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Castrén & Snellman's 'top-quality, prompt, easy-to-understand and practical assistance' attracts significant mandates including representing several private ambulance companies in a state aid dispute in the Supreme Court. The practice is also acting in several of the market's largest follow-on damages claims, representing clients including Asfaltmix and Valio. Practice head Sari Hiltunen is singled out as 'one of a kind', while procurement specialist Anna Kuusniemi-Laine is 'exceptionally skilled'. Newly promoted partner Jussi Nieminen and 'rising star' associate Suzanne Simon-Bellamy are also key names to note.

'Solid practitioner' Ilkka Leppihalme leads the department at Dittmar & Indrenius, which is noted for its 'highly dedicated' team. The group recently acted for a defendant in a pan-European truck cartel case and related damages litigation, and assisted Mondi Group with complex merger control issues relating to its acquisition of Powerflute Group Holdings, a matter which was referred to the European Commission by the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA). Senior attorney Toni Kalliokoski is also recommended and specialises in antitrust damages claims.

At Hannes Snellman, Mikael Wahlbeck recently led advice to Lemminkäinen on the merger control process relating to its combination with YIT including phase II proceedings, while the 'very engaged and analytical' Mikko Huimala (a 2017 arrival from DLA Piper) advised Orion on the auction process for its divestment of Orion Diagnostica. Other clients include Terveystalo, UPM-Kymmene and Scandic Hotels Group. Associates Jenni Heurlin and Annette Laulajainen attract praise for their 'high standard of work'.

Christian Wik leads the group at Roschier, which represented Eltel in cartel proceedings before the Finnish Market Court and Supreme Administrative Court of Finland. Niko Hukkinen is recommended for merger control proceedings and acted for clients including YIT, CapMan Buyout, and Fortum on the competition aspects of their respective acquisitions. Ami Paanajärvi led the group's defense of Savonlinja in the FCCA's bus cartel case, and is particularly experienced in antitrust and state aid matters.

Avance Attorneys Ltd recently acted for The Federation of the Finnish Media Industry in its claim regarding alleged illegal state aid provided to public broadcaster Yleisradio; it also represented clients including Tradeka-Yhtiöt, Colosseum Dental Group and Stockmann in merger control proceedings. The practice is led by Mikko Alkio and also fields senior associates Katja Jaakkola and Elina Saviharju.

The 'practical and extremely helpful' team at Borenius recently represented Prevent 360 in second-stage merger control proceedings following its merger with Avarn Security Holding. Practice head Ilkka Aalto-Setälä assisted Matkahuolto with the filing of a state aid complaint against TVV lippu- ja maksujärjestelmä, and cartel expert Asko Lindqvist is defending Matkahuolto in the high-profile bus cartel litigation.

HPP Attorneys' team recently assisted Eurofins with the merger control processes relating to its acquisition of two subsidiaries of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, which involved phase II investigations; and advised Finavia on procurement and competition issues pertaining to the Helsinki Airport development. The 'extremely talented and experienced' Tuomas Saraste heads the practice, which has an 'excellent track record'.

Katri Joenpolvi and Leena Lindberg jointly lead the department at Krogerus, which recently defended Pohjolan Matka Group in proceedings in the Finnish Market Court regarding alleged cartel activity and represented Sanoma in an EU law dispute relating to an alleged violation of its database rights. Attendo and Danske Bank are also clients.

At Merilampi Attorneys Ltd, practice head Erkko Ruohoniemi recently defended Finnish Post in a damages claim relating to whether the imposition of VAT on postal services violated EU law. The group also counts Kesko and Elisa as key clients and defended Länsilinja in a high-profile cartel case brought against several bus companies. Satu-Anneli Kauranen is recommended for her expertise in merger control proceedings and abuse of dominance claims.

Katia Duncker heads up the practice at Bird & Bird, which assists clients with the full spectrum of EU and competition matters from compliance advice to representation before the FCCA; it recently advised Lähitaksi on competition law issues relating to regulatory changes in the Finnish taxi market.

In a recent highlight, DLA Piper represented Sponsor Capital in merger control proceedings following its acquistion of a majority stake in Myllyn Paras; state pension fund Valtion Eläkerahasto is another key client. Practice head Mika Oinonen joined from Lexia Attorneys Ltd in 2018 following Mikko Huimala's departure to Hannes Snellman.

The 'hardworking and easy to work with' Olli Hyvönen leads the 'very efficient' practice at Eversheds Asianajotoimisto Oy / Eversheds Attorneys Ltd (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) following Marko Mononen's departure to Properta Attorneys Ltd in 2018. The team successfully defended Koiviston Auto Group against allegations of cartel activity.

Asta Siponen and Lotta Uusitalo are the key names at Procopé & Hornborg, which recently represented Fenniarail in a monopoly pricing dispute before the Finnish Rail Regulatory Body against state-owned railway company VR Group, following the introduction of commercial operators to the Finnish-Russian cross-border railway.

The group at Waselius & Wist successfully represented Bayer in a procurement dispute regarding the accuracy of blood testing equipment and acted for Digital Colony in merger control proceedings related to its acquisition of Digita. Lotta Pohjanpalo and Bernt Juthström jointly head the practice.

Aimo Halonen heads up the team at Mäkitalo Rantanen & Co Ltd, which 'always finds a solution' for its clients. Recent highlights include advising the City of Helsinki on several procurement processes and representing 655 private forest owners as claimants in a follow-on damages claim arising from cartel activity.

Boutique competition and dispute resolution firm Mentula & Väätäinen Attorneys Ltd counts ProAgria and Faba as key clients and represented Skanska in follow-on damages claims relating to cartel activity. Arttu Mentula leads the group, which also fields litigator Tapio Väätäinen.

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