Andrea Gomes da Silva is a partner in Freshfields’ antitrust, competition and trade group based in London. She practises across the full range of EU and UK competition law, advising clients on merger control, articles 101/102 and the UK equivalent, cartel investigations and general behavioural matters.
In 2013–2014, Andrea was seconded to the OFT as part of the transition team responsible for establishing the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which assumed the functions of the OFT and CC on 1 April 2014. Andrea led the team (comprising individuals from the OFT and the CC) producing guidance for business and practitioners on the CMA’s new legal powers.
Since returning from her secondment, Andrea has advised: United Biscuits and its principal shareholders (Blackstone and PAI) on the antitrust aspects of the dual track auction and IPO process which resulted in the sale of United Biscuits to Yildiz, Holdings; HSBC on the in-depth Phase 2 market by the CMA into the supply of Personal Current Accounts (PCA) and banking services to SMEs –only the second investigation undertaken by the newly formed CMA on its compressed 18-month review timetable; and Japan Tobacco International on the acquisition antirust aspects of its acquisition of Zandera Limited, the manufacturer of "E-Lites" electronic cigarettes.
Andrea is on the leadership team of the firm’s Brazil practice. She is also on the editorial board of the ABA’s Antitrust Magazine.
Andrea was educated at Oxford University, and has a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of London. She is bilingual in English and Portuguese and also speaks fluent French and Spanish.
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