Washington, D.C.-based Amanda Wait has joined Norton Rose Fulbright as partner from Hunton Andrews Kurth, where she led the firm’s competition and consumer protection practice.
“Over the past few years I’ve developed an increasingly global client base,” Wait said, explaining the timing of her move. “[Norton Rose Fulbright’s] global platform aligns with my increasingly global client base.”
Wait is a legacy Hunton & Williams partner who spent more than 10 years at the firm before its merger with Andrews Kurth Kenyon last year. She guides clients through the antitrust review of global mergers and acquisitions and has represented companies in merger proceedings across the globe, including deals involving Austria, Germany, Mexico, Poland and the United States. She represented Universal Media Group Inc. in its $1.9 billion acquisition of EMI Media Inc. that was approved by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the European Commission in 2012. She also represented Delta Air Lines Inc. in a merger with Northwest Airlines before the U.S. Department of Justice that made headlines in 2008.
Wait declined to say whether other Hunton attorneys would be following her lead to Norton Rose Fulbright, but pointed to the internal partner promotion growth at her new firm as evidence of its commitment to its antitrust bench. Before joining Hunton, Wait cut her teeth as a staff attorney at the FTC from 2004 to 2007.
“Her experience working for the FTC and the relationships she has built with the agencies will benefit our clients greatly,” said Robin Adelstein, U.S. head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s antitrust and competition team, in a statement. “Amanda is a terrific addition to our growing antitrust practice, and we are excited to have her join the team.”
In 2018, following its merger with Chadbourne & Parke, Norton Rose Fulbright grew its head count by 118 total lawyers but saw some prominent departures in its energy, infrastructure and project finance groups in D.C. A pair of legacy Chadbourne lawyers decamped from Norton Rose Fulbright for Kirkland & Ellis, while three energy and infrastructure partners moved to Winston & Strawn—as did Abbe Lowell, another legacy Chadbourne lawyer.