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, Los Angeles, London, Mumbai, Paris, Palo Alto, Sao Paulo and Sydney.
The firm, which went public in April 2014, employs more than 500 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 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." And in 2013, the firm was named the "Most Innovative Independent Investment Bank" by The Banker,which pointed out that during the year Moelis "worked on plenty of innovative and big deals," including Heinz's $28 billion sale to Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital, and London Metal Exchange's £1.4 billion takeover by Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing. In July 2014, Euromoney named Ken Moelis "Banker of the Year."
Employer Type: Public
CEO: Kenneth Moelis