Veikko Puolakainen

Attorney-at-law, Partner
Head of Business Dispute Resolution

+372 610 8013
+372 517 5683

Dispute Resolution
Public Procurement
Relations with State, Policy Development, Research
Enforcement, Reorganisation and Bankruptcy Proceedings
IT and Cybersecurity
Employment relations


Veikko Puolakainen has worked in the legal field since 1998 with experience as a corporate lawyer, as well as an attorney in a small and medium-sized law office.

Before joining Law Office NOVE, Veikko worked in the Litigation Team of one of the leading law offices in the Baltic region Law Office SORAINEN for six years.

Veikko is particularly focused on civil and administrative litigation, and has represented clients in all court instances in the Republic of Estonia. In addition, he has represented clients before extrajudicial dispute resolution bodies (such as Lease Committee, Labour Dispute Committee) and in challenge proceedings.

An important part of his work has revolved around different disputes related to the law of obligations (disputes resulting from contractual and extra-contractual relations), corporate law (disputes between shareholders, responsibilities of the board members), as well as real estate and construction law.

Veikko is also highly experienced in disputes concerning bankruptcy and enforcement proceedings (including representing clients in bankruptcy proceedings and in cross-border proceedings). He has also dealt with specific misdemeanour procedures in the financial law field (representing a client in a capital market manipulation case).

Veikko also has significant experience in recognition proceedings of court resolutions from abroad. Veikko has been involved in several major cases which have resulted as precedent cases in the Supreme Court of Estonia, thus having an impact to the current legal practice.

Veikko as a highly appreciated legal adviser has been recommended by prominent international publications giving reviews of legal markets, for ex:

• Best Lawyers, concerning litigations, but also in the fields of bankruptcy act and reorganisation act.
• Legal 500, concerning dispute resolution: „Senior associate Veikko Puolakainen has wide experience and convincing court room presence“.

Work experience

2016-... Law Office NOVE, Attorney-at-law, Partner
2010–2016 Law Office SORAINEN, Attorney-at-law
2008–2009 Law Office Mägi Kraavi ja Partnerid, Attorney-at-law
2002–2007 Law Office Maire Arm, Lawyer, Attorney
2001–2002 AS Elumaja, Lawyer
1998–2001 Harju Tarbijate Ühistu, Lawyer


2004 Nord Academy, MA in Law
1998 The Estonian Academy of Security Sciences, Preliminary Investigation


Estonian Bar Association


  • Legal 500 Leading Individual in dispute resolution practice area 2024, 2023:
    “Veikko Puolakainen is positive and professional in urgent matters.”
    “Veikko Puolakainen has a solid experience and great reputation in dispute resolution. He is our go-to person in case we have high value and time critical legal problems to solve.”


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