Ken Moelis (born 1958) is a Jewish-American  investment banker and founder of Moelis & Company, an independent investment banking firm.
Ken Moelis holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Moelis began his career at Drexel Burnham Lambert in 1981 where he would ultimately serve as a managing director working for Michael Milken in the firm's Los Angeles office. Following the collapse of Drexel, Moelis left with a portion of his team to join Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette where he served as head of its corporate finance investment banking division. Under Moelis, DLJ emerged as a prominent investment banking firm in Los Angeles in the 1990s.
Following the acquisition of DLJ by Credit Suisse First Boston in 2000, Moelis was named head of US investment banking of the combined firm in September 2000. However, his tenure at CSFB would be short, announcing his departure for UBS (then known as UBS Warburg) just months later taking the core of his team with him, including a number that would later join Moelis & Company. Moelis recruited more than 70 senior investment bankers to UBS within three months of his arrival.
In his six years at UBS, Moelis ultimately assumed the role of president of UBS Investment Bank and was credited with the build-out of UBS's investment banking operation in the United States. By the end of 2006, UBS was ranked Top 4 in the global fee pool for the first time.
Moelis founded Moelis & Company along with several fellow senior UBS investment bankers that included Navid Mahmoodzadegan, Jeff Raich, John Momtazee, Todd Wadler, Elizabeth Crain and Warren Woo. Moelis's departure was caused primarily by repeated conflict over the company's inflexible bureaucracy.
Moelis received both his undergraduate degree and MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1981. Today he serves as a member of the Wharton Board of Overseers.
Moelis is Chairman of the Tourette Syndrome Association and serves on the Board of Governors of Cedars Sinai Hospital.
Moelis is a member of the Hillcrest Country Club.
In 2011 he was included in the 50 Most Influential ranking of Bloomberg Markets Magazine.
- ^ $5 Million from Alumni Julie and Ken Moelis to Support Wharton Sports Business Initiative. University of Pennsylvania Almanac, March 4, 2008
- ^ Moelis to Leave CSFB for Smaller UBS Warburg. LA Times, November 22, 2000
- ^ Drexel Alumni Move Onward. New York Times, August 13, 2000
- ^ Los Angeles, Back on the Money Map. New York Times, August 13, 2000
- ^ Credit Suisse Assigns Executives. New York Times, September 11, 2000
- ^ Credit Suisse Is Losing Another of Its Top Bankers. New York Times, November 22, 2000
- ^ Two Dozen More Bankers Leave Credit Suisse for UBS. New York Times, December 6, 2000
- ^ Future of UBS Executive Part of Wall Street Chatter March 16, 2007
- ^ Moelis Is Leaving UBS. New York Times, March 19, 2007
- ^ Ex-UBS executive Moelis opens firm. LA Times, July 20, 2007
- ^ Ken Moelis parts ways with UBS: Some wonder if the high-profile investment banker will launch his own firm in L.A. LA Times, March 20, 2007
- ^ His firm has skin in the game. LA Times, August 5, 2008
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Fri, 05 Sep 2014 12:49:56 -0700
Ken Moelis, 56, got his start as a lieutenant to the infamous financier Michael Milken during Drexel Burnham Lambert's glory days in the 1980s. Moelis has now mounted a fourth sequel to that effort as chief executive of publicly held New York-based ...
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:42:39 -0700
"Eric has proven himself to be a pro-business advocate and one who will enhance our boardroom discussions with CEOs and senior management as we help them navigate their most important strategic decisions," Moelis CEO Ken Moelis said in a statement.
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:03:45 -0700
Then (veteran Wall Street investment banker) Ken Moelis approached me and asked if I was interested in working with him in Australia. I never met him at UBS. He started there just as I left. I liked him from the moment I met him. He kept calling me. I ...
Seeking Alpha (registration)
Mon, 08 Sep 2014 13:15:00 -0700
Moelis & Company is headed by Ken Moelis, a man that needs no introduction in the industry. The man is credited with the sheer success of UBS's investment banking division from 2000-2006. By the end of 2006, UBS was ranked amongst the top 4 in the ...
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 03:52:30 -0700
Moelis, founded by Wall Street veteran Ken Moelis in 2007, has been expanding since its initial public offering in April. To contact the reporter on this story: Aaron Kirchfeld in London at email@example.com To contact the editors responsible ...
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 03:07:30 -0700
Founder Ken Moelis said at the time that the firm had seen a good improvement in non-US revenues as activity from European clients picked up. Globally, he said: “The cycle of deals is just accelerating as to how quickly [companies] go from idea ...
The Australian Financial Review
The Australian Financial Review
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:35:03 -0700
Innovation is the hallmark of financial markets, and New York investment banker Ken Moelis knows better than most how one person's bright idea can be truly transformational. Moelis was a wet-behind-the-ears banker when he worked at Drexel Burnham ...
International Business Times
International Business Times
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:56:10 -0700
Moelis & Co. was founded in 2007 by Ken Moelis, an investment banker who's credited with building Swiss bank UBS's investment banking operation in the U.S. Moelis became president of UBS's investment bank in 2005. Before that, he became known as ...
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