Kristiina Padu

Kristiina Padu is a seasoned expert in the field of insolvency, with long-term experience in the public sector, organising international cooperation, concluding agreements and updating Estonian insolvency laws.

Before joining RASK, Kristiina worked in a bailiff’s office and spent over six years working at the Ministry of Justice, where she was a member of the insolvency working group during Estonia’s presidency of the Council of the European Union, participating in negotiations to incorporate the European Directive on Insolvency into Estonian law. Kristiina also has international experience in dealing with insolvency issues as a member of the UNCITRAL (United Nations Commission on International Trade Law) insolvency working group.

From 2017 to 2022, Kristiina was responsible for revising insolvency law at the Ministry of Justice. During the revision, she oversaw the preparation of two draft acts: the Act on Amendments to the Bankruptcy Act and Other Acts (195 SE), which focused on increasing the efficiency of bankruptcy proceedings; and the Natural Person Insolvency Act (575 SE), a new comprehensive law on natural person insolvency proceedings. By adopting the latter, Estonia also incorporated the European Directive on Restructuring and Insolvency into national law.

At RASK, Kristiina advises clients on insolvency issues but also on complex administrative matters, issues of state responsibility and constitutionality.