Dealmaker: Simpson Thacher's Clare Gaskell on making partner in pyjamas, Mount Fuji sunrises and 3am conference calls

The City corporate partner on an unexpected phonecall in New York, views from Freshfields' Tokyo office and the pressures of the job

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett partner City corporate partner Clare Gaskell joined the US firm as an associate in 2009 and was made up to partner in 2015. She is currently advising KKR on its bid for Unilever’s £6.5bn spreads division.

Why did you become a lawyer? I wanted to be an ‘international lawyer’ from the age of about 12 – but I don’t think I really knew what that would entail. I was attracted to the combination of intellectual challenge and international travel. I have been rewarded with a number of trips to glamorous locations, where I have been confined to law firm offices for days on end. I wonder how many people can say they have watched the sunrise over Mount Fuji… from the windows of Freshfields’ offices in Tokyo?

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