Houlihan Lokey Inc., the global investment bank, has opened an office in São Paulo, Brazil and has hired Bruno Baratta as a managing director and head of Brazil.

Baratta will lead the firm’s efforts to deliver the full suite of Houlihan Lokey’s services to clients in Latin America. He brings transaction experience spanning M&A, public and private capital raising and financial restructuring engagements, and he has advised clients in a broad range of sectors, including industrials, oil and gas, power, technology, telecom, healthcare, consumer and retail. He joins from Lazard, where he most recently led the firm’s restructuring and capital solutions business in Brazil.

“We see a tremendous opportunity for clients in the region to benefit from our expertise in corporate finance, financial restructuring, and financial and valuation advisory services, and Bruno is the perfect candidate to lead this expansion,” says Scott Beiser, CEO of Houlihan Lokey. “His breadth of transaction expertise and extensive market relationships will greatly benefit both our clients and our growth in this exciting new step for Houlihan Lokey.”