Irwin Gold is the Executive Chairman of Houlihan Lokey, Inc. (HLI: NYSE), a Los Angeles-based global investment bank with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, financial restructuring, valuation and strategic consulting. The firm serves corporations, institutions, and governments worldwide with 24 offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. Houlihan Lokey is ranked as the No. 1 M&A advisor for U.S. transactions under $5 billion, the No. 1 global restructuring advisor, and the No. 1 M&A fairness opinion advisor for U.S. transactions over the past 10 years, according to Thomson Reuters.
Irwin co-founded Houlihan Lokey’s industry leading Financial Restructuring Group in 1988 and has led many of the Group’s largest and most complex financial restructuring engagements, both in bankruptcy and out-of-court, including the restructurings of Charter Communications, WorldCom, Southern California Edison, MGM and Delta Air Lines. During his career at Houlihan Lokey, Irwin has consistently been recognized as one of the preeminent investment bankers in his field and has served on the boards of directors of various public companies.
Irwin and his wife, MaryAnn, support numerous causes in the areas of education, human services, the arts, the environment, and healthcare/medical research especially relating to childhood diseases and cancer. Irwin holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Duke University.