Berenson is a merchant bank founded in 1990 with two principal lines of business: investment banking and private equity investing.

Our ethics, devotion to client service and steadfast partnership underpin the Firm’s operating philosophy.

For three decades and counting, Berenson has consistently offered expert advice for advisory clients and successfully invested in operating businesses. Berenson delivers exceptional service while remaining dedicated to a core set of principles. We deliver exceptional service while remaining dedicated to our commitment to ethics.

We have built a legacy of recruiting and developing top talent and leadership from within our own ranks. Mohammed Ansari, President, began his career with the Firm as an analyst and celebrated his 25th year in 2022. Islam Zughayer, Senior Managing Partner, has succeeded in elevating the business over 20 years. The Firm continues to advance the next generation through a rigorous associate and analyst apprenticeship program.


Our Standards

Berenson’s Values

Ethics, The Cornerstone of Our Business

We apply our core values across all of our operations and businesses.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

We strive to create fair and merit-based opportunities for our employees.

Environmental and Social Awareness

The Firm pays close attention to environmental and social issues in both its agency and principal practices.


Committed to Excellence

Meet the team
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Jeffrey L. Berenson

Chief Executive Officer
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Mohammed Ansari

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Islam Zughayer

Senior Managing Partner
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Michael Lewis

Chief Financial Officer, Chief Compliance Officer
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Amir Hegazy

Managing Director
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Brendyn Grimaldi

Managing Director
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Josh Woodbridge

Managing Director
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Justina Ambroz

Operations Manager
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Caitlin Canderan

Vice President, Marketing