Competition/Antitrust Department

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What the team is known for Pre-eminent competition group with strong expertise pertaining to merger control proceedings and state aid issues. Also advises on dawn raids, investigations and abuse of dominance cases. Experienced advising clients from the telecommunications, waste management, financial services, automotive and energy sectors.

Strengths Sources laud the department for the quality of its services as well as its responsiveness. "Sorainen is always very reliable and punctual with the advice, work and feedback," says one impressed client, before adding: "I value that Sorainen is able to help us across all three Baltic countries."

Work highlights Represented Eesti Lairiba Arenduse Sihtasutus, a broadband network developer, in proceedings before the Estonian competition authorities pertaining to an alleged abuse of dominant position by implementing restrictive conditions to access its network.

Notable practitioners

Market sources report that Kaupo Lepasepp is a "very good and experienced lawyer." He advises clients on abuse of dominance, merger clearance and competition-related litigations. He is best recognised for his particular expertise in the energy sector.

Piibe Lehtsaar enters the rankings this year due to positive market feedback. She is a key member of the competition practice, representing clients in merger clearance and antitrust issues. One impressed source remarks: "She has always kept all the deadlines and has given us good advice," whilst another interviewee says she is "very precise and pays great attention to detail."