Houlihan Lokey Expands Placement Agent Team

Houlihan Lokey has expanded its private funds group (PFG) with the hiring of Shea Goggin as a managing director and the head of the PFG in the US. In addition, and as part of this expansion, Greg Pupo has relocated to the firm’s San Francisco office to serve its West Coast clients.

Houlihan Lokey’s private funds group, led by global co-heads Andy Lund, Jim McGee, and Cristina Forcina Westermann, is active assisting general partners with fundraising. Collectively, the group has helped raise 190 funds aggregating more than $292 billion in capital.

Mr. Goggin joins Houlihan Lokey following more than a decade at UBS’ private funds group where he was responsible for distribution and limited partner coverage as well as general partner origination efforts. He was also a member of the group’s operating committee which oversaw its underwriting and fundraising mandates.

“Shea’s domain expertise and depth of placement agent expertise are outstanding, with nearly two decades of experience in origination, execution, and distribution for a broad range of clients,” said Scott Adelson, co-president and global co-head of corporate finance at Houlihan Lokey. “In addition, Shea’s relationships in both the general partner and limited partner communities will be highly additive to the practice, while his tireless commitment to his clients represents an excellent cultural match with Houlihan Lokey’s approach to client service.”

In addition to the hiring of Mr. Goggin, Greg Pupo, a senior vice president in the private funds group, has relocated from New York to Houlihan Lokey’s San Francisco office. Mr. Pupo will be active with the group’s coverage efforts for West Coast-based general and limited partners.

“As general partners’ fundraising efforts continue to take advantage of attractive investment opportunities, we are excited about the expansion of the private funds group to better serve our clients across the United States,” said Andy Lund, global co-head of the private funds group. “We are pleased that Greg has made the move to San Francisco as we continue to build the private funds group in the U.S., and we’re confident this expanded footprint will contribute substantially to our clients’ success and the growth of the business.”

Houlihan Lokey (NYSE: HLI) is an investment bank that provides mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, private funds advisory, financial restructuring, valuation, and strategic consulting services. The firm is headquartered in Los Angeles with offices across the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region (www.HL.com).

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