Freshfields makes senior funds and secondaries hire in New York

Clark joins the Magic Circle firm as head of its global funds practice from Goodwin.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has tapped a Goodwin lawyer as head of its global funds practice.

Tim Clark, who has joined the firm’s global transactions group in New York, has a focus on advising clients on fund formation and secondaries transactions, the latter of which he has represented both sponsors and buyers across the full spectrum of secondaries transactions, according to a statement.

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2019, Clark was a partner at Sidley Austin where he co-headed its private equity fund formation practice, according to an archive of his biography on Goodwin’s website.

Goodwin has been bolstering its own secondaries practice in recent months. This year, the Boston-headquartered firm hired Kirkland & Ellis partner Jacqueline Eaves in London after bringing on six secondaries partners last year. Esther Chiang, who also joined Goodwin in 2022 from Kirkland, has since departed to join Paul Hastings.

Other legal moves in the market this year include Michael Belsley, longstanding partner in Kirkland & Ellis’s investment funds group, who joined Arctos Partners; the departures of London-based Travis Smith lawyers Ed Ford and Sacha Gofton-Salmond to Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Sam Kay to Dechert; and Sidley Austin’s hire of Nicholas Cassin from Kirkland in New York.