Richard De Rose is a Managing Director in the New York office of Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin, where his practice includes mergers & acquisitions and transactional opinions. With over 30 years of investment banking experience, Dr. De Rose has extensive expertise in successfully managing complex transactions across a broad spectrum of industries. Dr. De Rose sits on the Firm’s Fairness, Solvency and Technical Standards Committees.
Prior to joining Houlihan Lokey in 2003, Dr. De Rose served as managing director in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group of Bear Stearns. In that capacity, he advised clients in negotiated mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, contested takeovers, and proxy fights – completing over 200M&A transactions. Dr. De Rose was also a managing director in the firm’s Financial Restructuring Group, advising debtors, senior lenders, bondholders and prospective acquirers of financially distressed companies. Dr. De Rose also held management responsibilities in the firm’s administration, maintaining oversight of investment banking legal and compliance matters, and serving as a member of Bear Stearns’ Valuation Committee.
Dr. De Rose began his career as a corporate attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. His responsibilities there included providing counsel to clients in M&A transactions and public and private securities offerings, as well as advising banks and institutional investors in connection with debt financings and troubled loan workouts.
Dr. De Rose earned a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, a Ph.D. in philosophy from Brown University and a J.D. from the New York University School of Law. He is the former Chairman of the Corporate Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association and a former member of the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. He is a member of the Corporation Law Committee, a former member of the M&A Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and a member of the M&A Committee of the American Bar Association. Dr. De Rose is also a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute. Dr. De Rose has been qualified as an expert in valuation before the Delaware Chancery Court.