Centerview Partners, a leading independent investment banking advisory firm, announced today that John Rhea has joined the firm as a Partner in the New York office. Mr. Rhea brings more than 30 years of experience in investment banking and capital markets to Centerview and is a trusted senior advisor across industries, particularly in the consumer and real estate sectors. He joins Centerview after a long career in government service and finance, including at leading financial institutions JPMorgan Chase & Co., Lehman Brothers, Barclays Capital, and most recently, Siebert Williams Shank & Co. In his new role, Mr. Rhea will provide senior level counsel to new and existing Centerview clients, with a focus on capital advisory, general and M&A advisory, real estate, and corporate impact.
“I am thrilled to join Centerview Partners as the next exciting step in my career. I have long admired the unparalleled talent of Centerview’s people and advisory teams, having worked alongside the firm and its founders for more than two decades,” said Mr. Rhea. “In today’s increasingly complex environment, there is no substitute for intellectual capital and experience, and Centerview possesses both in abundance, while fostering a culture of collaboration and teamwork.”
“I have known John for many years and am honored that he has chosen to join the Centerview team,” said Robert Pruzan, co-founder of Centerview. “John is a seasoned investment banker with deep experience advising and serving on the boards of major real estate companies along with academic and non-profit institutions. John’s experience, strong industry relationships, and team-oriented approach will be a terrific fit at Centerview and contribute significantly to our ongoing success.”
“John is an outstanding advisor and entrepreneur and has earned a reputation as a respected leader in banking, real estate, and government over his 30-year career,” said Blair Effron, co-founder of Centerview. “John is joining Centerview at an important and dynamic time, as our clients grapple with high-stakes issues amid the ongoing pandemic and global market uncertainty. We look forward to working with John as the firm continues to broaden and expand its capabilities and help our clients navigate the current market environment.”
Mr. Rhea has advised on over $300 billion in transactions over his career. At Siebert Williams Shank & Co., Mr. Rhea led M&A advisory, capital markets, and sales and trading for all corporate equities and fixed-income securities. Previously, he was a Senior Advisor to The Boston Consulting Group and, prior to that, was appointed by Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York, as Chairman & CEO of the New York City Housing Authority. Earlier in his career, Mr. Rhea was Managing Director and Co-Head of Global Consumer & Retail Investment Banking at Barclays Capital and Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase & Co. He is also an experienced founder and principal investor in the commercial real estate and beverage industries.
Mr. Rhea is a former David Rockefeller Fellow and has been recognized as one of the “100 Most Powerful People in New York Real Estate” and “75 Most Powerful Blacks on Wall Street”. He currently serves on the board of directors of Invitation Homes (NYSE:INVH).
About Centerview Partners
Centerview Partners, based in New York and with offices in London, Paris, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, and an expanding presence in Chicago, operates an international investment banking advisory practice across all sectors, specializing in independent advice and other client services capitalizing on the experience of its principals. The firm’s approximately 60 partners and over 400 professionals around the world provide 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 over $3 trillion in transactions. Members of the firm have experience in a range of industries including consumer products, financial services, food and beverage, energy, entertainment and media, general industrial & chemicals, energy, healthcare and healthcare services, technology, telecommunications, restructuring, retail, and utilities sectors.
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