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Associate - Corporate Finance (Equity Private Placements)

Houlihan Lokey
London, United Kingdom
Closing date
May 29, 2024

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Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Business Unit:
Corporate Finance
CM - Capital Markets Group


Houlihan Lokey (NYSE:HLI) is a global investment bank with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, financial restructuring, and financial and valuation advisory. 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 investment bank for all global M&A transactions, the No. 1 M&A advisor for the past seven consecutive years in the U.S., the No. 1 global restructuring advisor for the past eight 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.

Corporate Finance

The Houlihan Lokey Corporate Finance business has extensive expertise in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, activist shareholder and takeover defense, and other related advisory services for a broad range of clients. In addition, we have the proven ability to engineer and execute financing solutions that are essential for growth and success and offer access to financing in the public and alternative capital markets through the issuance of debt, equity, or hybrid securities.

In EMEA, we work with a wide spectrum of companies, from mid-market privately owned enterprises to large multinational organizations. With a growing EMEA platform with nearly 400 Corporate Finance bankers in offices across the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Sweden, Spain, Israel, the Netherlands and Dubai we have the breadth and targeted expertise to provide exceptional client service.

Capital Markets & Equity Private Placements

Our Capital Markets Group operates within the Corporate Finance business and is one of the firm's fastest growing practices. Within Capital Markets, Equity Private Placements is a product area in which Houlihan Lokey has a best-in-class track record and market reputation globally.

Following new senior hires in EMEA, the Equity Private Placements team is experience rapid growth. We advise some of the most ambitious private companies on the origination and structuring of private equity capital, including primary & secondary fundraisings, hybrid and structured equity. We operate across multiple EMEA geographies, in a range of industries supporting both high-growth disruptors and established market leaders. To meet the growing demand for our expertise and services, we are seeking to hire ambitious people who want to work on the frontier of a fast-evolving space in the financial landscape.


The Equity Private Placement team at Houlihan Lokey is looking to add an Associate in London. They will work directly with senior bankers and clients on landmark transactions across EMEA, and be a trusted member of the team. We believe this is an excellent opportunity to unlock substantial personal growth. People who join the team will develop valuable expertise in a fast-growing capital market segment, and build relationships both across Houlihan Lokey and in the wider market.

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.


• Strong academic track record and achieved a 2:1 or equivalent degree

• 3-5 years of experience within Private Capital Markets, Debt Advisory, Equity Capital Markets, Structured/Project Finance, or other similar roles within an Investment Bank or Advisory firm

• Buy-side experience advantageous

• Fundamental understanding of financial valuation methodologies, and applications

• Advanced financial modelling and analytical abilities; strong LBO and DCF modelling skills coupled with a strong knowledge of Excel

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English are essential

• A flair for simply communicating complex ideas and stories with data is highly advantageous

• Experience supporting and managing Analyst colleagues is advantageous

• Strong qualitative and quantitative research skills

• Understanding of financial statements analysis with the ability to work through key assumptions, implicit caveats, and limitations

• Strong work ethic, organizational skills and ability to multitask is crucial

• Motivated and demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with all levels of staff in a rapidly changing, demanding, but ultimately rewarding environment

• Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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