Dimitri Drone joined Houlihan Lokey as a managing director in Financial Advisory Services as part of a continued build-out of the firm’s pharmaceutical and life sciences valuation services.

Drone will be based in New York and will advise clients on valuation, financial and transaction matters across the spectrum of healthcare and life sciences.

Prior to joining Houlihan Lokey, Drone was the global leader of PwC’s Deals business for the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector. During his nearly 30-year tenure with PwC, he advised corporate and private equity clients on the structuring of complex M&A transactions, alliances, partnerships and joint ventures, as well as minority investments to address financial reporting, corporate finance, and valuation issues.

“As we continue to assist corporate and financial clients across the healthcare continuum, we are seeking established expertise with leading companies around the world. Welcoming Dimitri to the Houlihan Lokey team continues our industry growth strategy and commitment to providing advisory services to pharmaceutical and life sciences companies,” said Jack Berka, senior managing director and global head of Financial Advisory Services.