Guggenheim Partners

Guggenheim Partners is a global investment and advisory financial services firm that engages in investment banking, asset management, capital markets services, and insurance services. The firm is headquartered in New York City and Chicago with 2,400 staff located in 17 cities throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.[1] It has more than $275 billion of assets under management.[2] The firm's CEO is Mark Walter. It has six Managing Partners who are key executives, and with a Senior Leadership Team of 13 other executives, oversee the Firm's businesses. The four original founders include Peter Lawson-Johnston II, Solomon R. Guggenheim's great-grandson, J. Todd Morley, Mark R. Walter, and Dominic J. Curcio. [3]

Guggenheim Partners, LLC
Limited liability company
IndustryFinancial services, Sports investment
Founded1999 (1999)
FounderGuggenheim family
Mark Walter
J. Todd Morley
Dominic Curcio
Peter Lawson-Johnston II
HeadquartersNew York City
Area served
Key people
Mark Walter CEO
Alan Schwartz
Thomas J. Irvin
Scott Minerd
Peter O. Lawson-Johnston II
Andrew M. Rosenfield
ProductsInvestment banking
Capital markets
Investment management
Merchant banking
Wealth management
Exchange-traded funds
Unit investment trusts
ServicesDiversified financial services
AUM$270 billion
Number of employees


Guggenheim Partners provides services across asset management, investment banking, and broker dealer services including capital markets. Guggenheim Investment Advisors oversees about $50 billion in assets.[4][5]

In June 2009, Guggenheim hired former Bear Stearns CEO Alan Schwartz as Executive Chairman to "focus on transforming Guggenheim's existing broker-dealer, which is focused on sales and trading of fixed income securities, into a full-service investment banking enterprise".[6]

In September 2009, Guggenheim hired former Goldman Sachs partner Peter Comisar as Vice Chairman and Head of West Coast Investment Banking.[7] The West Coast Advisory team is also headed by Managing Directors from Bear Stearns, Moelis & Co and Credit Suisse. The West Coast team focuses on Consumer Retail and Digital E-Commerce advisory while the NY office houses the remaining industry verticals and product groups with the except of oil & gas, which is based out of Houston.

In October 2009, Guggenheim hired former J.P. Morgan head of Media Investment Banking Mark Van Lith as Senior Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking.[8]

In March 2012, Guggenheim hired former Apollo Global Management director and vice chairman Henry Silverman as vice chairman of asset management.[9]

In January 2013, Guggenheim named former Yahoo! interim CEO Ross Levinsohn as CEO of private equity unit Guggenheim Digital Media.[10]

In May & June 2013, the firm also hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s co-head of U.S. leveraged finance capital markets Tom Stein, former Barclays head of retail investment banking and vice chairman Andrew Taussig, as well as managing directors Spencer Hart, Matthew Pilla, Ken Harada and Ryan Mash.[11]

In September 2013, Guggenheim Securities was named a financial adviser to Verizon in connection with its $130 billion acquisition of Vodafone's 45% stake in Verizon Wireless.[12]

In March 2014, Guggenheim Securities hired Eric Mandl as a Senior Managing Director focusing on Technology, Media and Telecom Investment Banking[13][14].

In September 2014, Guggenheim hired former Chief Operating Officer of Barclays Global Corporate and Investment Banking Gerald A. Donini as a Senior Managing Director.[15] In September 2015, Donini and Mark Van Lith were named as Co-Chief Executive Officers of Guggenheim Securities.[16]

Guggenheim Partners Investment Management, the investment arm of Guggenheim Partners, was charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with failure to disclose a $50 million loan made in 2010 to a senior executive from a client. The firm paid $20 million in 2015 to settle the charges.[17] The government agency also found that Guggenheim's compliance program did not prevent violations of federal securities laws. According to the SEC, the firm's employees did not report dozens of trips on clients' private airplanes and had overbilled a client $6.5 million in fees, taking nearly two years to reimburse them.[17]

On December 17, 2015, it was reported that the company would spin out its media properties into a new holding company, Eldridge Industries, owned by an investment group led by Guggenheim president Todd Boehly, consisting of Mediabistro, Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter, and Dick Clark Productions.[18][19]

In April 2018, Invesco Ltd. announced that it completed its previously announced acquisition of Guggenheim Investments’ exchange-traded funds (ETF) business, which consisted of $38.8 billion of assets under management (as of Feb. 28, 2018) for $1.2 billion in cash.[20]

In July 2018, Guggenheim announced that it had acquired Millstein & Co., a boutique restructuring advisory firm led by industry veteran Jim Millstein, to bolster its restructuring practice.[21]

In October 2018, Guggenheim Securities was named the lead financial adviser to Red Hat in connection with its $34 billion sale to IBM.[22] The Red Hat sale is the largest software transaction in history.[23]

In September 2019, Donini was named to the additional role of Chief Operating Officer of Guggenheim Partners and Andrew Rosenfield, a managing partner, was appointed president.[24] Also in September 2019, Guggenheim hired former Deputy United States Attorney and Director of the Division of Enforcement of the Securities and Exchange Commission Robert S. Khuzami as a Managing Partner and Chief Legal Officer. In the private sector Khuzami was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and worked at Deutsche Bank AG, including as General Counsel for the Americas.[25]


In May 2009, Guggenheim Partners acquired a controlling interest in financial services firm Transparent Value LLC.[26] In July 2009, it acquired Claymore Group, a firm known for its Exchange-traded funds "Guggenheim ETFs". and unit investment trusts "Guggenheim UITs"..[27] In December 2009, Guggenheim acquired a division of Wellmark and renamed it Guggenheim Life & Annuity.[28] In February 2010, Guggenheim Partners acquired Security Benefit Corp, parent company of Rydex Funds.[29] In October 2011, it acquired the life insurance company EquiTrust from FBL Financial Group.[30] In 2012, Guggenheim affiliates acquired the US annuities business of Canadian insurers Industrial Alliance and Sun Life Financial.[31][32]

In July 2014, Guggenheim announced the launch of a representative office in Tokyo and the hiring of Atsuhito Sakai as Senior Managing Director and Guggenheim’s Representative in Japan.[33] Also in 2014, the firm acquired the London operations of Lazard Capital Markets.[34] Guggenheim Securities expanded its investment banking business in July 2019 in Chicago with the hiring of two senior bankers from William Blair’s technology group, James Suprenant and Scott Stevens.[35]

That September, Guggenheim bought a stake in the entertainment production company Dick Clark Productions,[36] which produces specials such as the American Music Awards and the Golden Globe Awards and other television programming.

In January 2013, the company bought out the remainder of the business-to-business media company Prometheus Global Media[37][38] and acquired CardCash in November of the same year.[39] In February 2014, Guggenheim Partners acquired the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA.[40]


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