Freshfields hires former Ropes & Gray, Goldman Sachs finance lawyer as partner

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

Van der Vorst was a partner in US law firm Ropes & Gray’s London office from 2018 and prior to that spent seven years at Goldman Sachs where she was a managing director in the bank’s debt underwriting group, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Freshfields said Van der Vorst will advise the firm’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 firm’s commitment to growth in this area,” said Freshfields’ London transactions head Andrew Hutchings in an 11 August statement.

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

Freshfields posted record average profit per equity partner of £2.07m for the year ended 30 April with revenue up 7% to £1.7bn, the firm said on 27 July.

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