Ashleigh Barker

Los Angeles Mergers & Acquisitions Consumer +1 (213) 947-1903
With a commitment to building lasting relationships, I take a bespoke approach to the individual needs of every client I work with, seeking to be their champion, trusted advisor and partner well before, leading up to and throughout any potential transaction that may take place.

Ashleigh is a Director in Lincoln’s Consumer Group. She has spent over a decade developing extensive experience covering founders and senior management clients within the beauty, wellness, luxury, retail and apparel sectors in addition to experience working internally within the beauty industry. Her experience includes domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A), debt and equity capital fundraising and other strategic advisory.

Ashleigh is known for applying thoughtful perspectives and recommendations which have influenced companies’ strategic objectives as it relates to competing with new trends, emerging platforms and adapting to changing consumer behaviors and market dynamics. With this, she brings experience advising clients across varying stages, from growth equity fundraising all the way through strategic exits.

Prior to joining Lincoln, Ashleigh was a senior member of Michel Dyens & Co. leading the firm’s coverage of the beauty, personal care and wellness sectors throughout North America. Previously, Ashleigh worked at Estée Lauder as an Executive Director within the new business development group where she led process management and the strategic review of acquisitions and investments in new brands. Prior to working at Estée Lauder, Ashleigh was a Vice President within Deutsche Bank’s global consumer retail division where she managed several buy-side and sell-side transaction processes and provided financing advisory services for leading multinational firms in beauty, fashion and apparel.

Ashleigh holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in finance and international business from Georgetown University.


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News & Media featuring Ashleigh Barker

The Business of Fashion | Beauty’s Top M&A Targets

Originally posted by The Business of Fashion on January 23, 2023. Ashleigh Barker, Director in Lincoln’s Consumer Group, shares how leading beauty companies are well positioned to capitalize on the… Read More

Beauty Independent | In the Post-Girlboss Era, What Role Should a Brand Founder Play?

Originally published by Beauty Independent on October 30, 2022 Ashleigh Barker, Director in Lincoln’s Consumer Group, shares why it is important for brands to have a founder that serves as… Read More

Reuters | Beauty and the Inflation Beast

Originally published by Reuters on August 17, 2022 Ashleigh Barker, Director in Lincoln’s Consumer Group, explains why the beauty industry experiences strong resiliency. Click here to read the original article.

Beauty Independent | What Beauty Segment – Prestige, Mass, Masstige or Value – Will Win In A Shaky Economy?

Originally published by Beauty Independent on July 14, 2022. Ashleigh Barker, Director in Lincoln’s Consumer Group, explains how consumer demand for beauty products remains strong despite economic uncertainty. Click here… Read More

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