This is the fifth acquisition that Houlihan Lokey has made in Europe in the past four years, following the acquisitions of McQueen Limited and Leonardo & Co. in 2015 and BearTooth Advisors and in 2018 Quayle Munro. The firm now has more than 260 bankers in Europe, up from 80 in 2014, including 180 in Corporate Finance.
Fidentiis Capital, based in Madrid, was founded in 2015 by its Managing Partners, Carlos Paramés and Juan Luis Muñoz, and Fidentiis Equities. To date, Fidentiis Capital has completed more than 25 M&A transactions in the Spanish midcap segment, having recently advised ProA Capital on the acquisition of a majority stake in Pastas Gallo; Compañía del Trópico in structuring new financing provided by Kartesia; Riverside on the sale of Euromed to Dermapharm; and Falcon Private Holdings on the acquisition of Halcón Cerámicas.
Mr. Paramés and Mr. Muñoz join Houlihan Lokey as Managing Directors, reporting to Matteo Manfredi, Head of Corporate Finance for Continental Europe. They will work together with Managing Directors Ignacio Blasco and Manuel Martínez-Fidalgo and their existing Corporate Finance and Financial Restructuring teams, respectively.
Houlihan Lokey opened its Madrid office in 2013 and expanded its presence following the acquisition of the investment banking activities of Leonardo & Co. in Spain, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands. Among other Spanish transactions, the firm has recently advised on the sale of Natra to Investindustrial, and the acquisition of Ice Cream Factory Comaker by Ferrero.
In 2018, Houlihan Lokey was ranked for the fourth consecutive year as both the No. 1 M&A advisor for all U.S. transactions and a top-10 most active global M&A advisor, based on Thomson Reuters’ annual year-end league table data.
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