Allen & Company

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Allen & Company LLC
Founded1922; 99 years ago (1922)
FounderCharles Robert Allen, Jr.
711 Fifth Avenue
New York City
Area served
United States
Key people
Herbert Allen III
ProductsInvestment banking
Number of employees
170 (2010)

Allen & Company LLC is an American privately held boutique investment bank based at 711 Fifth Avenue, New York.[1] The firm, known for its deliberate avoidance of publicity, specializes in real estate, technology, media and entertainment.[2][3]


Founded in 1922 by Charles Robert Allen, Jr., he was soon joined by his brothers, Herbert A. Allen, Sr. and Harold Allen. The firm is generally regarded as a boutique advisory firm with a specific specialization in real estate and the media and entertainment sectors.[4]

Allen & Company, which is currently run by Herbert Allen, Jr., nephew of the founder, generally shies away from publicity and does not maintain a website or issue press releases, with the exception of the extensive media procured for its annual conference evidenced by its allowance of access to the conference by financial media properties such CNBC, The Wall Street Journal and others to cover its event.

In 1973, Allen & Company bought a stake in Columbia Pictures. When the business was sold in 1982 to Coca-Cola, it netted a significant profit. Since then, Herbert Allen, Jr. has had a place on Coca-Cola's board of directors.

Since its founding in 1982, the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference has regularly drawn high-profile attendees such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Rupert Murdoch, Barry Diller, Michael Eisner, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Johnson, Andy Grove, Richard Parsons, and Donald Keough.

Allen & Co. was one of ten underwriters for the Google initial public offering in 2004.[5] In 2007, Allen was sole advisor to Activision in its $18 billion merger with Vivendi Games.[6] In 2011, the New York Mets hired Allen & Co. to sell a minority stake of the team. That deal later fell apart.[7][8] In November 2013, Allen & Co. was one of seven underwriters on the initial public offering of Twitter.[9] Allen & Co. was the adviser of Facebook in its $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp in February 2014.[10]

In 2015, Allen & Co. was the advisor to Time Warner Cable in its $80 billion 2015 merger with Charter Communications,[11] AOL in its acquisition by Verizon,[12] Centene Corporation in its $6.8 billion acquisition of Health Net,[13] and eBay in its separation from PayPal.[14]

In 2016, Allen & Co was the lead advisor to Time Warner in its $108 billion acquisition by AT&T,[15] LinkedIn for its merger talks with Microsoft,[16] Walmart in its $3.3 billion purchase of,[17] and Verizon in its $4.8 billion acquisition of Yahoo!.[18] In 2017, Allen & Co. was the advisor to in PetSmart’s $3.35 billion purchase of the online retailer.[19]

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  1. ^ "Allen & Co Inc/Allen Holding Inc, Form SC 13G/A, Filing Date Feb 15, 2001". Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  2. ^ "Trends: Secretive New York bank Allen & Co. gets into Silicon Valley media tech". February 20, 2008.
  3. ^ "Allen & Company LLC-Company".
  4. ^ Loomis, Carol J. (June 28, 2004). "Inside the Private World of Allen & Co. Putting a premium on personal ties, this family firm thrives in the land of the giants". CNN. Archived from the original on April 11, 2008. Retrieved April 23, 2008.
  5. ^ "From Ferrari to Facebook: the incredible client list of Wall Street's most secretive firm".
  6. ^ "Vivendi and Activision to Create Activision Blizzard - World's Largest, Most Profitable Pure-Play Video Game Publisher". Activision Blizzard, Inc.
  7. ^ Nathan Vardi, "David Einhorn In Deal For A Minority Stake In The New York Mets," Forbes, May 26, 2011.
  8. ^ Richard Sandomir, "Deal to Sell Piece of Mets to Einhorn Falls Apart," The New York Times, September 1, 2011.
  9. ^ "Twitter Said to Pay 3.25% Bankers' Fee for Market Debut". Bloomberg.
  10. ^ "Facebook to buy WhatsApp for $19 billion". Reuters. February 19, 2014.
  11. ^ "From Ferrari to Facebook: the incredible client list of Wall Street's most secretive firm".
  12. ^ "Verizon to acquire AOL". May 12, 2015.
  13. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 4, 2015. Retrieved September 11, 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "eBay & PayPal to Become Independent Companies in 2015". September 30, 2014.
  15. ^ "The massive AT&T-Time Warner deal could mean up to $390 million in fees for Wall Street banks".
  16. ^ "Microsoft to acquire LinkedIn - Stories". June 13, 2016.
  17. ^ "Walmart Agrees to Acquire, One of the Fastest Growing e-Commerce Companies in the U.S."
  18. ^ "Verizon to acquire Yahoo's operating business". July 25, 2016.
  19. ^ Jessica Dye, "PetSmart makes online push with deal," Financial Times, April 18, 2017.
  20. ^ Waterman, Shaun (February 18, 2008). "Tenet gets job at secretive N.Y. bank". Retrieved December 27, 2008.
  21. ^ Whitford, David (May 25, 2010). "The king of the sports deal". Fortune. Archived from the original on May 22, 2010. Retrieved June 2, 2010.

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