Houlihan Expands Transaction Opinions and Board Advisory Capabilities with Senior Hires

Houlihan Lokey, the global investment bank, hired Keith Kushin as a managing director in its transaction opinions and board advisory practices. Kushin is based in New York and will expand the firm’s transaction opinions services for its clients in North America.

Kushin joined Houlihan from Grant Thornton, where he was the national transaction opinion leader as well as CEO of Grant Thornton Financial Advisors, a state-registered investment advisor created to provide fairness opinions to institutional clients. Prior to Grant Thornton, Kushin was a leader in the transaction opinions practice at Alvarez & Marsal, where he helped start and build the transaction opinions practice. He began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2000.

“Keith’s two decades of experience advising clients on both healthy and distressed engagements make him a perfect addition to our growing transaction opinions and board advisory platform at Houlihan Lokey and an outstanding complement to our corporate finance and financial restructuring businesses,” Robert G. Rosenberg, co-head of Houlihan Lokey’s board advisory services and opinions practice, said.

“We’re delighted that Keith is joining us,” Jennifer Muller, co-head of Houlihan Lokey’s special committee advisory and solvency opinions practices, said. “He is highly respected in the industry, and his breadth and depth of expertise will prove invaluable to our clients.”

To further strengthen the transaction opinions and board advisory practices, Kushin will be joined by Navdeep Singh and Julian Samuel as director and senior vice president, respectively. Both officers join from Grant Thornton, where Singh most recently was a director and established Grant Thornton’s transaction opinion and board advisory practice. Samuel most recently was a manager in Grant Thornton’s transaction opinion practice.

“As we continue to grow our transaction opinions and board advisory capabilities, we seek individuals with a team ethos, strong track record of success and deep experience across a broad range of transactions to help fulfill any type of client need,” Kreg Jackson, global co-head of financial and valuation advisory, said. “Keith, Nav and Julian are all excellent candidates in these respects and will substantially enhance our collective expertise for the benefit of clients.”

“Houlihan Lokey’s business mix, long history of leadership in valuation services and steadfast client-centric culture make this a highly compelling opportunity,” Kushin said. “I’m excited to partner again with Nav and Julian and join our new partners around the world at Houlihan Lokey to deliver superior results to our transaction opinions and board advisory clients.”

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