Lincoln International

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Lincoln International LLP
Private company
Industry Investment banking
Predecessor Lincoln Partners
Peters Associates
Founded 1996
Founder Robert B. Barr, Jim Lawson
Headquarters Chicago, Illinois, United States
Products Mergers & Acquisitions, Fairness opinions, Restructuring advisory, Joint Ventures & Partnering
Number of employees

Lincoln International LLP is an independent investment bank specializing in advisory services and financings on middle-market transactions. The firm works with publicly traded and privately owned companies, financial sponsors (private equity, venture capital, family offices, and hedge funds), and lenders. Lincoln International provides a variety of advisory services including mergers & acquisitions[1], minority growth capital, debt advisory[2], restructuring advisory, valuations and opinions[3] and joint ventures & partnering[4]. The firm completed more than 165 advisory assignments globally in 2016, as well as over 3,000 valuations.[5]

The firm, which is based in Chicago, Illinois, was founded in 1996. The company operates offices in North America (Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco), Europe (Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Stockholm, Vienna and Zurich), Asia (Beijing, Mumbai, and Tokyo) and South America (São Paulo). Areas of expertise include the following: Technology, Media & Telecom [6], Healthcare[7], Consumer[8], Business Services[9], Industrials[10] and Energy, Power & Infrastructure [11].


The firm was founded by Rob Barr and Jim Lawson, as well as Ed Hanlon and Eric Malchow, as a boutique investment banking firm, Lincoln Partners, in 1996. Barr and Lawson had worked together since 1981 and they began to work with Hanlon in 1988 and Malchow in 1994. Prior to founding Lincoln Partners, the partners spent most of their time working for Paine Webber, which was acquired by UBS in 2000. Lincoln was named after the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.[12]

Through the late 1990s, Lincoln Partners grew to an organization of approximately 30 people and became a registered broker dealer.

In January 2006, Lincoln International was formed through the merger of Lincoln Partners and Peters Associates, two middle market investment banks based in the U.S. and Germany respectively, as well as a team from KPMG joining to form a Paris office.[13] At the time of the merger, Lincoln International had offices in Chicago, Frankfurt, New York and Paris. The two firms had previously worked together through a strategic joint venture established in 2005[14][15]

As of September 2018, Lincoln International has over 500 employees.


  1. ^ "Mergers and Acquisitions | Global M&A Investment Banking". Lincoln International. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  2. ^ "Debt Advisory, Debt Counseling | International Debt Advisory". Lincoln International. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  3. ^ "Company Valuation Opinion | Independent Valuation Services". Lincoln International. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  4. ^ "Joint Ventures & Partnering | Lincoln International". Lincoln International. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
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  6. ^ "Technology, Media & Telecom | Lincoln International". Lincoln International. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  7. ^ "Global Healthcare Group | Lincoln International". Lincoln International. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  8. ^ "Global Consumer Group | Lincoln International". Lincoln International. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  9. ^ "Global Business Services Group | Lincoln International". Lincoln International. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  10. ^ "Global Industrials Group | Lincoln International". Lincoln International. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  11. ^ "Global Energy & Power Group | Lincoln International". Lincoln International. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  12. ^ "Investment Banking, Company History | Lincoln International". Lincoln International. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  13. ^ Lincoln Partners joins with German, French entities. Crain's Chicago Business, Jan. 10, 2006
  14. ^ Lincoln Partners teams up with firm. Crain's Chicago Business, March 21, 2005
  15. ^ Mid-cap banks team with pen pals overseas. Crain's Chicago Business, August 29, 2005
  • Lincoln International Focuses On U.K. PE. Investment Dealers Digest, May 15, 2009
  • While Others Shrunk,. Lincoln International Grew. Reuters Buyouts
  • Lincoln International Turns to Health Care. IDD Magazine, January 19, 2010
  • Day in the Life: Lincoln Partners. Monroe Street Journal (Stephen M. Ross School of Business) Feb 10, 2003

External links

  • Lincoln International (company website)
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