The former UBS banker who set up on his own

HIGH-PROFILE investment banker Ken Moelis established his global independent investment bank, Moelis & Company, in 2007.

With over 460 employees across seven offices globally, £3.8bn of total asset management capital and having advised on over $300bn (£188bn) of transactions, Moelis has become something of a rising star in the investment banking industry.

Prior to founding his own investment bank, Moelis was president of UBS from 2005 to 2007.

He joined the global bank in 2001 and previously held positions including joint global head of investment banking and head of Americas investment bank management committee.

His move to target Asia through his Moelis & Company operation marks his most ambitious move yet, with the purchase of a local firm to gain a foothold in the region.

Prior to UBS, Moelis was head of corporate finance at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, the investment bank bought by Credit Suisse in 2000.

He briefly worked as head of US investment banking at Credit Suisse following the takeover, although left just months later taking the core of his team with him to UBS.

His core team, along with several fellow senior UBS investment bankers, would later move with him again to form Moelis & Company.

He began his investment banking career in 1981 at Drexel Burnham Lambert.

Moelis is chairman of the Tourette Syndrome Association and is the member of the board at the Wharton Board of Overseers and the Board of Governors of Cedars Sinai Hospital.

He holds an undergraduate degree and a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.