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.

Kaushal Sharma

Kaushal Kumar Sharma is our exclusively recommended Merger Control Law expert in India on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Kaushal directly using the contact details listed above.

Kaushal is former Director General and Head of Merger Control and Antitrust Divisions of the Competition Commission of India (CCI). He has to his credit the distinction of drafting the competition law and regulations in India and overseeing their enforcement thereafter. Mr. Sharma has investigated several cases of competition law violations falling under a number of sectors as the first Director General of the functional CCI. The creation of Merger Review Format for India, drafting of merger regulations and overseeing the first few merger clearances was done under his leadership. He has a comprehensive experience, of nearly three decades, in various Government departments and public bodies, including direct tax administration, the Competition Commission of India as well as the private sector. A regular speaker at national and international Conferences on competition law, he is an active member of International Competition Network (ICN) Merger Working Group. Mr. Sharma is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, a qualified lawyer and an economics masters. He is trained in competition law economics from King’s College, London.

Firm Overview:

KK SHARMA LAW OFFICES (KK) is an initiative of Mr. Kaushal Kumar Sharma, former DG of the Competition Commission of India and Commissioner of Income Tax. KK, as a law firm, is dedicated towards delivering quality services across the legal spectrum to its clients. Specialising in Competition and Tax Regulation, KK provides litigation, advisory, strategic consultancy, regulatory and compliance services. KK has carved a niche for itself as an exclusive competition law and tax law firm under the guidance, expertise and experience of its chairman, Mr. KK Sharma, augmented by a team of trained, driven professionals creating a formidable cohesive force representing a combination of expertise and swift execution. KK is always at the forefront of competition law litigation in the country, having handled highly complex and high stake matters. It represents clients at all the levels of judicial and quasi-judicial authorities mandated under the Competition Act.