Tom has a wealth of experience in complex commercial litigation and arbitration

Tom is a partner based in our Helsinki office. He leads Finland’s Dispute Resolution Group. Tom handles a wide variety of commercial civil litigation and arbitration cases as well as white collar crime cases. Tom also acts as arbitrator nominated by parties or arbitration institutes. Tom advises leading domestic and international companies on a wide range of non-contentious and contentious matters in several sectors.

He is especially active in contractual matters, such as distribution, purchase/sale, cooperation, joint ventures, leasing, employment, intellectual property, information technology and non-disclosure agreements and generally facilitating successful business arrangements to clients.

Tom is Finland’s leading expert in non-contentious and contentious matters relating to trade secrets.  He is also the author of Trade Secrets and Non Disclosure Agreements, the only legal handbook on this subject in Finland. He has also written the article “Computer Program Source Code Escrow” in a Finnish legal review. Tom regularly lectures at legal seminars on matters relating to dispute resolution, trade secrets and contract law.

Tom is ranked as one of the top lawyers in Finland amongst dispute resolution in the most notable international directories (EMEA Legal 500, Chambers and Partners and the Best Lawyers in Finland).

Tom is a member of International Chambers of Commerce’s (ICC) Commission on International Arbitration, ICC’s Commission on Commercial law and Practice, the Finnish Association for Arbitration. He was for several years the Chairman of Finland’s Bar Association’s expert group on civil litigation and a member of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Task Force on Confidentiality Agreements, which created an international Model Confidentiality Agreement.

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Lawyer Testimonials
  1. "Tom Vapaavuori's practice covers disputes regarding distribution, employment, IT, IP and non-disclosure agreements and he is additionally noted for his strong focus on trade secrets cases."

    Chambers Global 2017
  2. "Very reliable"

    EMEA Legal 500 2017
  3. "'skilful litigator,' who 'defends his clients very intently and effectively.' He takes a practical approach in every matter; he doesn't try to complicate things"

    Chambers Global, Dispute resolution, 2015