Counsel, Member of the Finnish and New York Bar, LL.M.
I have worked as an environmental, energy and permitting lawyer for over 10 years. I started my career in the public sector and moved over to private practice in late 2005. I have been involved in various kinds of infrastructure projects, industrial development projects, transactions and day-to-day permitting and environmental liability matters.
In 2007, I decided to continue my legal education by taking a LL.M degree from the Duke University School of Law, and graduated from Duke in 2008. At that time, I also decided to sit for the New York Bar and am one of a handful of Finnish attorneys that are admitted to practice also in New York. This additional education has helped me particularly in understanding how clients that come from a common law environment see the Finnish legal system, and yes, Duke blue will always remain the only kind of blue for me.
Together with the team in our environment, infrastructure and natural resource practice group I have been I involved in several 'first for Finland' projects including the permitting process for the Finnish leg of the Nord Stream AG pipelines. Still, many of the most interesting and challenging assignments that I have worked on over the years have been small day-to-day permitting and liability matters including problems as unique as frogs having taken up residence in an area intended for development.
Having grown up in the small mining town of Pargas in the southwest of Finland, where you could and still can tell the time by the detonations in the lime stone quarry, I have always had a strong interest in the mining industry. I strive to find solutions that will work for you from a practical perspective as well from a legal and a business perspective, and note that that sometimes requires looking at completely new and unorthodox approaches.
Currently, I act as the chairperson of the Finnish Bar Association's expert group in environmental law.
Languages: Swedish, Finnish, English, Italian