2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Amazing culture and collegiality—possibly the best culture on Wall Street”
“Early responsibility, great deal experience”
“Strong work/life balance”
“Benefits are subpar, no 401(k) matching”
“Not as well-known as some bigger banks”
“Strong in consumer”
About PJ SOLOMON
Founded in 1989 as one of the first independent investment banks, PJ SOLOMON offers a diverse set of financial services and serves a wide range of sectors. It offers a global reach through its partnership with Natixis, the international corporate, investment, insurance, and financial services arm of Groupe BPCE, the second largest banking group in France and one of the 20 largest banks in the world measured by total assets.
The partnership enables PJ SOLOMON to provide its clients with global advisory services and proprietary access to financing capabilities throughout Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and the Americas.
Today, the firm’s upper management includes Peter J. Solomon, the firm’s founding chairman; Marc S. Cooper, CEO; Kenneth D. Baronoff, President; 23 managing directors; and nine senior advisors.
PJ SOLOMON offers strategic and financial advice to owners, chief executives, senior management, and boards of directors of public and private companies. The firm’s verticals include consumer retail; financial sponsors; fintech; grocery, pharmacy and restaurants; healthcare; infrastructure, power and renewables; and technology, media and telecommunications.
PJ SOLOMON also provides expertise through its product capabilities in mergers and acquisitions, debt advisory and restructuring, financing advisory, and activism defense. Additionally, PJ SOLOMON has worked in partnership with Natixis to execute several cross-border transactions (among them, the firm served as financial advisor to Banijay on its acquisition of Endemol Shine and Groupe Rocher on its acquisition of Arbonne International).
PJ SOLOMON has worked as a trusted advisor to clients on a number of sector-defining transactions. Its clients represent leaders in their industries and range from multinational, large-capitalization corporations to smaller, fast-growth companies. Its client list has included, among others, Vivendi, Rand McNally, Southeastern Grocers, Finish Line, Chico’s FAS, TJX, Key Foods, London Stock Exchange, Under Armour, SoulCycle, SiriusXM, American Greetings, Brooks Brothers, Total Outdoor, Five Below, Netflix, Staples, Ports America Group, Nasty Gal, Tractor Supply Company, AMI Entertainment, and IPIC.
PJ SOLOMON’s recent deal activity spans numerous sectors and practice areas. It recently advised Accel-KKR on its sale of TrueCommerce to Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe; PayBright on its pending sale to Affirm; Vero Fiber Networks on its investment from Ariet Capital; Mood Media on its pending sale to Vector Capital; New Mountain Capital on its acquisition of Natrol from Aurobindo Pharma; Capital Brands (NutriBullet) on its sale to De’Longhi S.p.A.; Investor Group on pending acquisition of Wilshire Associates; Under Armour on its sale of the MyFitnessPal platform to Francisco Partners; Rand McNally on its sale to Teleo Capital; Thai Union Group on its acquisition of Golden Gate Capital’s remaining equity stake in Red Lobster Seafood Co; Lucky’s Markets on the sale of select stores to ALDI, Publix, Southeastern Grocers, Schnucks, Hitchcocks and Seabra Foods; US Wind on a strategic investment by Apollo; Designer Brands Inc. on financing totaling $650 million; Astoria Energy on the sale of two natural gas power plants; and Save A Lot on its recapitalization and refinancing.
1345 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10105
Phone: (212) 508-1600
Employer Type: Private
Founder & Chairman: Peter J. Solomon
Chief Executive Officer: Marc S. Cooper
2021 Employees (All Locations): 134
New York, NY