Title: Investment Banker
Location: New York, New York, United States
Louis Perlmutter, Investment Banker, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in investment banking with a focus on mergers and acquisitions.
The mergers and acquisitions area of investment banking was a different landscape when Mr. Perlmutter began his work more than 35 years ago. Prior to his work, the area was largely unheard of and it was under his direction while at White Weld that he created one of the first merger departments on Wall Street and when Merrill Lynch acquired White Weld in 1977, he headed Merrill Lynch’s worldwide merger activities. While in the beginning it was difficult for Mr. Perlmutter to find talented individuals to work in this arena, he persevered and maintained the importance of it in the company. Mr. Perlmutter’s diligence paid off, and he was able to recruit many qualified individuals in this cause. As an investment banker, Mr. Perlmutter attributes his success to looking at the whole picture and including all factors such as environment, social, political and economic insight to clients on the international stage that went beyond numbers and spreadsheets. Many of his clients stayed with him in the three decades of his career as an investment banker because he continuously supplied advice and support that always worked to the client’s interest. During his career, he was the principle advisor in several of the world’s largest and most prestigious merger and acquisition transactions.
Perlmutter largely worked at Lazard for about 25 years, first as a senior partner and then as senior executive managing director. Earlier in his career, Mr. Perlmutter garnered experience as a lawyer from 1960 to 1965 and then joined New England Industries as the assistant to the president. From 1967 to 1975, he was president of Octagon Associates, a boutique consulting firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions. Thereafter, he became a senior vice president of the investment bank White Weld, joining Merrill Lynch in 1977 when it acquired White Weld.
Mr. Perlmutter prepared for this career by first earning a Bachelor of Arts at Brandeis University in 1956. He continued at the University of Michigan to receive a JD in 1959. Furthermore, Mr. Perlmutter received an honorary LHD from Brandeis University in 1995.
Throughout his career, Mr. Perlmutter served as the chairman for a number of organizations that resulted in a number of important and intriguing opportunities. He was the chairman of Brandeis University, The American Jewish Congress, the Executive Committee of the United Nations Association of the United States of America and the Transatlantic Institute among other organizations. All through his work in investment banking, Mr. Perlmutter has contributed to international dialogue by actually engaging in two-track diplomacy. He participated in unofficial meetings with government, political, business, social and NGO leaders to create dialogue between countries. He specifically met with senior leaders from many European Union and Middle Eastern nations, including Saudi Arabia, Iran, Egypt, Israel and Jordan. Mr. Perlmutter recalls the seven years he spent meeting with an Iranian delegation in Sweden as being particularly profound. These meetings took place during a time when the United States and Iran did not diplomatically recognize each other and were not on speaking or negotiating terms. The Iranian government reached out to the United Nations to help set up talks with individuals from the States to mutually learn about each other’s nation. As Mr. Perlmutter was at that time, involved as the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the United Nations Association of the USA, he was invited to participate in these talks. He believes a lot of the groundwork to accomplish the nuclear deal with Iran, which was eventually completed in 2015, started with these meetings.
In his current endeavors, Mr. Perlmutter serves on the Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee and is on the administrative council of the Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights. He is also on the board of Trustees at Brandeis University, a member on the Council on Foreign Relations and on the Board of Fellows of the Harvard Medical School. Furthermore, he is a past director of the Charles H. Revson Foundation, Harvard Medical International and served on the advisory board for the influential publication Foreign Affairs. He received the Alumni Achievement Award from Brandeis in 2011 and was the recipient honoree of the World Federation UN Association in 2003. Mr. Perlmutter also was the honoree at a tribute dinner by the Israel Policy Forum in 2001 and received a Public Service Award from Phoenix House Foundation in 1999. In 1995, he received the Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee. While he continues to work as a private investor, Mr. Perlmutter also enjoys his role as a family man, spending time with his children and three grandchildren.
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