Meet the Team
Most recently, during a period of recovery and monetary easing, he was at Houlihan Lokey where he led a team that provided valuations of mortgage, consumer and business whole loans and structured products. This valuation and advisory work took place in connection with M&A transactions, asset sales, fairness opinions, and ongoing financial reporting. He served a wide variety of clients including hedge funds, private equity funds, REITs, banks, originators, servicers, asset managers, government regulators, insurance companies, monolines, government-sponsored entities, hedge fund administrators, accounting firms, law firms, and bankruptcy trusts and trustees.
Through the subprime crisis and its aftermath, Gunes worked at Fortress Investment Group and Bear Stearns Asset Management. At Fortress Investment Group he was an Associate Portfolio Manager, who traded mortgage-backed securities following the subprime crisis. At Bear Stearns Asset Management he was a Portfolio Manager at an internal ABS credit hedge fund, where he traded fixed-income securities and was engaged in asset allocation and hedging analysis, both prior to and through the subprime crisis.
He began his career as an Analyst at Fannie Mae in the booming housing market of the early 2000s, where his responsibilities included credit analysis of early subprime securities and risk management. Additionally, as a member of Fannie Mae’s International Housing Finance Services group he helped advise foreign governments and financial institutions in developing robust securitization markets.
Greg joined Houlihan Lokey in 2012, focusing on performing valuations of these types of Level 3 assets in a variety of contexts, including as part of M&A due diligence in transactions and for financial reporting purposes. He served clients including originators, servicers and investors, for both whole loans and securitizations. Greg holds a B.S. in Engineering, with a specialization in Mechanical Engineering, from Harvard University.
Rick has over 30 years of experience in valuation, risk management, credit and capital markets advisory. He retired as a partner of Ernst & Young’s (EY) Financial Services Office, where he held leadership roles managing the firm’s Global Pricing Center and Valuation practice for structured, consumer and mortgage related products. He advised senior management teams and boards on best practices, governance and the use of pricing vendors. Prior to EY he held senior capital markets roles at WestLB and Rothschild Inc.
Rick has led advisory projects focusing on credit and operational risks, securitization operations, capital market initiatives, compliance initiatives and pre-acquisition and servicer due diligence. He has advised clients across the banking, capital markets, wealth management, private equity, hedge fund and insurance sectors. He has helped his clients address top-of-mind valuation issues and shared best practices for valuing investments, including hard-to-value securities and the use of pricing vendors. He regularly participated on valuation and pricing committees and met with regulators, senior members of leading institutions and boards of directors to discuss best practices and governance over the valuation process.
While at Rothschild Inc. he co-managed their debt capital markets groups with the responsibility for originating, structuring and distributing asset-backed securities in the private placement market with a focus on first-time issuers and non-traditional asset classes. Prior to his time at Rothschild Inc. he was a Vice President at Chevy Chase Bank, where he was a senior financial officer of their national credit card program and was responsible for all financial, analytical, strategic, risk management and capital markets activities.