Kaushal Kumar Sharma

Kaushal Kumar Sharma, the Architect of Indian Merger Review Format, is our exclusively recommended Merger Control Law expert in India on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact KK Sharma Law Offices (‘Firm’), a strategic consulting group, founded by Kaushal Kumar Sharma, directly using the contact details listed above.

Mr. Sharma, better known as ‘The Father of Indian Competition Law’ is the very first Director General & Head of Antitrust & Combination Divisions, Competition Commission of India and a Commissioner of Income Tax, Government of India. This Firm specialises in Competition Law, Economic Laws, Environmental Laws, International Affairs, Regulatory Risk Management and Public Policy Advisory, worldwide, and is run through a network of international partners and affiliates.

The group brings together eminent names to create a multi-lateral consulting platform on Competition Law, Tax, Environment, Public Affairs and Policy.

Firm Overview:

The Firm believes that legal services essentially have to be in conjunction with socio-economic and political realities of nations. With this belief, it offers a team with a global vision specialising in Economic Laws, Tax, Environment, Enforcement & Investigations and Government Regulations & Public Policy while local in approach factoring ground realities. The strength of the Firm lies in its understanding of these realities in both developed and emerging economies.

Though handling wide spectrum of legal issues, the understanding of competition law and its evolution across different jurisdictions, gives the Firm an insight which is unparalleled. The solutions of the Firm are based on rigorous economic analysis, socio-political research and global regulatory best practices, making the competition law advisory of the Firm well rounded. The Firm sees itself as partner in its clients’ growth. The outcome driven custom solutions for the partner companies provide a competitive advantage.

The Firm offers the Client companies a one-stop solution to all their legal dilemmas with a well-informed, practical and effective guidance with complete litigation support and more so in all issues on Competition Law. The clientele of the Firm covers the top public and private sector enterprises including the Fortune 500 Companies.

In a brief period of time, the Firm has emerged as the ‘Antitrust Law Firm of the Last Resort in India’.

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.