Centerview Partners at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Deal opportunities are unparalleled—you get to work on the largest, most interesting, challenging projects for large-cap clients”
  • “Extremely talented, smart, and thoughtful senior bankers who care about your development”
  • “Comp is incredible—way above the Street average’

Downers

  • “Hours can be VERY long”
  • “Pressure of ‘playing up a level’”
  • “Formal training could be better”

The Buzz

  • “Best bank on the Street”
  • “Best in class, but be prepared to sacrifice your life”
  • “Big deals, big paychecks, equal to Goldman”
  • “Very good and intense, high pay and smart people, but not sure about work/life balance”

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 offices in London, Los Angeles, Palo Alto and San Francisco. And today, that firm's clients include 20 percent of the 50 largest companies in the world.

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 280.

Though small in size, Centerview has worked on numerous huge deals, including GE's disposition of approximately $200 billion of GE Capital assets, Altria's $113 billion spin off of Philip Morris, SABMiller's £79 billion sale to AB InBev, Time Warner Cable's $79 billion merger with Charter Communications, Qualcomm's $47 billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors, Energy Future Holdings' $42 billion restructuring, Lorillard's $27 billion sale to Reynolds American, Alliance Boots' $27 billion acquisition of Walgreen's, Pharmacyclics' $21 billion sale to AbbVie, Johnson Controls $16 billion merger with Tyco, and Onyx Pharmaceuticals' $10 billion sale to Amgen. The firm has also given restructuring advice to Avaya, Caesars Entertainment, and Terraform Power. Overall, Centerview's partners have advised on more than $1.75 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

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Co-Founding Partners: B. Effron, J. Kilts, R. Pruzan
  • 2017 Employees: 280

Major Office Locations

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