Ryan Van Wagenen is from Los Angeles and is the son of Felicia and Ken Van Wagenen. He grew up in the Southern California area and from an early age has always enjoyed travel. He has lived many places including Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Houston, North Carolina, New York City, and London.
Ryan recently moved from Houston and is heading back to London, England. He will be working at Citi again in their Investment Banking division based in Canary Wharf. He is excited to get back across the pond to London and will continue to advise corporate clients in the Industrials sector and focus on mergers & acquisitions. His geographic focus will be on companies domiciled in the European, Middle Eastern, and African regions.
Prior to returning back to Citi, Ryan Van Wagenen worked at UBS for 2+ years in Houston focused on business development for the firm, sourcing investment banking and capital markets deals and private wealth on-boarding. This was a great part of his career as he was able to interface with many different executives and management teams primarily focused in the energy sector.
Prior to UBS, Ryan Van Wagenen worked for 5+ years back at Citi in their Investment Banking division in New York, London, and Houston. Ryan started in New York in 2010 and was in the global industrial group. Within Industrials, the group covered companies focused in aerospace and defense, automotive, building products, diversified industrials, transportation and infrastructure, paper, forest products and packaging. Ryan spent most his time working with companies in the transportation sector. He loved the experience living and working in the Tribeca area. From 2012-2013, he had the opportunity to spend a year as an expat in the London office within the EMEA Investment Banking group. While in London, he continued to work with transportation companies and mainly focused in aircraft leasing, shipping, surface transportation and logistics. After a year of being back in New York, Ryan was given an opportunity to work with the global energy group based in Houston, Texas. He was intrigued by this opportunity as many of the largest deals in the firm were coming out of Citi’s energy group in Houston. Ryan was in the great state of Texas for a little over three years. When he first moved to Houston, he also had the great opportunity of living with his Uncle who had recently retired as CEO of an E&P energy company out there. Within energy, he covered oil field services, upstream, midstream and downstream energy companies. Over the 5+ years at Citi, he provided financial advisory expertize within the energy and industrial sectors. Ryan advised over 20 corporate clients on ~$7 billion of M&A and ~$10 billion of capital market transactions.
Ryan Van Wagenen received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Utah where he graduated summa cum laude. During his time at university, he took two years off to go on a church service mission in North Carolina. Prior to the U, Ryan grew up a few blocks from the Rose Bowl just outside of Los Angeles. In recent years, he has become more involved with philanthropy, actively participating in the Prostate Cancer Foundation and a couple other local charities in Houston, New York and Los Angeles.
Ryan Van Wagenen - Cities with the Greatest Impact
Los Angeles, California
Ryan Van Wagenen grew up in Los Angeles and his immediately family has lived in Southern California for quite some time. Ryan's father, Ken Van Wagenen, went to UCLA business school and met his mother, Felicia, while in school. Felicia's family is from Los Angeles and has been in Southern California for 50+ years.
The Van Wagenen family has many ties to Houston. Ryan's uncle and his family have lived out there for 30+ years. When he began covering Energy companies at Citi he accepted an opportunity to transfer to Houston. He loved his three years spent in Texas and gratefully lived with his Uncle Paul in the River Oaks area.
New York, New York
Ryan Van Wagenen really enjoyed his nearly four years in New York City. He feels like the energy in New York is contagious. He has never worked harder than when he was in New York, but yet still managed to have a really fun time in the city. That New York culture promotes little sleep and a whole lot of work!
Ryan Van Wagenen always knew he would live in London. Through luck and inspiration, he was able to move to London and work on an expat assignment through work at Citi from 2012-2013. Ryan's opinion about life and work in England proved true and his work life was even better than he expected.