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Why Allen & Company for Investment Banking? / Overview of Allen & Company

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Allen & Company is a New York-based elite boutique investment bank. Allen & Co. specializes in media, entertainment, technology, and real estate transactions. Allen & Co. hosts the highly prestigious Sun Valley conference, which brings many high-profile investors and media players together annually.

Despite being a leading investment bank advising on the world's largest transactions, the company maintains a low profile and does not have a website.

Sun Valley Lodge

Remember that in order to craft a great answer to the common question "Why this Firm?", it's your responsibility to read articles and speak with employees. If you are interviewing with Allen & Company, you should make sure you know:

  • 1 deal that the investment banking group has done

  • 1 person at the firm (ideally someone who would have influence over your recruiting process)

  • 1 business model-specific detail to mention

We articulate how you can answer this question thoughtfully in our Investment Banking Course. We also cover all technical and qualitative information you need to get a top investment banking offer.

Big 3 Qualitative Questions

Selected Transaction

Allen & Co. specializes in media and technology. It served as financial advisor and provided a fairness opinion to Activision Blizzard on its proposed sale to Microsoft.

  • Transaction Description: Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) from Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.A) and other investors. Under the terms of transaction, Microsoft will acquire Activision Blizzard for $95 per share.

  • Transaction Value: US$68.7B, all cash

  • Transaction Date: Announced January 2022

  • Press Release

Fact Sheet

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  • Company Name: Allen & Company

  • Description: Allen & Company LLC is a family-owned private boutique investment bank

  • Bank Category: Elite Boutique

  • Company Status: Allen & Company is a privately held company

  • Founded: 1922

  • Employees: 200

  • Headquarters: New York City, USA


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