Hunton & Williams LLP has appointed partner Amanda L. Wait to lead its competition and consumer protection practice.

“Amanda has a sterling reputation and strong relationships with many of our key clients,” said Managing Partner Wally Martinez. “She brings great energy and leadership to the group.”

The Hunton & Williams competition and consumer protection practice provides experienced counsel and innovative legal solutions to business challenges and strategic opportunities in antitrust and consumer protection litigation, merger review and enforcement investigations.

The practice includes former enforcers from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the US Department of Justice (DOJ), including DC Office Managing Partner Wendell Taylor, who served as Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General of the Department of Justice; Jack Martin, former FTC trial counsel; and Phyllis Marcus, former Chief of Staff in the FTC’s Advertising Practices Division.

“Competition and consumer protection issues―whether litigation or investigations―drive to the heart of our clients’ businesses and require innovative solutions,” said Wait. “I’m excited to lead the expansion of our innovative work on behalf of our clients.”

A former FTC lawyer, Wait has guided clients through the global antitrust review of some of the largest corporate mergers in recent history, including the $2.4 billion merger between Cash America International, Inc. and First Cash Financial Services, two of the nation’s three largest pawnshop operators; and the $1.4 acquisition of Stewart Enterprises by Service Corporation International, the nation’s largest funeral and cemetery services provider.

Wait is a recognized leader in her field. She speaks frequently on antitrust topics and regularly is sought after by such major media outlets as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, National Public Radio and Associated Press to provide analysis of significant mergers, most often in the retail and consumer products industries. Among other recognitions, Wait has been named to the “Under 40 Hot List” by Benchmark Litigation for the past two years, and was selected as a “Rising Star for Antitrust Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions” by Washington, DC Super Lawyers for the past four years.