Jay Novak

Jay Novak

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

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 Frito-Lay.

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 underwriting.

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.


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