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Lloyd Greif
President & Chief Executive Officer
Greif & Co.


Years practicing: 32

Years with current firm: 21

Education: JD: Loyola Law School; MBA: USC; BA: UCLA


Examples of work:

Lloyd Greif specializes in serving as consigliere to closely-held, middle-market growth companies, about half of which are family businesses. He has been extremely successful in providing strategic and operational advice to his clients in addition to executing complex merger & acquisition and corporate financing transactions.

Greif’s career highlights include engineering the buyout from Fortune Brands that combined Pinkerton’s with California Plant Protection, creating the largest security services company in the country. He also led the leveraged buyout of Bumble Bee Seafoods from Diageo by Unicord Co. Ltd. of Thailand, the largest acquisition of a U.S. company by a Thai company. Greif arranged the sale of one-half of Patrón Spirits Co. to Bacardi International in the transaction that formed The Windsong Trust, one of southern California’s largest philanthropies, and the sales of Jon Douglas Real Estate Services Group and Fred Sands Realtors to Coldwell Banker. He also spearheaded the IPOs of Smart & Final, LA Gear and U.S. Filter as well as the sale of Mrs. Gooch’s Natural Foods Market to Whole Foods. Greif also architected the sale of Rose Hills Mortuary & Cemetery to the Loewen Group in the transaction that formed The Rose Hills Foundation and coaxed The Coca-Cola Company into making the first-ever minority investment in its 125-year history, engineering a strategic partnership with his client, Bossa Nova Beverage Group.  Finally, he sold Bristol Farms to Albertson’s and then bought it back from SuperValu and completed the purchase of certain operating assets of LA Gear by Skechers U.S.A.


Recent Transactions include:

The sales of Senn Delaney Leadership Consulting Group to Heidrick & Struggles International and Monte Nido & Affiliates to Centre Partners.

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