Saul Burian

Saul Burian

Managing Director

Mr. Burian is a Managing Director in Houlihan Lokey’s world-leading restructuring practice. He specializes in advising public and private companies and creditor groups in complex restructurings, financings, and other transactions. Mr. Burian also specializes in raising capital for troubled businesses and often represents debtor and creditor constituencies in pre-packaged, pre-negotiated, and other bankruptcy proceedings. He is especially proud of his work crafting creative solutions and forging the consensus necessary to effectuate complex solutions without court proceedings. Mr. Burian is also Head of Houlihan Lokey’s Real Estate Strategic Advisory Group. He is based in the firm’s New York office.

Throughout his career, Mr. Burian has been involved as an advisor in a wide range of restructuring transactions, including Lehman Brothers, CEVA Logistics, Payless Shoes, RCS Capital,, J.Crew, HealthSouth, Mark IV Automotive, Winn-Dixie Stores, Barneys New York, Pinnacle Agriculture, Extended Stay America, MSR Hotels & Resorts Inc., and Kaisa Group Holdings. He has significant experience in restructuring CDO and CMBS structured products, repurchase agreements, and other complex real estate financing vehicles. Mr. Burian has advised investors in acquiring distressed assets and is a frequent speaker on restructuring, M&A, and real estate topics.

Before joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Burian was a partner in the New York law firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, where he specialized in creditors’ rights and bankruptcy. During his 12 years at Kramer Levin, he represented a broad spectrum of clients who were often the primary at-risk constituency in the relevant in- and out-of-court restructurings and bankruptcies, including bank lenders, debtors, creditor committees, and secondary purchasers of distressed indebtedness.

Mr. Burian received a B.A. with honors in Economics from Yeshiva University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.


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