Mika Pohjonen

Title: 
Specialist Partner
Office: 
Helsinki
Telephone: 
+358 9 2288 4454
Mobile: 
+358 400 735 742
Language: 
English
Finnish
Assistant: 
Viivi Alanen

Assistant's telephone:

+358 9 2288 4360

Assistant's e-mail:

PRACTICE AND EXPERIENCE

Mika heads our Public Procurement practice in Helsinki. He has exceptionally strong experience in all aspects of public procurement and also specialises in other areas of competition law.

Mika regularly represents clients in court proceedings related to public procurement matters. He has acted as counsel in over 200 legal proceedings at the Finnish Market Court and the Finnish Supreme Administrative Court. Mika also advises undertakings in participating in tender procedures and public entities in the arrangement of tender procedures. In addition, he handles assignments related to various competition restrictions.

Mika has chaired and lectured at more than two hundred seminars on public procurement. He has published books and numerous articles in the fields of public procurement and competition law, including Public Contracts Law (2017, co-author Elise Pekkala, Katariina Huikko, Markus Ukkola), Guide to Tender Procedures on Public Construction Procurement (2017), Public Contracts Law and Contract Terms (2012, co-author Elise Pekkala), Guide to Tender Procedures on Public Construction Procurement (2013), Guide to Tender Procedures on Public Life Cycle Projects (2006) and Legal Practice Concerning Public Procurement (2002).

RECENT REFERENCES

  • Counsel to the City of Espoo in its PPP school project. Value of the project is expected to be in excess of EUR 100m (2018).
  • Counsel to the contracting authority in a development project (alliance contract model) with a procurement value of approximately EUR 30 million (2016).
  • Counsel to the city of Tampere for tram procurement (2015-2016).
  • Counsel to the contracting authority in a renovation project with a procurement value of approximately EUR 200 million (2015-2016).
  • Counsel to the Finnish Transport Agency in a railway renovation project (alliance contract model) with a procurement value of approximately EUR 80 million (2015-2016).
  • Counsel to the contracting authority in ICT procurement with a value of approximately EUR 65 million (2015-2016).
  • Counsel to the contracting authority in the design and construction of a social and healthcare centre (alliance contract model) with a procurement value of approximately EUR 50 million (2013-2016).
  • Counsel to the petitioner in contesting an award decision on equipment procurement with a value of approximately EUR 150 million (2012-2016).
  • Counsel to the city of Tampere in a tramway design and construction project (alliance contract model) with a procurement value of approximately EUR 250 million (2014-2015).
  • Counsel to the contracting authority in a building renovation services procurement project with a value of approximately EUR 100 million (2014).
  • Counsel to the contracting authority in a hospital renovation and construction services project with a procurement value of approximately EUR 200 million (2013-2014).
  • Counsel to the contracting authority in a public transport procurement project with a value of approximately EUR 130 million (2013-2014).
  • Counsel to a supplier in an equipment procurement project with a value of approximately EUR 300 million (2012-2013).
  • Counsel to the contracting authority in a helicopter procurement project with a value of approximately EUR 60 million (2012-2013).
  • Counsel to the petitioner in contesting an award decision on telecommunications procurement with a value of approximately EUR 100 million (2011-2013).
  • Counsel to the Finnish Transport Agency in the Lielahti-Kokemäki railway renovation project (first time the alliance contract model was deployed in Finland) with a procurement value of approximately EUR 90 million (2011-2012).
  • Counsel to the contracting authority in a student housing renovation project (alliance contract model) with a procurement value of approximately EUR 20 million (2011).
  • Counsel to the Finnish Transport Agency in its acquisition of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project regarding the construction and maintenance of the E18 motorway section Hamina–Vaalimaa. The total value of the project is approx. EUR 378  million.
  • Counsel to the contracting entity at the Finnish Supreme Administrative Court in a public procurement case concerning utilisation of waste as energy, the value of the procurement totalling EUR 282 million.
  • Counsel to the contracting entity in precedential damages proceedings, in which the claim was based on purported breach of public procurement law. The District Court of Helsinki ruled in favour of our client, dismissing the claim and awarding full compensation for our legal costs.
  • Counsel to the contracting entity in a major waste burning plant project, where the invitation to tender has been arranged as a competitive dialogue.

RANKINGS AND PUBLICATIONS

Mika has been regularly listed as an expert in public procurement, e.g. in such international legal directories as Chambers Global and Legal 500.

By way of example, he has been referred to as follows:

  • 'Sources describe Mika Pohjonen as "the man for public procurement." ', Competition/ European Law, Chambers Europe 2018
  • 'Mika Pohjonen is touted by a client as being "by far the number-one expert in Finland, especially in public procurement matters. He's a very good listener and always available." ', Competition/ European Law, Chambers Europe 2017
  • 'One client says: "He especially knows the public procurement side inside out. He knows case law and legal development very well and is involved in legislative work. He's able to predict where the legislation will be going, giving us extra value. He's really the number one guy in the Finnish market in public procurement." ', Competition/European Law, Chambers Europe 2016
  • 'Mika Pohjonen wins particular praise from sources for his public procurement practice: "He is super. He is an expert, gives me advice I can use and far exceeds my expectations. He is the ultimate adviser." ', Competition/European Law, Chambers Europe 2015
  • ‘Mika Pohjonen focuses heavily on public procurement and state aid matters, and is widely admired for his high-end work in this area.’, Competition/European Law, Chambers Europe 2014
  • Ranked among the best lawyers in the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions (Helsinki: Competition) of Best Lawyers®
  • ‘Mika Pohjonen is recognised by sources as the team's leading lawyer in public procurement and state aid cases.’, Competition/European Law, Chambers Europe 2013
  • "Mika Pohjonen is praised for his ‘great verbal and written communication’, and is highly recommended.", Legal 500, 2013
  • '"Finland's Mr Procurement," Mika Pohjonen is the country's leading practitioner in this area. Clients say that he has "been doing a great job helping us avoid mistakes in public procurement, and he never gets stressed.", Chambers Europe 2012
  • ’Mika Pohjonen has developed a reputation for his strong focus on public procurement issues, and “is well regarded and extremely visible on that front,”...Pohjonen is further praised for his efficiency and creativeness.’, Chambers Europe 2011
  • Leading lawyer in Dispute Resolution as well as in EU and Competition in the Guide to European Legal Experts 2010
  • Ranked in Competition/European Law, Chambers Europe 2010
  • Endorsed in Competition/anti-trust: public procurement, PLC Which Lawyer? 2010
  • 'Mika Pohjonen, a well-known specialist in the public procurement sector', Chambers Europe 2009
  • ‘Sources attest that public procurement specialist Mika Pohjonen has “a deep knowledge” of the competition field and is “extremely brilliant” from an academic angle.’, Chambers Global and Chambers Europe 2008
  • “Mika Pohjonen continues to enjoy an especially strong reputation in the area of public procurement.”, Chambers Global 2007
  • “Mika Pohjonen is widely considered to be the leading expert in public procurement matters.”, Legal 500, 2006
  • “Peers are full of praise for Mika Pohjonen and his work in the public procurement sphere.”, Chambers Global 2006
  • “Up-and-coming Mika Pohjonen meanwhile is establishing a name as one of Finland’s leading public procurement lawyers.”, Chamber Global 2005

MEMBERSHIPS AND POSITIONS OF TRUST

  • Member of the Board of The Finnish Competition Law Association
  • Member of the Finnish Bar Association

EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

  • Specialist Partner, Hannes Snellman, 2006
  • Senior Associate, Hannes Snellman, 2004
  • Associate Lawyer, Hannes Snellman, 2002
  • Market Court Judge, The Finnish Market Court, 2002
  • Legal Secretary, Finnish Competition Council, 1999 – 2002
  • Assistant on the Commercial Law, University of Lapland, 1998 – 1999
  • Trained on the Bench, 1998
  • Master of Economics and Business Administration, University of Vaasa, 1997
  • Master of Laws, University of Lapland, 1995