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CastrĂ©n & Snellman adopts an ‘innovative approach’ and has ‘excellent industry knowledge’. It is representing Valio before the Supreme Administrative Court in a case concerning alleged abuse of dominance and is acting for Stora Enso in the raw wood cartel case. Practice head Sari Hiltunen has ‘in-depth understanding of all matters concerning competition law’. Counsel Mikko Huimala left to head the practice at DLA Piper.

Highlights for Dittmar & Indrenius included representing several cities and municipalities in the asphalt cartel cases and defending Örum in the car spare parts cartel case. Hanna Laurila was replaced as practice head by Ilkka Leppihalme who, along with counsel Matti HuhtamĂ€ki, joined from DLA Piper. Leppihalme is ‘one of the best’.

Hannes Snellman advised Patria on the cross-border competition issues arising from the sale by the Finnish government of shares in Patria to Kongsberg and represented Empower in a cartel case heard in the Supreme Court. The well-regarded Mikael Wahlbeck heads the team, which includes Tapani Manninen.

Roschier represented Eltel in cartel proceedings and advised Orkla on the merger control aspects of its acquisition of Cederroth. Other clients include Arla Ingman, Tieto and Nokia. Practice head Christian Wik and Niko Hukkinen are key contacts.

Borenius has ‘a deep understanding of competition law and its implications’. It is defending Interasfaltti and new client NCC Roads in follow-on antitrust damages claims stemming from the landmark asphalt cartel case. Destia and Finnair are also clients. Practice head Ilkka Aalto-SetĂ€lĂ€ and Asko Lindqvist are recommended.

DLA Piper advised Spliethoff’s Bevrachtingskantoor on the merger control assessment and regulatory aspects of its acquisition of Bore. Former head Ilkka Leppihalme and counsel Matti HuhtamĂ€ki left for Dittmar & Indrenius, while Mikko Huimala joined from CastrĂ©n & Snellman as practice head.

HPP Attorneys is defending Posti Group in an appeal launched by Suomen Suoramainonta concerning alleged abuse of dominance. Other mandates include assisting Finavia on all public tenders relating to the Helsinki-Vantaa airport development programme. Tuomas Saraste and Jouni Alanen head the practice.

Krogerus is acting for claimant MetsĂ€hallitus in the ongoing raw wood cartel case and is advising the Finnish Food and Drink Industries’ Federation in a state aid dispute over the excise duty on sweets, ice cream and soft drinks. Katri Joenpolvi ‘understands the client’s business’ and Leena Lindberg ‘understands industry-specific characteristics’.

Merilampi Attorneys Ltd advised Kesko Food on its acquisition of Suomen LÀhikauppa from Triton, which was subject to Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) approval. LEO Pharma, Medtronic Finland and Uponor Corporation are also clients. Erkko Ruohoniemi is the key contact following the departure of former practice head Arttu Mentula, who left to form Mentula & VÀÀtÀinen Attorneys Ltd in May 2017.

Bird & Bird provides ‘accurate, up-to-date and hands-on answers’. It is experienced in handling abuse of dominance matters, public procurement cases and merger control assignments for clients in the retail, pensions and telecoms sectors, among others. Practice head Katia Duncker and Jori Taipale are recommended.

ProcopĂ© & Hornborg’s recent work covers compliance, merger control and public procurement matters, acting for clients in the manufacturing, energy and government sectors, among others. Lotta Uusitalo and Asta Siponen are key contacts.

Waselius & Wist is representing Moventia & Smoove in Market Court proceedings relating to the public procurement of a city bicycle system by Helsinki City Transport. Clients include SCA, Royal Canin and Olympus. Lotta Pohjanpalo and Bernt Juthström are well regarded.

Avance Attorneys Ltd has ‘solid industry background’. It advised If P&C Insurance on its complaint to the FCCA regarding an alleged abuse of dominant position by OP Group. Practice head Mikko Alkio is ‘practical, business-minded and solution-oriented’.

Eversheds Asianajotoimisto Oy / Eversheds Attorneys Ltd (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) is defending Koiviston Auto Corporation in the Market Court against a €9m fine for alleged cartel activity issued by the FCCA. The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is another client. Olli Hyvönen and Marko Mononen head the team.

Lexia Attorneys Ltd undertakes a wide range of competition matters, including abuse of dominance cases, public procurement disputes and competitive neutrality matters. Practice head Mika Oinonen and Sirpa LeppÀluoto are recommended.

MĂ€kitalo Rantanen & Co Ltd is representing 655 private forest owners involved in the forestry cartel case. Managing partner Aimo Halonen and senior associate Sami Rautiainen are recommended.

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