Tapio Väätäinen

Mobile: +358 (0)50 382 7907
Tel. +358 (0)50 334 3341

Dispute Resolution Partner Tapio Väätäinen has acted as a counsel in several landmark civil litigation and corporate crime related proceedings, as well as in many complex arbitration procedures. Tapio has extensive experience in disputes relating to the civil and commercial law aspects of contracts and agreements, corporate disputes and disputes relating to insolvencies and financing.

For example, Tapio acted successfully as counsel for Kesko Corporation group company Kestra Kiinteistöpalvelut Oy in an arbitration procedure regarding the future finance of Fennovoima Oy´s Hanhikivi nuclear power plant project. Tapio has also acted as counsel for Skanska Asfaltti Oy in the follow-on damages trial before the District Court of Helsinki and the Helsinki Court of Appeal in the asphalt cartel. In addition, Tapio has several times acted as a counsel in the Finnish Supreme Court, in the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, in administrative courts and in the Market Court.

Tapio is also experienced in various kinds of liability and tort issues, and has e.g. successfully represented clients in liability cases involving boards of directors and auditors. Tapio’s expertise in white-collar crime defence has been utilised in investigations and in the subsequent criminal proceedings. Tapio has, by Finnish standards, rare expertise in niche areas such as aviation law and anti-dumping regulation and related proceedings. Tapio has also acted as an advocate in director and employment contract related proceedings concerning termination, reward and malpractices. Tapio advises clients also in compliance-related matters. He commonly gives lectures on occupational safety and has acted as a trustee in various bankruptcy estates.


  • Legal 500: “Tapio Väätäinen, valuable when the going gets tough”.
  • Best Lawyers (2016): Tapio Väätäinen ranked in Arbitration and Mediation, Litigation and Labor and Employment Law
  • Chambers Europe and Global, Dispute Resolution (2017): “Clients describe Tapio Väätäinen as “reliable and hard working.” He focuses on civil and criminal law matters, as well as arbitration and has particular expertise in white-collar crime and competition law matters.”
  • Chambers Europe and Global (2016): “Tapio Väätäinen is an experienced litigator, advising clients on civil and criminal proceedings. Areas of expertise include contractual disputes and damages claims linked to corporate, employment and competition law. He is appreciated by clients, with one interviewee stating: “He’s really a true treasure, I’m so happy we found him.” He is also experienced in arbitration.”
  • Chambers Europe and Global (2015): “Tapio Väätäinen co-heads the department and is regularly instructed in criminal law cases and employment-related litigation. Arbitration is also an area of notable activity, representing both domestic and international clients in proceedings under a variety of rules. His expertise also covers disputes related to insolvency, contracts and IP.”
  • Chambers Europe and Global (2014): “Tapio Väätäinen is a well-regarded litigator who acts on a broad range of contentious matters, frequently involving competition, employment and criminal law issues. Alongside displaying a visible presence in the arbitration market, he is co-head of the department.”
  • Chambers Europe (2013): “Tapio Väätäinen is highly respected by clients for his litigation work, especially in contractual disputes.”

Positions of Trust and Memberships

  • Member of the Economy and Tax Committee of Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce
  • Chairman of the Joint Audit Committee of Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce and Häme Chamber of Commerce 2013-2015
  • Member of the Law and Tax Committee of Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce 2001-2012
  • The Finnish Arbitration Association
  • The Finnish Competition Law Association
  • The Finnish Intellectual Property Rights Association
  • The Finnish Bar Association


  • Mentula & Väätäinen Attorneys Ltd, Dispute Resolution Partner 2017-
  • Merilampi Attorneys Ltd., Co-Head of Dispute Resolution practice group, Partner 2010-2017, Specialist Counsel 2005-2009, Senior Associate 2000 – 2004, Associate 1999-2000
  • Turku Chamber of Commerce, Lawyer 1998-1999
  • Pekka Heikkilä Attorneys at Law Ltd., Lawyer 1996-1998
  • District Court of Kauhava, Judge Trainee 1995-1996


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