Lincoln International focuses on rapid growth and global expansion with the promotions of Robert Brown and Eric Malchow
Lincoln International, a leading global mid-market investment bank, today announced the promotions of Robert Brown to CEO, North America, and Eric Malchow to President, North America. These promotions are in recognition of the significant contributions both have made to support Lincoln’s growth over many years, including a record setting year in 2016. Brown and Malchow will manage Lincoln’s North American M&A, Debt Advisory and Special Situations businesses on a day-to-day basis and will also play an important role in the strategic direction of the global Lincoln organization. In addition to management responsibilities, they will continue to focus on select client assignments.
Jim Lawson, Chairman, and Rob Barr, formerly CEO, North America, will share the title of Global Co-CEOs of Lincoln International with Lawson remaining Chairman. The two have worked together since they co-founded Lincoln International almost 21 years ago and have jointly run the firm since its inception. They will focus on providing leadership in strategy, growth, and integration efforts globally.
Lincoln International has averaged over 16% growth annually for the last 15 years. Today the firm has close to 400 investment bankers globally. During the last year, the firm expanded its international reach by opening two new offices in Dallas, Texas and Munich, Germany, bringing the total to 18 offices across the Americas, Asia and Europe. In 2016, the firm also expanded its advisory capabilities with the addition of a joint ventures and partnering service complementing Lincoln’s other offerings including: mergers & acquisitions, debt advisory, special situations and valuations & opinions.
Jim Lawson, Global Co-CEO and Chairman stated, “A key to our record of growth and success is our commitment to constant improvement and development as an organization. Rob Barr and I have worked with Rob Brown and Eric Malchow for 19 and 23 years, respectively. Their promotions are a natural evolution and critical step to continuing our growth. We are very fortunate to have two such talented leaders.”
Rob Barr, Global Co-CEO stated, “Our North American business represents approximately one-half of our people and more than one-half of our revenues. While already our largest business unit, it has tremendous potential for further growth. Rob and Eric are ideally suited to focus on continuing Lincoln’s rapid growth in North America while also making important contributions to our global business.”Rob Brown
Brown joined Lincoln in 1998 and has played a key role in the firm’s growth. His keen focus on the firm’s success is rivaled only by his deep M&A transaction expertise and broad client relationships. Brown has been essential in building Lincoln’s U.S. Business Services group as a leading sector practice having closed over 80 transactions since 2015 for private equity, private and publicly-traded clients. Brown has also been a key driver of the international expansion which started in 2004. Another area of focus has been on defining and managing a high performance and high engagement culture. Brown said, “I look forward to continuing to impact the growth of Lincoln through leading the firm in North America and contributing to the global leadership. Fostering client relationships, and advising on key engagements will remain an important part of my role.”Eric Malchow
Malchow co-founded Lincoln International in 1996 and from the beginning Eric’s intense client focus and passion for the mid-market has led to deep, long lasting client relationships and numerous repeat clients. Malchow’s leadership has been fundamental in building the firm’s U.S. Industrials team, making Lincoln the top mid-market advisor in the industrial sector. Malchow has also been essential in developing Lincoln International’s best-in-class financial sponsor coverage effort. While continuing to lead Lincoln’s Industrials group, advise on key engagements and oversee the U.S. financial sponsors group, in his new role, Eric will contribute more strategic and day-to-day leadership to the firm in North America and globally. Malchow said “I have seen Lincoln grow exponentially since inception and continue to expand in both size and expertise. I am proud to have been a part of Lincoln’s remarkable past and look forward to playing a key role in realizing Lincoln’s extraordinary future potential.”