Mikko Alkio > Avance Attorneys Ltd > Helsinki, Finland > Lawyer Profile

Avance Attorneys Ltd

Work Department

EU, Compliance, Competition and State Aid, Intellectual Property and Data Protection, Economics
Healthcare, Technology and Innovations, Life Sciences, Policy and Regulation

Mikko focuses his practice on competition law, state aid, technology law and intellectual property rights. He is considered to be one of the leading experts in the field of regulated industries, including healthcare and pharma, energy and natural resources, media and software. Mikko has co-authored a leading treatise on competition law and recently authored an in-depth analysis of the Finnish healthcare system. His most recent book discusses state aid regulation in the European Union.




Avance Attorneys Ltd., Partner 2012-
Ministry of Employment and the Economy, State Secretary (Economic affairs) (2008-2009)
Microsoft Finland Oy, Director of Information Society Relations (2007-2008)
Economic Policy Adviser to the Finnish Prime Minister (2005-2007)
European Commission, Member of Commissioner Rehn’s Cabinet (2004-2005)
Prime Minister’s Office, EU-secretariat, Special Advisor (Energy, Transport, Telecommunications) (2003-2004)
Roschier Attorneys Ltd., Senior Associate (2000-2003, 2009-2010)


Finnish, English


The Finnish Bar Association, The Finnish Association of Competition Law, The Finnish Association of EU Law


LL.M., College of Europe, Bruges (2000)
LL.M., University of Helsinki (1998)
Preparing Doctoral Thesis on “Market Access and Role of State in the European Union”

Lawyer Rankings

Finland > EU and competition

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.

Finland > TMT

Avance Attorneys Ltd advises on venture capital investments and the formation of joint ventures in the TMT space, particularly for clients operating in the healthtech, cleantech, gaming and fintech spaces. Practice head Topi Siniketo advises on technology and competition law issues, and also covers the related litigation and arbitration work. Mikko Alkio is an expert in competition law, especially regarding regulated industries such as the healthcare, energy and natural resources sectors.

Finland > Intellectual property

Avance Attorneys Ltd covers both day-to-day IP advice and strategic IP counselling and representation for clients in the entertainment, med tech, healthcare and pharmaceuticals sectors. Practice head Topi Siniketo deals with IP litigation and arbitration proceedings, as well as IP-related transactions, while Mikko Alkio focuses on IP and competition law, especially in regulated industries.