Leland Harrs

Managing Director
212.497.7842

Mr. Harrs is a Managing Director at Houlihan Lokey and Head of the Chemicals practice. As a member of the firm’s Industrials Group, he is responsible for managing banking relationships with public and private clients in the global chemical and related sectors and providing strategic ideas and advice related to M&A activity and capital raising. Mr. Harrs focuses on specialty chemicals and related subsectors, including formulated products, adhesives, sealants, coatings, and resins. He is based in the firm’s New York office.

Mr. Harrs has more than 20 years of investment banking experience in the chemicals industry. Prior to joining Houlihan Lokey, he was Managing Director and Co-Head of Corporate Finance at C&Co/PrinceRidge. Previously, he was a Managing Director in the Industrial Group at KeyBanc Capital Markets, where he was responsible for advising companies in the chemicals sector and originating M&A and financing transactions. Mr. Harrs was previously a Managing Director and Global Head of Chemicals with Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (DrKW). Mr. Harrs joined DrKW in 2001 and was based in London between 2005 and 2006. Prior to DrKW, he was a Vice President in Chase Securities Inc.’s Global Chemicals Group in New York.

Mr. Harrs’ advisory experience includes: the acquisition of United Initiators and a minority stake in Sweet Ovations by Vision Capital LLP; the sale of Momentive’s North American Coating & Composite Resins business to Investindustrial; the sale of Liquamelt to H.B. Fuller; the sale of Momentive’s Global Ink & Adhesive Resins business to Harima Chemicals Group, Inc.; the sale of Arch Chemicals’ Industrial Wood Coatings business to Sherwin-Williams Co.; Apollo Investment Corp.’s acquisition of Bakelite; defense advisory for a major European multinational; MG Technologies, Inc.’s divestiture of Dynamit Nobel AG; financial restructuring of Huntsman Corp.; Forbo International’s acquisition of Swift Adhesives; Arch Chemicals’ acquisition of Hickson International PLC; RPM International Inc.’s acquisition of DAP Products, Inc.; Solutia Inc.’s acquisitions of Vianova Resins and CPFilms Inc.; and Sovereign Specialty Chemicals Inc.’s acquisition of Laporte PLC’s U.S. adhesives business. His corporate finance experience also includes high-yield and investment grade debt capital market transactions.

Mr. Harrs holds an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia and a B.A. from Columbia University, where he majored in Economics. He serves on the President’s Advisory Committee of Regis High School in New York City.

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