Simpson Thacher boosts City diversity stats with return of finance partner O’Shea

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett finance partner Sinead O’Shea is relocating from Hong Kong to London, where she will become the elite US firm’s first female partner based in the City.

O’Shea is a partner in Simpson’s corporate department and has acted for core clients such as Blackstone and KKR along with JPMorgan, MMI Holdings and Citigroup Capital Partners.

She joined Simpson in 2000 and has also worked in the firm’s New York and London offices.

In 2008 she was one of two Simpson corporate finance associates who were promoted to partner, the other being current London partner Ian Barratt (2 December 2008).

On being made partner, O’Shea immediately moved to Hong Kong where she worked in the bank finance practice, largely focusing on acting for borrowers.

“We’ve got a lot of work on in that area right now and we’re really looking forward to having her back,” commented the managing partner of Simpson’s London office Greg Conway.

Earlier this year The Lawyer reported that many of the City offices of the world’s leading international firms in London continue to be dominated by men, with women representing just 17.6 per cent of UK partners in the top 30 (14 April 2014).  

Simpson currently has a total of 15 partners in its City office, none of whom are female. Indeed, it was one of just two firms in the top 30 to have no female partners based in London. The other firm is Davis Polk & Wardwell, where there are nine partners.

O’Shea is due to start work in London this week.