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Houlihan Lokey Investment Bank Taps Venice Consulting Group For New Worldwide Corporate Site

Houlihan Lokey Investment Bank Taps Venice Consulting Group for Development of New Worldwide Corporate Site

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Revamped web portal integrates Ektron Web 2.0 personalization features to tailor experience for individual users

CULVER CITY, CA. August 6, 2012 – Venice Consulting Group (VCG), a leading interactive design and application development firm, today announced that Houlihan Lokey has completed a re-design of their corporate website with VCG. The newly launched portal features a clean interface along with integrated Web 2.0 features to personalize the user experience on an individual level. Visitors to their homepage now have a quick and easy way to access relevant information.

Houlihan Lokey is recognized as a leading advisor on valuations and financial opinions, an international leader in M&A and financing, and one of the most active financial restructuring advisors of any investment bank in the world. In 2008, the firm was ranked the No. 1 M&A advisor for U.S. transactions under $2 billion by Thomson Reuters.

The new corporate site supports Houlihan Lokey’s worldwide operations. VCG utilized the latest technology to build the site using Microsoft ASP.NET as the foundation, along with the Ektron CMS400.NET content management platform. Ektron’s Web 2.0 widgets are used throughout the site to dynamically update and hide information based on what the user wants to see. For example, little things such as local contact phone numbers are loaded based on what location a user selects. Drilling through different transaction types will show and hide only the relevant deals based on functional area and location.

The content management functionality of the new site allows Houlihan Lokey to quickly and easily make content changes based on the ever-shifting nature of their business. Clients now have access to information the moment it becomes available.

"It is imperative for businesses to provide relevant, up-to-date information for their customers,” stated Mark Hardardt, Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Ektron. “CMS400.NET will ensure that Houlihan Lokey clients can find the resources they are looking for and that the content is personalized to their individual needs."

"An effective website integrates attractive elements of interactive web design but also pays a lot of attention to the web user experience,” said Jack Kurtz, Vice President of Consulting Services of VCG. “Many companies spend a ton of resources on the creative design side without enough attention on the flow of the user. Our goal for Houlihan Lokey was to create an interactive website that reflected the premium brand and reputation of the firm while organizing and serving information to users on a personalized basis."

"We selected Venice Consulting based on their extensive portfolio of website deployments and how they creatively communicated the business goals of our company to end users,”" said Dennis Moore, Vice President of Marketing at Houlihan Lokey.

Visit the new Houlihan Lokey site at www.HL.com.

About Venice Consulting Group

Venice Consulting Group is a leading software consulting and development company specializing in time-sensitive and mission-critical system development. Our solutions encompass mobile applications, enterprise application integration, content management, internet Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) development, search, web portals and web/interactive design. With extensive experience in technologies such as Microsoft .NET, Java, AJAX and Flash, our team of seasoned consultants deliver quality solutions on time and within budget. Our team has deep industry experience that crosses many vertical markets from real estate to media & entertainment to new start-up ventures. Some key firm clients include: FOX Broadcasting, On Assignment, GoTV Networks, Sony Connect & TeamOne Advertising for Lexus. Visit us at www.veniceconsulting.com.

About Ektron

Founded in 1998, Ektron is committed to providing revolutionary, scalable Web content management and authoring solutions. Ektron CMS400.NET empowers developers and non-technical business users alike: developers can take advantage of built-in Server Controls to deploy a Web site out of the box or customize the deployment using CMS400.NET’s well-documented API, and business users benefit from an intuitive user interface for managing their Web site’s content and messaging. From enterprise level deployments to single sites, CMS400.NET ships with a wide array of functionality, including social networking, Web 2.0, SEO and synchronization tools. Headquartered in Nashua, N.H., Ektron has more than 20,000 customer implementations worldwide, including LG, Sony, and Johnson & Johnson. For more information, visit:http://www.ektron.com.

About Houlihan Lokey

Houlihan Lokey, an international investment bank, provides a wide range of services, including mergers and acquisitions, financing, financial opinions and advisory services, valuations and financial restructuring. In 2008, the firm was ranked the No. 1 M&A advisor for U.S. transactions under $2 billion by Thomson Reuters. In addition, the firm advised in eight of the ten largest corporate bankruptcies and on over 500 restructuring transactions valued in excess of $1.25 trillion in the past 10 years. The firm has over 800 employees in 14 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Each year we serve more than 1,000 clients ranging from closely held companies to Global 500 corporations.

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