PRESS RELEASESMonday, April 6, 2020

Houlihan Lokey Hires Industry Veteran to Lead Its Transaction Advisory Services Practice

Sean Murphy Joins the Firm as a Managing Director in Dallas

DALLAS — April 6, 2020 — Houlihan Lokey (NYSE:HLI), the global investment bank, announced today that Sean Murphy has joined its Financial and Valuation Advisory business to lead its Transaction Advisory Services practice. He is based in Dallas.

Mr. Murphy joins following more than two decades at KPMG, where he was a Principal in the firm’s Deal Advisory group with oversight of both global and domestic transaction-related engagements in connection with mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions. Mr. Murphy led some of KPMG’s largest global private equity accounts, served on the U.S. private equity leadership team and was the Advisory Leader for the Dallas and North Texas markets for KPMG.

“Sean’s breadth of experience and reputation for client service is impressive. He is an ideal fit with our goal of providing clients with superior, value-creation focused insights and independent advice at deal speed,” said Drew Koecher, Global Co-Head of Houlihan Lokey’s Financial and Valuation Advisory business. “We are thrilled he has joined us to lead our Transaction Advisory Services practice and we are confident his expertise will be of tremendous value to our clients around the world as we continue to grow our diligence practice.”

“The opportunity to join Houlihan Lokey, with its global platform, broad service offering, and reputation for thoughtful, conflict-free advice is exciting,” said Mr. Murphy. “I look forward to contributing to the long tradition of excellent client service, growth, and superior results for which Houlihan Lokey and its Transaction Advisory Services team are known.”

Mr. Murphy holds a B.B.A. in Finance from Texas A&M University and an M.S. in Finance from the Lowry Mays College & Graduate School of Business (now known as Mays Business School) at Texas A&M.

Houlihan Lokey (NYSE:HLI) is a global investment bank with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, financial restructuring, and valuation. The firm serves corporations, institutions, and governments worldwide with offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region. Independent advice and intellectual rigor are hallmarks of the firm's commitment to client success across its advisory services. Houlihan Lokey is the No. 1 M&A advisor for the past six consecutive years in the U.S., the No. 1 global restructuring advisor for the past seven consecutive years, and the No. 1 global M&A fairness opinion advisor over the past 20 years, all based on number of transactions and according to data provided by Refinitiv.

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