Wrede Smith's antitrust practice focuses on representing clients in government review of mergers and acquisitions, civil and criminal government investigations, civil antitrust litigation, and antitrust counseling. Mr. Smith has represented parties in all stages of merger clearance, including pre-merger counseling and filing under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, representation before the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission and merger litigation.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Smith was a Trial Attorney in the Litigation II Section of the Antitrust Division, where he investigated and analyzed mergers and acquisitions in a wide variety of industries, including telecommunications, banking, aeronautics, defense, and mining. He played an integral role in the investigation into Comcast Corporation's proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable, Inc.
- Monsanto Company in connection with its $66 billion acquisition by Bayer, which closed after a 20-month DOJ investigation leading to what the DOJ characterized as "the largest negotiated merger divestiture ever required by the United States." The transaction was reviewed and approved by antitrust enforcers in the US, the EU, and almost 30 other jurisdictions.
- Monsanto Company in connection with the proposed sale of Precision Planting to Deere & Company, including the DOJ's litigation challenging the transaction.
- BP in its $155 million acquisition of the upstream portion of Clean Energy's renewable natural gas business and establishment of a long-term supply contract with Clean Energy to support the firm's continuing downstream renewable natural gas business.
- GE-Hitachi as a third party in the DOJ's investigation of the proposed merger of Energy Solutions and Waste Control Specialists and the subsequent DOJ challenge to that transaction.
- JD, The George Washington University Law School, 2011, high honors, Order of the Coif
- BA, Political Science, DePauw University, 2006, Phi Beta Kappa
- District of Columbia
- Trial Attorney, US Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Litigation II Section
- US District Court, District of Columbia, The Honorable Alan Kay
- Pro bono work through the Children's Law Center and the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless