Patrick Smith

RBB Economics (London)

Patrick Smith is a partner at RBB Economics. Previously a chemical engineer, Patrick applies economics, econometrics and industrial expertise to competition policy, litigation and arbitration. He has testified and consulted to parties, agencies and interveners in high-profile, complex and multi-jurisdictional proceedings over the past decade. His merger experience includes leading roles in Syniverse/MACH, Universal/EMI, Gold Circle/Kenilworth Racing & Kenilworth Racing/The Thoroughbred Horseracing Trust, Thaba Chueu/SamQuarz, Sun Capital/DSP, Dow/Rohm & Haas, InBev/Anheuser Busch, ABF/GBI Business, Syniverse/BSG, Universal/BMG Music Publishing, and Inco/Falconbridge. Work for government agencies and third parties includes Pioneer/Pannar, Cisco/Tandberg, T-Mobile/Orange UK and Anglo American/Kumba/Avmin. In addition to merger control, Patrick has acted as an expert witness in investigations of horizontal and vertical agreements, and abuse of dominance inquiries, covering excessive pricing, price discrimination, margin squeeze and predation, as well as in the assessment of pricing, profitability and valuation within mediation, dispute resolution, and international arbitration.

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Patrick Smith The South African Constitutional Court sets aside costs order related to decision by the Competition Appeal Court to overturn merger prohibition decision (Pioneer Hi-Bred International / Pannar Seeds)


How to (almost) gut an agency – the final twist in the maize seeds case?* On 18 December 2013, the Constitutional Court of South Africa (“Constitutional Court”) handed down its decision in an appeal by the Competition Commission (“Commission”) against an unprecedented costs order imposed by the (...)


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