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Evercore's secret appeal: pay last year averaged $755k per person

It's not easy to get into Evercore. The boutique M&A firm has some of the hardest interviews in banking, according to Wall Street Oasis. The implication is that Evercore is in no hurry to offer its jobs to any old body. Today's full year results, help explain why. 

For 2020, Evercore set aside $1.4bn to pay its people. During today's earnings call, Evercore said it employed 1,800 people. Average pay per head therefore averaged $755k last year. 

Clearly there's no such thing as an average employee and clearly too Evercore's managing directors and senior managing directors are going to get a big share of that pay. However, Evercore's generosity is notable. And its pay is considerably higher than the average full service investment bank. 

This is partly the nature of Evercore's game. - It's an advisory house with a small asset manager and sales and trading business attached. It doesn't need a lot of support staff in Bangalore. Nor does it need a lot of capital. It just needs a smallish number of very high quality staff working out of leading financial cities globally.

Evercore's appeal over the past year has been bolstered by its stock price and resulting increase in the value of its deferred bonus. - The stock price is up 52% since January last year. 

If this sounds appealing, Evercore is hiring. The firm said today that it promoted three managing directors in healthcare, restructuring and healthcare services and technology, to senior managing directors in January 2021 and that it plans to continue investing in its equity capital markets business. It just hired Kristin Grippi, the former head of industrials at Goldman Sachs as head of ECM, and says further recruits will be announced throughout this year. 

New hires at the top are usually followed by new hires at the bottom, suggesting Evercore's analyst and associate recruitment is rising too.

Of course, there may be some downsides. While Evercore is known for paying better than average, it also has a reputation for working people harder than average. - Wall Street Oasis says Evercore bankers worked 78.5 hours a week in 2020 - nearly four hours more than at Goldman Sachs.  

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AUTHORSarah Butcher Global Editor

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