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The OFT has hired SJ Berwin senior associate Sheldon Mills as director of mergers.
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Simon Holmes, head of EU and competition at SJ Berwin in London, said: “This is a good example of the ‘revolving door’ between private practice and the competition authorities - a development which we welcome, having recently recruited the former deputy head of cartels at the OFT Philipp Girardet.” Mills added that the OFT job was “too good an opportunity to turn down”.
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- She joins as an assistant solicitor in the family department after leaving Bowers & Jessup Solicitors, where she was an assistant solicitor.
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