I founded Sorainen in 1995 and am the senior partner of the firm. Born and educated in Finland, I became excited about the Baltic States as soon as they regained independence in August 1991. I then decided to write my master’s thesis at the University of Lapland about the business laws of these three countries and the thesis attracted considerable attention in Finland. It was not long before large corporations began to call for my advice and thus I decided to move to Estonia in 1993 to practice law.
Building one team in four countries. I consider my main achievement the opportunity to build a fully integrated law firm from scratch in the three Baltic States and Belarus. This firm has grown organically to 33 partners and in total over 200 lawyers with integrated legal practice and sector groups, firm-wide leadership, quality management processes and business support services.
Balancing roles. While I spend much of my time today leading the firm’s strategic development, I continue to deepen my skills by advising corporations, mainly in the fields of mergers & acquisitions (M&A) and real estate transactions. I’m proud about being ranked as “eminent practitioner” in Chambers Global.
Active in society. I was a member of the Supervisory Board of Tartu University from 2010 to 2015 and co-chairman of the Law Firm Management Committee at the International Bar Association in 2015 and 2016. I actively support the social enterprise Noored Kooli (TeachFirst) and have been honorary consul of Malta in Estonia since 2003.
Knight’s Cross of Finland. I was honoured to receive the Knight’s Cross, First Class, of the Order of the Lion of Finland from Finnish President Sauli Niinistö in 2015 for two decades of work in developing relations between Estonia and Finland and for supporting Finnish businesses in the Baltic-Belarusian region.
Personal passions. I have a special interest in history and law firm management, the latter of which I consider to be not only work, but a lifestyle. Running a family farm in my free time feeds my natural interest to support our clients in the food, agriculture and forestry sectors.
- Courses abroad on law firm management, M&A and International Business Law.
- Harvard Business School, Executive Education, USA (Course on law firm management), 2008.
- Scils Finland in cooperation with the International University of Monaco (IUM) (Certificate of Business Administration), 2001
- Riga Graduate School of Law under the Stockholm School of Economics, Latvia (Diploma in International Trade Law), 1999
- University of Lapland, Finland (LLM), 1993.
I am a member of
- Finnish Bar Association
- Estonian Bar Association (first foreign citizen to be accepted)
- International Bar Association
- Latvian Bar Association (associate member)
- Lithuanian Bar Association (associate member)
The SCC East-West Forum: Arbitration in Poland and the Baltic statesPublication
Congratulations on the 30th anniversary of re-independent Estonia – the country of unicornsPublication
Aku Sorainen shares our firm’s story in an interview with Globe Law and BusinessPublication
25 tips for business leaders by Aku Sorainen, founder and senior partner of SorainenPublication
Management in a time of crisisPublication
Sorainen demonstrates strong performance in Chambers Global 2021 rankingsNews
Aku Sorainen awarded medal of service by Estonian Ministry of Foreign AffairsNews
Annual Prospera survey: Sorainen no.1 Baltic law firm in clients’ eyesNews
Chambers Global: Sorainen has excellent practice with significant strength representing large domestic clients and foreign investors operating at a pan-Baltic levelNews
Aku Sorainen among top three leaders in EstoniaNews