Moelis & Company, a global independent investment bank, has launched its Global Blockchain Group, which will provide advisory services to both corporations utilizing blockchain as well as emerging and leading blockchain companies, including those seeking to build a presence in Web3.
The Group, led by John Momtazee, Moelis & Company Co-Founder and Global Head of Media Investment Banking, will include a team of senior bankers across multiple industry groups with significant experience in advising blockchain companies.
The Group will work with other industry teams across the nearly two dozen Moelis offices around the world.
“The establishment of the Global Blockchain Group demonstrates our commitment to meet our clients in the moment by providing senior-level counsel across both established and emerging industries,” said Momtazee.
He said that with more than 50 unicorns and several decacorns in the sector already and nearly $20bn of capital raised for blockchain companies last year, blockchain technology is poised to be “as transformative to the global business landscape as the Internet was in the late 90s”.
“Despite the current volatility, we see strong long-term prospects for its application and an increasing need for high quality strategic advice, sources of capital to fund growth and liability management solutions,” he said.
In addition, the Firm has appointed Lou Kerner as Senior Advisor to the Global Blockchain Group.
As Founder of the CryptoOracle Collective, a Web3 consulting firm, and Partner at Blockchain Coinvestors, a venture investor to blockchain and crypto companies, Kerner brings nearly a decade of experience working with, leading and investing in blockchain, cryptocurrency, smart contracts and decentralized finance companies.
“The presence of Moelis as a leading advisor in this space is an important development for the long-term growth of blockchain technology,” commented Kerner.
“Our combined advisory capabilities, longstanding client relationships and extensive blockchain expertise will help drive the adoption of this transformative technology. I look forward to working with our clients and contributing to Moelis’ culture and reputation as a trusted, long-term advisor,” he said.
Navid Mahmoodzadegan, Co-Founder and Co-President of Moelis & Company, added: “Technological innovation and disruption have been major drivers of transaction activity globally, a trend that will continue to shape the business landscape.”
“As leading investors increasingly look to participate in the substantial value creation that we expect blockchain technology will offer, Moelis & Company’s global platform, strong sponsor relationships, collaborative and agile culture, and entrepreneurial spirit positions us well to help our clients leverage this significant opportunity.”