Greenhill is a leading independent investment bank focused on providing financial advice on significant mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, financings and capital raising to corporations, partnerships, institutions and governments. We act for clients located throughout the world from our offices in New York, London, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Madrid, São Paulo, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Melbourne and San Francisco.
We were established in 1996 by Robert F. Greenhill, the former President of Morgan Stanley and former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Smith Barney. Since our founding, Greenhill has grown steadily, recruiting a significant number of Managing Directors from major investment banks (as well as senior professionals from other institutions), with a range of geographic, industry and transaction specialties as well as different sets of corporate management, board of director and other relationships.
As part of this expansion, we opened a London office in 1998, opened a Frankfurt office in 2000 and began offering financial restructuring advice in 2001. On May 11, 2004, we converted from a limited liability company to a corporation, and completed an initial public offering of our common stock. We opened our Toronto office in 2006. In 2008, we opened offices in Chicago, San Francisco and Tokyo, and we entered the capital advisory business. We opened our Houston office in the summer of 2009. In early 2010, we completed an all-stock acquisition of Caliburn, the leading independent investment bank in Australia, and now serve the Australian market from our offices in Sydney and Melbourne. Also in 2010, we expanded our capital advisory business by hiring a team focused on real estate capital advisory. In 2011, we opened our Hong Kong office to support the expansion of our capital advisory capabilities in the Asia region. As part of a significant European expansion in 2012, we opened a Stockholm office to better serve our clients in the Nordic region. To continue our global growth and geographic coverage of all important transaction markets, in 2013 we opened an office in São Paulo to better serve clients in Brazil and the Latin American region. In 2015, we acquired Cogent Partners, the leading advisor to endowments, pensions and other institutional investors on the sales of alternative assets, to expand our capital advisory capabilities.