Moelis & Company at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Entrepreneurial, flat, non-bureaucratic culture where you work with very bright, super nice, approachable people”
  • “The quality and quantity of deal experience and significant early responsibility”
  • “Very high compensation”

Downers

  • “Long hours—can be difficult to find work/life balance”
  • “Pressure”
  • “Growing pains from the rapid growth sometimes leads to challenges”

The Buzz

  • “Elite boutique, top sponsor practice, on the rise and growing fast”
  • “Strong independent advisor, reputation’s improving, but still incredibly demanding hours”
  • “Exceptional exit opportunities”
  • “Known for strong deals and tough culture”

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. Its global footprint also includes a joint venture with SMBC Nikko Securities in Japan and a strategic alliance with Alfaro, Dávila y Scherer in Mexico. 

The firm, which went public in April 2014, employs approximately 750 people worldwide. It is led by founder and namesake Ken 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, including the firm's current Co-Presidents Navid Mahmoodzadegan and Jeff Raich. 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, Euromoneynamed Ken Moelis "Banker of the Year." Since its founding in 2007, Moelis & Company has also been named as the "Most Innovative Independent Investment Bank" four times by The Bankermagazine. Underscoring the firm's strong Middle East practice, Euromoneynamed Moelis & Company the "Best Investment Bank in the UAE" in both 2013 and 2016, and named the firm "Best Advisory Bank in the Middle East" in 2018. In addition to its global breadth and sector expertise, Moelis has also won many accolades for its restructuring practice, having been recognized in The Banker's 2018 Americas and Asia-Pacific Restructuring Deals of the Year Awards.

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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
  • Co-Presidents: Jeff Raich & Navid Mahmoodzadegan
  • 2018 Employees: 750

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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