Kurt Davis Jr. is an investment banker with Houlihan Lokey focused on Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Mr. Davis advises leading companies, their directors and officers as well as creditors on a range of transactions, including M&A, debt and equity financings, and financial restructurings across developed and emerging markets.
Prior to joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Davis executed M&A and capital market transactions as part of Barclays Capital’s Global Natural Resources Group. Before Barclays, Mr. Davis was a Principal with Crescimento Inteligente, a private equity firm based in Mozambique, focused on investments in the southeast region of Africa. Prior to this, he worked with SGI Frontier (part of Cerberus Capital), where he managed several PE transactions in East Africa.
Earlier, Mr. Davis worked with the African Development Bank in the Office of U.S. Executive Director to Board of Directors and with the Private Infrastructure Finance Group. He also served as an advisor to Kukula Capital, a Zambian venture finance and PE firm. Prior to this, Mr. Davis was Associate / Counsel with SPE Capital (Swicorp), a PE firm focused on the MENA Region, where he focused on deals across a broad group of sectors, including consumer goods, real estate, and telecom.
Kurt has served on numerous for-profit and nonprofit boards, including Reewire International, FinTech4Good, The School Fund, and Right 2 Thrive. His nonprofit efforts are dedicated to education, economic opportunity, and financial inclusion in emerging markets.
Kurt is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has authored numerous articles exploring African markets and politics for various publications, including The Africa Report, AFKInsider, and Ventures Africa.
Kurt graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Political & Social Thought Interdisciplinary (Distinguished Major) and a BA in Foreign Affairs (concentration in Africa). He also earned a JD with concentrations in tax law and commercial law from University of Virginia School of Law. He received an MBA with concentrations in Finance, Operations, and Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.