Tamara Dini

Tamara Dini

Co-Head of Competition
Cape Town, South Africa
T: +27 21 480 7910
E: tamara.dini@bowmanslaw.com
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Tamara Dini is the Co-Head of our Competition Practice. 

Tamara advises on all aspects of competition law and has experience across a broad range of sectors, including the energy sector (oil and gas), the chemical industry, transport sector, (air and rail), financial services sector (including insurance), the packaging industry, pharmaceuticals (human and animal pharmaceutical products), tobacco industry, airline 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 the amendments.

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

  • Advising Elanco Animal Health Inc. in its acquisition of the animal health business of Bayer AG.
  • Advised on the African merger notifications 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. 
  • Advising 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.     
  • 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 Brookfield Asset Management Inc. in its acquisition of control of Oaktree Capital Group, LLC.   
  • Advised Delta Corporation Limited in its acquisition of United National Breweries (SA) from Diageo South Africa Proprietary Limited.
  • Advised KKR & Co., Inc. in its acquisition of indirect joint control of Axel Springer SE.  In Africa, merger approvals were obtained in Kenya and South Africa.   
  • 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.

Signature Matters


  • Ranked in Band 4 for Competition/ Antitrust Law by Chambers and Partners in both 2018 and 2019.
  • Listed as a “Recommended Lawyer” in Competition by Legal 500 in 2017.
  • Recognised by Who’s Who Legal for Competition Law for the past four consecutive years (2017 – 2020). Included in Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Competition 2020 – one of only three competition lawyers in South Africa, two of whom are from Bowmans, to have received recognition in this category. Recognised in this category in 2019, together with only one other competition lawyer in South Africa, also from Bowmans. Recognised by Who’s Who Legal Competition in the category: Future Leaders – Partners in 2018.
  • Listed in the Partners category by Global Competition Review for the past three consecutive years (2018 – 2020).
  • Recognised by Best Lawyers for Competition / Antitrust law in 2017.

“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

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 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

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