Position Description

Associate - Corporate Finance (Consumer, Food & Retail)
Business Unit Corporate Finance
Location Chicago
ID 2532
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Houlihan Lokey’s Consumer, Food & Retail (CFR) Group guides companies on their M&A, restructuring and financial advisory matters, and assists in raising debt and equity capital. In 2018, Thomson Reuters ranked us the No. 1 M&A advisor for U.S. consumer, food & retail transactions and the No. 1 M&A advisor for U.S. food & beverage transactions for 16 consecutive years. The group has built a reputation as a trusted advisor to companies in the CFR industry, combining extensive market capabilities with in-depth industry knowledge to help maximize shareholder value for our clients.



Associate in the CFR Group play an integral role in all of the firm’s advisory services, including supporting new business development and executing investment banking engagements.  Associates are leaders and active contributors during all phases of the deal process and in business development. 


Associates  in the CFR Group are generally responsible for:

  • Acting as the day-to-day deal team leader for the execution of M&A transactions;

  • Preparing or overseeing the preparation of confidential information memoranda, management presentations, marketing pitches and other presentations;

  • Assisting in the marketing and planning of engagements; and

  • Building relationships and maintaining direct contact with clients, prospective clients and professional advisors.



    Significant track record of M&A deal execution

  • Preferably with a deep track read of sales M&A dual execution

  • Proven leadership aptitude

  • Creative and strategic thinking skills

  • Organized and detail-oriented

  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills

  • Keen analytical abilities

  • Willingness to work intense hours and to work well under pressure

  • The ideal candidate should also exhibit the following characteristics:

  • Prior Associate experience, preferably covering the food & beverage or consumer products sectors, or other closely related sectors

  • MBA degree from a top tier business school, or an undergraduate degree from a top-tier institution (with a track record of being promoted internally)


Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V