Sustainability & Competition Law: What is Permissible?

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Sustainability & Competition Law: What is Permissible?

Sustainability & Competition Law: What is Permissible?

About the speakers
  • Viljami Aarbakke
    Viljami Aarbakke
    Legal Director, Procurement & Competition Law at Fortum
    Fortum is a leading clean-energy company. At Fortum, Viljami Aarbakke advises on a variety of competition law matters. Before joining Fortum he worked at Castrén & Snellman.
  • Pia Nyholm
    Pia Nyholm
    Senior Legal Counsel at Neste (Finland)
    Pia Nyholm is Senior Legal Counsel at Neste Corporation, based in Espoo, Finland. Neste creates solutions for combating climate change and accelerating a shift to a circular economy. Neste is producing sustainable aviation fuel and renewable diesel and is developing renewable and circular feedstock solutions for polymers and chemicals from waste, residues and innovative raw materials and is also a technologically advanced refiner of high-quality oil products. Neste helps its customers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 million tons annually by 2030. Neste has consistently been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices and the Corporate Knights Global 100 list of the world’s most sustainable companies. Pia has 25 years’ experience in key legal roles in Competition. Pia joined Neste Legal Affairs in 2003 and advises all Neste businesses globally inter alia on a wide variety of competition and EU law matters and renewable energy regulation and related market access issues. Prior to joining Neste she has been working in law firms and at the Competition Council of Finland. She is a frequent speaker at competition law seminars.
  • Virpi Ojanen
    Virpi Ojanen
    Head of Legal, Grocery Trade and Competition at SOK (S-Group)
    Virpi has over 20 years’ experience in key legal roles, in both Competition and Commercial law. She has gained several years of strategic in-house experience from both the food industry sector, in a major Finnish food company, as well as from the retail sector. In addition to her vast experience as an in-house counsel, she has worked in a top-tier Finnish law firm for app. 10 years, advising international clients on Competition Law in particular. Virpi is currently heading Competition and Commercial law, in Finland’s biggest grocery trade operator, S Group. She is also a member of SOK’s respective management team, and a specialist member (Competition Law) in the Finnish Commerce Federation’s Legal Committee. Virpi holds a Master of Laws degree, from both the University of Turku, as well as from the University of Stockholm, with special emphasis on EC Competition Law.
  • Mariska Van De Sanden
    Mariska Van De Sanden
    Head of Sustainability Team at Authority for Consumers & Markets, ACM
    Mariska van de Sanden is the head of the sustainability team within the Competition Department of the Dutch Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM). The team advises internally and externally on sustainability matters and competition law. In that context the team provides informal guidance to business, governmental institutions etc. on sustainability initiatives. Amongst others about a cooperation between Shell and TotalEnergies to jointly offer storage of CO2 in empty gas fields in the North Sea, an initiative between competitors to use an internal CO2 price and an initiative to jointly boycott growers that supply plants with illegal pesticides. Mariska studied law (Tilburg University) and holds a LL.M. degree in competition law from Kings College, London. After her studies she worked for almost ten years as a lawyer in private practice.
  • Anna Roubier
    Anna Roubier
    Partner at HPP Attorneys
    Anna Roubier is a Partner in HPP Attorneys’ EU and Competition law team. Anna advises widely on EU and Finnish competition law, regulatory law and EU law in general. She assists international and Finnish clients on merger control and anti-trust issues, including representing companies in the related administrative and judicial proceedings before national and EU authorities, as well as on state aid issues. Anna also regularly advises on the application of the Finnish Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) regime and represents international clients in the related administrative proceedings before the Finnish FDI screening authority. Anna has previously practiced EU competition law at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP’s Brussels office as a senior associate as well as worked as a legal advisor at the European Chemicals Agency. Anna holds a degree in law from the United Kingdom (LL.B. (Hons)) and a Master’s Degree from the College of Europe, Bruges where she has specialised in EU competition and EU law generally. She also holds a Finnish law degree (Master of Laws) and is qualified as a Finnish attorney-at-law.

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