We create legal solutions that help our bold clients to move the world forward.
Our experts provide legal services through independent offices in Helsinki, San Francisco and Berlin.
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.
Pekka Aho,Counsel, Helsinki
Pekka is a dispute resolution specialist with strong experience in litigation and international arbitration. Pekka is a leading expert in sports law. He has acted as counsel in over a hundred sports-related dispute resolution proceedings.
Since 2019, Pekka has acted as an arbitrator in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Pekka is also a mediator approved by the Finnish Bar Association.
Mariella Både-Landell,Partner (appointed), Helsinki
Mariella holds over ten years of experience in demanding banking and financing transactions. Mariella advises both borrowers and lenders in a wide range of bank financing, project financing and restructuring arrangements. She has been appraised by the clients for her practical and business-minded approach with a can-do, deal making attitude for getting the deal done.
Mariella is ranked as a Rising Star in IFLR1000 EMEA 2021 (Banking and Finance). Before joining Dottir, Mariella has worked in a major Finnish law firm.
Joonas Dammert,Senior Associate, Helsinki
Joonas is currently on leave of absence.
Joonas advises clients on privacy-, e-commerce and consumer protection law, IPR, regulatory matters and ICT/commercial contracts. He has been certified as an international privacy professional (CIPP/E).
Prior to joining Dottir, Joonas worked as an associate lawyer in an international law firm and as a trainee in some of the major Finnish law firms. Joonas holds an LLM degree from the University of Helsinki in addition to a bachelor degree in political sciences.
Katja Häkkinen,Counsel, Helsinki
Katja is on sabbatical until May 2023.
Katja advises clients on M&A, company law, venture capital and corporate governance.
Katja is a versatile M&A professional with several years experience in counselling on various kinds of international and domestic mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital investments and corporate law matters. Katja is a certified board member (HHJ) and has acted regularly as the secretary of the Board of Directors.
Prior to joining Dottir, Katja has worked at a leading Nordic law firm and an innovative legal services company in Helsinki. Katja has also background of sports advisory at the international hockey agency.
Niko Johansson,Partner (appointed), Helsinki
Niko has over ten years of experience in banking and financing transactions. Niko advises a wide variety of clients, ranging from leading banks and financial institutions to growth companies. Niko is a leading practitioner especially in bond issuances and private debt arrangements, as well as a trusted advisor for bank financing.
In addition, Niko advises clients in M&A and ECM transactions.
Juhani Jämsä,Associate, Helsinki
Juhani advises clients on banking and financing transactions, as well as various kinds of corporate matters.
Prior to joining Dottir, Juhani worked in the M&A practise of a major Finnish law firm.
Jesse Järvenpää,Senior Associate, Helsinki
Jesse advises our clients mainly on their contractual matters, technology and digitalisation, compliance and regulatory as well as data protection related matters. He has a versatile experience on various legal playgrounds.
Prior to joining Dottir, Jesse has worked at an international ICT company, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, at a major Finnish law firm’s technology and data practice and as a seconded legal counsel at Valio, Finland’s largest dairy and food company.
Aino Kimppa,Operations Manager, Helsinki
Aino supports the management and employees of Dottir in administrative tasks and coordinates activities required to run the office. Also, Aino has a major role in planning, coordinating and implementing internal processes and workflows.
Aino holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences.
Paula Kivelä,Finance Manager, Helsinki
Paula is the Finance 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.
Pihla Knaapila,People & Culture Manager, Helsinki
Pihla works as Dottir’s internal People & Culture Manager.
Pihla also advises clients on matters relating to employment, data protection and entertainment law.
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.
Anna Kuusi,Counsel, Head of dispute resolution, Helsinki
Anna is the head of Dottir’s dispute resolution practice advising clients and acting as counsel in a wide range of commercial and corporate disputes. Anna has notable experience of various sectors, incl. technology, construction, media and creative industries. Anna is an attorney and a member of the Finnish Bar. She is also trained on the bench.
Anna acts as counsel and as a mediator in mediation proceedings. She is also qualified to act as an arbitrator in commercial arbitration proceedings.
Viktor Kvist,Associate, Helsinki
Viktor advises clients on banking and financing transactions, private equity and venture capital investments, corporate matters and commercial contracts.
Prior to joining Dottir, Viktor has worked at a venture capital fund and in major law firms in Finland. Viktor speaks fluent Swedish, Finnish and English.
Samuel Kääriäinen,Partner, Helsinki
Samuel specializes in employment law and dispute resolution. In addition to representing employers in litigation and negotiations, Samuel’s daily work consists of advising employers on all types of personnel issues, such as matters relating to recruiting, terms of employment and benefits, employee data privacy, company restructurings as well as terminations of employment for both individual and collective reasons.
Samuel has been ranked in the field of employment law by Chambers and Partners, Legal500 and Who’s Who Legal.
Taija Laukkarinen-Muurman,Finance & Compliance Coordinator, Helsinki
Taija coordinates Dottir’s finance matters as well as compliance procedures, such as risk assessments, management of insider lists and KYC processes.
Prior to joining Dottir, Taija has worked in a major Finnish law firm as well as in a large northern European corporate bank. Taija holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences.
Jaakko Lindgren,Partner, 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. He has had a leading advisory role in multiple technology-driven M&A transactions and in venture capital investments in technology companies.
Jaakko is the former Chairman of the Finnish IT Law Association and a frequently requested chairman and speaker at various technology law seminars. He has been ranked by Chambers and Partners in the field of TMT in 2022 and in the field of FinTech in 2023.
Otto Lindholm,Counsel, Head of Data & Privacy, Helsinki
Otto is an accomplished technology and data lawyer. He is experienced in advising businesses on a wide range of technology-related matters, both contractual and regulatory, including those relating to outsourcing and transformation projects, data and platform driven businesses, software licensing and SaaS, IoT, and many other things digital.
Otto is a well-seasoned lawyer with over 10 years of experience as both an outside legal counsel and an in-house counsel. As an in-house counsel Otto has worked extensively in the industrial IoT and ad tech spaces.
Anni Murto-Koivisto,Senior Associate, Helsinki
Anni is a dispute resolution specialist with a particular focus on corporate law, post-M&A, and IP related disputes. Anni also advises our clients on general corporate and business law matters, for example board advisory and commercial contracts.
Anni is an attorney and a member of the Finnish Bar Association. She is trained on the bench, and also acts as a mediator in commercial mediation proceedings.
Emma Mäkeläinen,Associate, Helsinki
Emma is on secondment until 31 December 2023.
Emma advises clients on all employment law related matters, including dispute resolution. In addition to employment advice, Emma’s work consists of advising clients on data protection especially within working life as well as corporate law and transactions.
Prior to joining Dottir, Emma has worked in major law firms in Finland as well as within the banking industry. Emma is a licensed legal counsel in Finland.
Pyry Niikkonen,Associate, Helsinki
Pyry advises clients on intellectual property law related matters, with particular focus on copyright, brand protection and IP contracts. In addition, Pyry works on matters related to information technology and has special knowledge in Web3, crypto, blockchain and other emerging technologies.
Prior to joining Dottir, Pyry worked as a trainee in some of the major Finnish law firms, as well as in Finnish Composers' Copyright Society Teosto.
Juha Nurminen,Partner, Helsinki
Juha is known for his client-centric and business-minded approach to transactions and dynamic deal making capacity. In addition to his extensive M&A experience he also has experience in capital markets transactions, especially of IPOs and public tender offers.
Juha is ranked as a Rising Star in Capital Markets and M&A in Finland by IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate 2020. Before joining Dottir in 2019, Juha worked as an M&A partner in a major Finnish law firm. In addition to his LL.M. degree, Juha is also a M.Sc. in Finance.
Noora Ollitervo,Associate, Helsinki
Noora advises clients on various assignments related to employment law and dispute resolution. In addition, Noora has a special interest in sustainability and legal matters related to the media and entertainment industry.
Prior to joining Dottir, Noora has worked as a trainee in a leading independent Finnish film and television production company as well as in a major international conservation organisation.
Jukka Pello,Partner, Helsinki
Jukka is an experienced technology lawyer with a particular focus on the ICT and media sectors. He assists domestic and international technology vendors as well as customers acquiring technology products and services e.g. in IT outsourcing, software development and licensing. He also regularly advises on technology intensive investments, M&A transactions and public procurement engagements.
In addition to the contractual and transactional work, Jukka’s practice covers litigation and arbitration across the fields of his expertise. He also has a strong track record in court mediation proceedings and out-of-court settlements.
Aino Pöytäniemi,Associate, Helsinki
Aino advises clients on all intellectual property law related matters, including marketing law matters, brand protection and commercial contracts.
Prior to joining Dottir, Aino has worked in major law firms in Finland as well as in the global sports company adidas in the Netherlands.
Antti Rajamäki,Counsel, Helsinki
Antti specializes in employment law and advises clients on all employment law related matters, including dispute resolution and litigation. In addition to day-to-day employment advise, Antti advises clients among other in transaction related employment matters, company restructurings and co-operation proceedings, terminations of employment, occupational safety matters, collective bargaining agreements related questions and employment and director agreements.
Antti is also a frequent lecturer on various employment related topics.
Johanna Rantanen,Managing Partner, Helsinki
Johanna is the Managing Partner of Dottir. She has over 10 years of experience in assisting companies of all sizes in various technology and IP related legal matters, ranging from commercial contracts and regulatory advice to transactions and corporate law questions. Johanna's practice is focused on contract law 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 is ranked by IP Stars as Transactions star 2022. Johanna was also nominated in 2022 in the Financial Times' Most Innovative Lawyers Awards as Innovative Leader.
Mia Rintasalo,Associate, Helsinki
Mia advices clients on fund formation, financial and technology related regulation, capital market transactions, corporate matters and venture capital investments.
Prior to joining Dottir, Mia has worked in major law firms in Finland and in New York.
Juha Rönkä,Counsel, Helsinki
Juha is a business-minded lawyer with extensive experience on clients’ employment law related day-to-day needs. Besides legal and HR related knowledge, Juha has gained valuable insights from board memberships and other positions of trust.
Prior to joining Dottir, Juha has worked in several in-house roles at VR Group Ltd., including Head of HR Legal and HR Manager for two of the Group's business divisions. Besides his in-house experience, Juha has also worked for employer unions as a specialist.
Tanja Sallinen,Event & Project Coordinator, Helsinki
Tanja organises and coordinates all Dottir's internal and external events. Tanja also assists Dottir's employees in administrative and other support tasks.
Tanja holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.
Rasheka Scott,Counsel, Head of IP, Helsinki
Rasheka is the head of Dottir’s intellectual property practice with over 13 years of experience handling intellectual property, commercial contracts, data protection and immigration law matters. Rasheka advises on branding, copyright and marketing law issues, trademark and design rights registration and protection and has extensive experience of anti-counterfeiting work for luxury brands.
Prior to joining Dottir, Rasheka has worked at a major Finnish law firm, a patent firm and an innovative legal services company in Helsinki. Rasheka also has a law degree from University of Bristol and is a Member of the Board of UNICEF Finland. Rasheka speaks fluent English, Finnish and French.
Kyösti Siltala,Partner, 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. Kyösti was the Chairman of the Finnish Industrial Lawyers' Association from 2006 to 2010.
Daniel Stranius,Partner, Helsinki
Daniel advises clients on a broad range of IT & technology law matters, such as IT outsourcing, procurement and delivery of business-critical IT systems and services and gives advise relating to commercial contracts and their negotiations.
Daniel is an experienced commercial technology lawyer with almost 15 years of experience working in the technology sector as an in-house counsel and as an attorney. Daniel is a member of the board of the Finnish IT Law Association and is ranked as a Recommended Lawyer in Finland in the field of Information Technology by Who's Who Legal.
Daniel is the exclusive winner of the Lexology Client Choice Award 2021 in the IT & Internet category in Finland.
Anne Syrjä-Lounakoski,Marketing & Project Coordinator, Helsinki
Anne coordinates Dottir’s marketing activities. Anne works with content creation for Dottir's website and social media channels and ensures that Dottir's marketing processes run smoothly. Anne also assists Dottir's lawyers with sales materials and other support tasks.
Anne holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences.
Diana Truong,IP and People & Culture Coordinator, Helsinki
Diana supports Dottir's IP team in brand protection and IP admin matters. Diana also assists Dottir's lawyers with legal assignments and other support tasks. Prior to joining Dottir, Diana worked as a trainee in a major Finnish law firm as well as in the Finnish Patent and Registration Office.
Diana holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Laurea University of Applied Sciences.
Mark Turunen,Senior Associate, Helsinki
Mark advises on a wide variety of transactions and corporate law matters with a focus on domestic and cross-border M&A as well as private equity and venture capital investments.
Before joining Dottir in 2019, Mark was an M&A associate at another international law firm in Helsinki.
Sami Töyräs,Associate, Helsinki
Sami advises clients on M&A, dispute resolution and corporate matters.
Before joining Dottir, Sami worked in a major Finnish law firm.
Annukka Valén,Senior Associate, Helsinki
Annukka specialises in dispute resolution, particularly within technology, media and corporate law sectors. Annukka has acted as counsel in a wide range of commercial disputes before the public courts as well as domestic and international arbitral tribunals. Annukka’s practice covers white collar crime proceedings, and she frequently advises both corporations and individuals on regulatory and criminal matters.
Annukka is an attorney and a member of the Finnish Bar Association. She is trained on the bench.
Janne Valo,Senior Associate, Helsinki
Janne advises clients on data protection and ICT contracts as well as regulatory matters on information technology and cyber security.
Prior to joining Dottir, Janne worked as a data protection consultant. In addition to a law degree from the University of Helsinki, he holds a M.Sc. in Economics and Business Administration from Aalto University.
Maria Velasquez,Associate, Helsinki
Maria specialises in international arbitration with a particular emphasis on technology, energy, and construction disputes. Maria’s previous experience includes a variety of national and international arbitration proceedings (both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations) as well as civil and criminal proceedings before the public courts.
In addition to her Finnish LLM, Maria also holds LLB and LLM degrees from England. Maria is a licensed legal counsel in Finland.
Sebastian Vuoritsalo,Associate, Helsinki
Sebastian advises clients on various kinds of transactions with particular focus on private equity and venture capital investments. Sebastian also assists clients in fund formation and investment management matters.
Prior to joining Dottir, Sebastian worked in the private equity and venture capital practice of a major Finnish law firm.
Maria Wesander,Counsel, Helsinki
Maria advises clients mainly on a broad range of commercial contractual matters, information technology, compliance, employment law and dispute resolution. Maria has extensive knowledge and experience about market abuse and anti-money laundering legislation and practices.
Prior to joining Dottir, Maria has worked as a compliance officer at Danske 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 listed construction company SRV Oyj.
Tobias Salomon,Partner, 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.
Pietari Gröhn,Partner, San Francisco
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.
Katariina Salomaa,Paralegal, San Francisco
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.
Edgar Tirado,Partner, San Francisco
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.