Tanzer Joins Houlihan Lokey

Joshua Tanzer has joined Houlihan Lokey as an MD and head of the private growth equity capital practice. Tanzer previously served as an MD in Morgan Keegan’s technology group.


Houlihan Lokey, an international investment bank, today announced that Joshua Tanzer has joined the firm as Managing Director and Head of the Private Growth Equity Capital practice. In this capacity, he will help raise growth capital for private companies in mid-stage to late-stage (mezzanine), profitable or near-term profitable, as well as pre-IPO rounds. In the span of his 25-plus year career, Mr. Tanzer has produced more than $5 billion of venture gains for investors from transactions he has agented.
“Equity markets have begun to show some signs of improvement in the first quarter of 2012 with investors demonstrating a renewed sense of confidence,” said Scott Adelson, Senior Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Corporate Finance. “Josh brings a wealth of experience working with fund managers and institutional investors in raising growth equity for private companies. We’re delighted to welcome him to the team as we continue to expand our investor relationship universe for clients across all industries and sectors.”
“Houlihan Lokey has a proven track record of engineering and executing financings in a variety of market conditions,” commented Mr. Tanzer. “I look forward to leveraging my expertise in growth equity transactions to provide clients with creative and innovative solutions that help them achieve their strategic and financial objectives.”
Previously, Mr. Tanzer served as a managing director in Morgan Keegan’s Technology Group, where he advised on more than $200 million in growth equity transactions. Prior, he was a managing director at Lazard Freres & Co., where he raised $175 million of private equity capital for Virgin America, the largest amount of private equity raised for a de novo airline. Before joining Lazard, he founded and operated Principia Capital Group, focused on clients in the technology and digital media industries. Principia was responsible for raising Vonage Holdings’ private equity capital and also sold the wireless data division of Vivendi Universal, Moviso. Prior to forming Principia, he was global head of Private Equity for CSFB’s Technology Group (formerly DMG Tech Group). The group completed 85 transactions and raised approximately $5.4 billion.
Mr. Tanzer is a Certified Management Accountant and received a B.S. in accounting from the University of Denver. He currently serves on the Board of P.S. Arts, an arts education program for Title 1 schools in Los Angeles.

Houlihan Lokey is an international investment bank with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, financial restructuring, and valuation. The firm is ranked globally as the No. 1 restructuring advisor, the No. 1 M&A fairness opinion advisor over the past 10 years, and the No. 1 M&A advisor for U.S. transactions under $1 billion, according to Thomson Reuters. Houlihan Lokey has been advising clients for more than 40 years and now has 14 offices and 850 employees in the United States, Europe and Asia. The firm serves over 1,000 clients each year, ranging from closely held companies to Global 500 corporations. For more information, visit www.HL.com.