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Competition Law and Digital Markets in Africa and Europe
Please join us for this webinar on Competition Law and Digital Markets in Africa, brought to you by Primerio and Quinn Emanuel (Brussels).

Speakers include senior representatives from the Nigerian and Kenyan competition agencies as well as private practitioners and local and international subject matter experts. The panel will discuss recent competition policy, legislative and enforcement developments in digital markets across Africa and Europe and identify trends, risks and lessons to be learnt.

01:27:00

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Michael-James Currie
Director @Primerio International
Michael-James Currie is a Director of Primerio and co-founder of the Primerio South African practice. His regulatory and commercial law practice is pan-African and he has practiced across several countries and regional blocs including Botswana, Egypt, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Eswatini, Tanzania, COMESA and CEMAC, for the better part of a decade. Mike has consistently been recognised as a “Best Lawyer in South Africa” and also serves as the “Global Law Expert for Competition Law in Nigeria.” In addition to his practice areas, Mike is a regular speaker and author who has published several joint articles, papers and opinion pieces. As an active member of the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association, Mike’s practice also includes a substantial amount of regulatory work – particularly in promoting competition law and best practice across Africa.
Florence Abebe
Chief Legal Officer @Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission
Florence Abebe is a Chief Legal Officer with the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (Commission), Nigeria. She is currently deployed to the office of the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) as his technical and resource personnel. Florence is a Lead Competition Analyst with the Commission, she undertakes several statutory investigations, Mergers & Acquisition analysis and is involved in drafting several Regulations, and Guidelines. As part of the EVC’s office, Florence represents the Commission as focal person in several departmental committees within and outside the Commission, she is a focal person for various development partners, with respect to competition and consumer protection such as the World Bank, the Federal Trade Commission, MacArthur Foundation, and UNIDO. Florence is also elected Alternate Chairman Competition Consultative Committee of the ECOWAS Regional Competition Authority, in recognition of her outstanding capacity as abudding competition expert.
John Oxenham
Director @Primerio International
John has practiced in the regulatory, commercial and antitrust fields locally and across the African region for over 20 years. He has been recognised as a leader in his field for many of these. John represented Business at the OECD as the first regional representative. John has acted in many of the leading antitrust, commercial litigation and regulatory matters in South Africa and the region. He has been a partner in a major South African firm, co-founder of a South African practice and the founder of a Pan-African legal group. John has consistently been recognised as a “Best Lawyer in South Africa”, serves as the “Global Law Expert for Competition Law in South Africa” and is also recognised as the “Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders in Asset Recovery.”
Juanita Clark
Chief Executive Officer @Digital Council Africa
With almost 20 years’ experience in the Telecomms industry, and having worked at multiple technology layers in the telecommunications industry, Juanita Clark is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the FTTH Council Africa, based in Midrand, South Africa. Juanita is also co-founder of the Fibre Optic Association Africa, a society for fibre optic professionals with a core focus on skills development.
Raphael Mburu
Mergers & Acquisitions Manager @Competition Authority Kenya
Mr. Mburu has advanced skills in Competition Law dealing with regulation of market structure and conduct. This has been through establishing and developing broad knowledge in analysis of complex mergers and acquisitions, carrying out market inquiries and sector studies, investigation of policies, procedures and programmes of regulatory authorities to assess their effect on competition and consumer welfare and advising Government on competition matters. His knowledge and expertise in Competition Law has further been enhanced by training in Economics for Competition Law, EU Competition Law, quantitative methods for competition analysis, regulatory law for economic regulators, development of various competition tool kits such as Subsidiary rules and merger threshold guidelines and participation in International Workshops, conferences and Symposia that revolved around emerging issues and trends in mergers, private equity & venture capital, and remedies in merger review.
Mark English
Of Counsel @Quinn Emanuel
Mark English is Of Counsel in Quinn Emanuel’s Brussels office. He joined the firm in 2017. Mark qualified as a solicitor (England and Wales) in 2009. Mark’s practice covers all areas of European and UK antitrust law, with a focus on European Commission antitrust and merger control proceedings. Mark has developed a particular expertise in unilateral conduct cases and in the application of antitrust rules to intellectual property rights. Mark has extensive experience in the high-tech and aviation sectors, and has an interest in due process issues in EU antitrust enforcement. Prior to joining Quinn Emanuel, Mark worked for several years as an associate in leading Brussels antitrust practices, and was a “blue book” trainee in the Hearing Office for DG Competition of the European Commission.
Trevor Soames
Managing Partner @Quinn Emanuel
Trevor Soames is Managing Partner of the Brussels office, practising EU competition and regulatory law for more than 30 years. He has been a resident, living and working in Brussels since 1993. Educated at Cambridge University. Qualified as a Barrister (Bencher of the Middle Temple), a Solicitor-Advocate and since 2016 also a Belgian Avocat. As a citizen of the Kingdom of Belgium a member state of the EU, Trevor will remain an Avocat after the end of the transitional arrangements under the UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement on 1 January 2021, guaranteeing essential legal privilege as well as advocacy rights before the EU Courts. He was Co-Chair of Howrey’s worldwide antitrust practice and founder of its highly successful Brussels office, which ranked as one of only four Brussels Elite practices by Global Competition Review in 2009 and 2010. After leaving Howrey, Trevor was a partner of Shearman & Sterling until joining Quinn Emanuel as a partner in December 2016.
Abraham van der Merwe
Co-Founder & Managing Director @Frogfoot Networks
Abraham has co-founded and managed several successful companies in both telecommunications and electronic manufacturing industries. This includes Frogfoot Networks, Amobia Communications, Teraco Data Environments, Riberry Communications, and 4D Technology. Abraham is a highly skilled entrepreneur with more than 15 years’ experience in the telecoms industry and a unique blend of strong vision, technical ingenuity and salesmanship. Abraham is not only good at recognizing new business opportunities but also developing them. He specialties are: Business Solutions Architecture, Start-up Companies, ISP Industry, Financial and Operational Management, Embedded Systems, Linux, Networking, Sales & Marketing, Franchising and Software Development.