Centerview Partners at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Top of the Street compensation”
  • “Great people; terrific, collegial culture”
  • “High level of responsibility and respect; interesting projects and clients”

Downers

  • “Given lean teams, hours can get brutal during live deals”
  • “Little brand recognition outside of finance”
  • “Could be more of a social/fun culture: fewer firmwide or small group social events than larger banks”

The Buzz

  • “Killing it—on every big deal and pays HUGE $$$”
  • “Long hours, but massive transactions; solid, elite boutique”
  • “Top shop right now”
  • “I question their longevity, but you can’t question their success so far”

About Centerview Partners

THE SCOOP

Small size, big deals

In 2006, UBS Vice Chairman Blair Effron had dinner with his friend Robert Pruzan, a veteran investment banker and former CEO of Wasserstein Perella. The two men decided to capitalize on the lucrative M&A boom by going in to business together, opening a boutique they dubbed Centerview Partners-the name came from the view at their new office on the 19th floor of Rockefeller Center. The firm has since moved to larger offices in New York; it also has outposts in London, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. At Centerview, there are just two lines of business: M&A advisory and restructuring, with both businesses addressing strategic, financial, and operational issues for its clients.  (An affiliated private equity group focuses on high potential, growth-focused technology companies, as well as the U.S. consumer middle and upper-middle market.) Since Effron and Pruzan's vision was realized, Centerview has added several additional high-powered bankers and brought total headcount up to more than 200. Though small in size, Centerview has worked on several huge deals, including Altria's $113 billion spin off of Philip Morris, Time Warner Cable's $70 billion merger with Comcast, Energy Future Holdings' $42 billion restructuring, Lorillard's $27 billion sale to Reynolds American, Micros' $5 billion sale to Oracle, Idenix's $4 billion sale to Merck, Kraft's $22 billion acquisition of Cadbury, Pfizer's $12 billion sale of its Pediatric Nutrition business, Motorola Mobility's $13 billion sale to Google, H.J. Heinz's $28 billion sale, Questcor's $6 billion merger with Mallinckrodt, Alliance Boots in its $27 billion two-step acquisition of Walgreen's, ResCap on its $15 billion Chapter 11 restructuring, and GE's $13 billion purchase of businesses from Alstom, the largest acquisition in GE's history. Overall, during the course of their careers, Centerview's partners have advised on more than $2.5 trillion in transactions, including more than $800 billion worth since Centerview was formed.

Centerview Partners

31 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 380-2650
Fax: (212) 380-2651
www.centerviewpartners.com

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Co-Founding Partners: B. Effron, J. Kilts, R. Pruzan
  • 2014 Employees: 200

Major Office Locations

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • New York, NY
  • London, United Kingdom

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