Houlihan Re-Hires Abelow

Justin Abelow has rejoined investment bank Houlihan Lokey from Deutsche Bank. He will resume his role as a Managing Director of the Financial Sponsors Coverage Group and will focus on private equity coverage in the United States and Europe.

Press release: Houlihan Lokey, an international investment bank, today announced that Justin Abelow has rejoined the firm. He will resume his role as a Managing Director of the Financial Sponsors Coverage Group and will focus on private equity coverage in the United States and Europe. Mr. Abelow joins from Deutsche Bank, where he was a managing director in its financial sponsors group and was responsible for providing advice to leading private equity firms on mergers and acquisitions, leveraged finance, equity issuance and other aspects of corporate finance. Based in the New York office, he will report to John Mavredakis, Senior Managing Director and head of the Financial Sponsors Coverage Group.

Commenting on the hire, Mr. Mavredakis said, “A number of senior officers have returned to Houlihan Lokey during this turbulent year for financial services firms, underscoring the strength of the franchise. The experience Justin gained at Deutsche Bank will be an asset to our clients, and we are pleased to see a colleague of his caliber return to the firm.”

Mr. Abelow added, “While the experience I have gained during my time away from the firm has been invaluable, I am happy to be back at Houlihan Lokey. I believe Houlihan Lokey’s platform is one where I can best serve my clients and am pleased to join my colleagues as we continue to grow this business.”

Prior to Deutsche Bank and Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Abelow served as an investment banker at firms including J.P. Morgan Securities and The First Boston Corporation and as a corporate attorney at the firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell. Over the course of his career, Mr. Abelow has worked on over 300 closed transactions involving over 40 discrete private equity firms. He has been named one of the top young bankers on Wall Street by periodicals including Investment Dealers’ Digest, Dealmaker, and The New York Times. Mr. Abelow is a magna cum laude graduate of Columbia College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa; and a graduate of the Columbia University School of Law, where he was named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

About Houlihan Lokey

Houlihan Lokey, an international investment bank, provides a wide range of advisory services in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, financing, financial restructuring, and valuation. The firm was ranked the No. 1 M&A advisor for U.S. transactions under $2 billion in 2008 and the No. 1 U.S. fairness opinion advisor over the past 10 years by Thomson Reuters. In addition, the firm advised in 11 of the 15 largest corporate bankruptcies and on over 500 restructuring transactions valued in excess of $1.25 trillion in the past 10 years. The firm has over 800 employees in 14 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Each year we serve more than 1,000 clients ranging from closely held companies to Global 500 corporations. For more information, visit www.HL.com.