Houlihan Lokey Expands Chemicals Coverage with New Hires

Industry Veteran Leland Harrs Joins as a Managing Director; James Holmes Joins as a Vice President

NEW YORK--()--Houlihan Lokey, the international investment bank, today announced that Leland Harrs has joined the firm’s Industrials Group as a Managing Director and Head of Chemicals coverage. He is based in New York.

Mr. Harrs joins from C&Co/PrinceRidge where he was a Managing Director and Co-Head of the Corporate Finance group, leading that firm’s chemicals investment banking team. Previously, Mr. Harrs was a Managing Director in the Industrials group at KeyBanc Capital Markets and also served as Head of the Chemicals group at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein in London. He began his investment banking career at Chase Manhattan Bank in 1991.

“With more than 20 years of experience in the chemicals sector, Lee brings a tremendous wealth of sector knowledge to the Industrials platform,” said Jim Lavelle, Co-Head of the Industrials Group. “He has an extensive track record covering corporates and sponsors in both the U.S. and Europe, and his expertise will prove invaluable as we continue to grow the Industrials franchise at Houlihan Lokey,” he continued.

"Lee has a very strong reputation in the marketplace for providing thoughtful, creative and actionable ideas to clients. His approach will fit in well with our growing team,” added Bill Peluchiwski, Co-Head of the Industrials Group.

“I’m delighted to have joined one of the largest and most active coverage teams in this sector, and I look forward to providing the top-tier advice that Houlihan Lokey delivers to its Industrials clients around the world,” said Mr. Harrs.

In addition, James Holmes has joined the Industrials Group as a Vice President, also focusing on the chemicals sector and based in New York. Mr. Holmes also joins from C&Co/PrinceRidge where he was a Vice President working on advisory and financing mandates across several sectors. Prior to C&Co/PrinceRidge, he was an Analyst in the Industrials Group at KeyBanc Capital Markets.

Mr. Harrs holds a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University and an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. Mr. Holmes holds a B.A. in Economics and German from DePauw University.

Houlihan Lokey is an international 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, and Asia. Independent advice and intellectual rigor are hallmarks of our commitment to client success across our advisory services. Houlihan Lokey 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 $3 billion, according to Thomson Reuters. For more information, please visit www.HL.com.

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