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Allen & Company

Allen & Co.
Industry Banking
Founded 1932
Founder Charles Robert Allen, Jr.
Headquarters 711 Fifth Avenue
New York City
Area served
United States
Key people
Herbert Allen, Jr.
Products Investment banking
Number of employees
170 (2010)

Allen & Company LLC is a small, privately held boutique investment bank based at 711 Fifth Avenue, New York City.[1] The firm is known for its deliberate avoidance of publicity and specializes in the media and entertainment sectors.


Founded in 1932 by Charles Robert Allen, Jr., he was soon joined by his brothers, Herbert A. Allen, Sr. and Harold Allen. The firm is generally regarded as a boutique advisory firm with a specific specialization in the media and entertainment sectors.[2]

Allen & Company, which is currently run by Herbert Allen, Jr., nephew of the founder, generally shies away from publicity and does not maintain a website or issue press releases, with the exception of the extensive media procured for its annual conference evidenced by its allowance of access to the conference by financial media properties such CNBC, WSJ and others to cover its event.

In 1973, Allen & Company bought a stake in Columbia Pictures. When the business was sold in 1982 to Coca-Cola, it netted a significant profit. Since then, Herbert Allen, Jr. has had a place on Coca-Cola's board of directors.

Since its founding in 1982, the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference regularly draws such heavyweights as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Rupert Murdoch, Barry Diller, Michael Eisner, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Johnson, Andy Grove, Richard Parsons, Donald Keough, and many others.

Allen & Co. was one of ten underwriters for the Google initial public offering in 2004, and were announced to have been retained in January 2011 to assist the ownership of the New York Mets in obtaining a strategic partner[3] (although such a transaction was not ultimately consummated). Allen & Co. was one of seven underwriters on the initial public offering of Twitter Inc. in November 2013.[4]

Allen & Co. was also the adviser of Facebook in its $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp in February 2014.[5]

Notable current employees

See also


  1. ^ a b "Allen & Co. SEC filing SC 13G/A". Edgar Online. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ Loomis, Carol J. (June 28, 2004). "Inside the Private World of Allen & Co. Putting a premium on personal ties, this family firm thrives in the land of the giants.". CNN. Archived from the original on April 11, 2008. Retrieved April 23, 2008. 
  3. ^ Statement from Fred Wilpon and Jeff Wilpon regarding the New York Mets
  4. ^ "Twitter Said to Pay 3.25% Bankers' Fee for Market Debut". Bloomberg. 
  5. ^ "Facebook to buy WhatsApp for $19 billion". Reuters. February 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ Waterman, Shaun (February 18, 2008). "Tenet gets job at secretive N.Y. bank". Retrieved December 27, 2008. 
  7. ^ Whitford, David (May 25, 2010). "The king of the sports deal". Fortune. Retrieved June 2, 2010. 

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