MOELIS FILES FOR IPO: Investment banking firm Moelis & Co. has filed for an initial public offering. In a document filed Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the firm is seeking to raise as much as $100 million in the public markets, although that number in a preliminary filing is more often listed to calculate registration fees.
Moelis is active on the mergers and acquisitions advisory front, as well as working with clients on recapitalizations and restructurings. The company was founded in 2007 by Ken Moelis, according to its regulatory filing.
Moelis currently is the financial adviser to Eminence Capital, the hedge fund that is pushing for a Men’s Wearhouse-Jos. A. Bank Clothiers combination. Moelis has also advised Clearlake Capital in its acquisition of Swiss Watch International in 2012. It was the adviser to Golden Gate Capital when the private equity firm sought a buyer in 2010 for its Orchard Brands stake, and also was the financial advisor to bankrupt Hartmarx Corp. in 2009.