Abt is a Managing Director in Houlihan Lokey’s Consumer, Food & Retail Group,
primarily focusing on strategic advisory for the restaurant and wine
industries. He is based in the firm’s San Francisco office.
to joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Abt was a Managing Director
at Robert W. Baird & Co., where he focused on restaurant and retail
clients. Prior to Baird, he was Managing Director of Corporate Development for
The Vincraft Group, a private equity fund
focused on the wine industry, where he managed the sourcing, acquisition, and
operations of portfolio companies. Prior to this, Mr. Abt was a senior banker
at Cowen, where he advised restaurant, specialty retail, apparel, and
e-commerce companies. He also spent several years at Credit Suisse, Banc of
America Securities, Great Western Bank, and the Resolution Trust Corp.
Mr. Abt’s previous consumer clients include
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Chuy’s Restaurants, CorePower Yoga, Gary Farrell Winery, Gordon
Biersch, Kosta Browne Winery, Main Street
Restaurants (a TGI Friday's franchisee), Noodles & Company, Papa Murphy’s, Red
Robin Gourmet Burgers, Restaurant Management Inc. (an Arby’s franchisee), Rubio’s Restaurants, Wingstop Restaurants, and Zoës Kitchen.
Abt holds an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of
Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Finance from Arizona State University.