PRESS RELEASESMonday, June 2, 2014

Houlihan Lokey Appoints Jennifer Muller Co-Head of the Transaction Opinions Practice

NEW YORK – June 2, 2014 – Houlihan Lokey, the international investment bank, today announced that Jennifer Muller has been appointed Co-Head of the firm’s Transaction Opinions practice alongside Chris Croft, who has been leading the practice since 2010.  Both Ms. Muller and Mr. Croft are Managing Directors in the firm’s Financial Advisory Services (FAS) business, with Mr. Croft based in New York and Ms. Muller based in San Francisco.

The Transaction Opinions practice advises boards of directors, special committees, and management teams in critical corporate transactions and renders financial opinions related to fairness, valuation, and solvency. Since pioneering the market for independent financial opinions, Houlihan Lokey has built the preeminent global platform for providing clients with objective and trusted financial advice during complex transactions. The practice serves clients of all sizes across the United States, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region.

“Jennifer’s strong leadership abilities and passion for excellence make her perfectly suited to join Chris in leading this marquee practice at Houlihan Lokey,” said Jack W. Berka, Global Head of Financial Advisory Services. “Independent, conflict-free advice, backed by a deep understanding of corporate governance issues, is more critical than ever in today’s corporate finance landscape. Jennifer’s expertise and years of experience will help us to continue to stay ahead of the curve and deliver that advice to our clients,” he added.

“I am thrilled to partner with Chris and help further grow the Transaction Opinions practice,” said Ms. Muller. “Houlihan Lokey has built a superior transaction opinions franchise over the past four decades, and I am confident that Chris and I will maintain the world-class level of service that our clients enjoy,” she continued.

“I’m excited to have Jennifer join me in leading this practice. Her transaction experience and dedication to client service have helped build the Transaction Opinion practice into the world-class platform it is today, and her leadership will ensure that our market-leading financial advice and transaction opinions will continue to serve our clients well,” said Mr. Croft.

Houlihan Lokey (NYSE:HLI) is a global investment bank with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, financial restructuring, and valuation. 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 the No. 1 M&A advisor for the past five consecutive years in the U.S., the No. 1 global restructuring advisor for the past six consecutive years, and the No. 1 global M&A fairness opinion advisor over the past 20 years, all based on number of transactions and according to data provided by Refinitiv (formerly Thomson Reuters).

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