attorney-at-Law, 2006 – 2015, 2019 –
  • Finnish Arbitration Academy (Finland Chamber of Commerce/FAI), 2014
  • Approved Board Member, 2017
  • CEDR Accredited Mediator, 2018


  • Merilampi Attorneys Ltd., Managing Partner, 2019 –
  • Finland Chamber of Commerce, Director (Dispute Resolution Services) 2016 – 2019
  • The Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce (FAI), Secretary General 2015 – 2019
  • Borenius Attorneys at Law, Specialist Partner 2011 – 2015, Senior Associate 2006 – 2011, Associate 2002 – 2006
  • District Court of Helsinki, Trainee Judge 2004 – 2005
  • European Commission (DG Competition), Stagiaire 2003 – 2004


  • Finnish Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Mediation
  • Advisory Board of the Faculty of Law of the University of Helsinki
  • Finnish Arbitration Association
  • Finnish Bar Association
  • ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR
  • International Bar Association (IBA) (IBA Arbitration and Mediation Committees)
  • Swedish Arbitration Association
  • Swedish Women in Arbitration Network
  • Industrial Lawyers Association


  • Who’s Who Legal, Arbitration Global Guide (2021): Recommended
  • Legal 500 EMEA, Dispute Resolution (2020): Heidi Merikalla-Teir recommended. “The arrival of managing partner and dispute and arbitration specialist Heidi Merikalla-Teir from the Finland Chamber of Commerce has also bolstered the practice.”
  • Who’s Who Legal, Arbitration Global Guide (2020): Recommended