2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Great colleagues and great culture—collaborative and inclusive”
“Early responsibility, and early client and senior banker exposure”
“Great deal flow and deal experience—high-profile, complex, and challenging deals”
“Nonstop live deal exposure means you’re working long hours”
“Demanding, hard work”
“Need more transparency, particularly around comp and promotions”
“Top elite boutique”
“Achieved significant growth—and more to come”
“Would sell my right arm to work there”
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, Palm Beach, Sao Paulo, Sydney, Tel Aviv 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 build Moelis & Company’s global network, Moelis turned to contacts made throughout his career, some of which he had known since his DLJ days. 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.
The market recognized Moelis & Company’s business model, and the firm was named Euromoney’s Best Global Independent Investment Bank (2010, 2014), The Banker’s Most Innovative Boutique of The Year (2010, 2011, 2013, 2015), and the Financial Times and Mergermarket’s Boutique Financial Advisor of the Year (2013).
In July 2014, Euromoney named Ken Moelis “Banker of the Year.” Awards received by the firm’s other senior executives and bankers include COO Elizabeth Crain being named to American Banker’s Most Power Women list (2012) and MD Caroline Silver’s 11 annual placements among Financial News’ 100 Most Influential Women in Finance since 2010.
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 in M&A, Moelis has also won many accolades for its other practice areas, having been recognized for its restructuring work by The Banker (2018) and IFR Magazine (2019), and more recently for its growing capital markets business when The Banker named Moelis “Investment Bank of the Year for Private Placements” (2020). The firm also routinely receives awards on behalf of work for specific clients, having received nearly 70 deal-specific awards since 2010.
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: Navid Mahmoodzadegan & Jeff Raich
2021 Employees (All Locations): 900
Los Angeles, CA
Palo Alto, CA
New York, NY
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
London, United Kingdom
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Sao Paulo, Brazil