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The Extent of Our Reach


Our Growing Reach Into the African Continent


Recent Cases


Review of the USSD and SMS markets - Uganda (2016 - current)

Ryan Hawthorne and Shai'sta Goga are conducting an economic analysis of markets for USSD and SMS services for the Uganda Communications Commission. 

Banking inquiry, phase 2, Competition Authority of Kenya (2016 - current)

Simon Roberts, Ryan Hawthorne, Shai'sta Goga and Thando Vilakazi currently providing expert advice to the Competition Authority of Kenya on the second phase of the banking inquiry in Kenya, which concerns demand side aspects of competition in the banking sector, including in relation to digital financial services. 

Expert advice on complaint and market inquiry concerning a retailer in South Africa (2015 - current) 

Acacia Economics  (Ryan HawthorneShai'sta GogaTamara Paremoer and Anthea Paelo) is currently providing expert advice in relation to a complaint and a market inquiry concerning a retailer in South Africa.

Review of the merger between Coca-Cola Beverages Africa and Various Coca-Cola Bottling and Related Operations - South Africa (2015)

Tamara Paremoer and Simon Roberts provided a review of the key issues arising from the proposed merger.

Expert economic advice for the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) during the Vodacom/Neotel merger case - South Africa (2014)

Ryan Hawthorne and Simon Roberts provided an assessment of the proposed acquisition by Vodacom of Neotel in terms of the competition and public-interest criteria provided for in the Competition Act, 1998.

Review of the competition issues in the Nigerian economy - NIgeria (2015)

Ryan Hawthorne and Anthea Paelo conducted a review of the competition issues arising in key sectors in the Nigerian economy including  finance, energy, airlines and telecommunication sectors.

Review of MTN/Telkom and Vodacom/Neotel transactions for the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) - South Africa (2014)

Simon Roberts, Ryan Hawthorne and Pamela Mondliwa were part of the Acacia Economics team that provided an analysis of the competition effects of the MTN/Telkom Radio Access Network (RAN) sharing transaction and the Vodacom/Neotel merger to ICASA.

Expert advisors to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) in relation to High Court litigation brought against a piped gas tariff decision - South Africa (2014-2015)

Simon Roberts and Ryan Hawthorne provided expert economic advice to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa in relation to a review of its decision on maximum piped gas prices as well as trading and transmission tariffs.

Expert advice to a client in relation to a potential merger in the clothing and textiles sector - South Africa (2014)

Sha’ista Goga and Ryan Hawthorne advised a client on the competition effects of a potential merger in the clothing and textiles sector.

Economic advisors to Competition Commission of South Africa Healthcare Inquiry - South Africa (2015-current)

Sha’ista Goga, Ryan Hawthorne, Tamara Paremoer and Pamela Mondliwa are currently advising the Competition Commission of South Africa on economic aspects of the Healthcare Inquiry into the private healthcare market in South Africa.

Expert economic advice on a merger in the fast moving consumer goods sector - South Africa (current)

Simon Roberts and Tamara Paremoer are currently providing expert advice to a government department in relation to the competition effects of a merger in the fast moving consumer goods sector.

Expert economic advice to the Competition Commission of South Africa regarding Sasol Chemical Industries excessive pricing complaint - South Africa (2014-2015)

Simon Roberts, Reena Das Nair and Pamela Mondliwa advised the Competition Commission of South Africa on the excessive pricing complaint in relation to polymers brought against Sasol Chemical Industries.

Expert economic advice on potential merger in the financial services sector - South Africa (2014)

Simon Roberts, Sha’ista Goga, Reena Das Nair and Thando Vilakazi advised a client in the financial services sector on the competition effects of a potential merger in the sector.

Expert economic advice on a potential complaint in the information and communications technology sector - South Africa (2015)

Simon Roberts, Shaísta Goga and Ryan Hawthorne advised a client on the competition effects of a firm’s conduct in the sector, including on the possible merits of bringing a complaint to the Competition Commission.

Expert economic advice on USSD charges, terms and conditions to the Competition Authority of Kenya - Kenya (2015)

Simon Roberts, Ryan Hawthorne and Thando Vilakazi are advising the CAK on the competition effects of firm conduct in the mobile financial services and telecommunications sector, including on prices, terms and conditions for Unstructured Supplementary Services Data (USSD) services offered over mobile networks.

Expert economic advice on a complaint in the liquid fuels sector - South Africa (2014 / 2015)

Ryan Hawthorne and Thando Vilakazi advised a client on the competition effects of a firm’s conduct in the sector, including in relation to a complaint to the Competition Commission.

Training provided to the Competition Authority - Botswana (2014)

Simon Roberts, Ryan Hawthorne and Sha’ista Goga prepared a review of mergers in Botswana and training on competition economics to the Competition Authority in Botswana.

Training provided to the Competition and Tariff Commission - Zimbabwe (2014)

Simon Roberts, Ryan Hawthorne and Thando Vilakazi provided training on competition economics to the Competition and Tariff Commission of Zimbabwe.