Investment bank Greenhill & Co. has announced plans to a leveraged recap and share repurchase. The multi-stage transaction would include $300 million in financing from Goldman Sachs, which would mostly be used to buy back stock. The investment bank's founder Robert Greenhill and its CEO Scott Bok each will buy $10 million worth of shares, with Bok taking a 90% salary cut. Overall, Greenhill could repurchase up to 30% of its outstanding stock.
Why it matters: Because this is Greenhill taking a big step toward re-privatization, 13 years after becoming one of the first M&A boutiques to go public. The firm's shares have plummeted by more than 75% since the beginning of 2014, as it has fallen from 16th to 49th among global deal advisors (per Deallogic).