NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Centerview Partners, a leading independent investment banking advisory firm, announced today that Rahm Emanuel is joining the firm as a senior counselor and will be based in Chicago.
“I am pleased to welcome Rahm to Centerview,” said Blair Effron, co-founder of Centerview. “Rahm’s leadership and vast experience providing strategic advice, coupled with a track record of successful planning and execution, will bring tremendous value to our firm and our clients. Establishing a presence in Chicago is a logical next step for Centerview as we continue to grow, and it positions us to better serve existing and new clients throughout the Midwest.”
“I am excited to use my lifelong experience as an advisor and problem solver in both the public and private sectors in this next chapter of my career, and thrilled to be joining Centerview Partners – a pre-eminent firm that advises leading global companies,” said Mr. Emanuel. “I know the Centerview team well and look forward to working with an accomplished and respected group to provide clients in the Midwest, nationally and around the world with trusted, independent advice.”
“I have known Rahm well for many years, going back to our time together at Wasserstein Perella, and I am delighted he has chosen Centerview for the next chapter of his career,” added Robert Pruzan, co-founder of Centerview. “Our firm has always maintained strong client relationships across the Midwest, and we are confident that Rahm’s leadership and insights will prove invaluable to our clients in the region.”
Mr. Emanuel has had a distinguished career in public service, most recently as Mayor of Chicago for two terms beginning in 2011, during which time he oversaw increased economic development that has revitalized the city, expanded the public education system, and improved public parks, amenities, transit and other infrastructure projects. He previously served as Chief of Staff to President Obama, where he helped secure the passage of landmark legislation, including the unprecedented stimulus package that ushered the country through the great recession and the passage of the Affordable Care Act. From 2003 to 2009, Mr. Emanuel served in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he held a number of leadership positions, including Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman and Democratic Caucus chairman. Mr. Emanuel served as director of the finance committee of Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign and later as Assistant to the President for political affairs and Senior Advisor for policy and strategy.
In addition to his career in public service, Mr. Emanuel worked in banking. He was a Managing Director at investment banking firm Wasserstein Perella & Co. in Chicago, where he provided strategic and financial advice to clients. Mr. Emanuel worked at Wasserstein Perella & Co. through its sale to Dresdner Bank in 2000.
About Centerview Partners
Centerview Partners, based in New York, and with offices in London, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Palo Alto, operates an international investment banking advisory practice specializing in independent advice and other client services capitalizing on the experience of its principals. The firm provides senior-level counsel to both domestic and international clients and its business includes general and M&A advisory as well as restructuring.
Since its founding in 2006, the firm has advised clients on nearly $3 trillion in transactions. Members of the firm have experience in a range of industries including consumer products, financial services, food and beverage, entertainment and media, general industrial & chemicals, energy, healthcare, technology, telecommunications, restructuring, retail, and utilities sectors.