Janine has more than 15 years' of specialised competition law experience. She advises local and international clients on all aspects of competition law, including merger control, cartel and other prohibited practice investigations and dawn raids, exemption applications and competition law compliance and training. In addition to competition work, Janine also advises on international trade, consumer and data protection and financial regulatory matters from time-to-time.

Prior to joining DLA Piper South Africa, Janine worked in the competition practices of Webber Wentzel, DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr and Edward Nathan Friedland, lectured constitutional law and clerked for the Honourable Justice Richard Goldstone at the South African Constitutional Court.

Janine has been involved in seminal transactions and jurisprudentially key competition matters during her career. She has extensive experience in matters involving the South African competition authorities, as well as national and regional competition authorities in the rest of Africa, and has advised on a number of cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions. She has submitted merger filings in the following jurisdictions outside South Africa: COMESA, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, Mauritius, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Kenya and has also advised on the merger control requirements in almost all other African jurisdictions with merger control legislation, including Cameroon, Egypt, Malawi, Seychelles, EAC, CEMAC, ECOWAS and WAEMU.

Janine has advised clients including: Unilever, Standard Bank, RMB, Nedbank, the FirstRand Group, Outsurance, Philips, Mondi, LafargeHolcim, Sumitomo Corporation, Goldman Sachs, Remgro, Distell, Hulamin, Afrimat, Italtile, Powertech, Consol, Spring Lights Gas, Johnsons Controls Inc., Bunker Holding AG, Scaw, Assupol, Sanlam and the First Rand group, as well as various international law firms, including Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Milbank Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek N.V and Schoenherr.

Her experience extends across a wide range of sectors including advertising, agri-processing, airline, chemical, construction, financial, information and communication technology, insurance and mining.

Janine Simpson is a director of the Competition Law practice at DLA Piper South Africa.