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Our History

From inception through today, Lincoln International has always been committed to growth. We spend substantial leadership time in proactively and thoughtfully determining how best to grow. After determining the strategy, we consistently invest time and financial resources to strengthening our geographical reach, industry expertise, service offerings and human capital. We implement our growth plans in a way that Lincoln International can consistently maintain our high standards of client service and outcomes.

The most visible of our investments is the development of a global footprint for Lincoln, including substantial offices in the top 10 global economies. We have ensured that quality and culture are maintained by often expanding with high-quality people that we have known and worked with for many years. In each case, the senior management team of the new office has taken entrepreneurial risk, invested and become owners of Lincoln International because of their belief in the global vision and growth of Lincoln International. Building an integrated group of international offices under one culture is time consuming and requires substantial investment, but produces by far the best outcomes for clients.

A summary of our history is as follows:

1996 – Lincoln Partners founded

Lincoln Partners was formed by four experienced Chicago-based M&A bankers with a long history of working together. Our goal was to create a firm that delivers superior M&A services and results on mid-market transactions.

1999 – Peters Associates founded

Peters Associates was founded by the former CEO of Morgan Stanley Germany. Our goal was to create a firm that delivers superior M&A services and results on mid-market transactions.

2001 – Lincoln Partners adds a Debt Advisory Group

Based on a long-term relationship with a Lincoln Partners Managing Director, the debt advisory group of Duff & Phelps joined and added this product offering to our clients.

2004 – Lincoln Partners and Peters Associates agree to become strategic partners

Based on extensive conversations, a shared focus on delivering superior results on mid-market transactions, and a shared vision on building a global business, Lincoln Partners and Peters Associates agreed to become strategic partners.

2005 – New York, U.S. Office opens

In 2005, Lincoln Partners opened an office in New York to establish a strong presence in this important global financial capital.

January 2006 – Lincoln International formed

Having successfully worked together as strategic partners, Lincoln Partners and Peters Associates, along with a group of corporate finance professionals based in Paris, France, joined together to form Lincoln International. At formation, Lincoln International had offices in the key business centers of Chicago, Frankfurt, New York, and Paris. The goal continued to be to deliver superior M&A services and results on mid-market transactions. The strategy continued to be building out a global footprint of offices in the top global economies and operate as one integrated entity.

September 2006 – Los Angeles, U.S. Office opens

Lincoln International opened an office in Los Angeles to expand its presence and contacts on the West Coast of the United States.

April 2007 – Vienna, Austria Office opens

Lincoln International opened an office in Vienna to expand its reach into Austria and Central and Eastern Europe.

January 2008 – London, U.K. Office opens

Based on a long-term relationship, Lincoln International hired a Managing Director from Close Brothers (now DC Advisory Partners) to open its London office. 'In its first five years Lincoln International's London office advised on over 60 transactions and became one of the leading advisers in the UK on mid-market M&A, debt advisory and pensions advisory issues.

February 2008 – Madrid, Spain Office opens

Lincoln International opened an office in Madrid. The new Madrid office allowed Lincoln International to strengthen ties with Spanish and Portuguese companies.

July 2008 – Tokyo, Japan Office opens

Based on a long-term relationship with the founders of Lincoln Partners, the former head of M&A for CSFB in Japan opened an office for Lincoln International in Tokyo. Within four years, Lincoln International became one of the leading mid-market advisors in Japan.

March 2010 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands Office opens

Lincoln International opened an office in Amsterdam, expanding its global reach into the Benelux countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg).

May 2011 – Moscow, Russia Office opens

Lincoln International opened an office in Moscow, establishing a significant presence within Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

July 2011 – Mumbai, India Office opens

Based on working together for several years on a case-by-case basis; Lincoln International hired the former head of ICICI Securities M&A unit to open an office in Mumbai. Within two years, Lincoln International became one of the leading mid-market M&A advisors in India.

September 2012 – São Paulo, Brazil Office opens

Based on working together for several years on a case-by-case basis; Lincoln International hired the former head of the Latin America Basic Industries Group for Deutsche Bank to open an office in Brazil. Lincoln established a presence in the Brazilian and Latin American markets.

January 2013 – Beijing, China Office opens

Based on a long-term relationship with the head of the Tokyo office, Lincoln International hired the former head of investment banking and deputy general manager of Morgan Stanley Huaxin Securities to open its Beijing office. Lincoln transferred to Beijing several native Chinese speakers that were working in other Lincoln offices and hired several additional people from Morgan Stanley Huaxin Securities. Lincoln International quickly became one of the leading mid-market M&A advisors in China.

July 2013 – São Paulo, Brazil Office expands through acquisition

Based on a long-term relationship between our staff in Brazil and several principals at Stratus, Lincoln acquired the advisory business of Stratus Group allowing the remaining Stratus principals to be 100% focused on their private equity business. The Stratus Advisory team substantially increased the Lincoln International presence in Brazil and Lincoln International immediately became a leading mid-market M&A advisor in Brazil.

July 2013 – Milan, Italy Office opens

Based on working together for several years on a case-by-case basis, Lincoln International acquired Rondelli Advisers, a leading mid-market M&A advisor established in 2007. Lincoln immediately became a leading mid-market M&A advisor in Italy.

April 2014 – Zurich, Switzerland Office opens

Marking another important step in its global expansion, Lincoln International opened its sixteenth office in Zurich, Switzerland, representing an important economy in Europe with a wide range of globally active multinationals with strong connections to North America, Germany, France, the UK and Asia.

September 2016 – Dallas, U.S. Office opens

Lincoln International Launches Dallas Office to Grow Ed-Tech Expertise.

September 2016 – Joint Venture & Partnering practice is added

Lincoln International adds a new global capability in joint venture ("JV") and partnering advisory.

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