Patrick Smith

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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.These include leading roles in Chiquita/Fyffes, Nashua/MTN/Vodacom/Altech, Ferro/Arkema, Federal Mogul/Honeywell, Bankserv/Emid/Nomad, Premier Swazi Bakeries/Ngwane Mills, Syniverse/MACH, Bread (follow-on litigation), Universal/EMI, Gold Circle/Kenilworth Racing, Thaba Chueu/SamQuarz, Sun Capital/DSP, Cisco/Tandberg, T-Mobile/Orange UK, Dow/Rohm & Haas, Polymers, InBev/Anheuser Busch, ABF/GBI Business, Syniverse/BSG, Universal/BMG Music Publishing, and Inco/Falconbridge. Work for government agencies and third parties includes Microsoft/Nokia, Cisco/Tandberg, T-Mobile/Orange UK, Anglo American/Kumba/Avmin, and acting as expert for the South African Competition Commission in its opposition to the consolidation of the last remaining independent African maize seed company (Pioneer/Pannar), which recently ended in the Constitutional Court. Patrick has acted as an expert witness in merger proceedings, investigations into horizontal and vertical agreements (including follow-on damages), abuse of dominance inquiries covering excessive pricing, price discrimination, margin squeeze and predation, claims for access to essential facilities, IP and infrastructure, as well as in the assessment of pricing, profitability and valuation within mediation, dispute resolution and international arbitration. His arbitration experience includes several LCIA arbitrations and acting as expert for First Quantum in its arbitration against the DRC (ICC and ICSID), which culminated in a US$1.25 billion settlement and acquisition. 

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