Dottir

The Lean Law Firm

Our Offices:

  • Helsinki

    Pohjoisesplanadi 35 Aa FI-00100 Helsinki 
Tel: +358 45 603 8602
    info@dottirlaw.com

  • Berlin

    Gormannstraße 14
    10119 Berlin, Germany
    Tel.:+49 30 609 69 720
    Fax: +49 30 609 69 721
    tobias.salomon@dottirlaw.de

  • San Francisco

    Dottir LLP
    555 California Street, Suite 4925 San Francisco, CA 94104
    
Tel: +1 415 439 0225
    pietari@dottirlaw.com

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Dottir Attorneys is an agile, full-service business law firm, with focus on companies that operate in or around the fields of technology and media. Dottir’s lawyers are recognised experts within their practice areas and experienced in serving clients of all sizes.

Helsinki Berlin San Francisco

What We Do

  • Corporate and M&A

    Dottir handles private equity mergers, acquisitions, investments, and other types of corporate transactions, covering all stages of the deal: from strategy and due diligence to contract negotiations and regulatory filings. We also assist clients in day-to-day corporate administration by drafting and maintaining corporate documentation and providing board advisory services.

  • Technology and Outsourcing

    Dottir's lawyers specialize in advising both users and suppliers of information technology on various legal matters. We provide services relating to IT outsourcing, IT procurement and supply, software licensing, as well as regulatory compliance.

  • Cyber Security and Data Protection

    Our lawyers are leading experts in the field of information security and data protection law. We advise on company policies, regulatory and compliance matters, security audits, and international transfers of personal data.

  • Employment

    Dottir provides employment law services ranging from drafting employment and management contracts and share option and benefit schemes to providing advice on employment termination, employee consultation obligations, and employment law issues deriving from corporate transactions and outsourcing.

  • Brands and IP

    We know brands and how to build and protect them. We offer clients a wide range of IP services, such as trademark registration, design protection, brand management, and IP strategy. We also help companies commercialize their IP by negotiating and drafting license, distribution, and partnership agreements.

  • Dispute Resolution

    We assist our clients in litigation, arbitration, and mediation, with a particular focus on technology, intellectual property, and contract-related disputes. We have a strong track record in helping our clients negotiate settlements in complex disputes.

Business Sectors

  • Public Sector and Education

    Dottir's lawyers are experienced in providing the public sector with advice both in compliance and contractual issues, including negotiating agreements relating to public procurement.

  • Health Care, Energy and Biotechnology

    Our lawyers provide companies operating within the regulated fields of biotechnology, health care and energy with a wide range of contractual and marketing law advice, covering issues such as labeling, authority enquiries, distribution, and intellectual property.

  • Startups

    Our lawyers help startups through their entire life cycle and all stages of growth, from formation, to raising capital, expanding to new markets, and successfully exiting.

  • Private Equity and Venture Capital

    Dottir represents private equity investors, industrial clients, and venture capitalists in all types of domestic and cross-border transactions.

  • ICT and Internet

    We provide our clients that operate in the fields of ICT and the Internet with a full range of business law services, including negotiating license and IT supply agreements, as well as tackling telecommunications regulatory compliance and consumer and data protection issues.

  • Media and Entertainment

    Dottir advises media, sports, and entertainment companies on regulatory issues and contract negotiations relating to matters such as financing and production, as well as rights acquisition and licensing.

References

  • Dottir assisted Varma, the largest pension insurance company in Finland, in renewing their pension decision documents. Varma also acted as the main sponsor of Legal Design Summit 2017.

    Dottir assisted Varma, the largest pension insurance company in Finland, in renewing their pension decision documents. Varma also acted as the main sponsor of Legal Design Summit 2017.

  • Dottir assists Unit4, a global software company with revenue of MEUR 500, in their legal matters in Finland.

    Dottir assists Unit4, a global software company with revenue of MEUR 500, in their legal matters in Finland.

  • Haahtela Group offers high-end consulting services and software products in the fields of construction, real estate and human resources. Their offering includes leading economic management, project management, real estate management and workforce management software products. Dottir advises Haahtela Group in the protection of their strategic IP assets.

    Haahtela Group offers high-end consulting services and software products in the fields of construction, real estate and human resources. Their offering includes leading economic management, project management, real estate management and workforce management software products. Dottir advises Haahtela Group in the protection of their strategic IP assets.

  • Dottir Attorneys advises Kindred plc in Finland in their legal matters, especially relating to intellectual property and digital strategy. Kindred is one of Europe’s fastest growing online gambling companies with more than 1,100 employees working across 13 markets.

    Dottir Attorneys advises Kindred plc in Finland in their legal matters, especially relating to intellectual property and digital strategy. Kindred is one of Europe’s fastest growing online gambling companies with more than 1,100 employees working across 13 markets.

  • Dawn Capital is a London-based early stage venture fund. Dawn's team is made up of founders, experienced VCs and business builders with strong track records in Fintech and B2B software.

    Dawn Capital is a London-based early stage venture fund. Dawn's team is made up of founders, experienced VCs and business builders with strong track records in Fintech and B2B software.

  • Dottir advised Vito Ventures in the EUR 1.5 million Series A funding round of Wirepas Oy, a global device connectivity provider. Vito Ventures is a Munich-based global early stage Venture Capital fund investing in the fields of Internet of Things, Enterprise Tech and Energy Tech.

    Dottir advised Vito Ventures in the EUR 1.5 million Series A funding round of Wirepas Oy, a global device connectivity provider. Vito Ventures is a Munich-based global early stage Venture Capital fund investing in the fields of Internet of Things, Enterprise Tech and Energy Tech.

  • Wolt is the world’s smoothest mobile interface for getting great food. Dottir assists Wolt in their legal matters.

    Wolt is the world’s smoothest mobile interface for getting great food. Dottir assists Wolt in their legal matters.

  • The San Francisco start-up Sudden Coffee is revolutionizing the coffee world by making instant coffee that you actually want to drink. Dottir Attorneys advises Suden Coffee in their legal matters, especially relating to intellectual property.

    The San Francisco start-up Sudden Coffee is revolutionizing the coffee world by making instant coffee that you actually want to drink. Dottir Attorneys advises Suden Coffee in their legal matters, especially relating to intellectual property.

  • Umbra’s 3D optimization technology has been powering up over 125 games in almost ten years, including Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Batman Arkham Knight, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Quantum Break, World of Tanks and Destiny. Dottir advises Umbra in protecting and licensing their state-of-the-art technology.

    Umbra’s 3D optimization technology has been powering up over 125 games in almost ten years, including Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Batman Arkham Knight, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Quantum Break, World of Tanks and Destiny. Dottir advises Umbra in protecting and licensing their state-of-the-art technology.

  • Dottir Attorneys advises HundrED in their legal matters. HundrED is an education initiative that will seek and share 100 inspiring innovations in K12 education every year. HundrED aims to be the world’s leading expert in K12 educational innovations by 2020.

    Dottir Attorneys advises HundrED in their legal matters. HundrED is an education initiative that will seek and share 100 inspiring innovations in K12 education every year. HundrED aims to be the world’s leading expert in K12 educational innovations by 2020.

  • Blueprint Genetics is genetic knowledge company that provides comprehensive genetic testing services based in San Francisco, Helsinki and Dubai. Dottir assisted Blueprint Genetics in their corporate law and agreement matters.

    Blueprint Genetics is genetic knowledge company that provides comprehensive genetic testing services based in San Francisco, Helsinki and Dubai. Dottir assisted Blueprint Genetics in their corporate law and agreement matters.

  • Dottir advised Inderes and its founders when Taaleri acquired a 40% ownership in Inderes. Inderes provides top-level market research, company valuation, in-depth financial analysis and competitor analysis services.

    Dottir advised Inderes and its founders when Taaleri acquired a 40% ownership in Inderes. Inderes provides top-level market research, company valuation, in-depth financial analysis and competitor analysis services.

  • PL’s mission is to promote responsible ownership that develops businesses through generations. Its 430 member companies account for a total revenue of EUR 33.6 billion a year and employ 165 000 people. Dottir has helped PL and many of its members in variety of legal issues.

    PL’s mission is to promote responsible ownership that develops businesses through generations. Its 430 member companies account for a total revenue of EUR 33.6 billion a year and employ 165 000 people. Dottir has helped PL and many of its members in variety of legal issues.

  • Dottir Attorneys represents the legendary Finnish designer Eero Aarnio and Eero Aarnio Originals in their fight against counterfeits and cheap Ball Chair replicas.

    Dottir Attorneys represents the legendary Finnish designer Eero Aarnio and Eero Aarnio Originals in their fight against counterfeits and cheap Ball Chair replicas.

  • Helsinki-based record label PME Records hosts some of the freshest talent in hip-hop and electronic music in Finland, such as JVG, ALMA, Tippa-T, Elias Gould and Gracias. Dottir Attorneys helped the coolest record label in Finland to secure and protect their intellectual property assets.

    Helsinki-based record label PME Records hosts some of the freshest talent in hip-hop and electronic music in Finland, such as JVG, ALMA, Tippa-T, Elias Gould and Gracias. Dottir Attorneys helped the coolest record label in Finland to secure and protect their intellectual property assets.

  • Rabbit Merchandising provides innovative design services and licensing opportunities for forward-looking companies. Their long list of clients includes the Finnish state-owned postal service, Posti Group Corporation and one the largest jewelry manufacturers in northern Europe, Kalevala Koru Oy. The IP portfolio of Rabbit Merchandising includes the award-winning extreme comedy show The Dudesons, which has been broadcasted in over 150 countries. Dottir Attorneys assists Rabbit Merchandising in capturing the full value from their brand portfolio.

    Rabbit Merchandising provides innovative design services and licensing opportunities for forward-looking companies. Their long list of clients includes the Finnish state-owned postal service, Posti Group Corporation and one the largest jewelry manufacturers in northern Europe, Kalevala Koru Oy. The IP portfolio of Rabbit Merchandising includes the award-winning extreme comedy show The Dudesons, which has been broadcasted in over 150 countries. Dottir Attorneys assists Rabbit Merchandising in capturing the full value from their brand portfolio.

  • Fisher King is a leading Finnish production company producing drama series and feature films. Dottir advised Fisher King in financing, copyright and contractual matters related to the television series ”Bordertown II/Sorjonen 2”.

    Fisher King is a leading Finnish production company producing drama series and feature films. Dottir advised Fisher King in financing, copyright and contractual matters related to the television series ”Bordertown II/Sorjonen 2”.

  • Finland celebrates the centenary of its independence in 2017. Dottir Attorneys advised the Finland 100 project secretariat at the Prime Minister’s Office in legal matters and privacy issues regarding the Finland’s Faces online application. The Finland’s Faces application is open to anyone wishing to modify a selfie or face portrait into a unique, blue-and-white cartoonised version using different filters.

    Finland celebrates the centenary of its independence in 2017. Dottir Attorneys advised the Finland 100 project secretariat at the Prime Minister’s Office in legal matters and privacy issues regarding the Finland’s Faces online application. The Finland’s Faces application is open to anyone wishing to modify a selfie or face portrait into a unique, blue-and-white cartoonised version using different filters.

  • Dottir assists Samuji, a Helsinki-based creative studio and design house. Samuji produces timeless and sustainable design that serves a purpose yet carries a story. Their collections are sold in their own stories in Helsinki and New York and through selected stockists in Europe, Asia and America.

    Dottir assists Samuji, a Helsinki-based creative studio and design house. Samuji produces timeless and sustainable design that serves a purpose yet carries a story. Their collections are sold in their own stories in Helsinki and New York and through selected stockists in Europe, Asia and America.

  • Slush is the Northern Europe’s largest tech startup event, organised in Helsinki, Finland. The two-day conference takes place every fall in the wintery Scandinavia amidst one of the most dynamic tech ecosystems in the world. Dottir advises Slush on their international expansion.

    Slush is the Northern Europe’s largest tech startup event, organised in Helsinki, Finland. The two-day conference takes place every fall in the wintery Scandinavia amidst one of the most dynamic tech ecosystems in the world. Dottir advises Slush on their international expansion.

  • Gimmeyawallet Productions is the company behind the award-winning tv-productions Madventures, Docventures and Sound Tracker. Dottir assists Gimmeyawallet Productions in international brand protection and contractual matters.

    Gimmeyawallet Productions is the company behind the award-winning tv-productions Madventures, Docventures and Sound Tracker. Dottir assists Gimmeyawallet Productions in international brand protection and contractual matters.

  • Flow Festival is a trailblazer in the Finnish festival scene. We helped our favorite festival in their international expansion to a very cool location. Flow Festival Ljubljana is organized in the Slovenian capital on June 26­-28 in collaboration with Slovenian organizers. We also assist Flow Festival in their brand protection matters.

    Flow Festival is a trailblazer in the Finnish festival scene. We helped our favorite festival in their international expansion to a very cool location. Flow Festival Ljubljana is organized in the Slovenian capital on June 26­-28 in collaboration with Slovenian organizers. We also assist Flow Festival in their brand protection matters.

“Tuomas and Jaakko form a very client-oriented and professional team for technology transactions. They understand the deal-making dynamics and have the ability to find solutions instead of problems.”
— Teddie Wardi, Vice President
“Dottir has assisted us in commercializing our 3D optimization technology. They have been very flexible and cost-efficient legal partner for us. Recommended for all growth companies!”
— Sampo Lappalainen, COO
“Dottir is a lean and responsive law firm. They have helped us out in our international expansion. Recommended!”
— Riku Mäkelä, CEO, Slush
“Dottir is our kind of law firm, they are lean and mean lawyers with true cut the crap attitude. They have helped us with our international affairs and IPR concerns which are hugely important in our business.”
“Dottir helped us a great deal with Flow Festival’s international affairs and immaterial rights processes. We started to work with them one year ago and they’ve proven in a short period of time to be quick, smooth, professional and reliable.”
— Tuomas Kallio, Artistic Director, Chairman of the Board

News

  • Dot. legal design consultancy launches Paris office

    Dot. legal design consultancy launches Paris office

    Dot., the Helsinki-based legal design consultancy, launches a new office in one of the design capitals of the world: Paris.

    Legal Design is an approach that combines the lawyer’s legal expertise with the designer’s mindset and the possibilities of tech to make legal processes, systems, services and environments more user-friendly and engaging.

    Faced with growing demand for Legal Design services, Dot. launches its Paris office, led by a former EMEA general counsel and Magic Circle European law specialist Marie Potel-Saville.

    “Our Helsinki team is already diverse, with a powerful combination of experienced, international lawyers in IP, privacy and M&A with passionate designers. The addition of Marie’s in-house expertise is a great fit.” says Antti Innanen, the founder and CEO of Dot. “With European law increasingly imposing higher standards in terms of clarity and accessibility of legal information, in data privacy and consumer protection to name only a few areas, we believe the market for Legal Design is at least EEA-wide.”

    Dot. already has a track record in redesigning privacy policies, complex contracts and legal processes. The launch of this new office will enable the agency to expand its offer to pan-European projects, such as compliance.

    “I applied Legal Design as a General Counsel and could see the value created both for the business teams and the legal division: the user-centric approach guarantees effective implementation of legal solutions and the iterative process enables agile adaptation to ever-evolving business and legal environments. Legal Design closes the gap between the law and those who have to apply it in-house”, says Marie Potel-Saville, Founder & CEO of Dot.’s Paris office. Legal Design powerfully transforms the way legal information is communicated. It is also a driver for change in courts, law firms and legal departments – to shift paradigms and promote more nimble, collaborative and innovative cultures.

    “With the expanded global presence, we aim to assist other global companies, educational institutes, governments and law firms and help them to bring law to the digital age”, says Meera Sivanathan, the Lead Legal Designer of Dot.

    MORE INFORMATION AND CASE STUDIES:

    www.dot.legal

    Dot. Helsinki: Antti Innanen, tel. +358 45 603 8602, hello@dot.legal

    Dot. Paris: Marie Potel-Saville tel. +33 6 33 84 10 25, marie@dot.legal, 29-31 rue de Courcelles, 75008 Paris

  • Dottir launches a new Legal Tech and Legal Design brand, Dot.

    www.dot.legal

  • Daniel Stranius to join Dottir

    We are very happy to announce that Daniel Stranius will be joining the Dottir family as a Specialist Partner.

    Daniel is an acknowledged technology lawyer whose background includes working both in 1st tier tech law firms and most recently as an in-house counsel for the biggest IT service company in the Nordics. The last 2 years Daniel has lived and worked in Stockholm and has therefore gained knowledge and experience from two strong technology focused markets.

    Link to Daniel’s bio: http://linkedin.com/in/danielstranius

    “Daniel will strengthen especially the IT and Technology practices of Dottir and bring his extensive in-house experience for the benefit of our customers in the fast-paced tech market”, says Antti Innanen, the Managing Partner of Dottir.

    ”I could not be more thrilled about joining Dottir and in taking this next step in my career. I look forward to returning to the advisor’s role and to start working with Dottir’s impressive client base and expand it further. My in-house experience together with my business-oriented approach will be a great asset in this journey” says Daniel.

    We welcome Daniel who will start his Dottir journey in early April!

    Further information: Antti Innanen, Managing Partner, Dottir Attorneys Ltd tel. +358 45 603 8602 Antti.Innanen@dottirlaw.com

    Daniel Stranius tel. +46 730 654 096

Who We Are

The Lean Law Firm

Dottir Attorneys is a law firm that is stripped of the nonessentials. We provide our clients with a full range of business law services, with an emphasis on technology law: our lawyers are specialized in advising both users and suppliers of information technology on various legal matters.

No hierarchy. No bureaucracy

We are convinced that a team of ambitious professionals is more powerful than a hierarchical organisation that feeds off titles and internal competition. We believe that by encouraging teamwork we increase the quality and efficiency of our services.

Young and driven

We believe that lawyers tackling the increasingly complex legal questions faced by today's companies must have a profound understanding of modern business and technology. Dottir Attorneys is a team of tech-savvy lawyers who think lawyers should be approachable instead of formal, and forward-thinking instead of stagnant.

Helsinki – Berlin – San Francisco

Our lawyers are based in Helsinki, Berlin and San Francisco. Modern business is increasingly global, irrespective of industry. We believe that the lawyers serving these businesses should be as well.

Dottir is an affiliation of independent legal entities and attorneys providing legal services in separate jurisdictions. Each office is established and operates on a local basis in accordance with the laws binding in its home country and state.

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    Emma Hertzberg

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    Antti Innanen

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    Paula Kivelä

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    Pihla Knaapila

    Helsinki

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    Tiina Koistinen

    Helsinki

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    Kristina Kotro

    Helsinki

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    Anna Kuusi

    Helsinki

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    Jaakko Lindgren

    Helsinki

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    Jukka Pello

    Helsinki

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    Bea Pippingsköld

    Helsinki

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    Johanna Rantanen

    Helsinki

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    Kyösti Siltala

    Helsinki

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    Meera Sivanathan

    Helsinki

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    Daniel Stranius

    Helsinki

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    Tio Tikka

    Helsinki

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    Antti Toponen

    Helsinki

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    Sara Tuomala

    Helsinki

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    Maria Wesander

    Helsinki

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    Tobias Salomon

    Berlin

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    Minea Arkiomaa

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    Pietari Gröhn

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    Roman Lee

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    Katariina Salomaa

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    Edgar Tirado

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Minea Arkiomaa

Associate (US)
Tel. +1 (650) 213-6717
minea@dottirlaw.com
Dottir LLP, 555 California Street, Suite 4925, San Francisco, CA 94104

Minea is a Finnish lawyer working with startups at Dottir San Francisco in California, USA and advising companies in the transfer of business from Europe to the US. Her previous work experience includes working in a Chinese law firm in Beijing, China with helping Finnish companies enter the Chinese market as well as advising banks and brokers with financial law and securities trading in New York, USA.

Education and qualifications

  • LLM, University of Helsinki
  • Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas

Languages

  • Finnish
  • English
  • French
  • Malay
  • Indonesian
  • Swedish
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Pietari Gröhn

Esq., Partner (US)
Tel. +1 415 439 0225
pietari@dottirlaw.com
Dottir LLP, 555 California Street, Suite 4925, San Francisco, CA 94104
Cal. Bar # 256188

Pietari is a corporate attorney qualified to practice law in California, USA. He represents startup and expansion stage companies, as well as investors and acquirers, in corporate matters from formation, to venture financings, commercial agreements, international expansion and exits.

Expertise

  • Company and subsidiary formations
  • Equity and debt financings
  • US expansion, representative office, foreign subsidiary, flip
  • Founder matters
  • Investor representation
  • Acquisitions for both target and acquirer
  • Commercial contracts and licensing
  • Full US legal services (litigation, IP, immigration, tax)

Education and qualifications

  • JD, Cornell Law School
  • MPA, Cornell Institute of Public Affairs
  • BS - Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, College of Human Ecology
  • Admitted to the bar, California, US

Languages

  • Finnish
  • English
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Emma Hertzberg

Legal Designer
tel. +358 40 777 1274
emma.hertzberg@dottirlaw.com
Pohjoisesplanadi 35 Aa, FI-00100 Helsinki

Emma is a Legal Designer with a diverse background in the creative field. She is interested in improving common practices and strategies by applying design principles where they are very much needed. She profoundly feels that human-centric approach can solve major amount of problems in the practice of law as well as in different business areas. She is a person with big ideas, passionate approach and dedication to follow through.

Prior to joining team Dot. Emma worked in different strategic design projects and as a designer for a Finnish strategic creative agency, as a team member working on social influence design.

Expertise

  • Legal design
  • Strategic design
  • Visual communications
  • Communications design
  • Branding and brand identity design
  • Workshops
  • Graphic design
  • UX design

Education and qualifications

  • Designer, Lahti University of Applied Sciences

Languages

  • Finnish
  • English
  • Swedish
  • Spanish
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Antti Innanen

Managing Partner
tel. +358 45 603 8602
antti.innanen@dottirlaw.com
Pohjoisesplanadi 35 Aa, FI-00100 Helsinki

Antti advises clients on questions related to intellectual property and brands, as well as on complex data protection and cyber security related matters.

Before Dottir, Antti worked in a major Finnish law firm as a lawyer, working closely with some of the largest brands in Finland.

Antti worked for over three years in the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), in Alicante, Spain. Antti has extensive experience in the field of trademarks and branding, especially with international brand protection.

Antti has also worked as a Legal Counsel for the National Communication Security Authority (NCSA-FI) and the Computer Emergency Response Team (FICORA) (CERT-FI). These organizations have now merged into the National Cyber Security Centre.

Antti is the co-author of two books:

Internet Law (Internetoikeus, published by Edita 2009 and 2012, together with Jarkko Saarimäki)

Brand Protection (Brändin Suoja, published by Edita 2014, together with the Legal Counsel of Rovio, Jukka Jäske)

Expertise

  • IP, trademarks and branding
  • Data protection
  • Information law and cyber security regulation
  • E-commerce and Internet law
  • Advertising, marketing and promotions Law
  • New media and technology law
  • Contract law
  • Startups

Education and qualifications

  • LLM, University of Turku
  • Admitted to the Finnish bar

Languages

  • Finnish
  • English
  • Swedish
  • Spanish
  • Dutch
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Paula Kivelä

Office Manager
tel. +358 40 523 6851
paula.kivela@dottirlaw.com
Pohjoisesplanadi 35 Aa, FI-00100 Helsinki

Paula is the Office Manager of Dottir. Paula organises and coordinates all administrative activities and office procedures of Dottir.

Paula has previously worked at Nokia Corporation and Microsoft Mobile as an Executive Assistant. Paula brings her long expertise from bigger companies to Dottir and ensures the smooth running of our office.

Education and qualifications

  • Helsinki Secretarial College

Languages

  • Finnish
  • English
  • Swedish
  • French
  • German
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Pihla Knaapila

Associate
tel. +358 44 272 5400
pihla.knaapila@dottirlaw.com
Pohjoisesplanadi 35 Aa, FI-00100 Helsinki

Pihla advises clients mainly on various contractual matters as well as on data protection and copyright related matters.

In addition to her LLM studies at the University of Turku, Pihla has studied law at the University of Verona in Italy. Prior to joining Dottir Pihla has worked as a legal trainee in some of the major Finnish law firms as well as in the Finnish Musicians' Union.

Expertise

  • Commercial contracts
  • Copyright
  • Data protection
  • Music industry contracts
  • Information technology law

Education and qualifications

  • LLM, University of Turku
  • Università degli studi di Verona (exchange semester)

Languages

  • Finnish
  • English
  • Italian
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Tiina Koistinen

Brand Protection Specialist
tel. +358 40 734 3127
tiina.koistinen@dottirlaw.com
Pohjoisesplanadi 35 Aa, FI-00100 Helsinki

Tiina advises clients on intellectual property matters and brand protection matters. Tiina has extensive experience in managing trademark and design portfolios for clients of all sizes.

Prior to joining Dottir, Tiina worked in the IP team of a major Finnish law firm.

Tiina holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences.

Expertise

  • Trademark prosecution
  • Trademark portfolio management
  • Registered designs
  • Domain names

Education and qualifications

  • BBA, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki
  • International Business Management Studies, Tecnológico de Monterrey (exchange semester)

Languages

  • Finnish
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • French
  • German
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Kristina Kotro

Associate
tel. +358 40 532 7140
kristina.kotro@dottirlaw.com
Pohjoisesplanadi 35 Aa, FI-00100 Helsinki

Kristina advises clients on data protection law, ICT contracts, information technology, corporate law and commercial contracts. She has been certified as an international privacy professional (CIPP/E).

Prior to joining Dottir, Kristina worked as an in-house lawyer at a technology company.

Expertise

  • Data protection law
  • Cyber security
  • ICT procurement and supply
  • Outsourcing
  • Commercial agreements
  • Corporate law

Education and qualifications

  • LLM, University of Helsinki
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (exchange term)
  • CIPP/E

Languages

  • English
  • Finnish
  • Swedish
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Anna Kuusi

Counsel
tel. +358 50 521 5890
anna.kuusi@dottirlaw.com
Pohjoisesplanadi 35 Aa, FI-00100 Helsinki

Anna advises clients on corporate and contractual matters, intellectual property and dispute resolution, with particular focus on sectors involving culture, media and arts.

Before Dottir, Anna worked as a lawyer in another Finnish law firm, where she was part of the firm’s dispute resolution practice, acting as a counsel in civil litigation and arbitration.

Anna also works as a Lawyer in the Artists’ Association of Finland.

Expertise

  • Contracts and liability
  • Corporate and company law
  • Law of organizations
  • Copyright and intellectual property
  • Dispute resolution
  • Culture, media and arts
  • Start-ups

Education and qualifications

  • LLM, University of Helsinki
  • Libera Universitá degli Studi Sociali Guido Carlo (LUISS), Rome
  • Trained on the bench at the District Court of Helsinki

Languages

  • Finnish
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Swedish
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Roman Lee

Esq., Partner (US)
Tel. 415 576 0700
roman@dottirlaw.com
Dottir LLP, 555 California Street, Suite 4925, San Francisco, CA 94104
NY Bar # 2905925

Roman is an attorney qualified to practice law before the US Department of Homeland Security, Department of States, and the Department of Labor. Roman regularly advices U.S. and international businesses, investors, startup founders, entrepreneurs and professionals authorized to live and work in the US.

In addition to his legal career, Roman’s volunteering work in his communities included:

Executive Board Member, Ron-Kuang Orphanage Foundation, Taiwan Executive Board Member, Cornell Law School Alumni Association Executive Board Member, Fu-Jen Catholic University Alumni Association of Norther California Visa Advisor; Silicon Valley Moon Festival

Expertise

  • Employment visa and immigration
  • Key personnel transfer in L-1A/B and treaty Investor/trades in E-1/E2 visa
  • Hiring foreign professionals in H-1B, TN, O, P, R, or E visa
  • Immigration matters for family members and dependents
  • Permanent Residence through EB-5 investor visa programs
  • PERM Labor Certificate application and Employment Based immigration
  • Extraordinary artists and entrepreneurs
  • National Interests Waiver
  • Full US legal services (corporate, litigation, IP, tax)

Education and qualifications

  • LL.M, Cornell Law School, US
  • LL.B, Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taiwan
  • Admitted to the bar, New York, US

Languages

  • English
  • Taiwanese
  • Mandarin Chinese
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Jaakko Lindgren

Partner
tel. +358 400 958 755
jaakko.lindgren@dottirlaw.com
Pohjoisesplanadi 35 Aa, FI-00100 Helsinki

Jaakko assists clients in technology law acting for both technology users and suppliers in the private and public sector. He regularly advises domestic and international companies on a broad range of technology law matters such as IT outsourcing, procurement and delivery of business-critical IT systems and services, software and IP licensing, e-commerce, data protection and telecommunications regulatory matters. He has had a leading advisory role in multiple technology-driven M&A transactions and in venture capital investments in technology companies. Jaakko has also been acting as a member of the board of several growth companies.

Jaakko is the Chairman of the Finnish IT Law Association and a frequently requested chairman and speaker at various technology law seminars.

Prior to Dottir, Jaakko worked as a legal counsel at the Finnish multinational IT corporation Tieto and as an attorney at a major law firm in Finland.

Expertise

  • Outsourcing
  • Technology law
  • M&A
  • Venture Capital and Startups
  • Data protection and cyber security regulation
  • Social media
  • Commercial contracts

Education and qualifications

  • LLM, University of Helsinki
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Mykolas Romeris University
  • Admitted to the Finnish bar

Languages

  • Finnish
  • English
  • Swedish
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Jukka Pello

Partner
tel. +358 50 330 3307
jukka.pello@dottirlaw.com
Pohjoisesplanadi 35 Aa, FI-00100 Helsinki

Jukka specializes in contracts and litigation with particular focus on the ICT and media sectors.

He assists domestic and international technology vendors as well as customers acquiring technology products and services. He also regularly advises on technology intensive public procurement engagements and M&A transactions.

Jukka is an experienced litigator with a strong track record in court mediation proceedings and out-of-court settlements.

Before Dottir, Jukka has worked for his own business law boutique as well as for a major Finnish law firm. He has also gained experience as a Trainee Judge at Helsinki District Court and as a secondee at one of the world's largest consulting, technology and outsourcing companies.

Expertise

  • Technology and Outsourcing
  • Commercial litigation
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Public Procurement
  • E-commerce and Consumer Protection
  • IP and Data Protection

Education and qualifications

  • LLM, University of Helsinki
  • Trained on the bench at the District Court of Helsinki
  • Admitted to the Finnish bar

Languages

  • Finnish
  • English
  • Swedish
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Bea Pippingsköld

Associate
tel. +358 50 341 2717
bea.pippingskold@dottirlaw.com
Pohjoisesplanadi 35 Aa, FI-00100 Helsinki

Bea advises clients on various intellectual property matters, contractual matters and data protection related matters.

Before Dottir, Bea worked in one of Finland's major law firms. Bea has also worked in the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in Alicante, Spain.

She has extensive experience in the field of intellectual property and trademarks.

Expertise

  • Intellectual property
  • Commercial agreements
  • Information technology procurement and supply
  • Startups
  • Consumer protection and e-commerce
  • Data protection
  • Media and telecommunication regulation
  • Corporate law

Education and qualifications

  • LLM, University of Helsinki

Languages

  • Finnish
  • Swedish
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
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Johanna Rantanen

Partner
tel. +358 50 385 0632
johanna.rantanen@dottirlaw.com
Pohjoisesplanadi 35 Aa, FI-00100 Helsinki

Johanna has several years of experience in assisting companies of all sizes in various technology and media related legal matters, ranging from commercial contracts and regulatory advice to transactions and corporate law questions.

Johanna's practice is focused on technology and intellectual property as well as media and data protection law, covering for example technology procurement and supply and IP acquisitions and licensing arrangements. Johanna has particularly extensive knowledge of copyright law and regularly lectures on the subject.

Before Dottir, Johanna worked in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications and M&A & Private Equity practices of one of Finland's major law firms. Johanna has also worked as a secondee at the Finnish advertising technology company Kiosked.

Expertise

  • Copyright
  • Commercial agreements
  • Information technology procurement and supply
  • Rights acquisition and licensing
  • Film and television production
  • Startups
  • Consumer protection and e-commerce
  • Data protection
  • Media and telecommunication regulation
  • Corporate law

Education and qualifications

  • LLM, University of Helsinki
  • University of Sheffield, UK (exchange period)
  • Admitted to the Finnish bar

Languages

  • Finnish
  • English
  • Swedish
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Katariina Salomaa

Paralegal (US)
Tel. +1 415 439 0225
katariina@dottirlaw.com
Dottir LLP, 555 California Street, Suite 4925, San Francisco, CA 94104

Katariina is a Finnish lawyer working as a paralegal in Dottir's San Francisco office. Before moving to the USA, Katariina worked as a lawyer at the Appeal Board for the Government of Finland. In San Francisco, Katariina has been volunteering for several organizations, e.g. as a legal professional volunteer at University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Education and qualifications

  • LLM, University of Helsinki

Languages

  • Finnish
  • English
  • Swedish
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Tobias Salomon

Rechtsanwalt, Partner (Germany)
tel. +49 30 609 69 720
fax +49 30 609 69 721
tobias.salomon@dottirlaw.de
Gormannstraße 14, D-10119 Berlin

Tobias manages the Berlin Office and his core areas of practice are commercial and corporate law as well as M&A. He frequently consults startups, business angels and investors and a particular focus of his is on Finnish-German and German-US legal relations. Tobias is the Chairman of the Finnish-German Trade Guild in Berlin.

Expertise

  • Business formation
  • Structuring round financing
  • Shareholder's and investment agreements
  • Employee involvement programs
  • Bilingual general terms and conditions
  • Dispute resolution and litigation

Education and qualifications

  • Freie Universität Berlin
  • University of Helsinki
  • Admitted to the German Bar

Languages

  • German
  • Finnish
  • English
  • French
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Kyösti Siltala

Partner
tel. +358 50 385 2039
kyosti.siltala@dottirlaw.com
Pohjoisesplanadi 35 Aa, FI-00100 Helsinki

Kyösti advises clients on corporate law, M&A, intellectual property rights and commercial agreements.

Kyösti has over 24 years of experience in working as an in-house counsel for both public and private equity global corporations, including Valmet, MacGregor, Uponor and Dynea. Kyösti has negotiated and executed more than 100 M&A transactions, on all 6 continents.

Before Dottir, Kyösti acted as General Counsel for Dynea Corporation.

Kyösti was the Chairman of the Finnish Industrial Lawyers' Association from 2006 to 2010.

Expertise

  • Commercial contracts
  • Corporate secretary services
  • Company law & M&A
  • Intellectual property

Education and qualifications

  • LLM, Helsinki University
  • MA, University of Sussex (UK)
  • Trained on the bench at the District Courts of Korsholma and Kauhava

Languages

  • Finnish
  • English
  • Swedish
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Meera Sivanathan

Legal Designer
tel. +358 40 775 0744
meera.sivanathan@dottirlaw.com
Pohjoisesplanadi 35 Aa, FI-00100 Helsinki

As a legal designer, Meera combines her expertise in law, business and design to develop innovative, human-centric and legally sound solutions for organisations, markets and society. At Dot. she helps clients to harness the power of legal design to create new products, services and processes that are meaningful, drive results and truly engage customers. Meera regularly hosts workshops and gives talks on legal design.

Prior to joining Dot. Meera worked as a lawyer for a leading international law firm in Sydney, Australia. She has extensive experience providing both legal and strategic advice relating to M&A, funds management and private equity & venture capital. Meera has worked with an array of clients - from innovative start-ups to global conglomerates across various industries. Meera now specialises in legal design.

Expertise

  • Legal design
  • Strategic design
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Private equity and venture capital
  • Funds management
  • Startups

Education and qualifications

  • International Business Design Management, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland (Master’s studies)
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Bond University, QLD, Australia
  • Université Catholique de Lyon, France (exchange semester)

Languages

  • English
  • French
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Daniel Stranius

Specialist Partner
tel. +358 44 333 0535
daniel.stranius@dottirlaw.com
Pohjoisesplanadi 35 Aa, FI-00100 Helsinki

Daniel advises clients in IT & technology law acting for both technology vendors as well as customers acquiring technology products and services both in the private and public sector.

He regularly assists domestic and international companies on a broad range of technology law matters such as IT outsourcing, procurement and delivery of business-critical IT systems and services, cloud services, software and IP licensing, open source, data protection, and gives advise relating to commercial contracts and their negotiations.

Daniel is an experienced commercial technology lawyer with broad understanding of the IT-business. Daniel has over 10 years of experience working in the technology-sector representing both customers and suppliers as an in-house counsel and as an attorney. DanieI has been involved in all kinds of technology related transactions and negotiations, and his approach is highly business- and result oriented.

Prior to joining Dottir, Daniel worked as a Senior Legal Counsel at Tieto Corporation, the biggest IT service company in the Nordics. For over 2 years Daniel worked for Tieto Sweden AB and was located in Stockholm. Having lived and worked both in Finland and Sweden Daniel has gained knowledge of two very strong technology focused markets.

Besides his extensive in-house experience, Daniel has also worked in three major law firms in Finland.

Expertise

  • Commercial contracts
  • IT & technology law
  • IT outsourcing
  • Intellectual property
  • Licensing
  • Open Source
  • Data protection
  • Corporate governance

Education and qualifications

  • LLM, University of Helsinki
  • Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria

Languages

  • Finnish
  • English
  • German
  • Swedish
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Tio Tikka

Associate
tel. +358 40 735 6510
tio.tikka@dottirlaw.com
Pohjoisesplanadi 35 Aa, FI-00100 Helsinki

Tio assists clients mainly with questions related to intellectual property and brands.

Tio is also an entrepreneur at a medium-size HORECA-corporation.

In addition to his Finnish LL.M degree, Tio has studied law at the University of Stockholm, Sweden and at the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Education and qualifications

  • LLM, University of Helsinki
  • University of Stockholm
  • Higher School of Economics St. Petersburg

Languages

  • Finnish
  • English
  • Swedish
  • Russian
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Edgar Tirado

Esq., Partner (US)
Tel. +1 619 913 9441
edgar@dottirlaw.com
Dottir LLP, 17998 Aguamiel Rd., San Diego, CA 941074
Cal. Bar # 254956

Edgar is a corporate attorney qualified to practice law in California, USA. He represents public and private companies in corporate and commercial matters ranging from M&A representation of acquirers and sellers in technology, entertainment and medical sectors to venture and debt financings, as well as commercial, joint venture and IP agreements.

Expertise

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Equity and debt financings
  • US expansion, representative office, foreign subsidiary, flip
  • Founder matters
  • Investor representation
  • Representation of both targets and acquirers in M&A matters
  • Commercial contracts and licensing
  • Full US legal services (litigation, IP, immigration, tax)

Education and qualifications

  • JD, University of Illinois College of Law
  • BS – Chemical Engineering, Kansas State University
  • Admitted to the bar, California, US

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
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Antti Toponen

Associate
tel. +358 50 342 4261
antti.toponen@dottirlaw.com
Pohjoisesplanadi 35 Aa, FI-00100 Helsinki

Antti advises clients on various corporate and contractual matters, private equity and venture capital investments as well as mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to joining Dottir, Antti has worked in a Finnish business law firm and in the Ministry of Justice. In addition to his studies at the University of Turku, Antti has also studied law at University of Kent.

Expertise

  • M&A
  • Private equity
  • Venture capital and startups
  • Ownership and equity structuring
  • Corporate law
  • Contract law
  • Space Law

Education and qualifications

  • LLM, University of Turku
  • Diploma in Law, University of Kent

Languages

  • Finnish
  • English
  • Swedish
  • German
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Sara Tuomala

Counsel
tel. +358 40 573 7439
sara.tuomala@dottirlaw.com
Pohjoisesplanadi 35 Aa, FI-00100 Helsinki

Sara advises clients on data protection, intellectual property, marketing and contractual matters.

Sara regularly provides practical advice regarding data security and privacy, including advice on the compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation.

Before Dottir, Sara worked as an in-house lawyer at Fazer, one of Finland's biggest food industry companies. Sara has also worked in the Intellectual Property practice of one of Finland's major law firms.

Expertise

  • Data protection
  • Cyber security
  • Trademarks and branding
  • Intellectual property
  • Intellectual property litigation
  • Marketing law
  • Commercial agreements
  • Information technology procurement and supply
  • Rights acquisition and licensing
  • Consumer protection and e-commerce

Education and qualifications

  • LLM, University of Helsinki

Languages

  • Finnish
  • English
  • Swedish
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Maria Wesander

Counsel
tel. +358 50 374 3543
maria.wesander@dottirlaw.com
Pohjoisesplanadi 35 Aa, FI-00100 Helsinki

Maria advises clients on corporate and contractual matters as well as dispute resolution.

Prior to joining Dottir, Maria has worked as a compliance officer at a major Nordic bank as well as in the M&A and banking & finance practices of a major Finnish law firm. Maria has also worked as a secondee at a listed construction company.

Expertise

  • Commercial agreements
  • Corporate law
  • Banking & finance
  • Compliance & financial regulation
  • Dispute resolution

Education and qualifications

  • LLM, University of Helsinki
  • University of Glasgow, Glasgow (exchange period)
  • Admitted to the Finnish bar

Languages

  • Finnish
  • Swedish
  • English
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  • Dot. legal design consultancy launches Paris office

  • Dottir launches a new Legal Tech and Legal Design brand, Dot.

  • Daniel Stranius to join Dottir

  • Dottir moves to new premises!

  • Article series in Business Insider Nordic

  • Legal handbook for startups published

We are very happy to announce that Daniel Stranius will be joining the Dottir family as a Specialist Partner.

Daniel is an acknowledged technology lawyer whose background includes working both in 1st tier tech law firms and most recently as an in-house counsel for the biggest IT service company in the Nordics. The last 2 years Daniel has lived and worked in Stockholm and has therefore gained knowledge and experience from two strong technology focused markets.

Link to Daniel’s bio: http://linkedin.com/in/danielstranius

“Daniel will strengthen especially the IT and Technology practices of Dottir and bring his extensive in-house experience for the benefit of our customers in the fast-paced tech market”, says Antti Innanen, the Managing Partner of Dottir.

”I could not be more thrilled about joining Dottir and in taking this next step in my career. I look forward to returning to the advisor’s role and to start working with Dottir’s impressive client base and expand it further. My in-house experience together with my business-oriented approach will be a great asset in this journey” says Daniel.

We welcome Daniel who will start his Dottir journey in early April!

Further information: Antti Innanen, Managing Partner, Dottir Attorneys Ltd tel. +358 45 603 8602 Antti.Innanen@dottirlaw.com

Daniel Stranius tel. +46 730 654 096

Dottir moves to new premises as of 1 January 2018. Our new address will be Pohjoisesplanadi 37, Helsinki.