Ilkka Leppihalme

Head of Competition & Public Procurement

Ilkka Leppihalme

Head of Competition & Public Procurement

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Leppihalme is ‘one of the best ’.

The Legal 500 2017, EU and competition

Ilkka Leppihalme enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market as “a brilliant all-round expert of competition law”.

Who’s Who Legal, WWL: Competition 2018

Partner Ilkka Leppihalme has been nominated on Global Competition Review’s guide WWL: Competition 2018 as one of the world’s leading practitioners in this field.

Who’s Who Legal, WWL: Competition 2018

Dynamic lawyer Leppihalme has a strong track record in competition litigation.

The Legal 500 2018, EU and competition

Recognized since 2015 in The Best Lawyers in Finland for work in: Competition Law.

Best Lawyers

An excellent, careful and commercially-minded lawyer.

Chambers Europe 2018, Competition/European Law

Partner Ilkka Leppihalme has been recognized on Who’s Who Legal’s Thought Leaders: Competition 2018 edition. Who’s Who Legal’s research identifies Thought Leaders as being truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.

Who’s Who Legal, Thought Leaders - Competition 2018

Ranked as a leading lawyer in Euromoney’s Expert Guides – The world’s leading lawyers chosen by their peers, Competition and Antitrust since 2012.

Expert Guides, Competition and Antitrust

A very thorough and experienced lawyer in competition –
communicative, flexible and responsive.

Chambers Europe 2017, Competition/European Law

One of the easiest people to work with in the Finnish market.

Chambers Europe, Competition/European Law
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Focus 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.

Prior to 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.

Leppihalme is one of the few members of the Competition Law Expert Group of the Finnish Bar Association. 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.


University of Helsinki (LL.M., 1998)

Trained at the Bench (2000)

King’s College London (LL.M., 2001)

Admitted: Finnish Bar Association


Finnish, Swedish, English and French


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Government proposes changes to the Competition Act
24 May 2018 On 24 May 2018, the Government put forward a number of amendments to the Competition Act. The following presents the main proposals relating to investigation proceedings, merger control and competition neutrality. Investigations The proposal contains a number of amendments relating to the inspection procedure. The FCCA would have the right to take temporary copies of data, and continue the inspection of such collected electronic data at its own premises in addition to those of the undertaking. According to the proposal, such an amendment would enhance the inspection proceedings and would enable the FCCA to go through large amounts of data in a manner which would cause less harm to the undertaking concerned. Additionally, the Act would be amended to clarify that the FCCA has the right to examine the business correspondence, bookkeeping, computer files, other documents, and data of an undertaking irrespective of the medium in which it is recorded (e.g. mobile devices). The proposal also seeks to enhance the exchange of information between various national authorities. Following the amendment, the FCCA would be given the right to submit information and documents to the prescribed authorities if such information and documentation are necessary in order to carry out certain tasks assigned to the authorities by law. The FCCA would in turn have the right to obtain information necessary for the investigation of competition restrictions or merger control from such authorities, such as the tax authority and the Grey Economy Information Unit. Merger control The Government has proposed to extend the review period in phase I proceedings from one month to 23 working days. Similarly, the review period in phase II proceedings would be amended from three months to 69 working days, and the Market Court could suspend the deadline by 46 working days as opposed to the current two months. The purpose of the amendment is to clarify and unify the duration of merger control proceedings. Competition neutrality The proposal also contains a number of amendments relating to competition neutrality. For example, municipalities, provinces and the state entities engaged in economic activity would have an obligation to keep separate records of that activity. In addition to the aforementioned, the Government proposal also contains a number of other amendments, e.g. on clarifying the limitations in the scope of application of the Competition Act, prioritizing the tasks of the FCCA, unifying the obligation of an undertaking to submit information, extending the time limits of interim injunctions and extending the use of a shortened application for fine reductions. While some of the proposed changes are fairly straightforward and uncontroversial, we expect the debate to heat up especially with regard to safeguarding the rights of undertakings and their employees in the context of inspections and with regard to the proposed increased possibilities for various information exchanges between numerous authorities. As a main rule, the proposed amendments are intended to enter into force as soon as possible. The Government's proposal (HE 68/2018 vp) is available here (in Finnish).

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