Press release

CMA appoints new Senior Legal Director

The CMA has today appointed Andrea Gomes da Silva as its Senior Legal Director – Markets, Mergers and Sector Regulation.

CMA logo on a wall.

Reporting to Sarah Cardell, Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) General Counsel, Andrea will lead on the legal advice and analysis across the whole range of markets, mergers and sector regulation activities. She will lead a team of legal directors and case lawyers, ensuring high quality and robust legal support.

Andrea joins from Freshfields where she started in 2001, becoming a partner in 2008. In 2013 she was seconded to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to work as part of the team producing the guidance on the CMA’s new powers under the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013. Her previous employment was at Slaughter and May where she worked in both the London and Brussels office. She is listed as a Leading Individual in Legal 500 and listed in Global Competition Review’s Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers 2015.

Sarah Cardell, CMA General Counsel, said:

With over 16 years’ experience advising across the full range of UK and EC competition law matters, Andrea will be an immensely valuable addition to the senior leadership of the CMA.

Her oversight of legal advice across our markets, mergers and sector regulation work will be crucial in helping ensure the CMA meets a key objective of delivering robust and successful outcomes within set timetables.

Andrea is expected to take up her role in July 2015.

Notes for editors

  1. Andrea was recruited through full and open competition in accordance with the Civil Service Commission Recruitment Principles.
  2. She replaces Carole Begent who left the CMA to take up the post of Head of Legal at the Payment Systems Regular earlier this month.
  3. The CMA is the UK’s primary competition and consumer authority. It is an independent non-ministerial government department with responsibility for carrying out investigations into mergers, markets and the regulated industries and enforcing competition and consumer law. From 1 April 2014 it took over the functions of the Competition Commission and the competition and certain consumer functions of the OFT, as amended by the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013.
  4. For more information on the CMA see our homepage or follow us on Twitter @CMAgovUK, Flickr and LinkedIn.
  5. Enquiries should be directed to Kasia Reardon (, 0203 738 6901).
Published 30 April 2015