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At a Glance

Uppers

“Very collegial culture—people are friendly and enjoyable to work with”

“Responsibility and experience—strong deal flow, interesting deals, access to MDs and clients”

“Compensation”

Downers

“Long hours for juniors in some groups”

“Stretched thin across many projects”

“Lack of clarity on vacation policy”

The Buzz

“Very good in restructuring and advisory”

“Strong market position, competes well”

“Good deal flow”

About Houlihan Lokey

Founded in 1972, investment banking firm Houlihan Lokey employs approximately 1,300 people worldwide. Although it’s best known as an advisor to mid-cap companies and a restructuring house, Houlihan Lokey also serves large public corporations and small private companies. Its financial restructuring division has worked on some of the world’s biggest bankruptcy proceedings, including those of CIT Group, Lehman Brothers, WorldCom, General Motors, Enron, and Conseco. On August 13, 2015, the firm became a public company, listing on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol HLI. 

Underscoring its prowess in the deal markets, Houlihan Lokey is currently ranked No. 1 in announced M&A transactions for all U.S. transactions, No. 1 globally in restructuring, and the No. 1 M&A fairness opinion advisor over the past 20 years, according to Refinitiv (formerly known as Thomson Reuters). Led by CEO Scott Beiser, Houlihan Lokey operates through three main service lines: corporate finance (comprising mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, private funds advisory, and board advisory services), financial restructuring, and financial and valuation advisory. The firm is headquartered in Los Angeles, and has additional U.S. offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Miami, and Washington, D.C. Its overseas offices are located in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Madrid, Amsterdam, Milan, Hong Kong, Sydney, Tokyo, Singapore, and Beijing. Most recently, it opened an office in Dubai in 2017. 

In recent years, the firm has made several acquisitions. It acquired London-based advisory firm McQueen Limited in July 2015 and New York-based advisory firm MESA Securities in June 2015. In addition, in November 2015, the firm acquired the investment banking operations of Leonardo & Co. in Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain and became a minority partner in a joint venture with the management team of Leonardo & Co. in Italy, which was fully consolidated in 2019. In January 2017, Houlihan Lokey acquired intellectual property advisory firm Black Stone IP, which formed its Tech+IP Advisory practice. In 2018, Houlihan Lokey acquired advisory firms Quayle Munro Limited and BearTooth Advisors. And in 2019, Houlihan Lokey acquired Fidentiis Capital, a midcap advisory firm headquartered in Madrid, as well as Freeman & Co., a New York-based advisory firm specializing in advising financial institution clients.

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Houlihan Lokey

10250 Constellation Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: (310) 553-8871

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Public
Stock Symbol: HLI
Stock Exchange: NYSE
CEO: Scott Beiser
2019 Employees (All Locations): 1,330

Major Office Locations

Los Angeles, CA
Atlanta, GA
Chicago, IL
Minneapolis, MN
New York, NY
Dallas, TX
Mclean, VA
Houston, TX
Miami, FL
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC
London, United Kingdom
Paris, France
Frankfurt, Germany
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dubai
Madrid, Spain
Milan, France
Beijing, China
Hong Kong, China
Singapore
Sydney, Australia
Tokyo, Japan