2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Young, entrepreneurial culture—no micromanagement”
“The growth and learning opportunities—a lot of early responsibility and good access to most senior leadership”
“Great deal flow and deal variety”
“Some difficult clients”
“Very effective M&A boutique—extremely strong platform”
“Up and comer”
“Growing market share”
About Moelis & Company
Moelis & Company provides financial advisory services to corporations, institutions, and governments worldwide. In addition to New York, Moelis has offices in Amsterdam, 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 went public in April 2014 and now employs approximately 900 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, Euromoney named 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 Banker magazine. Underscoring the firm’s strong Middle East practice, Euromoney named 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. In late December 2019, the firm was named “Best Restructuring Adviser” by IFR Magazine.
Why Work Here
About Moelis & Company
Moelis & Company (NYSE:MC) is a leading global independent investment bank that provides innovative, unconflicted strategic advice to a diverse client base. We assist our clients in achieving their strategic goals by offering comprehensive, globally integrated financial advisory services across all major industry sectors. Our dynamic advisory practice supports clients through all phases of the business cycle through expert capabilities in M&A, Recapitalization & Restructuring, Capital Markets and Financial Institution Advisory.
399 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 883-3800
Employer Type: Public
Stock Symbol: MC
Stock Exchange: NYSE
CEO: Kenneth Moelis
Co-Presidents: Jeff Raich & Navid Mahmoodzadegan
2019 Employees (All Locations): 901
Los Angeles, CA
Palo Alto, CA
New York, NY
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
London, United Kingdom
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Sao Paulo, Brazil