Moelis & Company at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Learning opportunities: a lot of deal and client exposure”
  • “Great pay”
  • “Exit opportunities”

Downers

  • “Long hours”
  • “Work/life balance”
  • “Infrastructure”

The Buzz

  • “Smart people, complicated engagements”
  • “Sweatshop; very hardcore and intense”
  • “Strong middle-market deal flow”
  • “Hires MDs left and right and left but not sure about their quality”

About Moelis & Company

Moelis & Company provides financial advisory services to corporations, institutions, and governments worldwide. In addition to New York, Moelis has offices in Beijing, Boston, Chicago, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Mumbai, Paris, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Sydney, and Washington, D.C. 

The firm, which went public in April 2014, employs more than 650 people worldwide. It is led by founder and namesake Kenneth Moelis, who rose to fame in the early 1980s, working at Drexel Burnam Lambert. After a successful career at Donald Lufkin & Jenrette Securities (DLJ), Moelis was lured to UBS in 2000. He recruited several DLJ bankers to join him and promptly turned UBS Investment Bank into a global powerhouse. In 2007, he resigned from UBS and formed his eponymous firm. To fill the ranks at Moelis & Company, Moelis turned to his old DLJ and Drexel Lambert friends. He also persuaded several top UBS executives and other senior industry bankers to join him. Right off the bat, Moelis & Company landed big-league assignments that belied its boutique size. One day after opening its doors, Moelis advised Hilton Hotels on its $26.5 billion sale to The Blackstone Group. Soon after, it helped defend Yahoo! from Microsoft's $44.6 billion hostile takeover bid and advised Anheuser-Busch on its $61.2 billion sale to InBev. 

In 2010, the firm was named Best Global Independent Investment Bank by Euromoney, and Ken Moelis was named Banker of the Year by Investment Dealers' Digest, which pointed out Moelis & Company's ability to land high-profile clients such as Advent International, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and Dubai World. IDD also handed Moelis the award in 2011, noting Moelis & Company's significant growth in Europe and Asia, and saying the firm is "showing no signs of slowing down." 

In July 2014, Euromoney named Ken Moelis "Banker of the Year." Moelis & Company has also been named the "Most Innovative Independent Investment Bank" by The Banker magazine four times in the past five years, most recently in 2015. The magazine commended the firm for its role in many of the year's most complex transactions, including advising Heineken on its $1.2 billion sale of its Mexican packaging business Empaque to Crown Holdings, and advising marine terminal operator DP World on its $3.5 billion acquisition of Economic Zones World. 

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Moelis & Company

399 Park Avenue
5th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 883-3800
Fax: (212) 880-4260

Stats

  • Employer Type: Public
  • Stock Symbol: MC
  • Stock Exchange: NYSE
  • CEO: Kenneth Moelis
  • 2016 Employees: 650

Major Office Locations

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Boston, MA
  • New York, NY
  • Houston, TX
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Paris, France
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Mumbai, India
  • Beijing, China
  • Sydney, Australia
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