Centerview Partners at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Great analyst camaraderie and helpfulness; other analysts are smart, hardworking, and happy to help out where possible”
  • “You learn a ton by working with the best M&A minds in the business on the most important deals”
  • “Highest compensation on the Street—by a wide margin”

Downers

  • “Very demanding and unpredictable hours—when things get busy, they get very, very busy”
  • “No formal policies around work/life balance”
  • “We like to stay under the radar so not many people know who we are”

The Buzz

  • “The best investment bank”
  • “High caliber senior bankers”
  • “Massive deal volume”
  • “On fire”

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 260.

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, SABMiller's pending £79 billion sale to AB InBev, 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, Newell Rubbermaid on its $20 billion acquisition of Jarden, Johnson Controls on its pending $16.5 billion acquisition of Tyco, Mylan on its pending $9.9 billion acquisition of Meda, Pfizer on its $5.2 billion acquisition of Anacor, Johnson Controls pending $17 billion merger with Tyco, ResCap on its $15 billion Chapter 11 restructuring, Motorola Mobility's $13 billion sale to Google, and DreamWorks on its pending $3.8 billion sale to Comcast. The firm has also given restructuring advice to Avaya, Caesars Entertainment, and Terraform Power. Overall, Centerview's partners have advised on more than $1.5 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
  • 2016 Employees: 260

Major Office Locations

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