Title: Partner, Head of Competition & Public Procurement
Partner Ilkka Leppihalme heads the firm's Competition & 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 programs and training, public procurement and state aid) across a wide range of industries.
Before 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.
Joined Dittmar & Indrenius: 2016
Education: University of Helsinki (LL.M., 1998), Trained at the Bench, Vantaa District Court (2000), King's College London (LL.M., 2001)
Languages: Finnish, Swedish, English, French
Publications & Lectures: 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.
Recommendations: 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).
Ilkka is also listed in the inaugural edition of Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Competition (2018). The practitioners listed "are among the very best in the world in the competition field, without exception."
In addition, Ilkka is listed as a pre-eminent competition law specialist in Who’s Who Legal: Competition – a guide to the world’s leading competition lawyers and economists (annually since 2011), by PLC Which Lawyer?, as a leading lawyer in Guide to the World's Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers/Economists (since 2012), published every two years, and by Best Lawyers (since 2015).
Ilkka was one of only three partners from Finland included in a first edition of Who’s Who Legal: Competition – Future Leaders 2017 – a guide to the world’s leading competition experts aged 45 or under. He was also the only one from Finland included in the short list of the Global Competition Review’s 40 under 40 survey in 2012. The survey is run every four years and it aims to identify the world’s leading young competition law / antitrust partners. Ilkka is also highly recommended in Legal Experts EMEA.
Ilkka is "widely recognised as one of the leaders of Finland's next generation of competition law experts", a "skilful, talented lawyer - one of the easiest people to work with in the Finnish market", "very approachable, with a service attitude that makes us feel as if we are his only client" and has an "extremely broad knowledge of all aspects of competition law". – Chambers Europe
"Leppihalme elicits enthusiastic plaudits from clients" – Chambers Europe
"Sources appreciate his client-oriented approach and timely responses" – Chambers Europe
The Legal 500 appraise Ilkka as "leading individual", "excellent", "star", "very international", "highly skilled", "talented", "fantastic" and “highly recommended”.
Clients say Ilkka "always provides first class and timely competition law services" and that he has "very good relationships with the relevant authorities". – The Legal 500