Susan Gabay

Managing Director

Ms. Gabay is a Managing Director in Houlihan Lokey’s Aerospace•Defense•
Government practice, overseeing the firm’s government services clients. She has 20 years of Wall Street and investment banking experience focused primarily on advising middle-market companies in the aerospace, defense, and government services markets. Over the course of her career, Ms. Gabay has completed more than 50 M&A transactions. She is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office.

Ms. Gabay was a Co-Founder and Managing Director with Bluestone Capital Partners prior to its merger with Houlihan Lokey in 2017. Prior to co-founding Bluestone, Ms. Gabay was a Senior Vice President with BB&T Capital Markets | Windsor Group for nearly 10 years and previously worked with Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., in New York. 

Ms. Gabay has advised middle-market businesses in their sales to industry leaders such as Raytheon Co., General Dynamics Corp., KeyW Corp., and Triumph Group and to private equity groups such as Veritas Capital and Cerberus Capital Management. She also has extensive divestiture experience and has advised Fortune 500 companies and industry leaders such as Babcock International Group, PLC; Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.; CACI International Inc.; and ManTech International Corp. in middle-market divestiture assignments. 

In 2015, Ms. Gabay received The M&A Advisor’s 40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders Award in the Dealmaker category. She was also recognized as the Investment Banking Dealmaker of the Year at the Association for Corporate Growth’s annual Corporate Growth Awards in 2012.

Ms. Gabay graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a minor degree in Political Science.


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