Competition Law in Africa Conference

SimmonsCooper Partners (SCP) is proud to have been a Headline Sponsor at the recently concluded Competition Law in Africa Conference jointly presented by the International Bar Association (IBA) Antitrust Section, IBA African Regional Forum and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) around the theme Regulatory Developments and Enforcement Trends Across the Continent. The Conference held on 24th and 25th November 2022 at the Federal Palace Hotel & Casino, Lagos.

Our Partners, Ikem Isiekwena and Funmilola Mesaiyete, Senior Associate, Akintayo Iwilade and Associates, Oluwadara Omoyele, Daniel Adegbamigbe, Paul Ordam and Oluwaseyi Adebayo were in attendance for the two-day conference. Notably, some members of the SCP Competition Law Team were involved in various speaking engagements at the conference.

Our Managing Partner, Ikem Isiekwena facilitated the capacity building workshop on ‘Fundamentals of Mergers & Acquisition’. Ikem was also a speaker on the ‘Merger Control: key trends, what to look out for and remedies’ panel alongside Seye Ayinla, Babatunde Irukera (Executive Vice Chairman, FCCPC), Ali Kamanga (COMESA Competition Commission) and Folasade Olusanya. This panel discussed issues surrounding public interest considerations, remedies, digital economy, and the future trends in merger review. Ikem was also a speaker on the ‘Abuse of Dominance, Price Discrimination, Buyer Power, and Excessive Pricing Cases’ panel alongside Michael-James Currie, Eleanor M. Fox (Professor Emerita, New York University School of Law), Jacob Muller (RBB Economics, Johannesburg) and Folake Elias-Adebowale. The panel explored jurisdictional trends to defining abuse of dominance, legal & economic developments, excessive, discriminatory, and predatory pricing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and buyer power.

Our Deputy Managing Partner/Chief Operating Officer, Funmilola Mesaiyete moderated the final panel session on ‘Due Process and Transparency in the Investigatory Process’. The speakers were: Eme David-Ojugo (Chief Legal Officer, FCCPC), Zelda Akindele, Okikiola Litan (Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company) and Andreas Stargard. The panel explored issues surrounding transparency, dawn raids, confidentiality & privileged information, and the possibility of a multilateral competition enforcement policy in Africa.

At the conference, SimmonsCooper Partners also launched its premier ‘Competition Bootcamp Series’ for in-house lawyers catching up with the raft of regulations and developments that have trailed the introduction of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Act (FCCPA) as well as formulation of competition compliance strategies. In addition, as part of its SimmonsCooper Advocacy Development Initiative, over the course of four (4) weekends in February 2023, SCP will provide a free intensive course for law students addressing the fundamentals of competition law.

For registration and/or enquiries for in-house lawyers, please send an email to For registration and/or enquiries for law students, please send an email to Alternatively, please scan the respective QR Codes in the flier below.

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