EU and competition in Finland

Castrén & Snellman

The ‘skilled‘ EU and competition team at Castrén & Snellman covers the full range of relevant matters, including compliance work, competition litigation, public procurement issues, state aid matters and merger control strategies. It is particularly skilled in Finnish private enforcement litigation and often advises key players in the financial, insurance and forestry sectors. Anna Kuusniemi-Laine is an expert in public procurement and state aid work, while Jussi Nieminen is a key contact regarding regulatory proceedings. Sari Hiltunen left the practice in late 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Anna Kuusniemi-Laine; Jussi Nieminen

Testimonials

Very good and broad knowledge of various competition law matters, efficient and understand business, focus on solutions rather than creating problems.’

Jussi Nieminen is very knowledgeable and business minded. Understands the relevant issue quickly and quickly able to create solutions.’

The team is skilled. One can always count on the quality of the output.’

Jussi Nieminen is business-like, quickly understands complex issues and is pleasant to work with.’

The team has a good general understanding on the business practices, service is quick and advice is easy to understand even by non-lawyers.’

Jussi Nieminen is very service-minded and easy to approach. He is very helpful, understands the problem quickly and gives practical advice.’

Key clients

Valio Oy

S Group

Wärtsilä Oyj Abp

OP Financial Group

Gasum Oy

VR Group Ltd

Veikkaus Oy

YIT Oyj

Valmet Oyj

Cargotec Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Cargotec Corporation on the proposed merger with Konecranes plc.
  • Advised Valio on a merger filing concerning the acquisition of Heinon Tukku.
  • Advised Gasum Oy on its acquisition of AGA’s clean energy business and Nauticor’s marine bunkering business from Linde AG.

Dittmar & Indrenius

The ‘unique‘ team at Dittmar & Indrenius is noted for its ‘very thorough expertise‘ in EU and competition law, particularly regarding high-end transactional and merger control work. It also covers major cartel and abuse of dominance cases, as well as highly significant infringement cases. Practice leader Ilkka Leppihalme is considered a ‘powerhouse‘ competition lawyer by clients, especially in merger control filings and cartel investigations, while senior attorney Heidi Muukkonen ‘shows a high degree of expertise‘ in abuse of dominance cases, merger control work and horizontal and vertical agreements.

Practice head(s):

Ilkka Leppihalme

Other key lawyers:

Heidi Muukkonen

Testimonials

‘The team is unique, they are very professional and they still know how to communicate directly and intelligibly.’

‘The team performance is really professional and efficient. The way they utilize internal task responsibilities together with system tools makes the process easy to follow and they take part from customer perspective. The processes and responsibilities are clearly defined also from customer’s side. The team includes high professional individuals led by highly skilled team leader. As a summary its really easy for customers to take care of it’s own part in the process. The customer doesn’t need to worry about the performance and progress at all within a case.’

‘Ilkka Leppihalme has a unique profession and experience what comes to competition law. At first he wants to know every single detail in a case ensuring the understanding and dynamics of the market overall practices that are connected to the case. After that he has a clear idea of the situation and he knows the right way to ‘dig into a case’. He also finds the right subjects to point out easily. That comes from the legal knowledge as well as from the key experience among subject.’

‘The team was very helpful and also very attentive to all our needs. They were great at explaining the local legislation and their relationship with the local authorities was essential to our case.’

‘Ilkka Leppihalme has strong knowledge of Finnish competition law and was able to give us the right recommendations to make sure we obtained clearance from the relevant authorities in a timely manner. He understood our needs very quickly and was providing clear and concise advice throughout the process.’

‘Ilkka Leppihalme is a powerhouse in the sector, in addition to being a fantastic personality.’

‘The firm has very thorough expertise in their field and they have the ability to use their expertise and experience to provide practical and hands-on advice which are very useful and often of critical importance. This is particularly true with a view to any matter involving the Finnish Competition Authority and Finnish courts.’

‘Ilkka Leppihalme provides sharp advice and shows a very good understanding of any market or business involved. Heidi Muukkonen also shows a high degree of expertise and is efficient to work with.’

Key clients

Nobina

MB Funds

Brookfield

Kingspan Group

Blackstone Group, Starwood Capital Group

KLAR Partners

Nordic Entertainment Group

Norvestor

MB Funds

Tampereen Aluetaksi

Atria

Baxter

GlaxoSmithKline

Nielsen

Providence Equity

Work highlights

  • Acted for bus traffic operator Nobina in the European Court of Justice and Finnish courts in Finland’s all-time largest state aid case with a matter value exceeding €60m.
  • Acted for MB Funds as lead counsel on the sale of Kotkamills Group Oyj to Mayr-Melnhof Group, Europe’s largest producer of carton board and folding cartons, for an EV of approximately €425m.
  • Acted for Blackstone Group and Starwood Capital Group in their acquisition of joint control in Extended Stay America, Inc. and its paired-share REIT, ESH Hospitality, Inc.

Hannes Snellman

Hannes Snellman is well-regarded for its work on complex competition, state aid and public procurement matters in Finland and the Nordics more broadly. It is often before the European Commission in merger control cases and has advised the State of Finland on a major hybrid loan arrangement for a maximum of €400m to support Finnair. The team also advises on compliance issues, risk assessments and audits, and has developed a strong reputation acting in complex investigations. Practice co-head Mikko Huimala specialises in merger control and state aid matters, while co-head Maria Wasastjerna focuses on complex competition cases, as well as regulatory and compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Mikko Huimala; Maria Wasastjerna

Other key lawyers:

Anna-Maria Tamminen

Testimonials

Practical, clear and to the point advice resolving situations.’

Mikko Huimala is very experienced and knowledgeable. He finds the convincing arguments and has a solution oriented approach to all problems.’

Straightforward, solution-oriented and they have a practical approach – extremely professional.

Mikko Huimala is excellent, business minded, great communication skills and capable for quick understanding of the issue to be solved.’

I feel the Hannes Snellman competition law team, led by two outstanding individuals, is very business-oriented and committed to find suitable solutions for the customer in question. According to my experience, the team is sufficiently big to manage large-scale projects and, on the other hand, makes the customer feel welcomed to have pragmatic sparring aid in smaller questions.’

I’m glad to provide my view on Mikko Huimala: in my opinion what makes him to stand out from other competition law partners is his straightforward and pragmatic approach to complex matters. He is fast and is on the same page with the client from the beginning thinking about the goals and optimal way of achieving those. You are able to fully rely on Mikko that every task done is efficiently and the output is impeccable. This all makes him a valuable sparring partner in any competition law matters.’

Key clients

Kesko Corporation

Metso Outotec Corporation

Sanoma Corporation

Nordea Bank Abp

Finnish State / Prime Minister’s Office

Altia plc

Tikkurila plc

Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company

Konecranes plc

UPM-Kymmene Corporation

Valmet Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Konecranes on its €7bn merger with Cargotec.
  • Advised Valmet on its €4.3bn merger with Neles.
  • Advised Altia on its €640m cross-border merger with Arcus.

Roschier

The competition team at Roschier is a key resource for international clients on the full range of competition law matters, providing ‘seamless‘ advice across the Nordic countries, with notable strength in merger control, public procurement, state aid and abuse of dominance mandates. It is especially well regarded for its work in cartel enforcement cases, as well as its private enforcement practice. Practice head Ami Paanajärvi  excels in cartel investigations and multi-jurisdictional merger control matters; she works alongside senior adviser Christian Wik, who is an expert in abuse of dominance matters and complex EU merger filings.

Practice head(s):

Ami Paanajärvi

Other key lawyers:

Christian Wik

Testimonials

Excellent hard (legal, both theory and practice) and soft (communication, presentation etc) skills. Seamless collaboration between practices. Always available when needed.’

Key clients

Expretio Technologies

Orkla

Arcus

Mobidiag

Finnlines

Stora Enso Oyj

SSAB Europe

TietoEvry Oyj

Fortum Oyj

Nokia Corporation

Eltel Networks and Eltel Group

Rettig Group

Telia Company

YIT Corporation

TV4 Media AB

Konecranes Corporation

Finnair plc

Neles Corporation

Fiskars Corporation

Port of Helsinki

Akzo Nobel

Work highlights

  • Advised Arcus ASA on the merger control and foreign direct investment approvals required for its cross-border merger with Altia plc.
  • Advised the Eltel companies in the landmark cartel proceeding before the Supreme Administrative Court against the FCCA proposal to fine the company €35m.
  • Advised Expretio Technologies on its successful challenge of the procurement decision by VR.

Avance Attorneys Ltd

The ‘innovative’ team at Avance Attorneys Ltd is particularly strong regarding cross-border merger control, abuse of dominance, staid aid, and public procurement matters. It is additionally noted for its advice on foreign direct investment filings. Practice leader Mikko Alkio handles merger control proceedings before the FCCA and acts in antitrust proceedings, particularly relating to regulated industries. Senior associate Katja Jaakkola focuses on competition law work, cartel investigations and merger control issues, while senior economics adviser Petri Rouvinen specialises in merger control and antitrust enforcement advice.

Practice head(s):

Mikko Alkio; Katja Jaakkola; Petri Rouvinen

Other key lawyers:

Lasse Nordström

Testimonials

‘We’re very pleased with Avance’s team. They are not the biggest in town but certainly innovative. I believe they were one of the first law firms in Finland to employ a high profile economist and this has added lots of value for us.’

‘We appreciate the concrete recommendations and practical advice we get from this strong team. Mikko Alkio is brilliant. Petri Rouvinen has been instrumental. Mikko Alkio and Petri Rouvinen have exceptional understanding of our industry and business environment.’

‘Reliable, adaptive, professional, easy-going. They serve well in many ways – not just legally but also in communication, advocacy and economical surveys.’

‘Mikko Alkio: excellent experience also from political side, good connections to decision makers and knowledge in many markets. Lasse Nordström: smart and innovative thinker and skilful writer’

‘Good team building.’

‘Nice to work with.’

Key clients

CVC Capital Partners

Mehiläinen Yhtiöt Oy

Alma Media Oyj

Alfa Laval AB

Procuritas Capital Investors V

Tradeka-Yhtiöt Oy

QMG Partners Oy

Medialiitto ry (the Finnish Media Federation)

Synlab Finland Oy

Veikkaus Oy

CapMan Oyj

If P&C Insurance Ltd

Adelis Equity Partners

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board (OTPP) and KKR

Work highlights

  • Advised Mehiläinen Yhtiöt Oy on a cash tender offer for all shares in Pihlajalinna plc, including complex merger control proceedings requiring economic argumentation of several matters before the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority and the Market Court.
  • Advised the Finnish Media Federation in a landmark state aid complaint procedure before the European Commission regarding the public funding for the Finnish public service broadcaster Yleisradio Oy’s online provision of text-based journalistic content.
  • Advised Alfa Laval on multijurisdictional merger control filings and the foreign investment control aspects relating to Alfa Laval’s public cash tender offer for Neles Oyj.

Borenius

Borenius is noted for its experience in EU and competition law, with expertise ranging from major competition matters to antitrust and state aid cases. The team is frequently involved in cartel investigations before Finnish courts, antitrust follow-on damages cases and high-profile state aid cases. It is particularly experienced in advising on defence procurement work; it recently handled a €10bn fighter procurement for the Finnish Defence Forces and Covid-related procurements for the Finnish Emergency Supply Agency. Ilkka Aalto-Setälä heads up the practice and focuses on antitrust and merger control investigations, while Asko Lindqvist works on public procurement and merger control mandates.

Practice head(s):

Ilkka Aalto-Setälä

Other key lawyers:

Asko Lindqvist; Henriikka Piekkala; Sami Hartikainen

Testimonials

‘In general very good customer orientated service. Borenius understands the client very well and is able to help the client quickly and according to needs. Collaboration is the key word at Borenius.’

‘Trustworthy and competent advice services. Honest and open attitude. Asko Lindqvist in competition law cases has done outstanding work with us.’

‘Borenius is very strong team, efficient and pragmatic. Flexible with billing to accommodate requirements from major corporation bureaucracy. Deep expertise in regulated industries. Senior lawyers are very hands-on.’

‘Ilkka Aalto-Setälä has in-depth knowledge of EU and competition law and is very solution oriented. Henriikka Piekkala is very analytical and we are very impressed with her.’

‘Borenius is very customer oriented and has excellent expertise in competition law.’

‘Excellent expertise in competition law and good availability of related services.’

‘Ilkka Aalto-Setälä has strong experience, he can came up with innovative and creative solutions, excellent and pragmatic lawyer.’

‘Solid knowledge of EU competition law, EU state aid law and EU public procurement law and how to apply them in practice.’

Key clients

Finnair Oyj

The Social Insurance Institution of Finland – KELA

The Finnish Bus and Coach Association

Styroplast Oy

Mediconsult Oy

Uponor Infra Oy

L’Oréal Finland

The Finnish Real Estate Management Federation

Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District

Raisio plc

Uralchem

Fox Networks Group / Disney Corporation

Huawei Technologies Oy

The Finnish Emergency Supply Agency

Nouryon

Stryker

Work highlights

  • Secured over €1bn in state aid support for Finnair and Finavia before the European Commission.
  • Represented the Finnish Real Estate Management Federation in a property management cartel case pending before the Finnish Market Court.
  • Advised the Finnish Emergency Supply Agency (NESA) on numerous public procurement and state aid issues related to the Covid-19 situation.

Frontia Attorneys at Law Ltd

Boutique competition firm Frontia Attorneys at Law Ltd often advises clients operating in the energy, forestry, transportation, healthcare and retail sectors on matters ranging from major cartel and competition cases to abuse of dominance matters. Practice co-head Niko Hukkinen is an expert cartel and dominance litigator, while co-head Mikael Wahlbeck deals primarily with merger control and abuse of dominance cases.

Practice head(s):

Niko Hukkinen; Mikael Wahlbeck

Other key lawyers:

Mira Eklund; Anette Laulajainen

Testimonials

‘The team has a business oriented approach to all questions and they can see the bigger picture behind the legal question.’

‘Niko Hukkinen is a real expert in the field of competition law with a broad understanding of the issues related to horizontal competitors. He provides us very practical tips and well-argued guidance in complex topics.’

‘The team is a spin-off from a couple of other firms in Helsinki. Partners are highly skilled and engaged legal advisers in their field. The team (including Dispute resolution) is focused on demanding cases and I warmly recommend them to anyone in need of the best litigators in Finland.’

Solid to-the-point advice on competition law questions providing guidance solution oriented advice.’

Mikael Wahlbeck has a way of grasping the different aspects of the complex situations we need advice on in a fast moving environment.

Niko Hukkinen has vast experience in competition law and he is super pragmatic and easy to work with – and he understands our business!

Key clients

YIT

Terveystalo

Jackon

Empower / Enersense

Fortum

Arla

Wolt

HKScan

Digita

Avarn

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead competition and regulatory counsel to Fortum in its acquisition of Uniper SE.
  • Represented the main defendant Jackon in a major cartel case decided by the Finnish Market Court.
  • Represented Digita Oy in the process under the Act on Electronic Communication Services pending at the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency and the EU Commission concerning the proposed regulation of Significant Market Power in the Finnish broadcasting sector.

HPP Attorneys

HPP Attorneys is a ‘trusted point of contact‘ for Finnish and multinational companies regarding high-profile cartel litigation and administrative proceedings, cross-border transactions involving merger control issues, and abuse of dominance follow-on damages cases. Its clients frequently operate in the infrastructure, forestry, pharmaceuticals and finance sectors, and 2021 saw the group involved in notable Finnish cartel proceedings, including the insulator cartel before the Market Court and Supreme Administrative Court. Practice head Tuomas Saraste specialises in competition mandates, while Jouni Alanen leads the public procurement team. Anna Roubier made partner in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Tuomas Saraste; Anna Roubier; Jouni Alanen

Testimonials

‘HPP is our trusted point of contact when it comes to cases in which Finland as a jurisdiction is involved. We fully rely on their extensive knowledge and experience in competition law.’

‘Anna Roubier provided us with clear and to-the-point advice in the past. She always gave us a comfort of swift and efficient cooperation.’

‘The team has very strong competences and individuals have complementary strengths making the team stronger than the sum of individuals. Impressive networks in Finland and internationally.’

‘Tuomas Saraste is certainly one of the best in this segment. His deep and broad knowledge of the scope of the practice combined with his extraordinary networks makes him superb head of operations. He has carefully picked the members of the team and nurtured them and enables great individual competence development.’

Key clients

UK-Muovi

Eltel Group/Eltel Networks

Caverion

Posti Group

Startup Foundation

Finavia

Wihuri

Metsä Group

Taaleri

Taksi Helsinki

CGI

Pohjola Rakennus

Liikennevirta

Stark Suomi

MaaS Global

Pro-keskus

Euromaster (part of Michelin Group)

Philip Morris Finland

Confederation of European Paper Industries

Samhällsbyggnadsbolaget i Norden AB

Wind Power Association

Work highlights

  • Represented companies in the Eltel Group in preliminary ruling proceedings before the European Court of Justice. The specific issue involved the interpretation of the statute of limitation with respect to bidding cartels.
  • Represented UK-Muovi in administrative proceedings before the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority, the Finnish Market Court and most recently before the SAC in the so-called EPS insulation cartel.
  • Represented Caverion, a Nasdaq-listed company, in proceedings to waive commitments imposed by the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority as a condition to Phase II clearance.

Krogerus

Krogerus‘ experience ranges from advising on investigations by the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority, representing clients before the Market Court, merger control issues, abuse of dominance cases, and public procurement work. Its clients often operate in regulated markets including the healthcare and pharmaceuticals, energy and telecoms industries. Department co-heads Katri Joenpolvi and Leena Lindberg are both highly experienced in complex merger cases and handle antitrust compliance programmes, while Simo Autio focuses on antitrust and merger control work. Senior associate Tuulia Tanskanen is noted for her competition and state aid expertise, and antitrust and merger control proceedings expert Alina Böling was promoted to senior associate in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Katri Joenpolvi; Leena Lindberg

Other key lawyers:

Simo Autio; Tuulia Tanskanen; Alina Böling

Testimonials

‘They are proactive, always give good advice and reminders. They are very competent and highly skilled. They have years of experience from competition law related matters. Very friendly also.’

‘Skilled and innovative experts who are also service-minded.’

‘Long-term cooperation and experience in the field. Innovative and skilful way of working.’

‘Very high professional performance.’

‘Great knowledge and capabilities.’

Key clients

Valmet Technologies Oy

Steveco Oy

AGCO Corporation

Realia Group

Elisa Oyj

Isojoen Konehalli Oy

Abloy Oy (part of AssaAbloy)

Viking Line Abp

Finnish Food and Drink Industries’ Federation

Elenia Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Realia Group in the Market Court in a matter where the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority has proposed an infringement fine for alleged prohibited price co-operation in the real estate management market.
  • Acted for Attendo in a competition investigation conducted by the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) concerning co-operation in bidding contests in the social and healthcare services market.
  • Represented Isojoen Konehalli Oy in court proceedings following a proposal by the FCCA to impose a fine for alleged illegal resale price maintenance and an order to stop imposing a fixed price on its retailers in the company’s online store.

Merilampi Attorneys Ltd

Merilampi Attorneys Ltd is best known for its work on merger control, public procurement, cartel enforcement and abuse of dominant position cases. It has acted in high-profile competition cases, often involving private healthcare providers and energy and telecoms operators. Practice head Erkko Ruohoniemi covers both public and private enforcement work and is also highly experienced in public procurement issues, while Satu-Anneli Kauranen specialises in merger control proceedings and often represents clients before the European Commission and Finnish competition authorities.

Practice head(s):

Erkko Ruohoniemi

Other key lawyers:

Satu-Anneli Kauranen

Testimonials

‘Satu-Anneli Kauranen was extremely reachable and easy-going. Her knowledge was impressive.’

‘All the team members in EU and competition practice are very service minded, hardworking and absolutely top professionals. The team works seamlessly together and the responsible partner is always on top of the things. One of the biggest strengths of the team is the fast response time and ability to get acquainted with things quickly.’

‘Satu-Anneli Kauranen and the whole team is easily approachable and easy to work with. Satu-Anneli is able to think of the best interests of the client from different perspectives. She has excellent knowledge of competition law.’

‘Satu-Anneli Kauranen is a very capable competition partner. Customer-oriented, responsive and pleasure to work with.’

‘The team has been extremely easy to work with. The lawyers are diligent in their work, the team takes the initiative in handling the competition processes and we can rely on the fact that all the necessary steps are taken in due time and correctly. They know how to present the case in the right way and what things the authorities look into in the competition processes. It is easy to rely on such an experienced and diligent team.’

‘Satu-Anneli Kauranen has an outstanding knowledge not just about the legislation but of the processes and authorities’ mindset when handling competition cases. She is convincing and experienced and it is easy to rely on her expertise.’

‘Our company has used Merilampi services for competition practice. Merilampi has top, up to date information in this area.’

‘The individuals we work with have deep understanding of both competition practice and the position of our company in the changing business environment.’

Key clients

Pihlajalinna Corporation

Skanska Ltd

Posti Group Corporation

Elisa Corporation

Isku Interior Ltd

Transbox Ltd

Sweco AB / Sweco Industry Ltd

Marimekko Corporation

Savonlinja Group

Skoda Transtech

Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company

Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company

Work highlights

  • Represented Pihlajalinna plc in a merger control case before the European Commission, FCCA and thereafter the Market Court concerning a public bid by Mehiläinen plc for the shares of Pihlajalinna plc.
  • Represented Elisa in the Supreme Administrative Court in two separate appeal cases concerning significant market power decisions by the Finnish telecoms regulator Traficom.
  • Advised Sweco Finland Ltd on a regular basis concerning applicable merger control rules as well as other competition issues.

Bird & Bird

Noted for its cross-border coverage in Europe and the Nordics, Bird & Bird is especially strong in merger control issues, advising on antitrust and cartel investigations, and state aid matters. The team is also particularly strong in dawn raids conducted by the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority, often acting on behalf of international TMT companies. Helsinki-based practice head Katia Duncker is experienced in public procurement proceedings and the competition elements of M&A. She works alongside counsel Päivi Tammilehto, who is ‘very skilled‘ in public procurement and enforcement issues.

Practice head(s):

Katia Duncker

Other key lawyers:

Päivi Tammilehto

Testimonials

‘Päivi Tammilehto is very skilled and provides hands-on, practical advice, without making things too theoretical.’

Key clients

Fujitsu Finland Oy

MTV Oy

Lähitaksi Oy

Erillisverkot Group

Kymenlaakson Taksi Oy

Work highlights

  • Advised Fujitsu Finland Oy on a breach of non-competition obligation and thereto related competition law matters.
  • Advised Finnish media group MTV Oy on the competition aspects relating to copyright matters including assisting MTV in court processes against Finnish performance rights organisation Teosto in alleged abuse of Teosto’s dominant position and unreasonable prices.
  • Advised entities in the State-owned Suomen Erillisverkot Group on competition law matters, especially with respect to competitive neutrality and state aid.

DLA Piper Finland Attorneys Ltd

Providing global coverage to its clients, DLA Piper Finland Attorneys Ltd handles a diverse range of EU and competition mandates including antitrust, public procurement and state aid issues. The team has also advised on competition neutrality work and is experienced in major cartel cases, including acting for clients in the high-profile asphalt cartel and raw wood cartel. Practice head Mika Oinonen is an expert in competition and regulatory law.

Practice head(s):

Mika Oinonen

Testimonials

‘Their prices are competitive. They are easy to approach and they have good expertise in competition law related issues. They get the job done and are willing to understand the customer’s field of business.’

‘Relevant knowledge and background in competition law matters.’

‘Partner Mika Oinonen has robust experience in advising in competition law matters. He is very fast at adapting into client’s area of business and provides sound and proactive advice.’

‘Flexibility and fast reaction times with capabilities to utilize their internal specialists for us and our stakeholders have really helped us with our business.

‘Capability to learn our and our customers needs and finding the best possible outcome for whatever issue with tight schedules have been important for us.’

Eversheds Asianajotoimisto Oy / Eversheds Attorneys Ltd (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)

The EU and competition team at Eversheds Asianajotoimisto Oy / Eversheds Attorneys Ltd (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) is noted for acting for Finnish companies in antitrust and state aid proceedings, as well as public procurement matters. Team head Olli Hyvönen specialises in merger control processes, state aid issues and public procurement matters. Kaija Pulkkinen is a key name for public procurement work, while litigator Tapio Väätäinen joined the team from Itäinen & Ojantakanen Attorneys Ltd  in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Olli Hyvönen

Other key lawyers:

Kaija Pulkkinen; Tapio Väätäinen; Niina Rosenlund

Testimonials

‘Olli Hyvönen and Niina Rosenlund are very quick, pragmatic and experienced in competition law and investigations. They help out quickly and provide excellent services.’

‘They are quick, have a thorough knowledge and take a pragmatic approach.’

Key clients

LeasePlan Finland Oy

Koiviston Auto Group

Helsingin Bussiliikenne Oy

ISS Palvelut Oy

VTT Oy

Infra-Asfaltti Oy

Regional Counsel of South-West Finland

Oulu University Hospital (OYS)

Sarasota Oy

Edita Publishing Oy

KPA Unicon Oy

Natural Resources Institute Finland

Finnish Association of Speech Therapists

Municipality of Enontekiö

Work highlights

  • Represented Helsingin Bussiliikenne Oy in State Aid proceedings in the European Court of Justice in which the European Commission has interpreted that Finnish bus transport company owned by the City of Helsinki received €54.2m of incompatible state aid from Finland (City of Helsinki).
  • Representing LeasePlan Finland Oy in a public procurement dispute pending in the Market Court.
  • Representing Helsingin Bussiliikenne Oy in a major public procurement dispute pending in the Finnish Market Court.

Procopé & Hornborg

Procopé & Hornborg covers both national and EU merger control issues, abuse of dominance claims, cartel investigations, antitrust audits and damages disputes. It is also experienced in handling enforcement issues for EU clients, as well as acting for key players in the Finnish energy sector. Practice co-head Lotta Uusitalo focuses on EU and competition law, while co-head Asta Siponen specialises in damages claims, public procurement issues and state aid work.

Practice head(s):

Lotta Uusitalo; Asta Siponen

Testimonials

‘Good advice and quality work with short response times.’

Waselius & Wist

Waselius & Wist advises UK, US and Chinese clients on Finnish abuse of dominance issues, state aid work and public procurement matters; it is particularly strong in multi-jurisdictional merger control mandates. Practice head Lotta Pohjanpalo focuses on public procurement and regulatory matters, as well as acting  for clients before the FCCA, Market Court and Supreme Administrative Court.

Practice head(s):

Lotta Pohjanpalo

Testimonials

‘Lotta Pohjanpalo is accessible, responsive, and sensible.’

‘Speed and clarity of response, and accessibility of the lead partner.’

Key clients

Royal Canin

Pernod Ricard Finland Oy

Loomis AB

Automatia Pankkiautomaatit Oy

Essity Finland

CityBike Finland

Olympus Finland

Coloplast Oy

Ascensia Diabetes Care Finland Oy

Hanken & SSE Executive Education Ab

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Loomis AB in merger control proceedings before the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority in connection with its acquisition of Automatia Pankkiautomaatit Oy.
  • Successfully represented Ascensia Diabetes Care Finland Oy in public procurement litigation in the Finnish Market Court relating to a major procurement by the Joint Municipal Authority of the East Savo Hospital District of blood glucose meters, test strips, lancing devices and lancets.
  • Successfully represented CityBike Finland Ltd. in Market Court proceedings concerning a complaint regarding a major procurement by the City of Tampere of a city bike system.

Merkurius Attorneys

Led by Kirsi-Marja Salokangas, the practice at Merkurius Attorneys specialises in competition and public procurement law. Salokangas is an expert in public procurement work and competition cases often involving cartels, state aid issues and the exchange of information between competitors.

Practice head(s):

Kirsi-Marja Salokangas

Testimonials

Merkurius’ team are very professional and analytical in the public sector’s procurement law. They are a small but close team and their expertise in the contracts is very good.’

Merkurius has a very customer-oriented process to complete assignments on time and carefully. It is very easy to make contact and ask where we are today and what happens next. They are experts in procurement law.

Kirsi-Marja Salokangas is very customer-focused and result-oriented.’

Key clients

Certia Oy

Yleisradio Oy

Kuntien Hankintapalvelut KuHa Oy

Lakeuden Etappi Oy

Lojer Oy

Länsilinjat Oy

Medimattress Oy

Nokas CMS Oy

Oulan Group Oy

Pirkanmaan Voimia Oy

Tampereen aikuiskoulutussäätiö sr

Tampereen kaupunkiseudun elinkeino- ja kehitysyhtiö Business Tampere Oy ja Visit Tampere Oy

Tampereen Sähkölaitos Group (including Tampereen Sähkölaitos Oy, Tampereen Sähköverkko Oy and Tampereen Vera Oy)

Peab Oy

Martela Oyj

Niemen Tehtaat Oy

Validia Oy

City of Tampere

Work highlights

  • Represented Peab Oy in a public procurement appeal before the Market Court against the city of Nokia concerning a major public procurement for a building contract.
  • Represented Länsilinjat Oy before the FCCA, the Market Court and the Supreme Administrative Court.
  • Acted as legal adviser to Pirkanmaan Voimia Oy on a large-scale construction project and other acquisition questions related to public procurement, contract law, and complex competition law questions.