Mr. Dunayer is a Managing Director in Houlihan Lokey’s Dallas office, where he is a member of the Financial Restructuring Group. He leads the firm’s regional financial restructuring and distressed-company M&A efforts. He has over two decades of experience consummating transactions and providing strategic advice to companies and creditors in connection with in- and out-of-court financial restructurings, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions. He also has extensive experience raising debt and equity capital in public and private markets.
Mr. Dunayer’s experience spans industries including consumer products, food, healthcare, building products, energy, general industrial, telecom and technology. His recent engagements include Spansion (secured creditors); American Safety Razor (secured creditors); Innovative Communication (company); Heartland Automotive (secured creditors); Pilgrim’s Pride (equity committee) and Global Home Products (company). He speaks frequently on trends and issues in restructuring, distressed M&A and other topics. He has also testified as an expert witness on a variety of bankruptcy and restructuring issues.
Before joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Dunayer was a managing director with Bear, Stearns & Co. He was also an executive vice president and chief financial officer with Miller Industries, where he also served as president of the company’s largest subsidiary.
Mr. Dunayer holds a B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Turnaround Management Association. He is registered with FINRA as a General Securities Principal (Series 7, 24 and 63) and a Limited Representative – Investment Banking (Series 79).