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 has been a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network, a network of more than 130 competition authorities, since 2010. 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.