Eerik Heldna has specialised in corporate internal investigations, maintenance of confidential information, and risk management whilst focusing on risk mitigation in destination countries for companies entering foreign markets and on advising foreign companies entering the Estonian market. Aside from that, Eerik has considerable knowledge on protecting the continuity of strategic economic sectors such as the defence industry, transit, and energetics which in turn necessitates cooperation between the state and private enterprises. Eerik has participated in several working groups tasked with drafting security acts such as the Weapons Act, the Strategic Goods Act, the surveillance regulations of the Code of Criminal Procedure, and many more.
Eerik puts his existing investigative experience to use in preventing, discovering, and proving cases of abusive conduct by company employees and executives along with helping to gather evidence necessary for a successful litigation. Eerik's legislative experience makes it possible to cooperate with the public sector and together find the best options to implement flexible regulations that support the economic environment.
Eerik has 20 years of experience as a criminal police and security officer. He has years of experience as a senior manager at the Narcotic Crimes Department of the Criminal Police in Tallinn, the Criminal Department of the Northern Police Prefecture, and the Central Criminal Police. From 2009 to 2017 Heldna worked for the Estonian Internal Security Service heading the proceedings of offenses. Under his leadership many of the ISS procedural priorities were restructured and an approach of preventing security threats at the earliest possible stages was adopted. Eerik has also headed many significant criminal intelligence operations that led to convictions and has played an important role in the field of international cooperation. In 2016 Eerik participated in advising the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) on implementing reforms.
Eerik has graduated from the Police College of the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences (where he specialized in pre-trial investigation) and obtained a Master's degree in Public Administration at Tallinn University of Technology, and a Master's degree in Law at Tartu University. He is an alumnus of the reputable Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Academy and has further educated himself in the field of security studies in Germany at the George C. Marshall Center and in the USA at the National Defence Intelligence College.
He has supervised students of the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences with their Master's theses on security, and held lectures on both tactics of discovering drug crimes as well as preventing security threats in Estonia and abroad.
Professional experience (career)
2017 - .... Legal Counsel* at law office NOVE
2009 - 2017 Deputy Director General of the Estonian Internal Security Service
2008 - 2009 Director of the Central Criminal Police
2005 - 2008 Police Chief of the Criminal Department of the Northern Police Prefecture
2001 - 2005 Tallinn, and from 2004, the Northern Police Prefecture, Criminal Department, head of the Narcotic Crimes Department; Superintendent
1998 - 2001 Police Inspector, Senior Police Inspector, and then Leading Police Inspector at the Narcotic Crimes Department of the Tallinn Police Prefecture
* According to Art 40 (3) of the Bar Association Act counsel does not provide legal services. Counsel is assisting the attorneys.
2017 Tartu University Faculty of Law, Master's degree
2003 Tallinn University of Technology Faculty of Social Sciences, Public Administration, Master's degree
2000 Estonian Academy of Security Sciences,professional higher education, Police College, Pre-trial Investigation
Estonian, English, Swedish, Finnish, Russian, French
Heldna, Eerik. Use of Information Collected by Security Agencies in Criminal Proceedings and Sharing It With Law Enforcement Agencies, Juridica, 2016, No. 10.
Heldna, Eerik. Cause of Death – Chronic Corruption. Development Fund Thought Book 2014.