Financial services: The Acacia team has a lot of experience in understanding and consulting in the financial services sector in Africa.
Our economists have been involved in a number of projects concerning mobile money, banking and financial inclusion in countries such as Kenya and Zimbabwe.
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.
Market inquiry into the provision of USSD services, Competition Authority of Kenya (2015 - current)
Simon Roberts, Thando Vilakazi and Ryan Hawthorne formed the team, together with Macmillan Keck Attorneys & Solicitors, that conducted a market inquiry into unstructured supplementary services data (USSD) in Kenya for the Competition Authority of Kenya.
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.