Bird & Bird (Helsinki)

Katia Duncker

Bird & Bird (Helsinki)
Lawyer (Partner)

As a partner in the Helsinki office and head of our Competition & EU Law group here in Finland, Katia specialises in complex competition and corporate matters. Over the years, she has worked on a number of cutting-edge competition law and public procurement cases for prestigious clients, both nationally and internationally. She also has extensive experience in advising on commercial and corporate M&A transactions, and in litigation proceedings relating to competition law and public procurement matters. She is very business oriented and she thinks it is essential in competition law and public procurement matters. In order to define whether a conduct is in compliance with competition laws, one has to understand the dynamics of the relevant market. Competition law and public procurement are both fairly new legal doctrines in which she has had the pleasure to work from the beginning. Seeing the evolvement of these two legal areas during her career has really deepened her expertise. Today you’ll find her recommended in the EMEA Legal 500, Chambers Europe and Best Lawyers in Finland directories. She was Chairman of the Board of the Finnish Association for Competition law from 2012 to 2014, and have been a board member since 2006. Alongside her native Finnish, she speaks English and French.

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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

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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 (...)

Päivi Tammilehto, Katia Duncker The Finnish Administrative Court allows game organisers to continue their fantasy sports operations while the definition of a lottery is being reviewed (Veikkaus Oy)

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The Finnish gambling market is one of the most regulated in Europe; state-owned Veikkaus Oy has the exclusive right to provide gambling services in Finland. The Lotteries Act (1047/2001) stipulates that the definition of a lottery is fulfilled when an activity includes three elements: a charge (...)

Päivi Tammilehto, Katia Duncker The Finnish Competition Authority proposes the Market Court to prohibit the merger between two operators in wholesale services in the foodservice industry (Kesko / Heinon Tukku)

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On 18 November 2019, the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority ("FCCA") proposed the Market Court to prohibit the merger between Kesko Oyj and Heinon Tukku Oy, two operators in wholesale services in the foodservice industry. According to the FCCA, the merger would significantly impede (...)

Päivi Tammilehto, Katia Duncker The Finnish Supreme Administrative Court rules on the scope of legally privileged material and finds that a memorandum found during a dawn raid contained a clear reference to external legal advice in the subject matter under investigation (Matkahuolto)

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The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority ("FCCA") had, during a dawn raid at a company’s premises, seized a memorandum drafted by this company which, among other things, referred to the legal advice provided to the company by an external attorney. The FCCA argued that as the internal (...)

Päivi Tammilehto, Katia Duncker The Helsinki District Court hands down two judgements regarding compensation of harm resulting from predatory pricing in the milk market (Maitomaa / Maitokolmio / Valio)

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In June 2019, the District Court of Helsinki handed down two judgments regarding compensation of harm resulting from predatory pricing. The claims for damages were brought before the court by two milk producers’ cooperatives, Maitomaa and Maitokolmio, with respect to a predatory pricing case in (...)

Päivi Tammilehto, Katia Duncker The Finnish Competition Authority extends the merger control investigation periods to 23 working days for phase I and 69 working days for phase II investigations

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The Finnish merger control investigation periods have been extended to 23 working days for phase I investigations (instead of one month previously) and 69 working days for phase II investigations (instead of three months previously). The previous way of calculating investigation periods in (...)

Päivi Tammilehto, Katia Duncker The EU Commission conditionally approves a merger in the agrimachinery businesses in the Baltic countries (Danish agro / Konekesko)

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The recent decision of the European Commission (“EC”) regarding Danish Agro’s acquisition of Konekesko’s agrimachinery businesses in Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania provides for an interesting opportunity to compare the approach of the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (“FCCA”) and (...)

Päivi Tammilehto, Katia Duncker The Finnish, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Icelandic Competition Authorities agree to enhance their co-operation in antitrust investigations by signing a cooperation agreement

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The Finnish, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Icelandic competition authorities have agreed to enhance their co-operation in antitrust investigations by signing a cooperation agreement on 8 September 2017. Currently, Finland, Sweden and Denmark have already acceded to the new agreement by (...)

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