Anu Waaralinna

Partner, Helsinki

Corporate Investigations & Compliance, Emerging Companies, Employment


Anu Waaralinna is a Helsinki-based Partner and Head of the firm’s Employment and Corporate Investigations & Compliance  practices. She is a highly recognized expert in employment law.

Anu has extensive experience in demanding employment-related assignments, and she regularly advises domestic and international companies and employers on a broad range of employment issues of strategic importance. Her practice covers, in particular, boardroom advice, company restructurings and co-operation procedures as well as service and executive employment contract issues. A significant portion of her work is dedicated to the resolution of employment disputes.

Anu is a frequent lecturer on topics on employment law, and she has also authored books and articles on the subject.


Anu is ranked as a Star Individual by Chambers Europe within Employment. She has also been awarded with the Best Lawyers – Lawyer of the Year award for Labor and Employment Law in Finland several times. She is recognized as one of the leading experts in the country within labor, employment and benefits also by other international legal directories such as The Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal. In addition, Who’s Who Legal ranks Anu as a Thought Leader (Global Elite) in Employment & Benefits (2022).

This is what clients say about Anu:

“Anu is the best legal adviser within her expertise area in Finland.”
– Chambers Europe 2024, Employment

“She is probably the best person for the most complex and sophisticated cases.”
– Chambers Europe 2024, Employment

“Anu Waaralinna is a true leader with capabilities to review the business world through the lens of law. She has a remarkable presence and isn’t afraid to challenge and coach the client. Incredibly skilled in employment law.”
– The Legal 500 2024, Employment

“Anu Waaralinna knows employment law inside out and has a very good strategic eye in tackling labour issues.”
– The Legal 500 2024, Employment

“Anu is my trusted adviser who is always there to help and finds practical and business-minded solutions to challenging situations.”
– Chambers Europe 2023, Employment

“Anu is the top in her game, to my mind. She is easy to talk with and always provides professional, hands-on advice. She gets back to me quickly no matter where she is, letting me know when we can discuss further. We have worked together for years and it is always a pleasure.”
– Chambers Europe 2023, Employment

“Anu Waaralinna is undoubtedly the best labour law expert in Finland.”
– The Legal 500 2023, Employment

“Anu Waaralinna is a go-to name in the Finnish market thanks to her versatility and superb understanding of employment benefits matters.”
– Who’s Who Legal 2022, Pensions & Benefits

“Anu Waaralinna is highly regarded among peers and clients alike, who commend her incisive handling of a wide range of employment law issues.”
– Who’s Who Legal 2022, Labour & Employment

“Anu Waaralinna is a trusted adviser to us and a real industry thought leader.”
– The Legal 500 2022, Employment

“Anu Waaralinna is a highly professional employment lawyer who succeeds in delivering high quality services and solutions year after year, and the quality of her work is always excellent. She has an amazing ability to help the customer in very complex cases (both national and international), also supporting the customer to deal with the situation. Her work is of extremely high quality, delivery is very timely and and she is always available/reachable.”
– The Legal 500 2022, Employment


Roschier (2017-)
Castrén & Snellman (2002-2017), Partner (2012-2017)
Law Office Attorney’s House ANPR, lawyer (2001-2002)
Rautaruukki Oyj, lawyer (Group Environmental Protection) (1998-2001)


Member of the Finnish Bar Association
Member of the IBA
Member of the European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA)
Member of the Finnish Association for Human Resource Management
Member of the Association of Finnish Lawyers
Member of the Labour Law Association


“Kun joudut irtisanomaan” (“When you have to lay off”), with S. Kurtén, 2nd revised edition, Alma Talent, 2015


University of Lapland, LL.M. (1997)


English, Finnish, Swedish

Anu knows employment law inside out and has a very good strategic eye in tackling labour issues.

The Legal 500