Ilkka Leppihalme

Ilkka Leppihalme
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Who's Who Legal Competition: Lawyers

Partner Ilkka Leppihalme heads the firm's competition and public procurement practice.

Ilkka's main area of expertise is EU and Finnish competition law. He also represents clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings and advises on mergers and acquisitions and various commercial contracts. His competition law work covers the full spectrum of competition law (merger control, cartel investigations, horizontal and vertical agreements, abuses of dominance, litigation/damages cases, compliance programmes and training, public procurement and state aid) across a wide range of industries.

Prior to joining Dittmar & Indrenius in 2016 Ilkka 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. He has been involved in various landmark competition cases. Ilkka has also represented clients in numerous 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, before joining D&I in 2016 – all of the claims against both companies were dismissed by the Helsinki Court of Appeal.

Ilkka is one of the five members of the Competition Law Expert Group of the Finnish Bar Association. He is also a member of the Finnish Bar Association, International Bar Association, antitrust committee of the International Bar Association and the Finnish Competition Law Association. In addition, Ilkka took part (by invitation) in the work of the working group of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy on the necessary amendments to the act on competition restrictions.

Ilkka is a regular chairman and speaker at competition law conferences and seminars. He has authored or co-authored the Finland chapters of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Cartels & Leniency 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, Competition Litigation 2017 and 2018 and Merger Control 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, published by Global Legal Group Ltd.

Ilkka is listed as a leading competition/european law expert in Chambers Europe (annually since 2009) and highly appraised in The Legal 500 (annually since 2008).

WWL says: Ilkka Leppihalme enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market as "a brilliant all-round expert of competition law".


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