Lotta Väänänen is a Vice President with Compass Lexecon based in Helsinki. Lotta’s expertise is in empirical economic analysis, including the use of surveys, econometrics, and experiments to study questions in competition policy, pricing, and IPR. Before joining Compass Lexecon, Lotta worked as an economist in the media and telecommunications industries, where she applied these methods to inform business decisions related to new products, pricing, bundling, and marketing.

Some of her recent work includes providing economic advice to parties in the merger proceedings of Loomis/Automatia, Donges Steel/Ruukki, Sanoma/Alma Media, Kesko/Heinon Tukku and Caverion/Maintpartner before the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority; and in the merger proceedings of Amazon/Deliveroo before the UK Competition and Markets Authority.

Lotta holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Aalto School of Economics, specializing in Industrial Organisation and Econometrics, and she spent a year at Berkeley during her studies. Before joining the private sector, she held a post-doc position at the University of Mannheim, where she also taught undergraduate courses in Microeconometric Applications and Economics of Innovation. Her research has focused on patents and innovation and has been published in the Review of Economics and Statistics, among other journals.