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.
Recent Transactions in Consumer
Lincoln International advised 22nd Century Group on the sale of GVB Biopharma to Specialty Acquisition Corporation
Lincoln International advised Best Friends Pet Care on receiving a growth investment from Turning Rock Partners
Lincoln International advised Leitmotiv Private Equity on its sale of Groupe Elan to Kresk Developpement and Unigrains
Lincoln International advised Noble House Home Furnishings on the sale of substantially all of its assests pursuant to section 363 of the bankruptcy code to GigaCloud Technology
Lincoln International advised Transom Capital Group on the sale of Mackie to RØDE Microphones
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Lincoln International Leader Recognized as Women of Influence in Finance
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