Freshfields high-yield heavyweight Ward McKimm leaves for Shearman

High-yield star becomes latest partner exit from magic circle firm

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer high-yield star Ward McKimm is leaving to return to Shearman & Sterling, in the latest departure for the magic circle firm following its lockstep overhaul.

McKimm, who co-heads Freshfields’ European leveraged finance group and is understood to be one of the firm’s best-paid partners, is leaving three years after joining from Kirkland & Ellis in June 2015.

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