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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Women’s Wear Daily | The Price of Beauty: How Much Are Investors Willing to Pay?

Originally posted by Women’s Wear Daily on April 12, 2024. Many beauty brands are starting to explore deal options. With several different brands in the same market category, this could… Read More

Beauty Industry Insights: A Compilation of Recent Press Recognitions

Coming off a slower 2023, beauty mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity is expected to accelerate in 2024. Ashleigh Barker, Director in Lincoln’s Consumer Group, explores the state of the beauty… Read More

Lincoln International Leader Recognized as Woman of Influence in Finance

Lincoln International is pleased to share that the Los Angeles Business Journal named Ashleigh Barker, Director in Lincoln’s Consumer Group, as a woman of influence in finance. “Ashleigh Barker is… Read More

Beauty Independent | The Prognosis for Beauty M&A and Early-Stage Funding in 2024

Originally posted by Beauty Independent on January 22, 2024. Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the beauty market is on the up. “Looking forward, the recent deal announcements support the… Read More

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