Harriman, Ripley and Company

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Harriman, Ripley and Company was an investment bank created by the partners of Brown Brothers Harriman after the passage of the Glass Steagall Act mandated firewalls between commercial banks and investment banks. Brown Brother Harriman positioned itself into a private bank while Harriman Ripley engaged in the marketing and underwriting of securities. Employees were recruited primarily from Brown Brothers Harriman, and also from the National City Bank.

Harriman Ripley maintained offices in Boston, Chicago, New York and Philadelphia. E. Roland Harriman and W. Averell Harriman owned the company outright until 1946, when it was reorganized and the brothers wound up with 97% of the non-voting stock and 43% of the voting stock.[1] The firm is also named for Joseph P. Ripley.

In 1965, the firm merged with the fellow "white shoe firm" Drexel and Company, creating Drexel Harriman Ripley.[2] In the mid-1970s, it sold a 25 percent stake to Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, renaming itself Drexel Firestone.

In 1973, Drexel Firestone merged with Burnham & Co. to form Drexel Burnham & Co. Even though Burnham was the dominant partner and nominal survivor, the firms in the "special" and "major" brackets insisted that the Drexel name come first as a condition of allowing the merged firm to join the "major" bracket.[3] Drexel Burnham became Drexel Burnham Lambert after the 1976 absorption of the boutique investment research firm William D. Witter.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Markham, Jerry W. (2001). A Financial History of the United States: Volume 2. M.E. Sharpe Inc. pp. 169–70. ISBN 978-0765607300.
  2. ^ The Man Who Made Wall Street: Anthony J. Drexel and the Rise of Modern Finance.
  3. ^ Den of Thieves. Stewart, J. B. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1991. ISBN 0-671-63802-5.

External Links[edit]

Ripley Obit, NYT 19 November 1974