Associate: Dallas – Consumer, Food & Retail (Experienced Position)
Houlihan Lokey - Dallas, TX

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Houlihan Lokey is an international investment bank with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, financial restructuring, and valuation. The firm is ranked globally as the No. 1 restructuring advisor, the No. 1 M&A fairness opinion advisor over the past 10 years, and the No. 1 M&A advisor for U.S. transactions under $1 billion, according to Thomson Reuters. Houlihan Lokey has 14 offices and more than 800 employees in the United States, Europe and Asia. The firm serves more than 1,000 clients each year, ranging from closely held companies to Global 500 corporations.

Consumer, Food & Retail Group

Houlihan Lokey has extensive expertise in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, takeover defense and other related advisory services for a broad range of clients. Our experience in M&A has earned us recognition throughout the industry. In 2010, we were ranked the No. 1 M&A advisor for U.S. transactions under $1 billion by Thomson Reuters.

Houlihan Lokey’s Consumer, Food & Retail (CFR) Group guides companies on their M&A, restructuring and financial advisory matters, and assists in raising debt and equity capital. For 2010, Thomson Reuters ranked Houlihan Lokey the No. 1 M&A advisor for all U.S. consumer, food & retail transactions. We have built a reputation as a trusted advisor to companies in the CFR industry, combining extensive market capabilities with our in-depth industry knowledge to help maximize shareholder value for our clients.

Job Description

The CFR Group supports new business development and investment banking engagements. Associates work on a variety of transactions that provide exposure to various investment banking services, including mergers and acquisitions, private placements of debt and equity, refinancings and leveraged buyouts. You will:
  • Prepare, analyze and help explain historical and projected financial information;
  • Coordinate and perform business due diligence and execute M&A transactions;
  • Prepare confidential information memoranda, management presentations, marketing pitches and other presentations;
  • Value companies and businesses;
  • Assist in the marketing and planning of engagements; and
  • Build relationships and maintain direct contact with clients, prospective clients and professional advisors.


The ideal candidate should have prior experience or a demonstrated interest in the consumer, food and retail industries, a strong work ethic and the ability to participate on multiple projects simultaneously. The ability to grasp key concepts quickly and work independently in a fast-paced environment is essential. The environment at Houlihan Lokey is both collegial and entrepreneurial. Teamwork is essential to the firm’s success. At the same time, creativity and new ideas are encouraged. Associates are given substantial responsibility and are encouraged to help us grow our business. The ideal candidate should be motivated, creative, outgoing and possess strong quantitative skills. Candidates must have a strong knowledge of accounting and applied financial theory, keen analytical capabilities and excellent verbal and written communications skills. At least six months of postgraduate investment banking experience is required; no class of 2011 graduates, please.

An MBA from a top-tier business program is highly recommended. A solid academic background and coursework in accounting and finance are preferred.

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