Houlihan Lokey Appoints Jennifer Muller Co-Head of the Transaction Opinions Practice


NEW YORK, N.Y., June 2, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Houlihan Lokey, the international investment bank, today announced that Jennifer Muller has been appointed Co-Head of the firm's Transaction Opinions practice alongside Chris Croft, who has been leading the practice since 2010. Both Ms. Muller and Mr. Croft are Managing Directors in the firm's Financial Advisory Services (FAS) business, with Mr. Croft based in New York and Ms. Muller based in San Francisco.

The Transaction Opinions practice advises boards of directors, special committees, and management teams in critical corporate transactions and renders financial opinions related to fairness, valuation, and solvency. Since pioneering the market for independent financial opinions, Houlihan Lokey has built the preeminent global platform for providing clients with objective and trusted financial advice during complex transactions. The practice serves clients of all sizes across the United States, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region.

"Jennifer's strong leadership abilities and passion for excellence make her perfectly suited to join Chris in leading this marquee practice at Houlihan Lokey," said Jack W. Berka, Global Head of Financial Advisory Services. "Independent, conflict-free advice, backed by a deep understanding of corporate governance issues, is more critical than ever in today's corporate finance landscape. Jennifer's expertise and years of experience will help us to continue to stay ahead of the curve and deliver that advice to our clients," he added.

"I am thrilled to partner with Chris and help further grow the Transaction Opinions practice," said Ms. Muller. "Houlihan Lokey has built a superior transaction opinions franchise over the past four decades, and I am confident that Chris and I will maintain the world-class level of service that our clients enjoy," she continued.

"I'm excited to have Jennifer join me in leading this practice. Her transaction experience and dedication to client service have helped build the Transaction Opinion practice into the world-class platform it is today, and her leadership will ensure that our market-leading financial advice and transaction opinions will continue to serve our clients well," said Mr. Croft.

Houlihan Lokey is an international investment bank with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, financial restructuring, and valuation. The firm serves corporations, institutions, and governments worldwide with offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Independent advice and intellectual rigor are hallmarks of our commitment to client success across our advisory services. Houlihan Lokey is ranked as the No. 1 global restructuring advisor, the No. 1 M &A fairness opinion advisor for U.S. transactions over the past 10 years, and the No. 1 M &A advisor for U.S. transactions under $3 billion, according to Thomson Reuters. For more information, please visit www.HL.com.

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