Bird & Bird (Helsinki)

Aarne Puisto

Bird & Bird (Helsinki)
Lawyer (Associate)

Aarne works as an associate in the Competition and EU Law group in Helsinki where he advises the domestic and international clients on competition law and public procurement related matters. His work spans all areas of competition law, from antitrust and merger control to State Aid. He also advises the clients on EU law related regulatory and compliance issues, as well as on EU proceedings. Prior to joining Bird & Bird in 2020, he gained extensive work experience at several leading Finnish law firms specialised in competition and public procurement. In addition, he has also worked at the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority, and at a legal department of a global engineering and consulting company. In other words, he has gained valuable experience from all sides of the table which widens my perspective and helps me to provide the most efficient advice to the clients and precise answers to their questions. In addition to my degree from University of Helsinki, he has an LL.M. degree in European Business Law from Lund University. He has also studied in Tallinn, where he was one of the founding members of Tallinn Law School students’ association in 2013. During his studies abroad he worked with people from different cultures. Due to my international background, Bird & Bird with its 30 offices all around the world is a great place for him to harness my expertise to clients.

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1020 Bulletin

Aarne Puisto, Päivi Tammilehto The Finnish Competition Authority calls for lowering turnover thresholds for merger notification and discretionary power to order below-threshold notifications


According to the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (“FCCA”), the current national turnover thresholds allow harmful merges to escape scrutiny by the authority. The FCCA suggests that Finnish turnover thresholds be lowered and that the authority be granted the right to require a (...)

Aarne Puisto, Päivi Tammilehto The Finnish Deputy Chancellor of Justice declares that the Competition Authority’s policy to prohibit recordings of hearings is declared unlawful under the national Competition Act


According to the decision of the Deputy Chancellor of Justice ("DCJ"), responsible for monitoring the lawfulness of the operations of public authorities, the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority ("FCCA") cannot restrict the right of attorneys to record the hearings conducted by the FCCA (...)

Riikka Aarikka, Aarne Puisto, Katia Duncker The EU Commission confirms the Parliament and Council’s procurement directive to answer the question of COVID-19 may affect the use of the negotiated procedure without prior publication and amending contracts during their term


The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has in a short time driven the whole world into a state of emergency. The pandemic may cause situations for which contracting authorities cannot have prepared for in advance. In this article, we will look at the question of how COVID-19 may affect the use of the (...)

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