James Matthew Lyness

Managing Director

Mr. Lyness is a Managing Director in Houlihan Lokey’s Capital Markets Group, focusing on working with clients to structure and syndicate debt transactions for leveraged buyouts, acquisitions, recapitalizations, and general corporate purposes. Mr. Lyness has over 32 years of banking and capital markets experience. He is based in the firm’s New York office.

Before joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Lyness was a Senior Managing Director at GE Capital, leading the teams covering Financial Sponsors and TMT, and then a Senior Managing Director in Capital Markets at Antares Capital after the spinoff from GE Capital. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director in Leveraged Finance at JP Morgan Securities, where he structured loans and high-yield bond solutions for Financial Sponsors and various corporate clients.

Before JP Morgan Securities, Mr. Lyness was the Head of Leveraged Finance at Barclays Capital, where he implemented a client coverage strategy for Financial Sponsors. Prior to that role, he was a Vice President at MNC Credit Corp – Maryland National Bank, where he initiated a Syndications program and was responsible for underwriting and distributing highly leveraged transactions, primarily in the middle market. Before that, Mr. Lyness was an Assistant Vice President with the National Bank of Canada, where he established the firm’s U.S. loan syndication group. He began his career in corporate finance as a financial analyst with Chase Manhattan Bank.

Mr. Lyness holds a B.A. in Economics and English from Boston College. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Westchester and Putnam County and the Board of Trustees of Hebron Academy in Maine.

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