December 6, 2021 | Announcements, Press Release

GCA and Houlihan Lokey Complete Integration, Establishing Global Leadership in Technology and Midcap Corporate Finance

NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES—December 6, 2021—Houlihan Lokey (NYSE:HLI), the global investment bank, has successfully completed the integration of GCA Corporation (GCA). Following the acquisition of outstanding shares of GCA last month, the two companies will now move forward together as one firm under the Houlihan Lokey banner.

Following this integration and with the formation of a Global Technology Group, Houlihan Lokey is now:

  • the most active Technology M&A advisor in the world, with a Technology Group consisting of 225 financial professionals around the globe on course to complete over 300 deals in 2021 on a combined basis1
  • the #1 most active global M&A advisor1
  • the #1 most active advisor to private equity globally2

“Today is a momentous day for the firm, as we are now able to work seamlessly with our new partners across regions, products, and sectors to establish the most client-focused, independent advisory firm in the investment banking arena. Houlihan Lokey is now the most active technology advisor in the world, as well as a global leader in industrials; business services; consumer, food, and retail; healthcare; and financial services M&A. This combination also has created the largest private capital markets advisory group among our peers,” said Scott Adelson, Co-President of Houlihan Lokey. “Geographically, the addition of these talented colleagues has firmly cemented our position as the most active M&A advisor in the U.S. and makes us one of the largest advisors in Europe.  In addition, we now have an expanded platform from which to grow our business in the Asia-Pacific region.  We will continue to build on these leading positions and draw on both our shared corporate culture and the immense pool of intellectual capital that lies at the core of our advisory services.”

Todd Carter, Co-CEO and co-founder of GCA US, added: “Becoming part of Houlihan Lokey is an exciting step for GCA and a milestone on our strong growth journey. Since we started GCA in the summer of 2003 it has always been our goal to build the world’s leading technology investment banking franchise. With Houlihan Lokey we are now the most active technology M&A advisor in the world and the largest independent global M&A boutique, and the market access and broad end-market sector intelligence Houlihan Lokey brings to the combination will create fantastic opportunities both for our clients and our teams. We want to assure all our clients that there will be no changes to ongoing processes, and they will keep working with the same people in the same way going forward – but with access to a much larger platform.”

Geoff Baldwin and Todd Carter, Co-CEOs and co-founders of GCA US, each join Houlihan Lokey as Chairman of Global Technology.

1 Source: Mergermarket, excludes Accounting firms.
2 Source: PitchBook.

About Houlihan Lokey

Houlihan Lokey (NYSE:HLI) is a global investment bank with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, financial restructuring, and valuation. The firm serves corporations, institutions, and governments worldwide with offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region. Independent advice and intellectual rigor are hallmarks of the firm’s commitment to client success across its advisory services. Houlihan Lokey is the No. 1 M&A advisor for the past six consecutive years in the U.S., the No. 1 global restructuring advisor for the past seven consecutive years, and the No. 1 global M&A fairness opinion advisor over the past 20 years, all based on number of transactions and according to data provided by Refinitiv.


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