Optima Partner recruits KKR’s Horton to head new West Coast office

Optima Partners, a global regulatory compliance and risk management advisory firm, has named Shannon M. Horton as director and head of the firm’s new West Coast office. Horton is a former deputy chief compliance officer at KKR Credit Advisors.


New York, Jan. 7, 2019—Optima Partners, a leading global regulatory compliance and risk management advisory firm, today announced the appointment of Shannon M. Horton, a former senior compliance professional with KKR Credit Advisors, as Director and Head of the firm’s newly opened West Coast office. The appointment of Ms. Horton, who will be based at the firm’s San Francisco office, is part of Optima Partner’s expansion into key strategic markets.

In her new role, Ms. Horton will be responsible for supporting and maintaining relationships with the firm’s large number of West Coast clients, as well as overseeing the office’s operations.

An impressive career spanning nearly 20 years, Ms. Horton is a regulatory compliance expert who has advised hedge funds, private equity, venture capital firms, and global banks on a wide range of compliance and regulatory matters.

Before joining Optima, Ms. Horton served as Deputy Chief Compliance Officer for KKR Credit Advisors, a San Francisco-based registered investment advisory firm with more than $50 billion in assets under management. In that role, she supported the compliance function across a number of KKR Credit’s strategic credit initiatives including the Business Development Company and Closed-end Fund businesses.

Ms. Horton served as Chief Compliance Officer of the KKR Income Opportunities Fund (ticker: KIO) and also led a business development company expansion including NYSE listing of Corporate Capital Trust (ticker: CCT) and a joint venture advisor with a leading asset management firm.

Earlier, she was the Chief Compliance Officer at registered investment advisors Nelson Capital Management, wholly owned by Wells Fargo & Company, and Wells Fargo Alternative Asset Management, respectively. Ms. Horton also served as an Assistant Vice President at J.P. Morgan Partners, LLC, the private equity arm of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., and Senior Compliance Associate at Osterweis Capital Management, a registered investment advisor.

Optima Partners CEO Jonathan Saxton commented on Ms. Horton’s appointment: “We are thrilled to welcome Shannon to our growing team. Her extensive knowledge and expertise in an increasingly complicated regulatory compliance environment, combined with her exceptional leadership skills will greatly contribute to our continued efforts of expanding and strengthening Optima Partner’s service delivery and marketing share in the U.S and internationally.”

Ms. Horton commented: “I am deeply honored to have been given the opportunity to join Optima Partners and play an integral role in this phase of the firm’s stellar growth. I am looking forward to leveraging my years of experience in the San Francisco-area compliance community, as I work closely with the firm’s highly talented and dedicated group of professionals in providing innovative solutions to our clients’ challenging needs.”
Ms. Horton can be reached at Shannon.Horton@optima-partners.com or (415) 999-5340. Optima’s San Francisco office is located at 600 California St, 11th Floor.

About Optima Partners
Optima Partners is a leading global regulatory compliance and risk management advisory firm providing streamlined and cost-effective services tailored to clients’ individual needs.The firm provides a truly global service locally, achieved by ensuring that its industry recognized experts work closely with a diverse group of clients, ranging from hedge funds, private equity firms and investment banks. Optima Partners’ unrivalled expertise in the global regulatory landscape, strong relationships with regulators, and a deep commitment to provide clear and practical counsel gives clients the services they need to meet the demands of a complex and dynamic financial regulatory environment. The firm currently advises more than 500 clients across its global offices in New York, San Francisco, London and Hong Kong. For more information, go to the firm’s website at www.optima-partners.com