Pekka Sääskilahti is a Senior Vice President and Head of Finland and Scandinavia at Compass Lexecon.
He has economic consulting experience in competition cases regarding merger clearance, abuse of dominance, quantification of damages, and in intellectual property matters. He has worked more than 15 years in the telecommunications and high-tech industries as an in-house economist, as well as in management consulting. Pekka also currently serves as Professor of Practice at Hanken School of Economics, where he teaches intellectual property and competition economics, pricing, and strategy.
Recently, Pekka provided economic advice to parties in merger proceedings of Lantmännen/Sponmill (frozen bakery products), Valmet/Neles (valves manufacturing), Cargotec/Konecranes (container handling equipment), 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), Caverion/Maintpartner (industrial maintenance services) and S-Group/Stockmann Herkku (food retail). He has advised clients in relation to intellectual property pricing, valuation, damages, and regulatory policy. He has contributed to the regulatory policy debate on standardisation and standard essential patent licensing by publishing academic articles, organising scientific programmes, and developing valuation methodologies. He has also estimated competition damages and provided testimony in front of an arbitral tribunal.
Before joining Compass Lexecon, Pekka was the Head of Research and Director of Economics at Nokia, and his prior positions included Head of Pricing Analytics and Director of Economics for Nokia’s smartphone business among others. His work at Nokia focused on pricing, competition economics, intellectual property licensing, and strategy development.
Pekka has been involved in global patent licensing, litigations, and arbitration cases. His responsibilities included valuation and economic damages theories, as well as financial analysis of negotiation strategies. Pekka has broad experience in pricing and pricing development projects in various B2C and B2B industries. He also has experience in strategy, business development and M&A as an in-house economist and management consultant.
Pekka has a Ph.D. and a M.Sc. in economics from the Helsinki School of Economics, which included year-long visits to the University of Warwick and the Toulouse School of Economics. He has published his economics research in academic journals including the Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, the Scandinavian Journal of Economics, the Journal of Competition Law & Economics, and the Economics of Innovation and New Technology.
His working languages are Finnish and English.