Title: Partner, Head of Technology & Outsourcing
Partner Kai Erlund heads the firm's Technology & Outsourcing practice.
Kai's main area of expertise is in information technology, media and telecommunications. He advises listed companies, private enterprises and other clients in their procurement of business critical ICT systems and services.
He also supports ICT suppliers and customers in their outsourcing arrangements, project agreements and licensing contracts. He has notable experience working in demanding and complex technology-related matters and projects.
Prior to joining Dittmar & Indrenius Kai has had an extensive career working for leading Finnish law firms. In addition, Kai's in-house experience includes working as legal senior manager for Oracle in Finland and as corporate counsel for Symantec in the United Kingdom.
Kai is recommended by Chambers Europe and Legal 500 in the field of TMT.
Kai has been part of the working group assembled by the Central Chamber of Commerce of Finland and various other associations to draft the Finnish IT2010 and IT2015 standard contract terms and conditions.
He is a member of the Finnish Bar Association, the TMT expertise group, the Finnish IT Law Association, the International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw) and IFCLA.
Joined Dittmar & Indrenius: 2016
Education: Master of Laws, University of Helsinki (1999), Nordplus studies at the University of Lund, Sweden (1996)
Languages: Finnish, Swedish, English
Publications & Lectures: Kai is a seasoned and regular lecturer in ICT contracting issues and trends.
- The International Comparative Legal Guide to Outsourcing 2016 - Finland chapter
- IT2015 - Käytännön käsikirja (Users' Guide to IT2015) (Lakimiesliiton Kustannus, 2016) (available in Finnish only).
- IT2010 – Käytännön käsikirja (Users’ Guide to IT2010) (Lakimiesliiton Kustannus, 2010) (available in Finnish only).
Recommendations: Kai is listed as a recommended lawyer in The Legal 500 and is highly appraised in Chambers Europe.
Clients say that Kai "has an excellent understanding of this area and a very solution-oriented way of working. He has the client's best interests in mind at all times." - Chambers Europe 2015
Kai impresses clients with his "strong experience and knowledge, especially in licensing-related cases". Sources think that "he also offers invaluable help when negotiating with other companies". - Chambers Europe 2014
In particular, Kai "brings solid industry experience to the practice, having previously worked as in-house counsel for various domestic and international IT companies". - Chambers Europe 2013
According to the comments posed by clients Kai has "solid background in the industry" and "excellent knowledge of global IT system implementations". - Chambers Europe 2012; Chambers Europe 2011
"Kai Erlund displays "very good industry knowledge and flexibility"." - Legal 500 2014
In addition, Kai is recommended in the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 editions of The Best Lawyers in Finland (Information Technology Law; Media Law; Technology Law; Telecommunications Law) and endorsed in Who's Who Legal 2017 and 2016 (Information Technology) and the International Who’s Who of Information Technology Lawyers 2013.