Jeff Hammer

Jeff Hammer

Managing Director
Co-Head, Illiquid Financial Assets

Mr. Hammer is a Managing Director and Co-Head of Houlihan Lokey’s Illiquid Financial Assets practice focused on customized transactions for holders of illiquid securities. He has more than two decades of experience in principal investing, investment banking, and building businesses in the private markets. Mr. Hammer is based in the firm’s New York office.

Mr. Hammer has led transactions involving portfolios of minority equity, structured settlements, non-performing loans, hedge fund LP interests and side-pocketed assets, private equity LP interests, life settlements, equity co-investments, and intellectual property.  He has worked on behalf of clients including Pequot Capital Management, PartnerRe, Plainfield Asset Management, BNY Mellon/Ivy Asset Management, Synovus Bank, Octavian Advisors, and Fortress Investment Group as either a sellside or buyside advisor, and as a financial advisor in highly structured fund recapitalizations and restructurings.

Before joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Hammer was a Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns & Co., where he was the Global Head of Origination for the Private Funds Group. Prior to this, Mr. Hammer co-led Private Equity Advisors, the private equity fund-of-funds and secondary investing unit of Bear Stearns Asset Management. In this position, Mr. Hammer developed and managed several private equity investment management programs that had an aggregate AUM of approximately $2 billion.

Earlier, Mr. Hammer co-founded BDC Financial Inc., a firm that provided customized private equity investment management and advisory services to institutional and high-net-worth investors, which was sold to Bear Stearns. Mr. Hammer also founded two other investment management firms: Gotham Investment Group, a real estate investment company capitalized by Nomura Securities, and Commonwealth Property Investors, an investment management firm formed by AEW Capital Management and the AT&T Pension Fund. Both firms focused on making direct principal investments in the former Soviet Union. Previously, Mr. Hammer held investment banking positions at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs.

Mr. Hammer received an A.B. from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard University. 

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