• Consumer, Food & Retail

    Houlihan Lokey’s Consumer, Food & Retail (CFR) Group has earned a reputation for providing superior service and achieving outstanding results in M&A advisory, capital-raising, restructuring, and financial advisory services.

    2017 M&A Advisory Rankings All U.S. Consumer, Food & Retail Transactions

    Houlihan Lokey24
    Goldman Sachs & Co20
    Piper Jaffray Cos18
    Generational Equity18
    Lincoln International17
    Source: Thomson Reuters
  • Sectors

    CFR sectors

    We have built a reputation as a trusted advisor to companies in the CFR industry.

    We do this by combining our extensive market capabilities with our in-depth industry knowledge to help maximize shareholder value for our clients. Below are just some of the sectors in the broad range of CFR clients we serve.

  • Consumer Products

    • Apparel and Accessories
    • Home and Giftware
    • Consumer Electronics
    • Household Products
    • Consumer Services
    • Luxury Goods
    • Direct Marketing
    • Private Label
    • DIY
    • Sporting Goods
    • Health, Beauty Aids, and Personal Care
    • Toys

    Food & Beverage

    • Agriculture and Commodities
    • Baked Goods and Snack Foods
    • Beverage
    • Branded Foods
    • Confections
    • Dairy
    • Distribution
    • Grocery
    • Ingredients
    • Meat and Protein Processing
    • Nutraceuticals
    • Pet Food
    • Private Label and Contract Manufacturing
    • Specialty Foods
    • Wineries


    • Casual Dining
    • Family Dining
    • Fast-Casual
    • Fine Dining
    • Quick Service


    • Apparel and Accessories Retailers
    • Department Stores
    • Dollar Stores
    • Mass Merchant and Club Stores
    • Sporting Goods Retailers
    • Specialty Retailers
    • Specialty Retailers—Big Box
  • Services

    Delivering insight and expertise to help advance your vision

    We guide clients through the complex financial and strategic challenges that they face during each stage of their business life cycle. As a leading advisory-focused independent investment bank, we are able to serve as a trusted advocate to our clients across a number of key disciplines.

  • Corporate Finance

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    Widely recognized as a leading M&A advisor, Houlihan Lokey has long-standing relationships with capital providers, including commercial banks and other senior credit providers, insurance funds, asset managers, and mezzanine fund investors.

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    • Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Capital Markets
    • Illiquid Financial Assets
    • Private Funds Advisory
    • Board Advisory

    Financial Restructuring

    Professionals in a boardroom

    With nearly 200 professionals worldwide, our team responds quickly in complicated situations. Every assignment is staffed with professionals who facilitate prompt completion of due diligence and analysis.

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    • Company Advisory
    • Creditor Advisory

    Additional Advisory Services

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    Over the past 40 years, Houlihan Lokey has established one of the largest worldwide financial advisory practices. In 2017, Thomson Reuters ranked us the No. 1 global M&A fairness opinion advisor over the past 20 years.

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    • Transaction Opinions
    • Transaction Advisory Services
    • Tax & Financial Reporting Valuation
    • Portfolio Valuation & Fund Advisory Services
    • Real Estate Valuation & Advisory Services
    • Dispute Resolution Consulting
    • Tech+IP Advisory
    • Strategic Consulting

Contact Us

Jay Novak

Managing Director
Global Head of the Consumer, Food & Retail Group

Jay Novak

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