Ulla is an experienced practitioner within corporate and commercial litigation and arbitration, including disputes relating to mergers and acquisitions, shareholders’ agreements, tax, construction and various kinds of liability and damages claims. She has also extensive experience in advising clients in compliance matters and internal investigations, e.g. securities markets, business secrets and anti-corruption related issues, and in general corporate advisory. Ulla advises clients in a number of complex business disputes also before special courts and handles major criminal court proceedings and matters relating to corporate criminal liability and white-collar crime. Ulla serves regularly as arbitrator in various kinds of business disputes and also in redemption and as a mediator in commercial disputes. She also is a mediator accredited by the Finnish Bar Association.
Advised a multinational listed company in misconduct-related cross-border internal investigation and related liability matters.
Represented a multinational company providing e-platform solutions in a post-transaction dispute related to breaches of the seller’s warranties.
Represented a listed, multinational company providing digital solutions in a supply agreement related dispute against another listed company.
Advised a company in misconduct-related cross-border internal investigation and related liability matters.
Represented a multinational real estate property development company in a major construction dispute against a contractor.
Represented a company providing energy solutions in a corporate crime case based on suspected environmental offence, and in related damages claims.
Represented a real estate investment company against a multinational warranty and indemnity (W&I) insurer in a post-transaction dispute related to the seller’s breach of disclosure and the coverage of the W&I insurance.
Represented a trade association in a dispute against a listed company, relating to unfair market practice under the Act on the Regulation of Contract Terms between Businesses (1062/1993).
Represented a mobile gaming company in a case concerning an application for injunction before the Finnish Market Court. The Market Court rejected the application lodged against our client.
Represented a major Finnish company in a high-profile, complex construction related litigation regarding a 20 MEUR claim for damages.
Represented a former employee of a Finnish listed company in a court case related to trading of complex financial instruments. The case concerned 34 MEUR claim for damages and charges of misuse of position of trust.
Represented a former CEO and a member of the board of a Finnish subsidiary of a global group company against damages claim amounting to over 25 MEUR and bankruptcy related criminal charges.
Represented a Finnish industrial manufacturing and development company in arbitration proceedings related to an earn-out clause in a share purchase agreement.
Represented a Finnish subsidiary of a global chemical development and industry group of companies in arbitration proceedings under FAI Rules related to a share purchase agreement, in particular the earn-out clause therein.
Represented a Finnish insurance company in arbitration proceedings under FAI Rules related to termination of a cooperation agreement.
Represented a Finnish real estate investment company in a debt collection case involving complex judicial issues. The case was finally decided by the Finnish Supreme Court.
Represented a Finnish financial management company in a dispute regarding a claim for damages, heard and decided finally by the Finnish Supreme Court, based on the marketing of certain financial products and investor duty of care.
Represented a private investor, chairman of the board, against a damages claim amounting to over 12 MEUR and business secrets related criminal charges.
Represented an industrial sales and development company in arbitration proceedings under FAI Rules, related to an earn-out clause in a share purchase agreement.
Represented a Finnish company providing defense, security and aviation life-cycle support services and technology solutions in a landmark case with regard to corporate criminal liability and related to an alleged aggravated bribery of foreign public officials in connection with supplying defense material to a foreign state.
Represented an international engineering and electronics group company in a Market Court litigation related to marketing of products and unfair business practices.
Advised a company within energy business in a dispute regarding a major claim for damages based on an electricity disturbance in its customer’s production plants.
Advised a Finnish company in a dispute related to termination of an agent contract of a cross-border nature.
Advised a foreign technology company in a commercial dispute regarding an IT system related supply contract.
Represented a Finnish subsidiary of a global industrial manufacturing and development group of companies in criminal court cases related to the misuse of our client’s business secrets.
Represented a former director of a development company in a police investigation regarding an alleged fraud and misuse of public funding in connection with a major cross-border real estate project.
Represented a major Finnish retail company, as a plaintiff, in a landmark criminal court case regarding suspected bribery in business.
Continuous advisory of corporate clients in board and management liability cases.
Continuous advisory of corporate clients with regard to cross-border and national compliance related issues, conflict management situations, internal and external investigations, corporate and white-collar crime related matters as well as criminal court proceedings with a special focus on anti-corruption, business secrets and securities market issues.
Served as sole arbitrator in ad hoc and institutional proceedings (including proceedings under FAI expedited arbitration rules) in various commercial disputes including e.g. share purchase agreements and consultancy agreements. Acted as arbitrator and trustee in redemption proceedings concerning the minority shares of public limited and limited liability companies, including the Chairman of the Tribunal appointment in the redemption proceedings concerning the shares of Amer Sports Plc.
Avance Attorneys Ltd, Partner 2015–
Hannes Snellman, Specialist Partner (2009–2014)
Hannes Snellman, Senior Associate (2003–2009)
Hannes Snellman, Associate Lawyer (2002–2003)
Associate Lawyer in other law firms (1992–2002)
Trained on the Bench, 1991–1992
Master of Laws, University of Helsinki, 1990
Ulla Vuokila is recognised in the “Leading individuals” category in Dispute resolution.
“Partner Ulla Vuokila is an expert in Dispute Resolution, and she always does her best to find the most suitable resolution to the conflict. She has the ability to look at a question from different aspects and anticipate the next steps. In our business the best solution is seldom a trial if we can find a satisfactory solution on a pre-trial phase. Partner Ulla Vuokila is an excellent negotiator both pre-trial and during the litigation, and she is very discreet and elegant attorney to co-operate with.”
“Ulla Vuokila has long term experience in the W&I claim resolution space.”
The Legal 500 2023
“Ulla is an expert in dispute resolution. She always tries to find the best and most suitable way forward for her clients. Her understanding of commercial life and media communication is remarkable.”
Chambers Europe & Global 2023
“Ulla Vuokila is a highly professional lawyer and expert in Dispute Resolution. She always tries to find the best and most suitable way to go forward for her clients. Her understanding of commercial life and communication in media is remarkable. In addition to her own expertise, she co-operates with other professionals from other branches at Avance. She also has very good contacts to get expert opinions from specialists, for example professors, whenever needed. Ulla Vuokila is also very discreet and elegant in person and always available to help as needed.”
“Ulla Vuokila has solid experience in litigation, excellent communication skills, and is easy to approach.”
The Legal 500 2022
Ulla Vuokila of Avance Attorneys acts on construction disputes and industrial espionage cases and has additional experience in insurance disputes. One client reports that “she always tries to find the best and most suitable way forward.” Another remarks that her communication is “very clear and straightforward.”
Chambers Europe 2022
“Prompt advice. A true professional. She provides solutions, not problems.”
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