Wrede H. Smith III Partner

Wrede is a member of the firm’s Antitrust & Trade Regulation practice, focusing on representing clients in government review of mergers and acquisitions, civil and criminal government investigations, civil antitrust litigation, and antitrust counseling.

Wrede has represented parties in all stages of merger clearance, including pre-merger counseling and filing under the Hart-Scot-Rodino (HSR) Act, representation before the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Antitrust Division, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and merger litigation.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Wrede practiced antitrust law at a Washington, DC law firm and was a trial attorney in the Defense, Aerospace, and Industrials section of DOJ’s Antitrust Division, where he investigated and analyzed mergers and acquisitions in a wide variety of industries, including telecommunications, banking, aeronautics, defense, and mining. During his time at the DOJ, he played an integral role in the investigation into Comcast Corporation’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable, Inc.

Wrede served as a judicial clerk for the Hon. Alan Kay, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia from 2011 to 2012.


Represented an American agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation in connection with its $66 billion sale to Bayer. The transaction was reviewed and approved by antitrust enforcers in the U.S., EU, and almost 30 other jurisdictions. DOJ’s investigation led to what DOJ characterized at the time as “the largest negotiated merger divestiture ever required by the United States.”

Represented a third-party and key witness in DOJ’s first-ever arbitration hearing to challenge a proposed merger.

Counseled pharmaceutical company on potential transactions in concentrated industry that FTC would review.

Represented a Korean fuel refiner in DOJ criminal and civil antitrust and False Claims Action investigation and subsequent plea agreement and settlement.

Represented a pharmaceuticals company in federal and state class action and non-class action litigation alleging antitrust and marketing-related claims regarding its leading product.

Represented an American agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation in connection with the proposed sale of a subsidiary to Deere & Company. DOJ brought a lawsuit challenging the transaction and representation included litigation.

Represented a British multinational oil and gas company in its $155 million acquisition of the upstream portion of Clean Energy’s renewable natural gas business.

Represented a major provider of advanced reactors and nuclear services as a third-party in DOJ’s investigation and challenge to a proposed transaction.

  • The George Washington University Law School, JD, with High Honors, Order of the Coif, Notes Editor, Int’l Law Review, 2011
  • DePauw University, BA, with Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, 2006

Young Lawyer Representative, Joint Conduct Committee, ABA Antitrust Section, 2019-2020

  • Hon. Alan Kay, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 2011-2012
  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Antitrust Law, 2023

Recipient, "Assistant Attorney General Award," for work on Comcast-Time Warner investigation, 2015

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