Centerview Partners Company Profile


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


  • 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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