Kaija Riismaa

Senior Associate
+372 610 8016
+372 5815 0388

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and Corporate Law
General Contract Law
Construction and Real Estate


Kaija Riismaa is specialized in negotiating transactions and drafting transaction documents, as well as advising clients on pre-trial dispute resolution.

Kaija mainly advises clients on matters related to corporate law. She is  focused on advising clients in preparing and negotiating merger and acquisition transactions (at all stages of the transaction) and regulating shareholder relationships (including shareholder agreements, entry/exit conditions of shareholders, disputes between shareholders). In addition, she has considerable experience in planning and conducting restructuring of different types of companies, as well as in preparing and conducting various corporate events.

Kaija has extensive experience with transactions related to real estate. She advises clients mostly on transferring the ownership of real estate, encumbering real estate with limited real rights (e.g. right of building right, usufruct, servitudes, etc.), and leasing business premises. As regards to lease agreements, Kaija has experience regarding office space, storage space, retail space, catering, sports facility as well as mines and forest land.

Kaija has also considerable experience with preparing other type of contracts, such as employment contract, option contract, license agreement, authorisation agreement, contract for services, partnership agreement, consortium agreement, etc.

Before heading to private sector, Kaija worked for six years as an advisor at the Private Law Division of the Legislative Policy Department of the Ministry of Justice. During that time Kaija took part in drafting of several legal acts, for example, drafting the Employment Contracts Act, transposition of the Consumer Credit Directive and the Consumer Rights Directive (distance contracts and off-premises contracts) into the Law of Obligations Act, amendment of the provisions of non-patrimonial damage in the Law of Obligations Act, etc. Her duties included also formation of Estonia’s position and the representation thereof in the working groups of the European Commission and the Council of the European Union which focused on issues related to contract law, such as the initiative for Common European Sales Law.

Work experience

2016–... Law Office NOVE, attorney-at-law
2013–2016 Law Office SORAINEN, lawyer, attorney
2011–2012 The European Commission, Directorate-General for Justice, national expert
2007–2013 Ministry of Justice, Private Law Division of the Legislative Policy Department, advisor


2008–2010 University of Tartu, Estonia, MA in Law
2007 University of Konstanz, exchange studies
2004–2008 University of Tartu, Estonia, BA in Law


Estonian, English, German


Estonian Bar Association


Raamatupidaja.ee: Mida töötajate lähetamisel silmas pidada, 6. okt 2014
Äripäev: Korteri paberil ostul on parim kaitse eelleping, 5. okt 2014
A Guide to Hiring and Firing in Estonia, 18. jun 2014
Handbuch der Europäischen Aktiengesellschaft – Societas Europea -, 2. Auflage, Jannott/Frodermann, 2014 (Eestit puudutav osa)
Õiguskeel: Koduukselepingust väljaspool äriruume sõlmitavaks lepinguks, 6. nov 2013,
Äripäev: Laenuintressid võivad hakata viivist tootma, 7. okt 2009