Charles Walder

Managing Director
Los Angeles Mergers & Acquisitions Consumer +1 (213) 283-3704
I appreciate the importance of every transaction I work on for each of my clients, and take pride in leading all aspects of deal execution to drive the best results possible.

Charles has extensive experience advising companies in the consumer sector for clients focused on the restaurant and pet industries. His experience includes domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A), capital raising, restructuring and other strategic advisory assignments. Having spent nearly all his career in investment banking, Charles has deep expertise to deliver strategic and financial advice to his clients. He has completed numerous transactions with leading private equity firms, public and private companies and owner-entrepreneurs.

Charles has a rich understanding of the dynamics and trends driving change and creating value in the constantly evolving consumer sector. He has experience working with restaurant companies across a broad range of sub-verticals and business models and has developed strong relationships across the sector with key strategic buyers, financial investors, owner-entrepreneurs and lenders. He also has a deep understanding of the core value propositions of successful pet companies, as well as the characteristics that acquirers across the world are looking for in targets in the sector.

Prior to joining Lincoln, Charles worked for Duff & Phelps in London where he focused on mid-market M&A and restructuring transactions.

Charles holds a Bachelor of Arts (with honors) from Northumbria University. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant. Charles sits on the UNICEF NextGen LA Board and is a Director at the Serge Betsen Academy.

Perspectives by Charles Walder

Pet Sector M&A Insights and the Implications of COVID-19

In times of market volatility and economic downturns, investors gravitate to certain recession-resistant sectors.  Generally, the pet care category grew through the Great Recession when compared to the broader economy, making the […]

Restaurants – Preparing for the Future

While restaurants remain hyper focused on managing near-term liquidity and current operations, owners and managers are starting to shift their thinking toward what business will look like in the new “normal” as […]

Thinking Outside The Box

Restaurants have never faced such a challenging operating environment with the combined risks to the health and wellbeing of their staff and customers, along with purely seeking to get through this period […]

Restaurant Investors Are Expected to Remain Active in 2020

Buyers Are Sitting on Capital That Needs to be Deployed While middle-market restaurant brands once aggressively pursued IPO’s as the liquidity event of choice, today private equity and family offices have become […]

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