Jim Lavelle
Co-Head, Industrials Group,
Houlihan Lokey

Mr. Lavelle is Co-Head of Houlihan Lokey’s Global Industrials Group. He has worked in investment banking for more than 25 years and is equally comfortable on domestic and cross-border transactions. Mr. Lavelle became a Houlihan Lokey shareholder in 2004 and is a member of the firm’s global management committee. Houlihan Lokey’s Industrials Group comprises metals, chemicals, plastics and packaging, industrial technologies, automation and processing equipment, aerospace, building products and other related production sectors. The bulk of Mr. Lavelle’s career has been focused on the industrial technologies as well as the sensor and environmental technologies sectors.


Mr. Lavelle came to Houlihan Lokey in 2004 from The Nassau Group, a corporate strategy and M&A advisory firm that he founded and successfully managed for more than 12 years. His clients include numerous North American, European, and Asian public and private companies ranging from emerging growth-oriented businesses to established middle-market leaders, to multibillion-dollar global enterprises. His assignments have ranged from integrated strategic advisory and/or proactive buyside mandates for large, strategic acquirers, to financial restructurings for financial sponsors, to exclusive sellside projects. He has also managed several private placements.


Before establishing Nassau, Mr. Lavelle spent five years at Baring Brothers & Co. in New York and London. Earlier, he was at Booz Allen & Hamilton, where his fields of expertise were international M&A advice and business strategy development.Mr. Lavelle graduated cum laude with an A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.  He is a Board Director of Shape Technologies (www.ShapeTechnologies.com a portfolio company of American Industrial Partners) and was a Director of O’Brien and Gere www.OBG.com prior to its sale to the Danish headquartered, The Ramboll Group www.Ramboll.com