Houlihan Lokey adds Koecher to executive team

Houlihan Lokey (NYSE: HLI), a global investment bank, has hired J. Andrew Koecher as a managing director and head of the firm’s Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) practice. Koecher is based in Dallas and will be responsible for leading the continued buildout of the TAS practice.  

Koecher has over 25 years of transaction experience advising clients in the energy, industrials, consumer, media, technology, and food sectors. He has provided buyside and sellside accounting, financial and tax diligence, integration, divestiture, and restructuring services to leading financial and corporate clients.

As a partner at KPMG, Koecher led the early transition to industries-based transaction advisory and held a number of other senior roles at that firm, including national service leader for Transaction Services, global co-leader for Accounting & Advisory Services, US restructuring leader, and US sector leader for Energy, Transactions, and Restructuring.

Prior to KPMG, Koecher also worked at PwC and Arthur Andersen & Co. Most recently, he served as a partner with Highlander Partners LP, a private investment firm, where he supported middle-market leverage buyouts in the manufacturing, chemicals, consumer products, and food sectors.  

Koecher holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Texas A&M University and a Master of Management degree from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is a certified public accountant, and has contributed various editorials, research, and bylined articles to a range of financial and business publications. He has also presented as a speaker and panelist at conferences and universities around the country.  

Additionally, the firm has appointed C. Travis Pittman, currently a managing director responsible for overseeing the firm’s Due Diligence Services practice, as markets leader for Transaction Advisory Services. Pittman will be responsible for leading service innovation and client development for TAS, as well as for coordinating cross-border deals across Houlihan Lokey’s global network of transaction service professionals.


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