Freshfields banking star set to join Sullivan & Cromwell

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has lost its second big-name finance partner in the last three months with Presley Warner defecting to US firm Sullivan & Cromwell.

Presley Warner
Presley Warner

Warner has been one of Freshfields’ key Goldman Sachs relationship partners and went on secondment to the investment bank between 2008 and 2009.

His exit follows that of Chris Howard, who left the firm to rejoin Linklaters last November (22 November 2010).

Presley’s links with private equity sponsors will fill a perceived gap at Sullivan & Cromwell’s London office, where there is already a strong stable of partners advising buyout houses.

Presley, who joined Freshfields in 1995, has been a partner at the firm since 2000.