Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hired its second lateral partner this week, this time adding a leveraged finance partner from Ropes & Gray.
Carol Van der Vorst joins the firm’s London leveraged finance team, according to a firm statement on Thursday. She leaves Ropes & Gray after four years as partner and prior to this was a managing director in the debt underwriting group at Goldman Sachs for seven years, according to LinkedIn.
For Freshfields, it is its second lateral hire from a U.S. firm this week. On Monday, it hired Kirkland & Ellis restructuring partner Lisa Stevens. Meanwhile in April, the firm brought in private equity partner Rebecca Ward from boutique Dickson Minto.
The hires buck the trend of Freshfields losing its London partners to U.S. firms. The departure of two of its highly-rated junior private equity partners to Kirkland & Ellis in October 2021 and restructuring partner Adam Gallagher to Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in February 2021 were the most recent in a string of historic exits.
In a statement on the hire, Freshfields’ London transactions head, Andrew Hutchings, said: “We are delighted to welcome Carol to join our leveraged finance team in London. 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.
“Carol is well respected for her strong technical and commercial skills and she aligns well to our culture and values. We look forward to working with Carol, who will join a market leading team underpinned by a strong pipeline of associate talent.”
Ropes & Gray had not responded to a request for comment at the time of publication.