2019 Vault Rankings
“The amount of intellectual talent here is tremendous”
“You’re immediately given a lot of responsibility and exposed to very large, complex M&A assignments”
“Compensation is out of this world—top of the Street”
“Small deal teams means longer hours”
“Steep learning curve and high expectations”
“Best reputation on the Street—excellent M&A shop”
“Elite boutique, heavy hitters”
“Blue-chip focus, big transactions, heavy workload”
“Very interesting deal flow and unbelievable compensation”
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 300.
Though small in size, Centerview has worked on numerous huge deals, including GE’s disposition of approximately $200 billion of GE Capital assets, BAT’s $97 million merger with Reynolds American, SABMiller’s £79 billion sale to AB InBev, 21st Century Fox’s $85 billion pending sale to the Walt Disney Company, Time Warner Cable’s $79 billion merger with Charter Communications, Express Scripts’ $67 billion pending sale to Cigna, Qualcomm’s $49 billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors, Energy Future Holdings’ $42 billion restructuring, Pharmacyclics’ $21 billion sale to AbbVie, Johnson Controls $16 billion merger with Tyco, and Kite Pharma’s $12 billion sale to Gilead Sciences. The firm has also given restructuring advice to Avaya, Caesars Entertainment, and Chicago Bridge & Iron. Overall, Centerview’s partners have advised on more than $2.5 trillion worth of transactions since Centerview was formed.
31 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 380-2650
Employer Type: Private
Co-Founding Partners: B. Effron, J. Kilts, R. Pruzan
2018 Employees (All Locations): 300