Dr Mika Oinonen works as a Senior Research Officer in the Market Research Unit at the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA). Prior to this, he has worked at the Director General's Staff and Merger Control Unit (Industries 2 division). His tasks have included monitoring operational environment, competence development at the FCCA, 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 co-authors of the FCA's Merger Guidelines (2011) and has provided internal training on several topics. Mika has also experience in drafting legal texts, e.g. the forthcoming 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 a variety of tasks relating to the handling of Phase I and Phase II mergers.
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. 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 is a Doctor of Science (Bus.Adm.) from the University of Tampere, and holds a Master's Degree in law (LL.M.) from the University of Helsinki, both with excellent grades (Eximia cum laude approbatur and Laudatur, respectively). He has also studied EU competition law and European law at the University of Glasgow (School of Law), Scotland, in 2001–2002.
Mika has published in various international and Finnish legal and law and economics publications. His doctoral dissertation,"Does EU Merger Control Discriminate against Small Market Companies? Diagnosing the Argument with Conclusions was granted the Finnish Lawyers' Society Award for the best legal doctoral dissertation in Finland in 2009. The dissertation 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 an author of the Kluwer Competition Law Blog.
Mika is a member in several legal and law and economics associations, and was a member of the board at ELSA (European Law Students’ Association) Scotland in 2001–2002.
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