Jim Lavelle

Jim Lavelle

Managing Director
Head of Corporate Coverage, Industrials

Mr. Lavelle is a Managing Director in Houlihan Lokey’s Financial Sponsors Group. As Head of Corporate Coverage, Industrials, he works closely with very large global industrial corporations and their senior leadership teams as they develop and execute shareholder value-creation strategies. Mr. Lavelle harnesses the insights of the full Houlihan Lokey skill set for clients’ benefits. He is based in the firm’s Dallas office.

Mr. Lavelle has worked in investment banking for more than 30 years and is equally comfortable on domestic and cross-border transactions. He became a Houlihan Lokey shareholder in 2004 and is a member of the firm’s global Management Committee. 

For over 15 years prior to his current role, Mr. Lavelle co-led the firm’s global Industrials Group, which comprises more than 100 banking professionals across 12 subsectors, ranging from metals to automotive to aerospace to industrial distribution to industrial and environmental technologies. Over his career, he has advised on approximately 200 consummated transactions.

Mr. Lavelle joined Houlihan Lokey in 2004 from The Nassau Group, a corporate strategy and M&A advisory firm that he founded and managed for more than 12 years. His assignments have ranged from integrated strategic advisory and proactive buyside mandates for large, strategic acquirers to complicated sellside/corporate divestiture carve-out projects.

Before The Nassau Group, Mr. Lavelle spent five years at Baring Brothers & Co. in New York and London and started his career at Booz Allen & Hamilton in New York, where his fields of expertise were international M&A advice and business strategy development, primarily for Global Fortune 250 companies.

Mr. Lavelle is a premium development volunteer for various charitable organizations, including Smile Train, Cristo Rey High Schools, Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos, and Family Legacy Missions, where he is a Board Advisor.

Mr. Lavelle graduated cum laude with an A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.



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