M&A and debt advisory firm Livingstone has opened an office in Los Angeles, the company announced. The new branch is staffed by longtime LA residents including partner Brennan Libbey, formerly head of business services at Houlihan Lokey.
Livingstone, an international mid-market M&A and debt advisory firm, is pleased to officially announce the opening of its Los Angeles office. The office is located in Manhattan Beach and is now home to a growing team of experienced M&A advisors with deep experience in all of the firm’s core sectors.
The team in Livingstone’s newest office consists of longtime LA residents and includes:
Brennan Libbey, Partner
Brennan was most recently Head of Business Services at Houlihan Lokey and brings over 20 years of mid-market investment banking experience and a deep background in the growing Business Services sector. He will lead the LA office and U.S. Business Services team.
Ian Wagner, Associate Director
Prior to Livingstone, Ian was a Corporate Development officer at digital marketing services leader ReachLocal. Previously, he was an investment banker at both UBS and Houlihan Lokey, where he focused on the business services and technology sectors.
Michael Parrott, Associate Director
Mike joins Livingstone following banking roles at Greif & Co. and Stifel Financial Corp., where he focused on transactions across sectors including media and technology and financial services. He is a former active duty Marine and technology officer in the US Marine Corps.
Kenechukwu Orjioke, Analyst
Kene will join the Los Angeles team following his internship with Livingstone. He is graduating from UCLA with a degree in Political Science and also played linebacker on the football team.
“With offices across three continents, Livingstone becomes the West Coast’s premier integrated international mid-market investment bank,” noted Partner Brennan Libbey. “We look forward to leveraging the firm’s global relationships and deep sector experience as we continue to grow Livingstone Los Angeles and the firm’s presence across the world.”
With a unique ecosystem for talent, technology and innovation, growing businesses and entrepreneurs continue to flock to the state of California. Manhattan Beach, one of three cities that make up Los Angeles’ South Bay, is widely known for ideal weather and world-class beaches; but in recent years, it has also become home to a variety of interesting companies, dealmakers and investment funds. For Livingstone, Manhattan Beach best represents a reflection of the firm’s unique culture, where drinks with a client at a beach bar can follow serious negotiations and precede a red-eye flight to Europe out of nearby LAX airport.
“Our Los Angeles office is an exceptional achievement for the firm and a testament to Livingstone’s U.S. team and its growing reputation as a fully-integrated, international mid-market investment bank,” said Managing Partner David Sulaski. “Los Angeles is an ideal location from which to expand our growing U.S. focus on business services and the media and technology sectors, while providing another important connection for the firm into global markets. We plan to grow significantly in this region.”
Los Angeles becomes the latest office for Livingstone and joins established teams in Beijing, Chicago, Düsseldorf, London, Madrid and Stockholm. The office offers a full suite of capital advisory services including buy-side and sell-side M&A, debt advisory, management advisory and special situations.
Livingstone is an international mid-market M&A and debt advisory firm of 100 professionals closing 60 transactions around the world each year.