2017 Illiquid Financial Assets Conference

Finding Liquidity in the Unlikeliest of Places

Thursday, March 9, 2017 | The Westin New York Grand Central (Map)


Houlihan Lokey will host its annual Illiquid Financial Assets Conference on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at The Westin New York Grand Central. This complimentary, single-day day conference will provide an excellent opportunity to network and develop relationships with key players in this dynamic space.

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Are Happy Days Here Again or Is the Bull Market Topping Out?

What a difference a year makes! Just a year ago with commodity prices collapsing, the high-yield bond market faltering, and emerging markets tanking, liquidity was fleeing the system and the overall investment environment looked grim. An increasingly broad swathe of financial assets appeared to fall in the illiquid category, opening up big challenges but creating equally big investment opportunities.

Over the course of 2016, this dynamic reversed itself. Liquidity returned to many markets, fractured sectors healed, and potentially interesting investment opportunities evaporated. As the year wore on, the early 2016 reversal only gained momentum. Now, with securities markets basking in the glow of a business-friendly Trump administration, the financial markets appear to be entering a manic phase.

Can it last? Is this for real? Are we witnessing a true secular shift in investment mindsets due to the new political winds in Washington or are we simply experiencing the final stages of a prolonged bull market? And what does the changing political environment mean for illiquid financial assets? De-regulation might be great for the Street, but it may chill opportunities in the illiquid financial assets markets. Dodd-Frank and the Volcker rule catalyzed the Great Divestment of 2010-2016 and fostered growth in the markets for illiquid assets. Will a more friendly regulatory environment suppress what had appeared to be a secular shift in asset flows?

What everyone wants to know

Our conference will provide perspective on these topics and potential answers to these questions. Buyers and sellers, industry specialists, and market experts will be among the presenters and attendees.

About Houlihan Lokey’s Illiquid Financial Assets (IFA) Practice

Houlihan Lokey’s Illiquid Financial Assets (IFA) practice is a global center of excellence for the intermediation of diverse illiquid financial assets. Drawing on the firm’s extensive expertise across M&A, financial restructuring, and valuation, Houlihan Lokey’s dedicated IFA professionals deliver intelligent, creative solutions and flawless execution for transactions across nearly every alternative asset class—from private equity and hedge fund interests to loan pools to life settlement portfolios and beyond. Learn more.


For more information on our Illiquid Financial Assets Practice, please contact:

Jeff Hammer
Managing Director & Co-Head of
Illiquid Financial Assets Practice

Paul Sanabria
Managing Director & Co-Head of
Illiquid Financial Assets Practice

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