William Hood

Managing Director

Mr. Hood is a Managing Director at Houlihan Lokey and leads the firm’s consumer health and wellness practice. He is well known as a leading mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”) advisor to the vitamin, mineral and supplement industry, having led many of the largest and best known transactions.

Mr. Hood’s selected recent consumer health and wellness transactions include the sale of Iovate to Xiwang Foods in China, the sale of Perrigo’s VMS business to IVC, the sale of Captek Softgel International to Swander Pace Capital; the purchase of FoodState Inc. by Pharmavite LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co.; the purchase of C.B. Fleet Co. by Gryphon Investors; the sale of FDC Vitamins (Nutri-Force Nutrition) to Vitamin Shoppe, Inc.; the sale of Cornerstone Research & Development, Inc. to Integrity Nutraceuticals (H.I.G. Capital, LLC); the sale of Healthy Directions LLC to Helen of Troy Ltd.; the sale of Advanced Beauty, Inc.’s Dr. Teal’s brand to Parfums de Coeur, Ltd. (Yellow Wood Partners, LLC); the sale of Jamieson Laboratories to CCMP Capital; the sale of Santa Cruz Nutritionals to RoundTable Healthcare Partners; the sale of Schiff Nutrition International, Inc. to Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC; the growth equity financing of Beachbody provided by LNK Partners; the sale of Avid Health, Inc. to Church & Dwight Co., Inc.; the purchase of Airborne by Schiff Nutrition International, Inc.; the PIPE offering for Vitacost.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: VITC); and the sale of Alacer Corp. (Emergen-C) to Pfizer Inc.

Prior to joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Hood spent nine years at a consumer products–focused boutique firm, where he was a Director and Partner, originating and executing M&A transactions.

Mr. Hood began his career at PaineWebber, where he executed M&A, equity, and debt transactions.

Mr. Hood grew up in the U.K. and Hong Kong and holds a B.S. from Georgetown University.


July 18, 2017

1:50 PM  -  3:30 PM

Palos Verdes Ballroom 4&5

NBJ State of the Industry

The dietary supplement industry is facing a confluence of forces that is creating new challenges as well as a host of new opportunities for manufacturers and brand holders, retailers, ingredient suppliers and investors. In this session, New Hope Network’s Nutrition Business Journal will share proprietary market data to show where the nutrition industry is expanding, … Continued

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July 18, 2017

4:30 PM  -  5:00 PM

Palos Verdes Ballroom 4&5

Following the Money: A Case Study in Chinese Investment in the U.S. Nutrition Industry

For the supplement industry, the relationship between China and the United States, is built on a back-and-forth trade dynamic that used to be ingredients-out/product-in. Now it’s the money coming out of China and into global investment deals that could lead to the biggest changes. Chinese customers may be hungry for U.S. branded supplements, but Chinese … Continued

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