2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Great people; great, supportive, entrepreneurial culture”
“A lot of responsibility at the junior level”
“Deal flow and quality of work”
“Unpredictable hours and schedules”
“Demanding lifestyle, high expectations”
“Becoming more hierarchical as we grow”
“Beasts in restructuring”
“Great middle-market M&A”
“Top competitor, great boutique”
About Houlihan Lokey
Founded in 1972, investment banking firm Houlihan Lokey employs more than 1,500 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 group 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 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 offices in Dubai in 2017 and Boston in 2020.
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 2018, Houlihan Lokey acquired advisory firms Quayle Munro Limited and BearTooth Advisors. 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. And in 2020, the firm acquired MVP Capital, an independent advisory firm specializing in advising clients in the technology, media, and telecom (TMT) sector.
10250 Constellation Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: (310) 553-8871
Employer Type: Public
Stock Symbol: HLI
Stock Exchange: NYSE
CEO: Scott Beiser
2021 Employees (All Locations): 1,500
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
London, United Kingdom
Hong Kong, China