Lotta Väänänen is a Vice President with Compass Lexecon based in Helsinki.
Lotta has economic consulting experience in competition cases regarding merger clearance, abuse of dominance, quantification of damages, and in intellectual property matters. Her expertise is in applying empirical economic analysis, including the use of surveys, econometrics, and experiments to questions in competition policy, pricing, and IPR. Before joining CL, Lotta worked as an economist in the telecommunications and media industries.
She has provided advice to parties in various merger proceedings before the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority: Caverion/TMVoima (substation and transmission lines), Lantmännen/Sponmill (frozen bakery products), Altia/Arcus (beverages), Mehiläinen/Pihlajalinna (healthcare), Loomis/Automatia (financial services), Donges Steel/Ruukki Building Systems (steel construction), Sanoma/Alma Media (newspapers), Kesko/Heinon Tukku (food service), and Caverion/Maintpartner (industrial maintenance services).
Her recent work also includes providing economic advice to Amazon during the European Commission investigation of its marketplace practices and to Roofoods during investigation of Amazon’s investment in Deliveroo by the UK Competition and Markets Authority. She has also advised clients in relation to pricing practices, intellectual property pricing and reasonable royalties, and competition damages.
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.