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Freshfields hires ex-Ropes & Gray financial lawyer Goldman Sachs as partner

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has engaged leveraged finance lawyer Carol Van der Vorst as a partner in its private equity team in London.

Van der Vorst had been a partner at U.S. law firm Ropes & Gray’s in London since 2018 and previously spent seven years at Goldman Sachs where she was managing director of the bank’s debt underwriting group, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Freshfields said Van der Vorst will advise the company’s financial sponsor clients on debt financing transactions.

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“This addition reflects the demand we are seeing from financial sponsors for complex financing solutions and further demonstrates the company’s commitment to growth in this area,” said Andrew Hutchings, Head of transactions at Freshfields in London, in an August 11 statement.

Van der Vorst is the second new partner Freshfields announced in London this week after announcing on August 8 that it had hired Lisa Stevens, private credit specialist at Kirkland & Ellis, as a partner in its restructuring team.

Freshfields posted a record average profit per partner of £2.07million for the year to April 30, with revenue up 7% to £1.7billion, the company announced on July 27 .

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