Bird & Bird Attorneys Ltd. is delighted to announce the appointment of Risto Sipilä as senior counsel in the Dispute Resolution Group, based in the Helsinki office


Risto has wealth of experience advising on dispute resolution matters as well as construction and real estate law matters. He is well known in the legal industry in Finland, and for the numerous positions of trust he has held over the years. Risto has previously acted as the President of the Finnish Bar Association (2013–2016) and before that, as the Vice President of the Finnish Bar Association, President of the Helsinki Bar Association and a member of the board of the Association of Finnish Lawyers. Furthermore, Risto has represented the Finnish Bar Association actively in CCBE (The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe) and IBA (International Bar Association).

Prior to joining Bird & Bird, Risto worked for another major Finnish law firm, and has formerly worked for US based law firm as well.

Tom Vapaavuori, Head of the Dispute Resolution Group, Bird & Bird Finland comments: "Risto is highly regarded across the dispute resolution community. His experience and knowledge of dispute resolution as well as real estate matters adds true value to our clients seeking legal advice for issues in these areas."

Risto added: "I am very happy to be joining Bird & Bird's Dispute Resolution and Real Estate practice groups and looking forward to working with my new colleagues around the firm."