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Several amendments to the Competition Act

Several amendments to the Competition Act have been adopted.

The amendments include changes to the inspection rights of the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (the “FCCA”). The FCCA now has the right to conduct searches in temporary copies of data made during inspections also in its own premises while previously the inspection had to be completed as a site inspection. In addition, the FCCA now has the express right to inspect data regardless of the medium in which the data is saved. Read more

Request for statement regarding proposed changes to procurement laws

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment requests for statements regarding proposed changes to the procurement laws.

The Ministry has prepared a draft Government Bill, dated 14 June 2019, which would amend the procurement laws by introducing the use of electronic procedures in criminal record checks. The purpose of the Bill is to clarify certain rules relating to procurement procedures and rectify certain technical errors currently included in the procurement laws. Read more

Binding targets for zero- and low-emission vehicles in public procurement

The Council of the European Union has recently adopted binding targets for zero- and low-emission vehicles in public procurement. According to the Council, the new rules will, inter alia, stimulate innovation. Zero- and low-emission vehicles will in turn help the EU meet its Paris Agreement commitments.

The new rules are set out in a draft directive amending the Clean Vehicles Directive (2009/33/EC). The scope of the rules is broadened in terms of the procurement practices covered. For example, refuse collection and postal delivery services fall within the scope of the new rules. Read more

Waselius & Wist advised the winning tenderer Marfina S.L. in the public tender regarding the Vantaa City Bike System

Waselius & Wist advised the winning tenderer Marfina S.L. and its subcontractor CityBike Finland Oy in the public tender, and in the negotiation of the procurement contract, relating to a major procurement by the City of Vantaa of a City Bike System comprising in total 1,000 bikes and 100 city bike stations in the Tikkurila, Aviapolis, Myyrmäki and Martinlaakso areas in Vantaa. Read more

Waselius & Wist successfully represented Ascensia Diabetes Care Finland Oy

Waselius & Wist successfully represented Ascensia Diabetes Care Finland Oy before the Market Court in litigation against the Joint Municipal Authority of the Hospital District of Central Finland regarding a major procurement of blood glucose meters and test strips. Read more

Waselius & Wist successfully represented Maksuturva Group Oy

Waselius & Wist successfully represented Maksuturva Group Oy in Market Court proceedings relating to a major procurement of card payment services and invoice based payment services by Helsinki Regional Transport (”Helsingin Seudun Liikenne”). Read more

Waselius & Wist successfully represented Ascensia Diabetes Care Finland Oy

Waselius & Wist successfully represented Ascensia Diabetes Care Finland Oy in public procurement litigation before the Market Court relating to a major procurement by the Joint Municipal Authority of the Hospital District of South Ostrobotnia of blood glucose meters and test strips. Read more

Waselius & Wist successfully represented Bayer Oy

Waselius & Wist successfully represented Bayer Oy in two major public procurement litigation proceedings before the Market Court. Read more

Acquisition of Solita by Apax

Waselius & Wist represented Apax Partners in the Finnish law aspects of the acquisition of a majority stake in the leading Finnish digital transformation company, Solita, from Vaaka Partners, including the financing arrangements and merger control proceedings relating to the acquisition. Read more

Waselius & Wist successfully represented Ascensia Diabetes Care Finland Oy

Waselius & Wist successfully represented Ascensia Diabetes Care Finland Oy in public procurement litigation in the Market Court relating to a major procurement by the City of Espoo of blood glucose meters and test strips. Read more

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