DLA Piper appoints new Head of Competition and Regulatory in Finland

DLA Piper has appointed Mr. Mikko Huimala, a distinguished competition lawyer as Head of Competition and Regulatory in Finland.

Mikko Huimala has extensive experience in competition and regulatory matters. He advises Finnish and international companies in all aspects of competition law, including compliance matters, proceedings before the competition authorities and courts, as well as merger control. He is also highly experienced in regulatory matters, particularly in the telecommunications and energy sectors.

Mikko joins DLA Piper from another leading law firm. Prior to joining private practice in 2006, he gained several years of experience in investigating cartel and other competition law infringement cases in the Finnish Competition Authority and the networks of competition authorities. Mikko holds a post-graduate diploma in competition law economics from King’s College London. He has co-authored an in-depth textbook on EU and Finnish competition law and published several articles on competition law. Mikko is also the President of the Finnish Competition Law Association.

"We are very pleased to have Mikko Huimala head our highly recognised Competition and Regulatory team. Mikko's international experience and local knowledge will support the continuous development of our leading Competition practice, said Jukka Luostarinen of DLA Piper, former Head of the firm's Finnish Competition practice.

Mikko Huimala said: "I’m delighted to join DLA Piper in Finland to steer the firm’s renowned Competition practice and to continue the work in providing outstanding service to our clients both in competition and regulatory matters. Clients increasingly require practical, to-the-point advice across multiple jurisdictions, and DLA Piper’s global reach is a perfect match to our clients needs."

"Understanding antitrust and competition rules is a necessary part of our clients' successful business strategies in today's global economy. An experienced and business-minded competition lawyer, we are delighted to welcome Mikko to the firm" Johan Schmidt, Managing Director of DLA Piper in Finland, commented.