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Anita de Villiers

Anita de Villiers

Senior Associate

T +44 20 7067 3393
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English, German, Afrikaans

Anita is a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution team. She has extensive dispute resolution experience and regularly advises clients in relation to complex commercial contractual disputes, shareholder disputes, trustee and fiduciary duties, regulatory investigations as well as disputes arising from allegations of fraud and misrepresentation. 

Anita recently acted on behalf of former subsidiaries of Yukos Oil and senior management in multi-jurisdictional litigation arising out of the misappropriation of assets and on behalf of Slater & Gordon in respect of its multi-million pound breach of warranty and fraudulent misrepresentation claim against Watchstone Group plc (formerly Quindell plc) arising from its highly-publicised acquisition of Quindell’s legal services division in 2015.

In 2019, Anita was part of a small team to take home The Legal Week’s ‘Corporate/Commercial Litigation Team of the Year’ award in recognition for her work in the high tech horserace data case The Racing Partnership Ltd & Others v Done Brothers (Cash Betting) Ltd & Others.  The case was at the cutting edge of developing information law and involved an unusual application of the law of copyright and database rights to horseracing and, more generally, to the collection and distribution of data.  

Before joining CMS, Anita was an Associate in the Litigation team at Clayton Utz in Perth, Australia, where she worked on large scale commercial litigation and regulatory investigations across multiple Australian jurisdictions. 

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  • 2012 - Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, College of Law
  • 2011 - Bachelor of Laws (LLB)         
  • 2011 - Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring Political Science and International Relations
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