ProfessionPartner, Herbert Smith Freehills
Jean Meijer is a partner in the firm's competition practice and serves on the firm's partnership board.
Jean handles all aspects of competition law, including merger control, cartel and other prohibited practice investigations, exemption applications and competition compliance. She has knowledge of the competition laws of many African countries and regularly advises on multi-jurisdictional African mergers.
She has acted in many of the high profile South African competition cases including for: the bidder in the first successful hostile takeover since the Competition Act came into effect; a major bank in the enquiry into competition in banking; a major oil company in its successful opposition to a merger between its competitors; the complainant in the first excessive pricing case decided by the Competition Tribunal; the leading Supreme Court of Appeal case on the interpretation of the per se prohibition on price fixing.
She is described in Chambers and Partners as "one of the pre-eminent competition lawyers in South Africa". She "is truly excellent and understands our business really well."
Jean is rated as a leading South African competition lawyer by inter alia the following rating publications:
- Chambers and Partners Global Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers, 2014
- Global Competition Review, Who's Who Legal Competition, 2014
- IFLR 1000, 2014
- The Legal 500 EMEA, 2014
- Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law
- Winner of the ILO Client Choice Award for Competition Law in South Africa, 2012
EducationBA (Rhodes University); LLB (Rhodes University); LLM (University of South Africa)