Sydney M. Smith

  • Counsel
  • Esydney.smith@contractor.lw.com
  • 555 Eleventh Street, NW
  • Suite 1000
  • Washington, D.C. 20004-1304
  • USA
  • T +1.202.637.2316
  •  
 

Profile

Sydney Smith, a counsel in the Washington, D.C. office, has decades of experience and expertise in pre-merger notification compliance. She counsels clients on the antitrust implications of their business activities.

Ms. Smith has significant experience with international and cross-border transactions. She regularly advises clients on clearance strategy and coordinates US and international merger control filings and clearance efforts. She has been deeply involved in pre-merger notification compliance throughout her career and specializes in Hart-Scott-Rodino analysis and filings.

Ms. Smith also advises clients on specific terms in contracts related to antitrust issues, due diligence and integration planning issues. She has obtained clearance of numerous mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures from the US Department of Justice / Federal Trade Commission Clearance Agreement. Ms. Smith has worked with a broad range of industries including: oil and gas, private equity, master limited partnerships, engineering, construction products, information systems and networking, retail, groceries, food service distribution, chemicals and educational publishing.

Thought Leadership

  • Annual HSR Threshold Adjustments Announced -  January 29, 2018
  • Annual HSR Threshold Adjustments Announced -  January 20, 2017
  • DOJ Suit Against ValueAct Shines Spotlight on HSR Requirements for Shareholder Activists -  April 14, 2016
  • Annual HSR Threshold Adjustments Announced -  January 21, 2016
  • FTC Limits Investment Rental Property Exemption -  July 29, 2015
  • Annual HSR Threshold Revisions Announced -  January 21, 2014
  • FTC Takes Hard Line on Premerger Filing Requirements -  June 26, 2013
  • Annual HSR Threshold Revisions Announced -  January 10, 2013
  • HSR Thresholds to Increase on February 27, 2012 -  January 27, 2012
  • IT Byte, Issue 1, September 2011 -  September 12, 2011
  • $500,000 Fine for CEO Highlights Risk of Vesting Shares -  December 20, 2011
  • Amendments to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Notification Requirements -  July 7, 2011
  • Annual Revisions to the HSR Act Thresholds Announced Effective February 24, 2011 -  January 31, 2011
  • HSR Thresholds to Decrease -  January 19, 2010
  • HSR Thresholds to Decrease Effective February 22, 2010 -  January 19, 2010
  • Annual Revisions to the HSR Act Thresholds Effective February 28, 2008 -  January 30, 2008
Bar Qualification
  • District of Columbia
Education
  • JD, George Washington University Law School, 1987
  • BA, University of California, San Diego, 1974
Practices
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Litigation & Trial Practice