Chris Blake

Partner, Advisory
Chicago

Mr. Blake is a Partner in Perella Weinberg Partners’ Advisory business. Based in Chicago, he is part of the Firm’s global Industrials Team with a focus on the automotive sector.

Prior to joining the Firm in 2018, Mr. Blake spent over 19 years at Citigroup (and its predecessor companies) in both New York and Chicago. Mr. Blake served as Managing Director in the Global Industrials Group at Citi and was the Co-Head of the Global Automotive Franchise.

At Citi, Mr. Blake actively advised a global client base on mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, and other banking products. His clients included automotive OEMs, tier 1 suppliers, Auto 2.0 start-ups, selected commercial vehicle and machinery companies, and related service providers. He actively worked with multiple clients, including advising General Motors on its $2.3 billion divestiture of its European Business; Intel on its $14.7 billion acquisition of Mobileye; ZF Friedrichshafen on its $13.5 billion acquisition of TRW Automotive; FountainVest Partners on its sale of Key Safety Systems; and Lear on multiple transactions including the $850 million acquisition of Eagle Ottawa and the contribution of substantially all of the Company’s Interiors Systems Division to International Automotive Components Group, a joint venture with WL Ross & Co and Franklin Mutual Advisers.

Before attending graduate school Mr. Blake worked at Arthur Andersen as a due diligence consultant where he covered financial sponsors focused on middle markets leveraged buyouts.

Mr. Blake holds a B.B.A in Accounting and Finance from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A with Honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.