PRESS RELEASESMonday, January 26, 2015

Houlihan Lokey Opens Sydney Office

Experienced Corporate Advisory and Restructuring Team to Provide Unique Offering in the Australian Market

SYDNEY – January 27, 2015 – Houlihan Lokey, the international investment bank headquartered in Los Angeles, today announced it has opened an office in Sydney, Australia, hiring an experienced local management team to lead the firm’s expansion in the country. 

The firm’s Sydney office will be jointly led by Nicholas Rowe, Oscar Ludwigson, and David Tozer, all of whom have worked together over several years while at ABN AMRO, RBS, and CIMB Securities and have significant expertise in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and financial restructuring. Operations will initially focus on advising clients on corporate finance and restructuring matters, although the firm will eventually offer clients its full suite of products and services across its four main businesses, comprising Corporate Finance, Financial Restructuring, Financial Advisory Services, and Strategic Consulting.

“Following the success of recent Australian mandates in our Corporate Finance and Financial Restructuring businesses, we came to the conclusion that there is a growing need for experienced, independent advisors, the resources of a global platform, and access to unique alternative capital pools,” said Scott Adelson, Co-President of Houlihan Lokey. “The management team we have assembled in Australia has decades of experience in both traditional corporate finance advisory as well as restructuring and other special situations, and we are confident that their breadth of experience, combined with the firm’s comprehensive service offering, will be tremendously beneficial to our clients in Australia. We’re delighted that Nick, Oscar, David, and their colleagues have chosen to spearhead our expansion in this critical and exciting market,” he continued.

Managing Directors Nicholas Rowe and Oscar Ludwigson discuss the growing momentum and exciting possibilities for the firm and its clients following the launch of Houlihan Lokey's office in Sydney, Australia.

“The financial services industry is more global than ever, particularly with respect to the abundance of new financing solutions now available to clients,” said Mr. Rowe. “Houlihan Lokey combines independent advice, a global footprint, deep industry knowledge and, perhaps most important, critical expertise in accessing these forms of alternative capital—a combination that is nearly unmatched among its peers. We’re excited to become a part of the organization and lead the firm’s growth in Australia,” he added.

With the opening of the Sydney office, Houlihan Lokey and its affiliates now operate 21 offices globally, with a substantial presence in the United States, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region.

“The cultural fit with Houlihan Lokey has been immediate. Considered, creative, and client-focused advice, underpinned by a firm-wide commitment to professionalism and integrity, make Houlihan Lokey a perfect firm for us,” said Mr. Ludwigson. “There have been some seismic shifts in the investment banking landscape since the global financial crisis, and we believe we can best serve our clients as part of an institution that is focused solely on providing independent advice. Houlihan Lokey provides an attractive alternative in corporate finance, capital markets, and restructuring, and we could not be happier to join this firm and bring new perspectives and insights to its Australian clients,” he continued.

For press inquiries, contact John Gallagher (Houlihan Lokey) at + 1 212 497 4220 or Jim Kelly (Domestique Consulting) on + 61 412 549 083.

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 six consecutive years in the U.S., the No. 1 global restructuring advisor for the past seven 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.

For press inquiries, contact or 212.331.8223.

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