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Houlihan Lokey expands equity private placement capability

Global investment bank Houlihan Lokey has hired David Kelnar as a managing director in its Capital Markets Group to spearhead its equity private placement capability in Europe. He is based in the firm’s London office.

Based in London, Kelnar will focus on providing equity solutions, including growth capital and structured equity, for the firm’s corporate and financial-sponsor-backed clients in the region, working closely with the US Equity Private Placements team, led by Sean Fitzgerald in New York.

Kelnar joins from Numis, where he spent three years as a Managing Director and Head of Growth Capital Solutions. Prior to this, Mr. Kelnar was a Partner and Head of Research at MMC Ventures, a leading UK venture capital firm. He previously spent eight years in senior leadership roles at two high-growth startup companies. He began his career at Goldman Sachs in 2002 as an Equity Research Analyst.

This is the latest senior appointment to the Capital Markets team in EMEA and follows the recent appointment of Andy Cairns as a Managing Director and Head of Middle East and Africa, Capital Markets.

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