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HOULIHAN LOKEY CONTINUES EXPANSION OF ITS DISPUTE RESOLUTION & FINANCIAL EXPERT OPINIONS PRACTICE WITH NEW HIRE

CHICAGO, Dec. 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Houlihan Lokey, the international investment bank, today announced that John Levitske has joined the firm as a Managing Director in its Dispute Resolution & Financial Expert Opinions practice. He is based in Chicago.

Mr. Levitske joins from Duff & Phelps, where he was most recently a Managing Director in the firm's Dispute Consulting practice. He has more than two decades of experience in complex business valuation matters, particularly with respect to the resolution of valuation and accounting disputes arising from M &A transactions, commercial and shareholder litigation, business divorce, and private company controversies. He has served as a consultant, expert witness, and neutral arbitrator in both domestic and international dispute matters, and has also led numerous corporate internal and fraud investigations. Prior to Duff & Phelps, he was a Managing Director in Standard & Poor's Corporate Value Consulting group and has held roles at FTI Consulting, KPMG, and Deloitte & Touche.

"With more than 25 years of experience in valuation, forensic accounting, and dispute resolution, John's breadth of experience is remarkable," said John Taylor, Head of Dispute Resolution & Financial Expert Opinions at Houlihan Lokey. "Hiring an executive with John's capabilities substantially increases the depth and quality of service we are now able to provide our clients in Chicago and the Midwest region," he added.

Mr. Levitske is the second Managing Director-level hire in the Dispute Resolution & Financial Expert Opinions practice in as many weeks. Last week, the firm announced that Richard Lee had joined the practice as a Managing Director in New York.

"I'm excited to be part of Houlihan Lokey's growing Dispute Resolution & Financial Expert Opinions team," said Mr. Levitske. "I look forward to bringing my expertise to bear on the challenges and issues the firm's Chicago-area clients face," he continued.

Mr. Levitske holds a B.S. in Business Administration and a J.D. from Duquesne University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. He is Accredited in Business Valuation by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), an Accredited Senior Appraiser in Business Valuation by the American Society of Appraisers, and a Chartered Financial Analyst with the CFA Institute. In addition, Mr. Levitske is a Certified Public Accountant in Illinois and Pennsylvania, Certified in Financial Forensics and a Chartered Global Management Accountant by the AICPA, and a Certified Insolvency & Restructuring Advisor with the Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors.

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 M &A advisor for U.S. transactions under $3 billion, the No. 1 global restructuring advisor, and the No. 1 M &A fairness opinion advisor for U.S. transactions over the past 10 years, according to Thomson Reuters. For more information, please visit www.HL.com.

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