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Ilkka Leppihalme

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Dittmar & Indrenius

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Competition & Public Procurement


Partner Ilkka Leppihalme heads the firm's Competition & Public Procurement practice.

He focuses on high-profile EU and Finnish competition law matters; litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Ilkka Leppihalme is known for having been involved in various landmark competition cases, including the largest competition cases in Finland. He regularly assesses potential competition law issues in a transactional context and possesses significant experience in both domestic and multijurisdictional merger control procedures across a wide range of industries.

Leppihalme has represented clients in numerous significant competition law related damages cases. He defended two companies in the precedent-setting asphalt cartel damages cases until the end of the hearing in the Helsinki Court of Appeal – all of the claims against both companies were dismissed. He has also acted as a counsel and as an expert on Finnish law in some of the most notable international competition damages cases.

He is a regular chairman and speaker at competition law conferences and seminars. He is listed as a leading competition law expert in all major international ranking publications.


Joined Dittmar & Indrenius: 2016; Before joining Dittmar & Indrenius Ilkka Leppihalme made a distinguished career as a partner and head of competition in another leading law firm in Finland. Prior to this, he was with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Brussels.


Finnish, Swedish, English and French


the Competition Law Expert Group of the Finnish Bar Association,  the Finnish Bar Association, International Bar Association, Antitrust Committee of the International Bar Association and the Finnish Competition Law Association. Mr Leppihalme is one of the few members of the Competition Law Expert Group of the Finnish Bar Association. He has been a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network, a network of more than 130 competition authorities, since 2010.


University of Helsinki (LL.M., 1998), Trained at the Bench, Vantaa District Court (2000), King's College London (LL.M., 2001)


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Ilkka Leppihalme  - Dittmar & Indrenius

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'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.

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    In February Parliament adopted new rules in relation to both domestic and international jurisdiction in civil matters. The new jurisdiction rules will enter into force on 1 September 2009. As Finland is a member state of the European Union, the EU rules on international jurisdiction, such as the Brussels I and II Regulations, (EC) No 44/2001 and (EC) No 2201/2003, and other provisions regarding certain specific subject matters, are applicable. The new rules on international jurisdiction will apply in cases falling outside the territorial or subject matter scope of the applicable EU regulations or international conventions binding Finland.
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