Daniel Gossels

Managing Director

Mr. Gossels is a Managing Director in Houlihan Lokey’s Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT) Group and leads the firm’s consumer internet and digital media practice. Recent clients include Vertical Networks on its sale to Whistle; Parcast on its sale to Spotify; SheKnows on its sale to Penske Media; Whistle Sports on its capital raise from Aser; Slacker on its sale to LivexLive; PlayNetwork on its sale to TouchTunes; Delivery Agent on its restructuring and sale to Halo/Hillair; RTL and BroadbandTV (financial advisory); and Panna Cooking on its capital raise from A&E Networks. Mr. Gossels joined Houlihan Lokey in 2015 through the acquisition of his prior firm, MESA. He is based in the firm’s New York office.

Prior to joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Gossels was a Managing Director and Head of Digital Media at MESA, a merchant bank and advisory firm specializing in digital and traditional media transactions. As one of MESA’s five partners, his M&A clients included Songza on its sale to Google; Viacom on the spinoff of game assets Addicting Games/Shockwave to Defy Media; Wetpaint on its sale to Viggle; MOG on its sale to Beats by Dre; Grab on its sale to Blinkx; and Metrolyrics on its sale to CBS. His private placements included Delivery Agent, Sharethis, ChaCha, and MOG.

Before MESA, Mr. Gossels was a Partner in the media practice at Montgomery & Co. and sector head for online entertainment, games, publishing, and social media. At Montgomery, his M&A clients included Club Penguin on its sale to Disney; DailyCandy on its sale to Comcast; UGO on its sale to Hearst; Grouper on its sale to Sony; iFilm on its sale to Viacom; Ittoolbox on its sale to CEB; and eCRUSH on its sale to Hearst. His private placements included Realtime Worlds, WildTangent, and Reactrix.

Prior to Montgomery & Co., Mr. Gossels was President and Chief Operating Officer of Hypnotic, where he played a central role in building the company from a startup into a leading digital media, film, and television company. Hypnotic’s film, TV, and branded entertainment credits included The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The O.C., Cry Wolf, and Terry Tate: Office Linebacker.

Before Hypnotic, Mr. Gossels was an investment banker at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corp. (DLJ), where he worked on M&A, high-yield, and equity (IPO) transactions principally in the media space. Media clients at DLJ included Charter Communications and Qwest Communications.

Mr. Gossels holds a B.A. from Brown University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

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