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Caroline Ziser Smith


Caroline Ziser Smith

Antitrust & Competition
Washington DC

Represents clients in antitrust investigations and litigation, including cartel defense matters.

Caroline represents multinationals across multiple industries in cartel and antitrust investigations, antitrust litigation, and white collar defense and compliance matters. Her work has included complex, multi-jurisdictional matters before government authorities and regulators around the world, including the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the European Commission, and competition authorities in Germany, the UK, Switzerland, Australia, Brazil and Mexico.

Caroline is Co-Chair of the Cartel and Criminal Practice Committee of the ABA Antitrust Law Section and served as Vice Chair of the Section’s Spring Meeting in 2021 and 2022. Caroline received the Section’s 2022 Outstanding Performance Award for her work on the ABA’s International Cartel Workshop and Spring Meeting.

Before attending Cambridge, Caroline studied German law at Heidelberg University, where she completed the Zwischenpruefung. She is on the board of the German International School in Washington DC.


FTC non-compete ban on hold

The FTC non-compete rule



ABA Antitrust Law Section – Outstanding Performance Award, 2022


M.A., University of Cambridge

Professional history

  • Davis Polk since 2023
  • Associate, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, 2011-2023
    • Washington DC, 2018-2023
    • London, 2011-2018
  • Trainee Solicitor, Travers Smith, 2009-2011

Qualifications and admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • England and Wales
  • State of California
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