BLOG: Noora’s first months at Merilampi
I started at Merilampi as an Associate in the beginning of June and would like to share my experiences so far.
Starting a new job is of course always a bit daunting. However, coming to Merilampi was easy. This was partly because my first day was the first day for the entire Merilampi staff at our new premises. Therefore, it was a new beginning for everyone. Furthermore, our new CEO, Heidi Merikalla-Teir started on the same day.
I had a very warm welcome and even though I am an Associate, I have not had to stay in the background. I get to interact with clients and to be involved in the handling of the office’s high-profile cases. Merilampi’s IP practice is now evolving and growing faster than ever, and I have also been able to take an active role in the development of the practice together with Henrik af Ursin, the head of our IP team. I feel privileged to get to present my own ideas about the development, and, in that way, I also get to influence my own work.
The variety of my tasks from IP specialist work to taking care of the marketing and commercialisation of our services makes my job very interesting. Another thing that brings nice variation to my work is the fact that many of our clients are international, so I also get to utilise my language skills at work.
One thing above all at Merilampi, however, is the team spirit and the great atmosphere. The warm atmosphere is partly due to our very own canteen, Annela. Spending the lunch hour with my work mates allows me to really get to know everyone. Also, since I started, we have already had a variety of joint activities from having breakfast with the entire staff to going out for a jog together. Because of the new premises, the ambience at Merilampi is still somewhat festive, and we’ll celebrate several housewarming parties throughout the autumn.
I wish everyone a happy start to their autumn!
Heidi Merikalla-Teir appointed as Merilampi’s Managing Partner
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.
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