JP Hanson

Managing Director & Head - E&P,
Houlihan Lokey

Mr. Hanson is a Managing Director, Head of Houlihan Lokey’s Oil & Gas Exploration and Production (E&P) Group and Co-Head of the Energy Group.  He is dual-officed in New York and Houston.

During his career, Mr. Hanson has worked on numerous financing, M&A, and financial restructuring engagements. In addition to domestic transactions, he has been involved in transactions for several Latin American-, European-, and South African-based companies, advising companies and stakeholders regarding the structuring and implementation of financings, M&A transactions, out-of-court exchange offers, and “pre-arranged” reorganizations in local jurisdictions. In financial restructuring engagements, he has advised companies, secured and unsecured creditors, and other stakeholders in both out-of-court and in-court restructurings, including “pre-packaged,” “pre-arranged,” and “free-fall” Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. His notable engagements include: SandRidge Energy Corp.; Magnum Hunter Energy; Swift Energy Corp.; BPZ Energy, Inc.; ATP Oil & Gas Corp.; Chesapeake Energy Corp.; Quicksilver Resources, Inc.; and Samson Resources, among others

Mr. Hanson has authored, co-authored, and spoken on various topics, including trends in E&P finance, E&P financing markets in a distressed environment, and E&P valuation dynamics, among others. Mr. Hanson currently serves on the Board of Directors of Bennu Oil & Gas, LLC, an entity established for the purpose of acquiring and operating oil & gas properties in the Gulf of Mexico.

Mr. Hanson earned a dual B.A. degree, cum laude, in Italian and International Finance from Brigham Young University and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business

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