Tamara Dini

Tamara Dini

Co-Head of Competition
Cape Town, South Africa
T: +27 21 480 7910
E: tamara.dini@bowmanslaw.com
  • Overview
  • Experience
  • Publications & Insights

Overview

Tamara Dini is the Co-Head of our Competition practice. She has been a Partner in our Competition Practice for 14 years.

Tamara advises on all aspects of competition law and has experience across a broad range of sectors, including the energy sector (oil and gas), life sciences, the chemical industry, transport sector, financial services, the packaging industry, pharmaceuticals (human and animal pharmaceutical products), tobacco industry, airline catering services, health and fitness sector, the cement sector, food and beverage sector, the motor vehicle industry, construction industry, various sectors of the advertising industry (including marketing, merchandising and communications) and the agriculture sector (including agrochemicals).       

Tamara has assisted clients with a number of hostile mergers, including the acquisition by Melrose Industries plc of GKN plc and the acquisition by Standard Industries Inc. of Braas Monier Building Group S.A., both initially hostile transactions. 

Tamara has advised clients on the amendments to the South African Competition Act, including developing guidelines for compliance with  recent amendments, including buyer power and price discrimination guidelines.

Tamara assists clients with mergers that require notification in African countries outside South Africa, including in Botswana, CEMAC, COMESA, Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania and Zambia.  She represents clients in behavioural investigations before the COMESA Competition Commission and the competition authorities in Namibia, South Africa and Botswana. 

Tamara provides regulatory advice and assists clients with compliance training to ensure compliance with the competition laws of South Africa and other African countries.

Tamara is a member of the American Bar Association’s International Law Section and Antitrust Law Section.  She has BA, LLB and LLM degrees from the University of Cape Town.

Specialist Services

Relevant Experience

  • Advised Elanco Animal Health Inc. in its acquisition of the animal health business of Bayer AG.
  • Advised on the African merger notification obligations for Outotec Oyj’s acquisition of the minerals business of Metso Oyj. In Africa, merger approvals were obtained in COMESA, Kenya, Namibia and South Africa.
  • Advised JAS Worldwide Omni-Channel, LLC in its acquisition of Tigers Ltd.
  • Advised Refinitiv on its merger with London Stock Exchange Group.
  • Advised Total S.A. in relation to the COMESA Competition Commission’s investigation into agreements concluded by Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) and Lagardère Sports and Entertainment S.A.S.U. for the commercialization of broadcasting and marketing rights for CAF events.
  • Advised Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) on the transaction relating to the combination of FCA and Peugeot S.A. (PSA), through the merger of PSA with and into FCA to form Stellantis.    
  • Advised the Boeing Company in its acquisition of control of the commercial aviation business of Embraer S.A. In Africa, merger approvals were obtained in Kenya and South Africa.
  • Advised Delta Corporation Limited in its acquisition of United National Breweries (SA) from Diageo South Africa Proprietary Limited.
  • Advised Platform Specialty Products Corporation in the disposal of Arysta LifeScience Inc. to UPL Corp. Limited. In Africa, merger approvals were granted by competition regulators for CEMAC, COMESA, Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania. 
  • Advised Mercuria Energy Group Limited in the transaction in which it acquired Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc.  
  • Assisted Anheuser-Busch InBev with the sale of its Zambian maheu business to Fairy Bottling Zambia Ltd., a transaction approved by the Zambian Competition & Consumer Protection Commission.
  • Assisted Anheuser-Busch InBev with the sale of its Zambian non-alcoholic ready-to-drink business to The Coca Cola Company, a transaction approved by the COMESA Competition Commission.  
  • Assisted Komatsu in the South African merger control process in its acquisition of mining equipment manufacturer, Joy Global, Inc.
  • Assisted China National Agrochemical Company with the African merger notifications required for the acquisition of Syngenta AG. In Africa the transaction was notified in South Africa, Kenya and COMESA.   
  • Assisted SABMiller plc in its transaction with Anheuser-Busch InBev, including merger notifications in all African jurisdictions.

Awards

  • Chambers and Partners consistently ranked Tamara for her work in Competition/ Antitrust law for the past seven years in Band 3 (2020 and 2021) and Band 4 (2015 to 2019).
  • Recognised in Who’s Who Legal – Competition from 2017 to 2021.
  • Recognised in Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Competition for three years (2020, 2021 and again in 2022). Tamara is one of only two competition lawyers in South Africa to receive recognition in this category, the other also being from Bowmans.
  • Led the team in South Africa that advised Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. in relation to the combination of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Peugeot S.A. to form Stellantis (this transaction was awarded Matter of the Year in the GCR Awards 2021)
  • Tamara has been recognised as a Leading Lawyer by Who’s Who Legal for Competition Law in 2021 and prior to that as a Future Leader – Partners category, for four consecutive years (2017 to 2020).
  • Listed in Global Competition Review 2018, 2019 and 2020 in the Partners category.
  • Awarded Best Lawyer in 2021 and recognised for Competition / Antitrust law in 2017 by Best Lawyers.

‘Tamara Dini is great to work with. She delivers clear advice and is responsive. She is highly recommended.’ – Legal 500, 2021

‘Co-head of the practice group Tamara Dini continues to enhance her already impressive standing in the field. She is sought out for her counsel on the South African merger control aspects of high-value international transactions.’ – Chambers and Partners, 2021

‘Sources value Tamara Dini as “excellent, knowledgeable and practical.” She is well versed in merger control mandates, including those of a cross-border nature, as well as contentious appeal processes.’ –  Chambers and Partners, 2019

‘Tamara Dini commands a strong reputation in the Cape Town market, nationally and across Africa. She has an impressive cross-border practice acting as South African counsel on multinational mergers and acquisitions in the consumer goods and chemicals industries.’ Chambers and Partners, 2018

‘Tamara Dini stands out to clients who say, “Her commercial ability is a huge asset to us.” One source maintains, “She is extremely knowledgeable, very practical and a very easy person to work with.’ Who’sWhoLegal, 2017

‘Cape Town-based Tamara Dini “is extremely proficient at evaluating and weighing up multiple factors and the impact of various courses of action on an organisation.” She is a regular adviser to SABMiller with regards to its African operations, and was one of the firm’s lead lawyers advising the company on its proposed acquisition by Anheuser-Busch InBev.’ – Chambers and Partners, 2017

‘Tamara Dini represented Engen Petroleum in connection with a complaint alleging collusion and boycotting brought by the Tanzanian Fair Competition Commission. She is described by her peers as “a great professional who brings substantive knowledge, responsiveness and client and business focus.”‘- Chambers and Partners, 2016

Publications & Insights