Pauliina Tenhunen

Partner, Member of the Finnish Bar

I have worked for Castrén & Snellman for over 25 years. In addition to my work as an attorney, I have served as our firm’s managing partner and chaired the board of directors. I enjoy assisting our clients, solving legal problems and participating in continuously developing our firm to become a better place to work.

During my career, I have specialised in insolvency law. I have handled insolvency matters extensively from different perspectives; I have assisted creditors and debtors, acted as an estate administrator in bankruptcy proceedings and as an administrator in restructuring proceedings. I have been a long-time member of the Advisory Board for Bankruptcy Affairs (2010–2018), where we have drafted recommendations concerning good practice for estate administrators and receivers.

My other practice area is corporate law, particularly corporate governance issues. I regularly act as a chairperson at general meetings. I was the chairperson of a working group that renewed the Finnish Corporate Governance Code in 2020.

I have also acted as counsel in trials and arbitration proceedings where the disputes have concerned, particularly, management liability, recovery actions, squeeze-outs and various matters related to damages claims or contracts. I have also served as an arbitrator.

I want to be our clients’ trusted partner during change. I strive to find solutions, and I am not afraid of new situations.

In addition to my assignment work, my roles as chairperson of our firm’s board and the head of our Restructuring & Insolvency as well as Corporate Governance services add a spark to my work. My mission is to encourage my colleagues to achieve peak performance. I want to develop our firm and cherish the Castrén Spirit. My favourite of our firm’s values is the Spark, which arises out of trust, interaction and professional ambition as well as our dreams.

I have actively participated in various organisations. The most educational and interesting roles for me have included the various roles I have had in the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) and my role as a member of the AIJA board from 2008 to 2010. I have also been a member (2013) and the chairperson (2016-2018) of the Redemption Committee of the Finland Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Advisory Board for Bankruptcy Affairs. I am currently a member of the board of the Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce, a member of the board of the Finnish Fair Foundation, a member of the Supervisory Board of Ilmarinen and a member of the Council of the Finland Chamber of Commerce.

I am happy to share my expertise and experiences; for example, I have lectured widely on insolvency topics and corporate law issues, and recently I have also lectured about leadership.