In recent years, Phase II merger reviews have dominated the Finnish field of economics in competition law. Economists at the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) are heavily involved in any large merger review.
In December 2018, the FCCA brought its first cartel case to the Market Court since early 2016, breaking its period of silence. In early 2019, the FCCA also finished its almost five-year investigation in the alleged abuse of dominance case in the financial sector, without finding evidence of abuse. Even more recently, the Supreme Administrative Court upheld the FCCA’s findings of two cartels: the federation for bakeries and in bus transport. With its new Director General, the FCCA has also been more active in the media. Additional resources have been allocated to the authority resulting in the establishment of the Market Research Unit.
Learn more in the Handbook of Competition Economics’ chapter on Finland, written by Emmi Martikainen, Anssi Kohonen, and Kalle Kantanen.
An extract from GCR’s Competition Economics Handbook 2020, first published in November 2019.
For further information, please contact Emmi Martikainen