16Apr

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has appointed three new senior directors, all on a temporary basis, to lead three of its divisions: consumer credit, policy and cartels/criminal enforcement.

David Fisher has been appointed as Senior Director of Consumer Credit and Anti-Money Laundering. He was previously director of consumer credit and anti money laundering at the OFT, and has held other senior roles at the OFT since joining the organisation from the Competition Commission in 2001.

Consumer credit regulation, for which Mr Fisher is responsible, will transfer from the OFT to the Financial Conduct Authority in April 2014.

The new Senior Director of Policy is Sheldon Mills. His brief includes responsibility for competition, markets and consumer policy. Mr Mills worked as a solicitor in private practice advising on mergers and related transactions until 2010, when he joined the OFT as head of its Mergers Group. In his new role he will make decisions on Phase I mergers.

In his role, Mr Mills will be assisted by antitrust, competition and trade lawyer Andrea Gomes da Silva, who will join the OFT on a nine-month secondment from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. She will lead a guidance project regarding the creation of the Competition and Markets Authority, the new body which will assume the responsibilities of the OFT and the Competition Commission from April 2014.

Lastly, Stephen Blake has been appointed as Senior Director of Cartels and Criminal Enforcement. He will also serve on the OFT’s Policy Committee, alongside Mr Mills. Another former private solicitor, since joining the OFT in 1998 he has worked as a competition lawyer in the Legal Division and as deputy director of the Cartels Group, and has undertaken a secondment to the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition. Mr Blake takes over this role from Ali Nikpay, who has left the OFT to take up a new role in the antitrust and competition group at law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.