Richard Smith

Richard Smith

Associate
Baker & McKenzie Services Limited

Biography

Richard Smith is an Associate in the EU, Competition and Trade department of Baker McKenzie's office in London.

Richard joined the London office in March 2013 as a Trainee and qualified into the EU, Competition and Trade Department in March 2015. Richard has also undertaken a four month secondment in the European and Competition Law Practice at Baker McKenzie's office in Brussels, as well as a seven month secondment at Barclays Bank Plc.

Practice Focus

Richard's work focuses on a variety of EU and UK competition law matters, including anti-cartel investigations and enforcement, distribution, merger control, dominance, and compliance. Since joining the team, Richard has worked extensively with clients in the financial services and retail industries, and he also has experience in the automobiles, electrical hardware, technology and pharmaceuticals sectors.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Assisting on multiple large-scale internal competition compliance investigations for a global financial services client.

  • Assisting a global financial services client with simultaneous regulatory investigations by competition authorities in multiple jurisdictions.

  • Advising another financial services client on the structuring of its rebates scheme for EU customers.

  • Assisting a manufacturing client and a global financial services client in relation to settlements before the EU Commission.

  • Advising a US private equity firm on the competition aspects of the acquisition of a global power systems business.

  • Advising Unilever on the competition aspects of its acquisition of the personal care and homecare brands of Quala, a Latin American consumer goods company.

Admissions

  • England & Wales (Solicitor)~United Kingdom (2015)
  • Ireland (Solicitor) (2018)

Education

  • King's College London, UK (Postgraduate Diploma in EU Competition Law) (2016)
  • College of Law (Legal Practice Course) (2012)
  • College of Law (Graduate Diploma in Law) (2011)
  • University of Warwick (BA History, First Class) (2010)
  • University of California, Berkeley (Exchange Student) (2008)

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish