Paul Sanabria

Paul Sanabria

Managing Director
Co-Head, Illiquid Financial Assets

Mr. Sanabria 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 16 years of experience in principal investing and investment banking, and 10 years as a management consultant. Mr. Sanabria is based in the firm’s New York office.

Mr. Sanabria has led transactions involving portfolios of minority equity, structured settlements, non-performing loans, direct loans and tag-along equity, private equity LP interests, life settlements, equity co-investments, and intellectual property. He has worked on behalf of clients including Goldman Sachs, AIG, Santander, CIT Group, Mizuho International, Lone Star Funds, Ardian, Alco Industries, and Babcock & Brown as either a sellside or buyside advisor, or as a financial advisor in highly structured fund recapitalizations and restructurings.

Before joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Sanabria was a Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns & Co., where he built and led the Private Funds Group responsible for originating new third-party fundraising mandates. In addition, he founded and co-led the private equity fund and secondary investing unit, including developing, capital-raising, and serving as an investment committee member and board member, of a London Stock Exchange-traded perpetual capital vehicle.

Earlier, Mr. Sanabria was co-founder of 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. Prior to BDC, Mr. Sanabria grew and led an international management consulting practice that was sold to a NYSE-listed company. He started his career as an engineer at Hewlett Packard and Aerojet General.

Mr. Sanabria received a B.S. from California State University at Sacramento and an MBA from Harvard University.

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