Jim Zukin

Chairman and CEO,
Certification Committee Chair


James Zukin is the Managing Partner of Zukin Partners, LLC, and Principal of the Zukin Family Office (Zukin Capital). Mr. Zukin is also a Co-Founder of Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin (now Houlihan Lokey; NYSE: HLI). He co-headed the HLHZ groups that created the due diligence standards and analytic tests for fairness and solvency opinions. He formed Houlihan Lokey’s Sovereign Advisory Services practice, whose 20+ clients include China (SASAC), the Dominican Republic, Iceland, Greece, Liberia, the Republic of Iraq, and the Russian Federation. He served as the firm’s Chairman of Asia, opening offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. 

For many years, Mr. Zukin served as a senior delegate to the Paris Club (Club de Paris). He created the “rapid sequencing” approach to sovereign debt restructuring and applied it to 20+ sovereign financial restructurings, advising finance ministries and central banks.  Mr. Zukin has performed, supervised, or reviewed several hundred financial valuation and M&A/restructuring engagements for corporations, private equity firms, family partnerships, and ESOPs. Among his other board memberships, Mr. Zukin served as Chairman of the Audit and Risk Management Committee of Athenex, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed multinational pharmaceutical company.