16 March 2011
LMR elects Ilkka Leppihalme to the partnership and appoints Johan Schmidt managing director
LMR Attorneys Ltd. has appointed a new partner and a new managing director. Ilkka Leppihalme, Co-Head of Competition, has been elected to the partnership with effect from 14 March 2011. Johan Schmidt has been appointed managing director with effect from 16 April 2011.
"Ilkka Leppihalme is a very talented and experienced competition lawyer and one of the key players in the competition law arena in Finland. He enjoys strong client relationships and has a deep understanding of clients' needs. I am delighted to welcome him into our partnership", says Jukka Luostarinen, LMR's chairman of the board.
"The appointment of Johan Schmidt as our managing director emphasises our continued commitment to the development of the firm. I believe his managerial experience and value based leadership constitute ideal foundations for going forward", continues Jukka Luostarinen.
Ilkka Leppihalme has been with LMR since 2004. Leppihalme practices primarily in the areas of EU and Finnish competition law, co-heading the firm's EU & Competition practice. In addition, he represents clients in litigation and arbitration procedures. He has extensive experience across a wide range of industries.
Leppihalme has been involved in various leading competition cases, including e.g. the asphalt cartel case and the raw wood cartel case. He also represents clients in numerous competition law related damages cases. Leppihalme is a regular chairman and speaker at competition law conferences and seminars. He is also one of the 10 members of the Competition Law Expert Group of the Finnish Bar Association. Leppihalme is ranked as a leading competition law expert in all major international directories of the legal profession.
Leppihalme received his national LL.M. from the University of Helsinki. He has also received an LL.M. from King's College London. Prior to joining LMR, he has worked in another law firm in Helsinki, been trained at the bench in the district court of Vantaa, and worked for some years at a leading international law firm (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer) in Brussels. Please click here for further information on Leppihalme.
Johan Schmidt joined LMR in May 2010. He practices primarily in the areas of corporate and contract law, as well as mergers and acquisitions, with a special emphasis on larger projects and IP and Technology related matters. Schmidt's experience covers most areas of business law, and he has a keen understanding of strategic and business management issues in addition to his role as a lawyer.
Before joining LMR, Schmidt has worked for Nokia Corporation where he held senior legal and management positions, more specifically as Director & Group Legal Counsel and as Vice President & Head of the company's venturing and new business development activities. Schmidt has also worked at Roschier-Holmberg & Waselius, Attorneys-at-law (currently Roschier).
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