Dealmaker: Freshfields’ Tim Wilmot on managing egos, getting towels for a client and his long-haired indie past

The magic circle corporate partner on his most admired lawyer, worst day on the job and favourite late night eateries

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer London corporate partner Tim Wilmot recently advised Sky Betting and Gaming and its majority owner CVC Capital Partners on its sale to to Canadian betting company Stars Group. Other recent deals he has been involved in have included advising US private equity company Hellman & Friedman on its $5.3bn (£3.9bn) takeover of Scandinavian payment service provider Nets last year.

Why did you become a lawyer? By accident. I actually wanted to do something more creative or interesting – like a script writer or a film editor. But no one wanted to give me a job (or, at least, not one that I wanted). So I went to law school because I thought a law qualification would be a useful addition to my CV – and, of course, it meant I could put off any real decisions for a couple of years. And then it turned out that I loved it.

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