Mika is the head of Lexia’s EU, Competition and Public Procurement practice. Prior to this, he worked at the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA), among others, at the Director General’s Staff and Merger Control Unit (Industries 2 division). His duties at the FCCA included, among others, case assessment and management, preparation and participation in dawn raids, monitoring operational environment, project manage¬ment (subject specific and sectoral, e.g. cartel criminalisation and waste management), sector analysis and ex post evaluation of legislation, competence development, development of the investigative activities pertaining to competition cases, FCCA’s strategy work, and preparation of the agency for the introduction of the new merger control test (so-called SIEC test) adopted in the new Competition Act (948/2011) effective from 1st November 2011. Mika was one of the coauthors of the FCA’s Merger Guidelines (2011). He was in charge of, among others, Chapters dealing with substantive assessment of mergers. He is experienced in drafting legal texts, e.g. the Finnish Competition Act, and the Government Decrees on the Obligation to Notify a Concentration and on the Calculation of Turnover of a Party to the Concentration, and has also provided internal training on several legal and economic topics.
Mika has also gained practical experience from EU competition law through participation in a major pharmaceutical antitrust case (Generics/Astra Zeneca) at the DG Competition of the European Commission in 2004, and through attending Oral Hearings and Advisory Committee meetings on behalf of the FCCA. Mika is also experienced in international projects. Inter alia in Ukraine among his duties were to assess and develop Ukrainian competition law and the assessment practice of the Ukrainian competition authority (Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine, AMCU), give training and prepare merger assessment guidelines for the AMCU and the public.
Mika is the first Adjunct Professor of Competition Law and Policy in Finland. He is a Doctor of Science (Econ & BA) from the University of Tampere, and holds a Master’s Degree in law (LL.M.) from the University of Helsinki. He has also studied EU competition law and European law at the University of Glasgow (School of Law). Prior to joining the FCCA, he acted as a university lecturer in business law at the University of Tampere, where he is now also a visiting lecturer in EU competition law.
Mika regularly publishes in various international and Finnish legal and law and economics publications. Mika was granted the Finnish Lawyers’ Society Award for the best legal doctoral dissertation in Finland in 2009. The book, “Does EU Merger Con¬trol Discriminate against Small Market Companies? Diagnosing the Argument with Conclusions was published in Kluwer’s International Competition Law Series in 2010. Mika was also granted the Laudatur Thesis Prize for his LL.M. thesis on EU merger control by the Faculty of Law of the University of Helsinki in 2002. He is also a member of Case Reports Editorial Review Board at Oxford Competition Law and an author of the Kluwer Competition Law Blog.
In addition, Mika is a member in several legal and law and economics associations.