One of Wall Street's top dealmakers
Founded in 1972, the 41-year-old investment bank Houlihan Lokey
employs approximately 900 people worldwide as of July
2013. Although it's best known as a middle-market advisor and
restructuring house, Houlihan Lokey also serves large public
corporations and small private companies. Its financial
restructuring division has risen to prominence in recent
years-Houlihan Lokey's teams have worked on some of the world's
biggest bankruptcy proceedings, including those of CIT Group,
Lehman Brothers, WorldCom, General Motors, Enron, and
Conseco. For 2012, the firm ranked No. 1 in announced U.S.
M&A deal volume for deals under $3 billion, and for the
past seven years it has ranked No. 1 in U.S. M&A deal volume
for deals under $1 billion. In addition, for more than a decade the
firm has ranked as the No. 1 provider of fairness opinions
worldwide. And in 2010 and 2011, its restructuring business ranked
as both the top global restructuring advisor and the top U.S.
restructuring advisor. Led by CEO Scott Beiser, the
privately-held Houlihan Lokey operates through three main service
lines: corporate finance (comprising mergers and acquisitions,
capital markets, and secondary advisory), financial restructuring,
and financial advisory services. The firm is headquartered in
Los Angeles, and has additional U.S. offices in New York, Chicago,
San Francisco, Dallas, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Newport Beach, Miami,
and Washington, D.C. Its overseas offices are located in
London, Paris, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Beijing.
Through its investment in India-based Avista Advisory, the firm
also serves clients in Singapore and Mumbai.