Mika J Lehtimaki

DPhil Law

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Faculty of Law


Mika J Lehtimäki works in the field of private equity, financial law and corporate transactions. More specifically he focuses on combining financial law with game theory and economics. He does also coding, primarily in Python, Java and R. 

He is currently carrying out research on leveraged buy-outs and corporate restructuring. His work involves also both quantitative and qualitative empirical research.

He is also involved in combining financial law and regulation with game theory and computer science. Mika has been an associate editor of the Oxford Business Law Blog. He has also earlier acted as the Co-govenor of the Oxford Financial Law discussion Group.

He completed his masters degree in the University of Helsinki in 1999. He has an M.Jur (2003, Distinction) degree and an M.St (2006) degree from the University of Oxford. His M.St thesis was titled 'Debt Subordination in Corporate Liquidation' and his DPhil topic focuses on 'Intercreditor Agreement as a Contractual Solution to Restructuring Leveraged Buy-Outs'.

Mika has extensive experience of M&A and financial transactions, deal structuring and assisting funds and institutional investors in cross-border transactions. He has been listed several times as a leading financial and M&A lawyer in the Nordic region by Chambers Global, IFLR1000 and Legal500 and lectures on a continues basis, mostly to institutional investors.

He can also be found on LinkedIn.

Research Interests

Corporate finance, banking law and regulation, M&A, hedge funds, private equity funds, corporate restructuring, derivatives, game theory, financial economics, computer science, programming, artificial intelligence