Mr. Novak is a Managing Director and the Global Head of Houlihan Lokey’s
Consumer, Food & Retail Group. He is based in the firm’s Chicago office.
Mr. Novak serves on the firm’s Management
Committee. Since joining Houlihan Lokey in 1996, he has led more than 200
corporate finance engagements involving M&A, debt financings, and corporate
restructurings. He has handled assignments for food, consumer products, retail,
entertainment, and manufacturing companies.
Mr. Novak’s most recent transactions include the sale of
Milk Specialties to American Securities; the sale of Tyrrells to Amplify; the
sale of The Original Cakerie, Ltd. to Gryphon Investors; the sale of thinkThin
to Glanbia; the sale of Quorn to Monde Nissin; the sale of SkinnyPop Popcorn
LLC to TA Associates; the sale of Van’s Natural Foods to The Hillshire Brands
Co.; the sale of Earthbound Farm to WhiteWave Foods Co.; the sale of Plum
Organics to Campbell’s Soup Co.; and the sale of Stacy’s Pita Chips to PepsiCo
Prior to joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Novak spent five
years in international investment banking, serving highly leveraged
middle-market and Fortune 500 multinational corporate clients, primarily in consumer-branded
goods. Mr. Novak also spent two years in the investment banking department at
Kidder, Peabody & Co., where he specialized in M&A and debt and equity
Mr. Novak holds a B.A. in Political Science from
Northwestern University and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the
J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.