Jim Lavelle

Jim Lavelle

Managing Director
Co-Head, Industrials Group

Mr. Lavelle is a Managing Director and Co-Head of Houlihan Lokey’s Industrials Group. He has worked in investment banking for more than 30 years and is equally comfortable on domestic and cross-border transactions. Mr. Lavelle became a Houlihan Lokey shareholder in 2004 and is a member of the firm’s global management committee. He is based in the firm’s Dallas office.

Houlihan Lokey’s global Industrials Group comprises nearly 100 banking professionals across the globe in 12 subsectors, including metals, chemicals, automotive, aerospace, and industrial and environmental technologies. Over his career, Mr. Lavelle has advised on approximately 200 consummated transactions, the bulk of which have been focused on the industrial technologies and environmental and industrial services sectors, with a particular focus on sensors, filtration, and robotics/automation.

Mr. Lavelle was based in Houlihan Lokey’s New York office prior to transferring to the Dallas office in 2018. He joined Houlihan Lokey in 2004 from The Nassau Group, a corporate strategy and M&A advisory firm that he founded and managed for over 12 years. Mr. Lavelle’s clients include public and private companies ranging from emerging growth-oriented businesses to established middle-market leaders, to multibillion-dollar global enterprises. His assignments have ranged from integrated strategic advisory and proactive buyside mandates for large, strategic acquirers, to financial restructurings for financial sponsors, to exclusive sellside projects. Mr. Lavelle has also managed several private placements. Before Nassau, he 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.

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

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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