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Leigh Hudson

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Leigh has advised founders, owners and CEOs of companies across Consumer categories including Food & Beverage, Specialty and Multi- Channel Retail, Branded Consumer Products and Restaurants, among others. In addition to her advisory work, Leigh has also been an active investor and Board Director in several privately held consumer companies.

Prior to joining Headwaters MB (now Capstone Headwaters) in 2015, Leigh was a Managing Director and Head of Consumer at Viant Capital, an Investment Banking firm in San Francisco. Her clients included Food and Beverage, Organic and Healthy Living, Multi-Channel Retail, and Restaurant companies, among others. Prior to joining Viant Capital, Leigh was a Founding Partner at Vrolyk & Company, a boutique Investment Banking firm based in San Francisco focused on advising privately held companies primarily in the Consumer category. 

Leigh started her Investment Banking career with Drexel Burnham Lambert in the Corporate Finance Group in New York City working on a wide range of public and private transactions for middle market companies. 


University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School - MBA - Finance

Stanford University - BS - Engineering

Registrations & Affiliations

FINRA - Series 7 Registered General Securities Representative

FINRA - Series 79 Registered Investment Banking Representative


Industry Coverage

With 84 transactions year-to-date, merger and acquisition activity has been strong as buyers remain attentive to both provocative high-growth concepts with strong upside potential and established underperforming chains that can be acquired at a discount and reintroduced to the market.Read more

Who will grow our food? The perfect storm of a strong economy and reduced immigration has caused a steady decline in the number of people willing to perform the physical labor needed to cultivate, harvest and process food in America. Download our Summer 2019 Agriculture Labor Report to find out how this farm labor shortage is driving innovation in agriculture.  Read more

While restaurants continue to be challenged by declining traffic and increasing labor costs, same-store sales rebounded to show a 1.1% increase in May and provide a cautiously optimistic outlook for the industry, according to TDn2K’s Black Box Intelligence. Additionally, top emerging brands continued to grow their footprints in excess of 35% on average, highlighting the ongoing bifurcation in the industry.Read more