Office Hours: Insights into M&A, Brand Growth, and Investment During Pandemic

BevNET and NOSH’s weekly live call-in show, Office Hours, returns Tuesday, June 2 at 3 p.m. ET. Jeff Klineman, BevNET’s Editor-in-Chief, will bring veteran investment bankers Jay Novak and Brandon Ng from Houlihan Lokey on the livestream to discuss the current fundraising and M&A market and take questions from viewers.

This is an incredible opportunity for entrepreneurs in the food and beverage industry to talk live with a team of advisors who have guided brands like Bragg, My/Mo and Tate’s Bake Shop through recent transactions. To get face-time and join the discussion, please hurry to submit questions ahead of time, or call-in via Zoom during the show.

Houlihan Lokey has been a leader in the better-for-you space, completing several dozen transactions in the BFY space globally, including Tate’s Bakeshop, Angie’s Boom ChickaPop, BRAGG Live Foods, thinkThin, SkinnyPop, Duke’s, Gardein, Quorn, Popcorners, My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream, Pretzel Crisp, Lily’s Kitchen,, among many others dating back to Stacy’s Pita Chip.

Jay Novak is the Global Head of Houlihan Lokey’s Consumer, Food & Retail Group. He focuses most of his time leading transactions in the high-growth segments within Food & Beverage, including the better-for-you and health and wellness brands. Since joining Houlihan Lokey in 1996, Novak has led more than 200 corporate finance engagements in the Food & Beverage space, including M&A, debt financings, and corporate restructurings.

Brandon Ng is a Senior Associate in Houlihan Lokey’s Consumer, Food & Retail Group, with a specific focus on the better-for-you food & beverage and active nutrition space. Since joining Houlihan Lokey in 2014, Ng has worked on a variety of engagements including sell-side M&A transactions, other corporate finance assignments, and fairness opinions, including 17 sell-side M&A transactions in the healthy, active, and sustainable living industry

Submit your questions for our next show on Tuesday, June 2 at 3 p.m. ET which will discuss the M&A market, fundraising, and changes in the way brands are showing their strength during the COVID-19 pandemic. Office Hours will take a break the following week while we livestream our New Beverage Showdown and Pitch Slam virtual pitch competitions. Stay tuned for future Office Hours episodes on BevNET and NOSH.

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About Office Hours

Office Hours brings industry thought leaders in Food and Beverage into conversation with the community to offer advice, answers, and discussion that can help brands and their associates overcome the challenges of both the present days and those to come.

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About NOSH

NOSH is the leading source for informed, comprehensive coverage and context for the growing community of businesses with Natural, Organic, Sustainable, and Healthy packaged food. As the food-focused extension of, NOSH offers products in a variety of media that reaches engaged brands, retailers, investors, distributors, suppliers, and service providers.