Ikem Isiekwena

Ikem Isiekwena is our exclusively recommended Cartel Regulation and Merger Control Law expert in Nigeria on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Ikem directly using the contact details listed above.

Ikem has advised on some of the most critical developments within the competition space in Nigeria. He has worked with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority in codifying their Economic Regulations with specific rules on competition. He has also advised on cartel investigations involving two international airlines. Currently, he is a World Bank consultant supporting the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission on drafting and developing Nigeria’s Merger Review Regulations and Guidelines. He has advised several multinational corporations on the local nexus of foreign mergers including concluding notification obligations to local authorities. Also, he is working on developing a comprehensive regulatory framework for restrictive agreements, authorisations, block exemptions and leniency rules.

Ikem is a Partner at SimmonsCooper Partners (“SCP”), a full-service law firm in Nigeria with offices in Lagos and Abuja. SCP is a fusion of three diverse and multijurisdictional practices and has since inception in 2007, created a record of successes in complex deals and precedential matters. Some of our founding partners (Professor Yemi Osinbajo SAN, Vice President of Nigeria from 2015 till date and Babatunde Irukera, pioneer CEO, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission) have gone on to serve in the public sector.

SCP is Nigeria’s leading practice in competition law. SCP has, in the past decade, advised both the public and private sectors, including supporting both sector-specific regulators and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission with respect to their rule-making responsibilities. In a relatively novel and intricate area with insufficient local know-how, SCP’s distinctive and practical knowledge of the legal theory and economic bases of competition is useful for clients when presenting submissions that need to scale the regulatory hurdle.