John-Paul Hanson
Managing Director
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Mr. Hanson is Head of Houlihan Lokey’s Oil & Gas Exploration and Production (E&P) Group and Co-Head of the Energy Group. He splits his time between the firm’s New York and Houston offices.

During his career, Mr. Hanson has worked on numerous financing, M&A/A&D, valuation, and financial recapitalization/restructuring engagements. In addition to domestic U.S. transactions, he has been involved in transactions for several Latin American-, European-, and South African-based companies, advising companies and stakeholders regarding the structuring, negotiation, and implementation of a wide variety of corporate finance transactions in the upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors of the oil & gas industry, including financings, M&A/A&D transactions, exchange offers, and reorganizations in applicable local jurisdictions. His notable engagements include SandRidge Energy, Inc.; Berry Petroleum Corp.; Yates Petroleum; Samson Resources Corp.; ATP Oil & Gas Corp.; Endeavour International, Inc.; Chesapeake Energy Corp.; Quicksilver Resources, Inc.; BPZ Energy Corp.; Trident Resources Corp.; Magnum Hunter Energy; Swift Energy Corp.; U.S. Department of Energy Loan Program Office; U.S. Energy Corp.; GBGH Ltd.; Big West Oil, LLC; Solutia, Inc.; National Energy & Gas Transmission, Inc. (formerly PG&E NEG); and Gas Transmission Northwest Corp., among others.

Before joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Hanson was a Manager of Alternative Lending at Commonfund Mortgage Corp., where he structured whole loan and portfolio fundings, sales, and securitizations involving a variety of asset-backed lending transactions. Earlier in his career, he held a similar position at MoneyLine Lending. Mr. Hanson began his career in finance trading fixed income securities at NNJ, a private family wealth fund formerly based in San Francisco.

Mr. Hanson has authored, co-authored, and spoken on various topics, including trends in E&P finance and valuation, and financing markets and valuation dynamics in a distressed environment, among others. Mr. Hanson previously served on the Board of Directors of Bennu Oil & Gas, LLC, an entity established for the purpose of acquiring and operating oil & gas properties in the Gulf of Mexico.

Mr. Hanson earned a dual B.A. degree, cum laude, in Italian and International Finance from Brigham Young University and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business