Centerview Partners at a Glance


  • “The people here are truly top tier, and senior members of the firm take a genuine interest in teaching, mentoring, and generally getting to know even the most junior members of the team”
  • “Best deal flow and compensation on the Street”
  • “Large amounts of responsibility and client exposure—lean staffing model forces you to take responsibility early in your career”


  • “Lean teams often result in overextended analysts”
  • “Stressful, intense, and unpredictable nature of work”
  • “Some accounts are more tedious and workload-heavy than others”

The Buzz

  • “Outstanding; the place to be”
  • “Very well respected—making a name for themselves”
  • “Great firm with great senior leadership, and compensation is the best on the Street”
  • “On a great run”

About Centerview Partners

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 225. Though small in size, Centerview has worked on several huge deals, including GE's planned disposition of approximately $200 billion of GE Capital assets, Altria's $113 billion spin off of Philip Morris, Time Warner Cable's $79 billion merger with Charter Communications, Kraft's $58 billion merger with Heinz, Energy Future Holdings' $42 billion restructuring, Lorillard's $27 billion sale to Reynolds American, Alliance Boots in its $27 billion two-step acquisition of Walgreen's, Pharmacyclics $21 billion sale to AbbVie, Salix Pharmaceuticals on its $16 billion sale to Valeant, ResCap on its $15 billion Chapter 11 restructuring, and Motorola Mobility's $13 billion sale to Google. Overall, Centerview's partners have advised on more than $1 trillion worth of transactions 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: B. Effron, J. Kilts, R. Pruzan
  • 2015 Employees: 225

Major Office Locations

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

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