Seven years after leaving UBS, Ken Moelis plans to take his company public.
FORTUNE — Boutique investment bank Moelis & Co. this afternoon signaled its intentions to become publicly traded, filing IPO papers with the SEC.
Moelis said that it would seek to raise $100 million (likely a placeholder number), and trade its shares on the New York Stock Exchange under ticker symbol MC (Moelis advised NYSE on its $10.7 billion sale to IntercontinentalExchange Group).
The New York-based firm appears to have had quite a recent run of good fortune, from an $8.5 million net loss in 2011 to a $70 million profit in 2013 (so much for the idea that profits are disappearing on Wall Street). Revenue also has climbed over 53% over that period, hitting $411 million last year.
Moelis’ generated 23% of 2013 revenue from its top ten transactions, which is up just a point from 2012. Its number of clients paying $1 million or more in fees was also relatively flat.
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Moelis & Co. was founded in 2007 by Ken Moelis, the former president of UBS Investment Bank and head of corporate finance at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Clients have included Anheuser Busch (on its sale to InBev), Heinz (on its sale to Berkshire Hathaway), Hilton (on its sale to Blackstone Group) and Yahoo (on its unsolicited takeover approach by Microsoft).
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