Darren Novak Senior Vice President, Houlihan Lokey

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email: DNovak@HL.com

Law School: University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (J.D., 1999)

School: University of Toronto (M.B.A., 1999)

School: University of Alberta (B. Comm., 1995)

State/Provincial Admissions: New York (2000)

Mr. Novak is a Senior Vice President in Houlihan Lokey’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group. He specializes in advising companies on public and private M&A transactions, particularly in activist shareholder situations and unsolicited transactions. Mr. Novak is based in the firm’s New York office.

Before joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Novak was an M&A partner at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, a pre-eminent U.S.-Canada cross-border law firm, leading domestic and cross-border M&A transactions in a variety of industries, and specialized in hostile transactions. Prior to this, he worked in the M&A departments at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, the leading U.S. law firm representing private equity firms, as well as at White & Case LLP. During Mr. Novak’s career, he has focused on public M&A, with a particular emphasis on activist situations, unsolicited transactions, cross-border (Canada and Europe), and private equity transactions.

During Mr. Novak’s career, his notable transactions include acting for P. Schoenfeld Asset Management in its campaign in connection with the MetroPCS/T-Mobile transaction; Xstrata plc in its hostile tender offer for Falconbridge Limited, the largest successful U.S.-Canada cross-border hostile transaction; the purchase by Amcor Limited of the Alcan Packaging business from Rio Tinto; and the sale of KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc. by KKR.

Mr. Novak received an MBA and a J.D. from the University of Toronto, and a B.Comm. in Finance from the University of Alberta. Mr. Novak is admitted to the New York Bar.

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