2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Great culture—everyone here from top to bottom is genuine, respectful, extremely intelligent, interesting, and friendly”
“High degree of responsibility, learning opportunities, and deal flow”
“The hours can be grueling during busy periods”
“High-stress nature of the job at times”
“Strong brand name in finance but not well known outside of that”
“Best M&A shop”
“Solid reputation, Fortune 50 clients”
“High pay, great deal flow, large deals”
About Centerview Partners
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 Chicago, London, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Paris, 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 capital group focuses on high potential, growth-focused technology companies, as well as the U.S. consumer middle and upper-middle market, most recently through the creation of two SPACs, both of which have been successfully invested.) Since Effron and Pruzan's vision was realized, Centerview has added several additional high-powered bankers and brought total headcount up to just over 400.
Though small in size, Centerview has worked on numerous huge deals, including Sprint’s $146 billion merger with T-Mobile, BAT’s $97 million merger with Reynolds American, SABMiller’s £79 billion sale to AB InBev, 21st Century Fox’s $85 billion sale to the Walt Disney Company, Time Warner Cable’s $79 billion merger with Charter Communications, CVS Health’s $77 billion acquisition of Aetna, Express Scripts’ $67 billion sale to Cigna, Mylan’s $50 billion combination with Upjohn, Qualcomm’s $49 billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors, CBS and Viacom’s $48 billion merger, FIS on its $43 billion acquisition of Worldpay, Energy Future Holdings’ $42 billion restructuring, AstraZeneca’s pending $39 billion acquisition of Alexion, PG&E’s $25 billion restructuring, Immunomedics’ $21 billion pending sale to Gilead Sciences, MyoKardia’s $13 billion pending sale to Bristol Myers Squib, Johnson Controls $16 billion merger with Tyco, Array Biopharma’s $12 billion sale to Pfizer, Multiplan's $11 billion merger with Churchill Capital Corp III, Grubhub’s $7.5 billion merger with Just Eat Takeaway.com, and Hasbro’s £3.3 billion acquisition of Entertainment One.
The firm has also given restructuring advice to Avaya, Blackhawk Mining, Caesars Entertainment, Chicago Bridge & Iron, CTI Foods, One Call, and Westmoreland Coal. Overall, Centerview’s partners have advised on more than $3 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