The Handbook of Competition Economics 2017

Finland

Two recent landmark decisions highlight the increasing use of advanced economic and econometric methods in public and private competition law enforcement in Finland. First, in April 2016, the Finnish Consumer and Competition Authority (FCCA) approved the large retail sector merger between Kesko Food and Suomen Lähikauppa. Second, in June 2016, the Helsinki District Court dismissed all damage claims (€160 million) against forest companies in the first of the wood procurement cartel cases. Extensive economic analysis preceded both decisions.