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‘Mixed emotions’: Facebook appoints Olswang partner Caddick as new regulatory and litigation head in Europe

Ahead of the tripartite merger between CMS, Nabarro and Olswang, Facebook has announced that it has taken on commercial disputes partner Anna Caddick from its external adviser Olswang as its EMEA head of regulatory and litigation.

Caddick acts on a wide range of commercial disputes for both private individuals and corporates with her work covering both litigation and arbitration. She also frequently acts for clients in mediation.

She made partner in 2015 after seven years at Olswang, joining as a legal director in 2009, making the move from commercial law firm M Law where she was an associate. Caddick trained at Hogan Lovells and was also a pupil barrister at Hogarth Chambers.

An Olswang spokesperson said: ‘Facebook is a long-standing client of Olswang, and the firm acts for Facebook on an array of technology and commercial law matters. Anna has been a valued partner within our litigation team, and so it is with mixed emotions that we bid her farewell from the partnership. However, we are delighted to see her take on this new role with a valued client.’

Facebook’s vice president and deputy general counsel Ashlie Beringer added: ‘We’re thrilled that Anna will be joining us to lead our regulatory and litigation teams in Europe. Her strong litigation skills and leadership will add to the strength of our growing legal team.’

Olswang will combine with CMS Cameron McKenna and Nabarro on 1 May, making the new entity a top-five global practice by lawyer headcount, with 4,500 fee-earners including the CMS international network, and nearly 2,000 lawyers in the core UK-based partnership.

The combined firm will trade as CMS UK with revenues of over £430m in the UK and more than €1.2bn of business across the CMS grouping of 13 member firms.

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