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HOULIHAN LOKEY ADDS SENIOR INVESTMENT SPECIALIST TO ITS STRATEGIC CONSULTING BUSINESS

LOS ANGELES, April 6, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Houlihan Lokey, the international investment bank, today announced that John Perkins has joined the firm as a Managing Director in the firm's Strategic Consulting business. He is based in Los Angeles and will lead Houlihan Lokey's Strategic Consulting business for financial sponsors.

Mr. Perkins was previously a Partner and Director at Bain & Company, where he has served in a number of roles over the course of nearly three decades. Most recently, he led the firm's North American debt practice and its Los Angeles private equity practice. He has extensive experience in strategy review and organizational redesign, profit improvement, and growth diversification, with specific expertise in the consumer products and services, industrial goods, and healthcare services sectors. Mr. Perkins is the first senior addition to Strategic Consulting since Houlihan Lokey acquired Bridge Strategy Group in January 2015.

"Given Houlihan Lokey's extensive work with private equity firms and hedge funds, John's extensive experience in strategic consulting and his expertise serving financial sponsors make him an exceptional addition to the team," said Steve Sheridan, Head of Strategic Consulting at Houlihan Lokey.

"I'm excited to join an independent investment bank that has both a strong, well-integrated strategic consulting business and a financial sponsors coverage effort that is perhaps unmatched in the industry," said Mr. Perkins. "I look forward to working with my colleagues in Strategic Consulting and across the firm to help our financial sponsors clients make informed investments and realize operational improvements within their portfolio companies," he added.

Mr. Perkins holds a B.A. in Political Science from Whitworth College and an M.A in International Policy from Stanford University.

Houlihan Lokey is an international investment bank with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, financial restructuring, valuation, and strategic consulting. The firm serves corporations, institutions, and governments worldwide with offices in the United States, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. 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 $5 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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