John Cooper

Managing Director

Mr. Cooper is a Managing Director and Co-Head of Houlihan Lokey’s Technology•Media•Telecom Group. He has a long and successful track record in developing the strategy and creating the environment to achieve an optimal outcome for his clients. Mr. Cooper is based in the firm’s San Francisco office.

Before joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Cooper was Co-Founder of ArchPoint Partners, where he led the firm’s efforts in advising growth companies in software and related sectors. Prior to co-founding ArchPoint, he was a Managing Director and Co-Head of Technology Banking at Montgomery & Co. Before joining Montgomery & Co. in January 2003, Mr. Cooper was the Senior Managing Director in Microsoft’s Corporate Development and Strategy group. While there, he developed and led a senior team responsible for a number of key investments and acquisitions and effected more than 30 transactions. Among those transactions, he led the acquisition of Great Plains, Inc., kicking off the company’s move into the enterprise application sector.

Immediately following his tenure at Microsoft, Mr. Cooper served as President of the California-based venture capital group ThinkTank LLC, an affiliate of SoftBank. While at ThinkTank, he managed and refined the company’s technology investment portfolio, as well as oversaw the privatization of He has also held senior corporate development and strategy positions with American Express Corp., First Data Corp., and HBO & Co. (now part of McKesson).

To date, Mr. Cooper has managed more than 200 strategic investment and acquisition processes. He also has an operating background, having himself founded and successfully sold two venture capital-financed technology and services companies. He has been an active board member for both public and private companies in the technology sector.

Mr. Cooper holds a B.A. in Business/Finance from the University of Minnesota and has completed post-graduate studies in computer science, management, and marketing, including an executive management program at MIT in advanced technologies in business.

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