Moelis & Company Opens Sydney Office; Expands to Australia

New York and Sydney, August 18, 2009

Moelis & Company, the New York-based investment bank, today announced the establishment of a new office in Sydney, Australia, with the hire of a five-person team to cover the Australian and Asian markets.  Chris Wyke will join the firm as a Managing Director and Julian Biggins has joined the firm as a Senior Vice President, along with three other investment banking professionals.  The Sydney office will be Moelis & Company’s sixth office globally and follows the establishment of a London office in 2008.

“The addition of the team in Sydney underscores our continued commitment to service our clients globally and have a presence in the markets in which they operate,” said Ken Moelis, Chief Executive Officer of Moelis & Company.  “We continue to add top talent to our firm and experienced professionals like Chris and Julian will greatly complement our global team in providing the best expertise and solutions to our clients.  The launch of our Australian office is an important first step towards growing our coverage of the key Asia-Pacific region.”

Mr. Wyke will join the firm in September from J.P. Morgan.  He has over a decade of experience in investment banking and was most recently a member of J.P. Morgan’s investment banking team in Sydney, where he originated and executed a wide range of domestic and international transactions. In his role he provided capital structure, restructuring and strategic and transaction advisory services to real estate trusts, fund managers and diversified property group clients in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to J.P. Morgan, he was with UBS in London, Singapore and Sydney covering real estate clients across Europe, Asia and Australia respectively.

Mr. Biggins has nearly a decade of investment banking experience and was most recently a member of J.P. Morgan’s investment banking team, where he focused on providing capital structure and transaction advisory services to real estate companies and fund management clients in the Asia-Pacific region. He also led advisory roles to Australian companies acquiring real estate businesses in the U.S., U.K., Continental Europe, Japan and China. Previously he was with UBS’ real estate research team where he provided strategic, quantitative and qualitative studies to Australian and international institutional clients.

Additionally, Ben Wong will join the firm as a Vice President in September from J.P. Morgan and Phil Newman and Paul Rathborne have joined the firm as Associates.

About Moelis & Company
Moelis & Company is a global investment bank that provides financial advisory services and capital raising solutions to clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and other strategic matters.  The firm also manages investment funds that integrate capital with its advisory expertise.  Moelis & Company serves a broad client base through its offices in New York, Boston, Chicago, London, Los Angeles and Sydney.  For more information, please visit