David Smith > Vinson & Elkins LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Vinson & Elkins LLP
WASHINGTON, DC 20037-1701
United States
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David’s principal practice area is antitrust, with experience across multiple areas of antitrust law. His experience includes extensive work on the review of mergers by antitrust enforcement agencies, both in the United States and worldwide.  He also has assisted at all stages of civil litigation from complaint to trial, including motions to dismiss, summary judgment, and class certification, as well as in appellate matters, civil and criminal investigations, and antitrust counseling. His experience covers many sectors of the economy, with a particular focus in the energy, transportation, and technology sectors. David also has experience regarding the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property.

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United States > Antitrust > Merger control

Vinson & Elkins LLP bases its global merger practice out of Washington DC and has a prolific record in HSR filings, as well as handling merger reviews and investigatory processes before the FTC, DOJ, and international competition regulators. The team also has a considerable presence in Texas and California, and marries the firm’s traditional strength in the energy sector with a growing record in tech sector work, evidenced by the firm’s successful clearance of Google’s acquisition of Fitbit. Elsewhere, the firm has continued to work on behalf of major international names such as Hitachi alongside top energy clients such as Chevron, Noble Energy, and Parsley, for whom the firm advised on its sale to Pioneer Natural Resources. Darren Tucker leads the team, bringing in-house FTC experise to merger clearance proceedings for deals in the technology, energy and pharma sectors, leading on the unconditional Google-Fitbit clearance while Hill Wellford specializes in government investigations and HSR filings. Counsel David Smith‘s expertise includes international merger reviews and associated litigation, as well as advising on intellectual property elements of contested mergers. All lawyers mentioned are in Washington DC.