R Hewitt Pate

R Hewitt Pate heads the Hunton & Williams global competition practice. Since returning to Hunton & Williams in 2005 following service at the US Department of Justice, Mr Pate has been involved in all aspects of the firm's competition practice. He has advised clients on several mergers, including transactions in the air transportation, food, utility, paper, music, and defence industries. Other representations include a leading private equity firm in connection with a DoJ inquiry and related litigation, and a major forest products firm in antitrust class-action litigation.Mr Pate served from 2003 to 2005 as assistant attorney general at the US Justice Department's antitrust division, and from 2001 to 2003, as deputy assistant attorney general for regulatory matters. Mr Pate argued on behalf of the United States before the US Supreme Court in the Empagran case, led the US government's efforts to obtain clarification of monopolisation law in Trinko, and supervised several significant merger reviews. Mr Pate led the first US competition law delegation to China since the 1980s, and served as chair of the OECD competition committee working party 3, on international antitrust cooperation.Mr Pate's recent representative experience includes representing a leading producer of construction aggregates in its US$4.6 billion acquisition of another leader in this industry – the merger was cleared with a divestiture after a second request by the DoJ; representing one of the participants in a US$1.6 billion merger of two leaders in the forest products industry – the merger was cleared with a divestiture after a second request by the DoJ; and representing a large recording company in its proposed acquisition of the music division of a leading media conglomerate – cleared without conditions following a second request by the DoJ.Mr Pate received his JD from the University of Virginia, and his BA from the University of North Carolina. He was a judicial law clerk to Justices Lewis F Powell Jr and Anthony M Kennedy at the US Supreme Court, and Judge J Harvie Wilkinson III of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In 1999, he was the Ewald distinguished visiting professor of law at the University of Virginia School of Law, teaching Unfair Competition. Mr Pate is a member of the Virginia and DC Bars and a member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference.

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