Moelis & Company at a Glance

Uppers

  • “A lot of deal experience for analysts”
  • “Quality of team members”
  • “Unique culture that encourages interaction between senior and junior bankers”

Downers

  • “Hours can be tough”
  • “Highly entrepreneurial, which can be unstructured at times”
  • “Brand is still embryonic”

The Buzz

  • “Fastest growing bank on Wall Street; their juniors place better after two years than any other firm”
  • “Exorbitant growth has diluted quality of bankers”
  • “One of the top boutiques; gaining market share”
  • “Small deal size limits prestige”

About Moelis & Company

Ken's creation

Moelis & Company provides financial advisory and asset management services to corporations, institutions, and governments worldwide. The investment bank also operates in the private equity space through its middle-market PE unit, Moelis Capital Partners. In addition to New York, Moelis has offices in Beijing, Boston, Chicago, Frankfurt, Houston, Los Angeles, London, Mumbai, Palo Alto, Sydney, Dubai, and Hong Kong. The firm employs approximately 580 people worldwide, and is headed 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 billion hostile takeover bid and advised Anheuser-Busch on its $61.2 billion sale to InBev. Since its inception, the firm has announced approximately over $340 billion of M&A deals. In 2010, it 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."

 

Moelis & Company

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

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • CEO: Kenneth Moelis
  • 2012 Employees: 580

Major Office Locations

  • Sydney, Australia
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Boston, MA
  • New York, NY
  • Houston, TX
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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