Chris Bown, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner, is leaving the magic circle firm to join CVC Capital Partners, one of the world’s leading private equity and investment advisory firms.
Bown, who will retire from the firm at the end of the financial year, will join CVC as a senior adviser on 1 May in a part-time role working with the deal teams and with CVC’s existing legal function.
CVC’s legal team is headed by managing director Richard Perris, who joined the private equity house in 2005 from Clifford Chance.
Bown told The Lawyer: “I’ve had a really rewarding experience at Freshfields both personally and professionally, and I’m proud that I’ve contributed to the creation of a private equity group that’s now leading the field – it’s got an enviable client base and a long bench of top quality lawyers.
“It’s the right time for me to take on a new challenge and I can’t think of a better one than to be joining one of the most respected and successful players in the private equity industry.”
Bown is the third Freshfields heavyweight to leave the firm for a client role in a matter of months.
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