|Headquarters||31 West 52nd Street
New York, New York, United States
|Products||Investment banking, Mergers and acquisitions, Private Equity|
|Total assets||$485 million|
Centerview Partners is an American independent investment banking and private equity investment firm. Centerview operates primarily as an investment banking advisory firm. The firm offers mergers and acquisitions advisory, takeover defense, capital allocation and divestitures services. The firm also operates as a financial sponsor in certain private equity transactions. In 2007, the firm raised its first investment fund with $485 million of commitments from institutional investors.
Centerview was founded in July 2006 by Blair Effron, former Vice Chair of UBS AG, along with Stephen Crawford, former co-president at Morgan Stanley, as well as Robert Pruzan, former CEO of Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein North America and President of Wasserstein Perella, and Adam Chinn, former partner at Wachtell Lipton. James M. Kilts, former CEO of Gillette, heads the firm's private equity fund. In 2010, Robert E. Rubin, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, joined the firm as counselor.
At UBS, Effron was Group Vice Chairman of UBS AG and a member of the Board of UBS Investment Bank, where he also sat on several management committees. Effron's major coup came in 2005 when he advised Gillette on its $57 billion sale to Procter & Gamble, which was the largest M&A transaction of 2005. In 2006, Effron announced he was leaving UBS to form a new boutique investment banking firm. Shortly after Effron's departure, Ken Moelis announced he was also leaving UBS to found his own firm named Moelis & Company.
Since its founding, the firm has advised on more than $750 billion in transactions.
In 2009 and 2010, the firm was rated "No. 1 Investment Bank to Work For" by Vault.
- Three Senior Wall Street Professionals Announce Formation of Centerview Partners.
- DEALBOOK. "Rubin to Join Centerview, a Young Firm". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
- Moelis Era at UBS May Be Coming to a Close. Wall Street Journal, March 15, 2007
- Murdoch Chose Advisers Versed In Family Firms. Wall Street Journal, May 3, 2007
- Centerview: A Hot Boutique in Tough Times. New York Times, February 29, 2008
- Merrill Health Care Bankers Join Centerview. New York Times, April 15, 2009
- Centerview Takes Center Stage on Wall Street. New York Times, September 30, 2008
- Revolving Door: Centerview, Alvarez & Marsal. New York Times, December 18, 2006
- Boutique Bank That’s Riding Out the Storm . New York Times, February 29, 2008
- Centerview Partners. (Company website)