LOS ANGELES, April 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Intrepid Investment Bankers LLC ("Intrepid"), a leading middle market investment banking firm, today announced that Brien Rowe, Marvin Padilla and Philippe Faraut have joined the firm's Consumer Products Group as Managing Directors. The addition of Mr. Rowe, Mr. Padilla and Mr. Faraut will complement Intrepid's strong heritage in the consumer products industry and augment its experience in key sectors including apparel and accessories, action and board sports, restaurants and retail. The three bring great depth of expertise, having advised on lifestyle and personal care transactions such as the sale of Jimmy Choo, DC Shoes, J Brand and Too Faced Cosmetics. They will join Steve Davis, a Partner and Managing Director at Intrepid, in the Consumer Products Group. Mr. Davis will lead the firm's personal and beauty care effort and will continue to focus on the broader consumer products industry with a particular focus on home/household products, outdoor and recreational products, and food and agribusiness where he has significant transaction experience. Mr. Davis will also continue with his firm-wide management roles.
Mr. Rowe will head up the Consumer Products Group. Prior to joining Intrepid, Mr. Rowe was a co-founder and Managing Director at Sage Group LLC ("Sage"), as well as co-head of the firm's lifestyle brands practice. Mr. Rowe's deep client experience encompasses a range of sectors, including numerous transactions in contemporary fashion, action and board sports, outdoor, apparel and accessories, personal care, restaurants, resorts and hotels, and gaming. Prior to the formation of Sage, he was a Managing Director of ING Barings as well as an investment banker with both Schroder & Co.'s Corporate Finance Group and GE Capital's Corporate Finance Group. Mr. Rowe received his B.A. degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, his M.B.A. degree from University of Southern California, and his certificate in Financial Planning from UCLA.
Mr. Padilla was also a Managing Director at Sage, and joined the firm in 2005. While at Sage, Mr. Padilla executed advisory assignments for clients in a variety of branded consumer market segments, with a particular focus on the personal care, automotive aftermarket and packaging industries. Prior to joining Sage, he worked in the Los Angeles office of UBS Investment Bank, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and restructuring transactions for companies in diverse industries. Previously, Mr. Padilla was an investment banker in New York, where he worked for Salomon Smith Barney and, subsequently, Thomas Weisel Partners. He is a former U.S. Marine and served as an infantry sergeant in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mr. Padilla earned a B.A. degree in Business Economics, a specialization in Computing and an emphasis in Accounting from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Prior to joining Intrepid, Mr. Faraut was a Managing Director of Investment Banking with Financo Inc. and led the firm's west coast office. He generated and executed transactions in a variety of branded consumer segments, with a focus on apparel, accessories and retail. Prior to joining Financo, Mr. Faraut was a Director at Sage in Los Angeles where he also focused on the apparel and retail sectors. Previously, he was a senior Vice-President at HSBC in New York in the Consumer Retail group. Before joining HSBC, Mr. Faraut was a Vice President at Merrill Lynch & Co, where he focused on consumer and retail companies. He holds an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA and a Hospitality Management degree from the Centre International De Glion in Montreux, Switzerland.
Mike Rosenberg, CEO of Intrepid, said, "We are pleased that Brien, Marvin and Philippe are joining our team to enhance our consumer products practice. Their strong relationships in the apparel, fashion, retail and action sports sectors will be of significant value to our clients."
"I am excited to have Brien, Marvin and Philippe join Intrepid. I believe the combination of our respective market knowledge and track records in the consumer products sector will truly differentiate Intrepid and augment our ability to advise our entrepreneur, corporate and private equity clients," said Mr. Davis.
"Marvin, Philippe and I are delighted to bring our decades of transaction experience and expertise with consumer brands to the Intrepid team. Intrepid's approach of providing custom and highly personal investment banking services to its clients is a perfect complement to our style of banking," remarked Group Head, Mr. Rowe.
About Intrepid Investment Bankers LLC Intrepid Investment Bankers LLC, based in Los Angeles, California, is a mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance advisory firm focused on the middle-market. Intrepid was founded in 2010 by the former principals of Barrington Associates, a firm that grew to become a leading national middle market M&A advisor before its acquisition by Wells Fargo in 2006. Intrepid's services include M&A advisory, equity and debt capital raising and providing strategic advice in complex securities transactions. The firm focuses on the middle market corporate finance needs of entrepreneur and family-owned businesses, private equity sponsors and major corporations. Collectively, the senior team at Intrepid brings over 100 years of mergers and acquisitions advisory experience and has advised on over 250 transactions spanning a broad range of industries, including consumer products and services, industrial manufacturing, healthcare products and services, building products, business services and retail. www.intrepidib.com Member FINRA/SIPC.