Risto Sipilä

Risto Sipilä

Senior Counsel Bird & Bird Finland


Risto has in-depth experience of complex construction and real estate disputes and is highly acclaimed by clients. 

Risto is Senior Counsel in our International Dispute Resolution Group, based in Helsinki.

Risto has wealth of experience in advising on dispute resolution matters as well as construction and real estate law matters. 

He regularly advises clients in dispute resolution matters in various fields of law and across all business sectors. He is specialised in construction and real estate matters as well as in construction and real estate related disputes and pre-dispute management as well as energy and utilities. He also acts as an arbitrator.

Risto is well known in the legal industry in Finland and was  nominated "Lawyer of the Year – Construction" in Finland by Best Lawyers 2018. He is also known for the numerous positions of trust he has held over the years. Risto has acted as the President of the Finnish Bar Association (2013–2016) and before that, as the Vice President and board member of the Finnish Bar Association, President of the Helsinki Bar Association and as a member of the board of the Association of Finnish Lawyers. Furthermore, Risto has represented the Finnish Bar Association in the CCBE (The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe) and the IBA (International Bar Association). 

Risto holds an LL.M. from the University of Helsinki. He was trained on the bench at district court of Orimattila in 1993. He has been a member of the Finnish Bar since 1995. Prior to joining Bird & Bird, he worked for another major Finnish law firm, and has formerly worked for a law firm in the US as well.

Risto is fluent in Finnish and English. He is a frequent lecturer on construction and real estate law. He is a member of the Finnish Education Board of Judges.

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  1. "Acknowledged as one of Finland’s leading Real Estate & Construction legal experts"

    Chambers Europe 2015, Real estate