March 08, 2021

Investment banker Jennifer Muller recipient of ABA Women in M&A Leadership Award

CHICAGO, March 8, 2021 – The American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Women in Mergers and Acquisitions Subcommittee has named Jennifer Muller, a managing director with Los Angeles-based global investment bank Houlihan Lokey, the recipient of its inaugural Women in M&A Leadership Award. The award recognizes women for the achievements, commitment and leadership in the advancement of women and women’s issues in the field of mergers and acquisitions.

“I am very honored to have received this award. Seeing improvement in the participation and retention of Women in M&A has been a very gratifying experience for me,” Muller said. “I look forward to participating in various subcommittee initiatives going forward and working with my colleagues to continue our efforts to advance women in the field of M&A.”

Muller, who is based in San Francisco and New York, is co-head of Houlihan Lokey’s Special Committee Advisory and Fairness Opinion practices. She is experienced in business and securities valuations and corporate governance and specializes in fairness, solvency and other transaction-based opinions.

Muller started the ABA’s Women in M&A Task Force in 2014, which was eventually promoted to a permanent subcommittee. She has, since inception, served as the co-chair of the subcommittee and previously served as vice chair of the ABA M&A Committee.

During her leadership, Muller established four goals for the subcommittee: work with law schools to educate women law school students about the profession; increase awareness at law firms; promote networking and provide business development forums and tools; and enable the sharing of materials, experiences and best practices by creating forums for communication.

In furtherance of these goals, Muller oversaw the creation of numerous programs to advance women in M&A, including two groundbreaking programs: one targeting law students, and the other aimed at law firms. At law schools, Muller has organized and led panel discussions throughout North America for women interested in business law in more than 15 law schools and numerous business schools and established a scholars program for women law students to attend M&A committee meetings.

Muller received her B.A. in mathematics/economics from Claremont McKenna College. Click here for a photo.

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