Centerview Partners

Centerview Partners Company Profile


Small size, big business

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). 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. Its two subunits are M&A and restructuring. (An affiliated private equity group focuses on 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 150.  Though small in size, Centerview has worked on several huge deals, including Altria's $113 billion spin off of Philip Morris, Kraft's $22 billion acquisition of Cadbury, PepsiCo's $21 billion acquisition of it bottlers, 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, Alliance Boots in its $27 billion two-step acquisition of Walgreen's, ResCap on its $15 billion Chapter 11 restructuring, and GE's $18 billion sale of its remaining interest in NBC Universal. Overall, during the course of their careers, Centerview's partners have advised on more than $2 trillion in transactions, including more than $500 billion worth since Centerview was formed.

Centerview Partners

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


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Co-Founding Partners: A. Chinn, B. Effron, J. Kilts, R. Pruzan
  • 2013 Employees: 150

Major Office Locations

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

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