Matthew Niemann Rejoins Houlihan Lokey

Matthew Niemann has rejoined Houlihan Lokey as a managing director and co-head of the firm’s Midwestern restructuring practice. He previously was with Cerberus Capital Chicago, an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management.



Houlihan Lokey today announced that Matthew Niemann has rejoined the firm as a Managing Director and co-head of Houlihan Lokey’s Midwest Restructuring Practice.  Mr. Niemann joins from Cerberus Capital Chicago, an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management, where he was a managing director and focused on private equity and lending investments.  He also worked with GMAC ResCap, a Cerberus Capital portfolio company.  At Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Niemann will focus on providing restructuring advice to companies and their constituents.


Jeff Werbalowsky, Co-CEO of Houlihan Lokey, said, “We hated to lose Matt and we are delighted to have him back.   The extra experience and perspective he gained at Cerberus will be an asset to our clients.”


Mr. Niemann emphasized the value of his association with Cerberus.  He said, “I gained incredible insights that will benefit me as I return to the advisory side of the business.  Cerberus is a world-class organization and I have a great deal of respect for the firm and its leadership.  My decision to return to Houlihan Lokey was driven by my desire to return to my roots as an advisor as the distressed cycle unfolds over the next several years.”


Prior to joining Cerberus, Mr. Niemann was a managing director with Houlihan Lokey in their Chicago and Los Angeles offices.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Niemann was with the restructuring and corporate finance group of PriceWaterhouseCoopers and practiced law with Bryan Cave in St. Louis in their corporate, banking, real estate and restructuring practices.  He has been involved in a number of notable restructurings throughout his career, including Sea Containers, Meridian Automotive, USG, Interstate Bakeries, St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Centers, The National Benevolent Association, Farmland Foods, Bugle Boy Industries, StairMaster, Allied/Federated and Interco.  Mr. Niemann holds a finance and law degree from St. Louis University, where he served on the Law Review. Mr. Niemann is a Certified Turnaround Professional (as recognized by the Turnaround Management Association), a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and has been recognized by the K&A Registry as one of the leading restructuring investment bankers in the U.S.

About Houlihan Lokey


Houlihan Lokey, an international investment bank, provides a wide range of services, including mergers and acquisitions, financing, financial opinions and advisory services, and financial restructuring. In 2007, the firm was ranked the No. 1 M&A advisor for U.S. transactions under $1.25 billion and the No. 1 M&A fairness opinion advisor by Thomson Financial. In addition, the firm was ranked the No. 1 restructuring investment banking firm by’s Bankruptcy Insider. Established in 1970, 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