Mark Hayden

Managing Director

Mr. Hayden is a Managing Director in Houlihan Lokey’s Financial Advisory Services business, where he specializes in the delivery of corporate financial advisory, expert witness, and post-transaction dispute resolution. He is based in the firm’s Los Angeles office.

Prior to joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Hayden established a proven track record helping companies and their stakeholders solve critical problems, resolve disputes, and achieve superior results as a Partner in Deloitte’s valuation and modeling group, and as a Partner in Ernst & Young’s valuation and dispute practice. Mr. Hayden delivers solutions to Fortune 100 and middle-market consumer products companies, private equity and debt funds, and legal counsel representing defendants in complex civil litigation. 

During his 24-year career, Mr. Hayden has performed several hundred valuations, delivered trial and arbitration testimony, advised corporate boards of the potential risks and anticipated benefits of an acquisition, guided private equity, debt, and venture capital funds through the process of valuing complex securities, served as an accounting arbitrator, led global valuation assignments, and developed a decision tree framework to assist in-house legal teams in assessing exposure on significant litigation. 

Mr. Hayden is a frequent presenter and author on valuation and modeling topics. He recently co-authored a valuation and damages book that contrasts the conceptual framework and practical application of discount rates used in valuations and damages models. Mr. Hayden has served on the AICPA Task Force that is preparing a practitioner guide on the valuation of securities held by private equity, hedge, and venture capital funds. 

Mr. Hayden holds an MBA from the University of California, Davis and California State University, East Bay and a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University. He is a CFA charterholder and an Accredited Senior Appraiser. Mr. Hayden is also a CPA licensed in California with an Accreditation in Business Valuation from the American Institute of CPAs.

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