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Helena Haapio

Helena Haapio

Helena Haapio

LL.M. (Master of Laws), MQ (Master of Quality)
DSc (Doctor of Science (Econ.))
Contract Innovator

Lexpert Ltd, Pohjoisranta 20, 00170 Helsinki, Finland
tel. +358 9 135 5800
helena.haapio @

Helena Haapio works as Contract Coach with Lexpert Ltd, helping her clients use contracts and the law proactively to achieve better business results, balance risk with reward, and prevent problems.

After completing legal studies at the University of Turku, Finland, and Cambridge University, England, Helena served for several years as in-house Legal Counsel in Europe and the United States. She is an author and editor, and her articles have appeared in several business and professional publications. Her books include two titles co-authored with Prof. George Siedel, A Short Guide to Contract Risk (Gower 2013) and Proactive Law for Managers: A Hidden Source of Competitive Advantage (Gower 2011).

Helena is a Member of the Advisory Council of the International Association for Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM) and the Founder and Coordinator of IACCM Finland. She is actively involved in the development of the Nordic School of Proactive Law and of the ProActive ThinkTank. She acted as Expert to the European Economic and Social Committee in preparing its Opinion on The proactive law approach published in the Official Journal of the EU in 2009.

Helena has been nominated “Export Educator of the Year” by the Finnish Institute of Export. She regularly conducts in-house and public workshops in various parts of the world on topics related to cross-border contracting, contract design, and contractual risk management. She also acts as arbitrator.

Since her doctoral dissertation Next Generation Contracts: A Paradigm Shift (Lexpert 2013) her multi-disciplinary research focuses on ways to enhance the quality – especially functionality and usability – of contracts. Through a proactive approach, information design and visualization, she seeks to fundamentally change the way contracts are designed, communicated, perceived, and taught.

For Helena Haapio’s Publications, see Resources.

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