Vincent Smith

Vincent Smith is a partner with Hausfeld & Co LLP in London, focusing on UK and European claimant and complainant competition matters, including the current air cargo litigation in the English High Court and claims against cartelists in marine hose and paraffin wax. He joined from the Office of Fair Trading where he was senior director for competition and director of its competition enforcement division from 2003. He led the OFT's 180-strong competition function, having overall responsibility for the OFT's work in combating cartels and other anti-competitive practices and for the OFT's merger control duties as well as oversight of its developing enforcement policy - for example on case prioritisation. From 2002 to 2003 he was the OFT's director of competition policy coordination and deputy director of the division with prime responsibility for the OFT's input to the EC 'modernisation' of competition enforcement.Before joining public service he was a solicitor in private practice in the City of London and in Brussels specialising in competition and EC law since qualifying in 1990.

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