Houlihan Smith appoints Chris Daniels as managing director for New York office

Houlihan Smith & Company, Inc. (Houlihan), announces the addition of Chris Daniels to its New York office as managing director. He will focus on advising companies on mergers and acquisitions transactions and debt and equity capital raises.

"We are happy to have Chris on our team," said Charles Botchway, group managing director and vice chairman of Houlihan. "He brings great experience and a deep understanding of the middle market. He will be a terrific resource for our clients."

Prior to joining Houlihan Smith & Company, Daniels was chief financial officer of Paramount International Bank.  Daniels also served as the CEO of Ascend Financial Group, Ltd., where he arranged the company's strategic partnerships with UBS, Lehman Brothers, and Wachovia Securities. Also, during his tenure at Ascend Financial Group, Ltd., Daniels negotiated the sale of the company to an affiliate of a major private equity firm.

Daniels received his bachelor's degree from Hamilton College and his MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University. His expertise has been enhanced by additional post-graduate studies in finance at Harvard University.

About The Houlihan Firm:

Houlihan Smith & Company, Inc., is recognized as a leading provider of financial opinions, financings, mergers & acquisitions advisory, operational improvement and restructuring advisory, and other corporate advisory services for public and private businesses. Founded in 1996, The Houlihan Firm is synonymous with deal-making expertise and leadership in valuation as well as fairness issues. The Houlihan Firm's experienced professionals provide services for businesses around the globe from offices in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, London, and Accra.

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