Leadership Team | Thomas Cleary

Thomas Cleary

Tom Cleary is a Partner at Options Group, based in New York. He joined the firm in 2009 and leads the Investment Banking Practice. He conducts a broad range of senior-level searches across the financial services industry. His areas of search expertise include mergers and acquisitions; general corporate finance; restructuring; leveraged finance; debt and equity capital markets; private equity; and infrastructure. Tom is also a member of the Private Equity Practice where he has completed searches for funds and their portfolio companies, including investment leaders, senior fundraising professionals, capital markets professionals, operating partners, and advisors.


Tom has differentiated himself through his senior-level search mandates, including individual target hires, team build outs and whole-business acquisitions, and through his strategic consulting projects that utilize Options Group’s propriety intelligence and market analysis. Several of these projects directly resulted in transformational changes in strategy and/or organizational structures for clients. They also resulted in improved operating efficiency and increased market share and profitability. Tom has over 25 years of experience in executive search and has placed over 200 professionals. He has an impeccable track record in advising and leading the execution of human capital initiatives for global and regional investment banks, boutique advisory firms, private credit investors and specialist investment funds. Tom is known for his judgment, integrity, domain expertise, and ability to navigate the nuances of complex deal execution.


Tom studied History at Columbia College.