I am senior counsel at Bird & Bird and the head of our Privacy and Data Protection group in Helsinki, where I advise our local and international clients on complex privacy issues.

As a leading European expert on data protection, my practice offers detailed privacy advice on a range of matters including the development of new products and services, the review and negotiation of contracts, and the drafting of policies and review of campaigns. I also advise our clients on Finnish and international GDPR projects, including the implementation of global data management strategies, international data transfers and local data protection compliance.

Taking an innovative approach to my practice, I regularly develop new data protection-specific services for our clients, such as the DPO back up and support service, and joint training programmes with legal and IT experts.

Before joining the team here at Bird & Bird in 2016, I was a senior legal counsel at Microsoft and Nokia in a global privacy role, heading the Microsoft Mobile privacy programme, among others. This senior in-house experience, lasting over eight years, has provided me with unique, insider knowledge of our clients' needs, and included advising on all matters of privacy compliance, with privacy impact assessments, guideline drafting as well as incident handling.

Today I am a truly international practitioner, as the only data protection lawyer in Finland who is a member of two bar associations – both in Finland and Germany. I work on behalf of clients who are typically based in several countries and so benefit from my language skills, cross-border experience and European connections.

I am a member of the European Advisory Board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and co-chair the Cambridge Privacy Forum, a conference for senior privacy professionals. As a Docent of Information Law at two universities, I also contribute to privacy publications on data protection issues. I am the only Finnish legal practitioner to have been accepted as a Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

I am fluent in English, German and Finnish.

Education
  • PhD, University of Helsinki, 2008
  • Juristisches Staatsexamen, OLG Dresden (Germany), 2003
  • Juristisches Staatsexamen, Universität Freiburg (Germany), 2001
Admissions
  • Attorney-at-law, the Finnish Bar Association 2016 (included on the EU Register)
  • Rechtsanwalt, German (Koblenz) Bar Association 2016