Houlihan Lokey Continues Expansion of Aerospace-Defense-Government Coverage

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Houlihan Lokey has announced that Linda Maxwell has joined the firm’s Aerospace, Defense and Government (ADG) investment banking group.

Ms. Maxwell is based in Washington, D.C. and reports to Anita Antenucci, Senior Managing Director and Head of the ADG Group.

Ms. Maxwell joins following a 12-year career at Jefferies & Company, where she was most recently chief strategist at Jefferies Quarterdeck, the firm’s Aerospace & Defense Investment Banking Group. In this role, Ms. Maxwell led business strategy for the firm’s aerospace and defense client base, having led more than 30 transactions involving many of the world's largest aerospace and defense contractors including Boeing, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon. Prior to Jefferies, Ms. Maxwell spent more than a decade at Raytheon Company where she held a number of roles across business development, systems engineering, and engineering manufacturing and design. Ms. Maxwell holds both M.S. and B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School.

In addition, Roger Christopher has joined the firm’s ADG Group. He is also based in Washington, reporting to Ms. Antenucci. Christopher joins from KPMG Corporate Finance where he was a vice president involved in sellside M&A engagements in the defense sector. Previously, he was a vice president at Stifel, Nicolaus and Co. in the firm’s Aerospace, Defense and Government Services Investment Banking Group. While at Stifel, he completed more than 15 transactions, including M&A and public and private debt and equity placements. Christopher holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from The Cooper Union and an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.

'Having worked with Linda previously, I am excited to be partnering once again with one of the most experienced bankers in the aerospace and defense sector', said Ms. Antenucci. 'Linda and Roger bolster our 23-person industry group. We are unique in our size, scope and depth of experience. Their breadth of banking and engineering experience will be invaluable to providing the world-class service our clients have come to expect from us'.

These appointments follow the March hire of Ryan O’Toole and June hire of Jeff Lassiter, both in Los Angeles. The team currently has one of the deepest pools of talent in the sector with 23 investment banking professionals globally.

Houlihan Lokey’s Aerospace•Defense•Government (ADG) Group has announced over 36 transactions since 2010 with an aggregate value of more than $5 billion.

In 2011, the group was named the No. 1 M&A advisor by Thomson Reuters for all U.S. aerospace, defense and government transactions. Recent transactions include the $1.88 billion sale of SRA International, Inc., for which the team was awarded the “Information Technology Deal of the Year” from the M&A Advisor; the sale of Heath Tecna to Zodiac Aerospace, S.A.; and the sale of DS3, a subsidiary of EADS North America, among others.

The group is hosting its 10th Annual Aerospace•Defense•Government Conference Opportunities in a Post-Election Environment on November 8, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

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