Acacia Economics is part of a team assisting the Competition Authority of Kenya in carrying out a market inquiry in the leasing market in Kenya. The aim of the work is to understand the competitive dynamics in the sector and identify any impediments to competition which may be hindering the growth of the sector.
Simon Roberts and Ryan Hawthorne provided expert evidence in relation to High Court proceedings concerning the Strategic Fuel Fund, including in respect of appropriate interest rates applicable in damages claims.
Acacia Economics provided economic advice to a stakeholder in the healthcare sector around the impact of changes to the Medicines and Related Substances Act on competition in the optometry and audiology industries.
Simon Roberts, Ryan Hawthorne and Sha’ista Goga are carrying out an assessment of competition in two wholesale telecoms markets for the Uganda Communications Commission. This will include analysing the regulatory impact of existing regulations and proposing regulatory interventions to address any competition issues identified.
Competition assessment of public procurement in Zambia for the World Bank and Competition and Consumer Protection Commission of Zambia, 2017
The World Bank appointed Acacia Economics to assist the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission in Zambia in relation to assessing the competitiveness of public procurement processes and screening for anti-competitive conduct in public procurement. This included an analysis of the alignment of public procurement law and processes with competition legislation and principles, as well as examination of the types of data and analysis which can be used to screen for collusion in public procurement. We also conducted a case study where data was collected and a screening exercise conducted for one sector.
Economic advice and analysis of proposed policy interventions for the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, 2017
Bowmans Attorneys briefed Acacia Economics to provide a series of expert economic reports on competition and economic regulation aspects of proposed government policy interventions for the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). In addition to an overview of the likely impact of the proposed interventions on the sector, Simon Roberts, Ryan Hawthorne, Sha'ista Goga, Genna Robb, Pamela Mondliwa and Anthea Paelo provided detailed economic reports on a range of topics in relation to ICT policy.
Economic analysis of a decision by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa in relation to infrastructure regulation, 2017
Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH, attorneys for NERSA) appointed Acacia Economics to provide an independent expert economic analysis of one of NERSA’s decision in relation to the economic regulation of a large infrastructure provider.
Acacia Economics was briefed by an airline to provide expert economic research for a competition law complaint against the airline.
Expert economic advice to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa in relation to a review of its spectrum auction decision, 2016
PPM Attorneys (attorneys for ICASA) briefed Acacia Economics to provide expert economic reports to the High Court in relation to the review of ICASA’s spectrum auction decision brought by the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal services. Acacia Economics provided economic analysis in relation to the concerns raised by the DTPS, including a review of international best-practice in spectrum auction design and an assessment of the possible competition implications of ICASA's proposed approach.
Economic analysis conducted for a market inquiry into USSD in Kenya for the Competition Authority of Kenya, 2015 - 2016
Acacia Economics, 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.
Economic experts for the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa in relation to the Vodacom/Neotel merger, 2015
Acacia Economics provided expert advice to ICASA in relation to the proposed merger between Vodacom and Neotel. The Competition Commisison had raised concerns that the merger would lead to a concentration of spectrum in the hands of Vodacom, which could further entrench its dominant position. Competing operators MTN, Cell C and Telkom intervened in the matter, as well as ICASA and the Ministers for Telecommunications and Postal Services and Economic Development. All were concerned that Vodacom's market power and first-mover advantage would be strengthened by the acquisition of Neotel's spectrum, a vital input for the development of a high speed LTE network. Other operators were constrained in the ability to access more spectrum, as additional spectrum was still to be assigned to mobile operators by ICASA and it was unclear when this would take place. Acacia Economics prepared an expert report which analysed the likely competition implications of the transaction. The merger was abandoned by the parties before a Tribunal hearing on the matter was held.
Expert economic advice on the Coca Cola / SAB (bottlers) merger for the Economic Development Department, 2015 - 2016
Werksmans Attorneys (attorneys for the Economic Development Department) appointed Acacia Economics to provide expert advice to the Economic Development Department in relation to the competition and public interest effects the merger between Coca-Cola and SAB (bottlers) in South Africa.
Expert economic advice in relation to a High Court review of a decision on piped gas tariffs by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa, 2014 - 2015
Acacia Economics 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.
Economic experts for an excessive pricing complaint against Sasol Chemical Industries for the Competition Commission of South Africa, 2015 - 2016
Acacia Economics advised the Competition Commission of South Africa on the excessive pricing complaint in relation to polymers brought against Sasol Chemical Industries.
Review of Vodacom/Neotel and MTN/Telkom RAN sharing for the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, 2014
ICASA briefed Acacia Economics to provide an analysis of the competition effects of the MTN/Telkom Radio Access Network (RAN) sharing transaction and the Vodacom/Neotel merger.
Nortons Inc briefed Acacia Economics to provide advice for 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.
Acacia Economics 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.
Expert advice to a client in relation to a potential merger in the clothing and textiles sector, 2014
Acacia Economics advised a client on the competition effects of a potential merger in the clothing and textiles sector.
Acacia Economics prepared a review of mergers in Botswana and training on competition economics to the Competition Authority in Botswana.
Acacia Economics provided training on competition economics to the Competition and Tariff Commission of Zimbabwe.