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 PRS/GEMA/STIM, Chiquita/Fyffes, Federal Mogul/Honeywell, Syniverse/MACH, Universal/EMI, Kenilworth Racing/Gold Circle, 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/Futurelife, 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.  Recent matters include Streetmap v Google (High Court), LME v LNK, BOC (LCIA), KZN Bookmakers v Phumelela (High Court), Bread (High Court, SCA, ConCourt), Polymers (CAC), GUG v NERSA (High Court) and First Quantum v DRC (ICSID, ICC).

Mr Smith previously trained and worked as a chemical engineer, and often combines his knowledge of chemical processes with economic analysis in sectors such as mining, metals and minerals processing, oil, gas and petrochemicals, and food and beverage processing, although he has advised in fields as diverse as advertising, automotive parts, aviation, copyright, energy, estate agency, fertilisers, gaming, gambling and betting, grocery retailing, health care and pharmaceuticals, industrial yeast, fermentation and biofuels, music publishing and recorded music, media and information processing, sports and sports rights, telecommunications, and yellow pages. Patrick holds a BSc (Hons. First Class), and MSc in chemical engineering from the University of Cape Town, and a BA (First Class) in economics and management and an MSc in economics for development from Oxford University.

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