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 has advised Cerea Partners on the sale of its investment in In Store Display to management and Indigo Capital
Lincoln International advised Novax, subsidiary of Axel Johnson, to enter into an exclusivity agreement with Louis Francois
Lincoln International advised Sustainable Beef on its partnership with Walmart, CoBank and Farm Credit Services of America to finance the development of a sustainable, beef processing facility.
Lincoln International advised Atlantic Street Capital on a single asset continuation vehicle transaction involving Zips Car Wash
Lincoln International advised Azalea Capital on the sale of Ark Naturals to Antelope, a portfolio company of Alpine Investors
Lincoln International advised Gehl Food & Beverage, a portfolio company of Wind Point Partners, on its refinancing and its acquisition financing of Crescent Dairy
Lincoln International advised Alcuin Capital Partners, ICG Enterprise Trust and Isfield Investments on the sale of The Groucho Club to Artfarm
Lincoln International advised Aurelius on its agreement to acquire Footasylum from JD Sports
Related Perspectives featuring Ashleigh Barker
A New Standard for Beauty and Apparel: Inclusive Products and Sustainable Brands
Investor interest in environmental, social and governance (ESG) increases daily. As a result, companies and brands are now being called upon to prioritize ESG activities in an authentic and transparent… Read More
Beauty and Apparel Sectors: Always in Vogue
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Banking on Beauty: Q&A with Lincoln Director Ashleigh Barker
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News & Media featuring Ashleigh Barker
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
Beauty Independent | With the Stock Market and VC Down This Year, What’s the Deal Environment Like for Emerging Beauty and Wellness Brands?
Originally published by Beauty Independent on May 17, 2022. Ashleigh Barker, Director in Lincoln’s Consumer Group, offers insights into the beauty industry’s current market dynamics and shares funding strategies that… Read More
Beauty Independent | The State Of Indie Beauty
Originally published by Beauty Independent on May 4, 2022. Ashleigh Barker, Director in Lincoln’s Consumer Group, discusses the current condition of the indie beauty industry, the challenges brands face and… Read More
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