PRESS RELEASESMonday, September 09, 2013

Houlihan Lokey Launches Forensic Services Practice

Industry Veteran Bert Lacativo Joins Firm to Lead Business Expansion;
John Stanley Also Joins as a Director
 

NEW YORK and DALLAS – September 9, 2013 - Houlihan Lokey, the international investment bank, today announced that Bert Lacativo has joined the firm to establish its Forensic Services practice as an extension of the Financial Advisory Services business. Under Mr. Lacativo’s leadership, the Forensic Services practice will provide the firm’s clients with a range of services including corporate investigations and forensic accounting, bankruptcy and insolvency investigations, anti-fraud program assessment and development, and anti-corruption consulting. Mr. Lacativo is based in Houlihan Lokey’s Dallas office.

With more than 30 years of experience, both as a Special Agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and in a number of private sector roles, Mr. Lacativo has led numerous high-profile fraud-related investigations across a range of industries.  In addition to investigative work, Mr. Lacativo has helped clients develop and implement a range of fraud prevention techniques and programs and is a frequent speaker on the topic.

“Bert has worked on some of the most sensitive fraud investigations over the past two decades, and his depth and breadth of experience, both domestic and international, is nearly unmatched in the industry,” said Jack Berka, Global Head of Financial Advisory Services.  “We’re confident that his experience and expertise will be of tremendous value to our clients and that Forensic Services will become an integral element of our client-centric strategy at Houlihan Lokey,” he added.

Mr. Lacativo joins Houlihan Lokey from Mesirow Financial Consulting, and earlier in his career served as a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Forensic Services practice. He holds a B.B.A. from Iona College and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in New York, Illinois, and Texas. Mr. Lacativo is also a Certified Fraud Examiner, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Board of Regents Emeritus member and holds the AICPA’s certification in Financial Forensics.

“I’m delighted to have joined a firm with the global reach, client base, and top-tier financial advisory services expertise that Houlihan Lokey has achieved. Forensics and investigations are a natural extension of the independent financial advice and dispute resolution consulting services that the firm has come to be known for, and I look forward to joining my colleagues in delivering the first-class client service that our clients expect from us,” said Mr. Lacativo.

In addition, John Stanley has joined the firm as a Director in Forensic Services, also based in Dallas.  Mr. Stanley will focus on investigations, anti-fraud, and anti-corruption consulting.  He joins from PricewaterhouseCoopers where he served as a Director in both the United States and Japan advising global clients on compliance and investigative matters. Previously, he held additional roles at FTI Consulting and American Airlines.  Mr. Stanley holds a B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and is also a Certified Fraud Examiner.

“The establishment of a Forensic Services practice is an excellent addition to our suite of services, particularly as it pertains to our financial due diligence process within Transaction Advisory Services.  We’re excited to work with Bert, John, and others as this practice continues to grow,” said Sam Clark, Global Head of Transaction Advisory Services at Houlihan Lokey.



Houlihan Lokey (NYSE:HLI) is a global investment bank with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, financial restructuring, valuation, and strategic consulting. The firm serves corporations, institutions, and governments worldwide with offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region. Independent advice and intellectual rigor are hallmarks of the firm's commitment to client success across its advisory services. Houlihan Lokey is ranked as the No. 1 M&A advisor for all U.S. transactions, the No. 1 global restructuring advisor, and the No. 1 global M&A fairness opinion advisor over the past 20 years, according to Thomson Reuters.

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