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Competition & Public Procurement

State of the Art Service in Traditional Antitrust and Competition Matters

We have extensive experience in preventing and handling the risks associated with antitrust and competition law matters. Our team of outstanding individuals has an impressive record, advising on cases involving alleged cartels, dominance, restrictive commercial practices and market/sector investigations.

We advise and defend our clients’ interests throughout an investigation, from the launch of an investigation by dawn raid or otherwise through to appeals and follow-on damages actions. We have successfully represented several companies against competition law infringement based damages claims before the Finnish courts.

We also work with clients to develop and implement competition law compliance guidelines tailored specifically to their business and organise in-house “mock dawn raids”. In addition, we provide our expertise for a web-based competition law e-training programme: Competition Law e-Training.

The team is remarkably inventive and creative. It has done everything possible to help.
– Chambers Europe 2015 –

Successful Merger Control

Merger control is a crucial element in any major M&A process. Our team works with clients to devise their merger strategy, combining commercial, legal and economic considerations to maximise the chance of a successful outcome.

We are regularly involved in some of the most difficult and sensitive merger control cases and are often involved in Phase II merger control investigations entailing detailed remedy negotiations. Similarly, where clients’ commercial interests may be negatively affected by a merger between competitors, suppliers or customers, our clients can rely on us to deliver realistic advice, focus their competition arguments and advocate their case effectively to competition authorities.

We also have a proven track record in coordinating multi-jurisdictional merger control proceedings.

Forerunner in the Finnish State Aid Cases

Our practice has extensive experience of advising beneficiaries and governments in both formal and informal state aid investigations. We put a great deal of effort into preventive advice and case analysis, which is a wise investment for the client, in view of the extensive time and resources than an investigation or claim regarding state aid normally requires.

State aid rules require case-by-case analysis of a legal framework that is being continuously revised. Understanding state aid rules is vital for the competitors of aid beneficiaries, as well as the beneficiaries themselves, and government and municipal authorities. Our direct involvement and the experience gained in major state aid cases over many years allows us to provide clients with informed and decisive advice even in the most challenging cases. Our experts have successfully handled several complex cases, some of which were novel due to special circumstances or the lack of precedents.

Experienced and Innovative Public Procurement Practice

Our team has solid expertise and experience in addressing public procurement issues from the perspective of all those involved in the procurement processes. We aim to provide clear and effective legal advice with a combination of detailed technical legal expertise, innovative thinking and commercial focus.

Our specialists have extensive experience in advising on the application of different procurement processes, models and agreements. We provide day-to-day counselling, regarding procurement law and procedures to suppliers and contracting authorities on a wide range of issues and situations such as assessing tender requirements, assisting in different phases of the procedure and advising on concession contracts, consortium and alliance agreements, as well as Public-Private Partnerships. An active part of the practice involves representing clients in notable procurement complaints/appeals before the Finnish Market Court and the Supreme Administrative Court.