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 industry for clients focused on the restaurant & retail and pet sectors. 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 featuring Charles Walder

Bird-dogging Opportunities in Pet

Lincoln International recently advised Best Friends Pet Care on a growth capital investment from Turning Rock Partners. Best Friends is a premier, corporate-owned provider of pet boarding, daycare, grooming, and… Read More

Supplements – A Bright Spot in the Pet Industry

As we embark on a new year, it’s an opportune time to reflect on the “bright spots” within the pet industry that present exciting prospects, particularly as the pet industry… Read More

The Hidden Gem in European Pet Food: European Investors Spot New Opportunity in Raw & Gently Cooked Pet Food

European investors are capitalizing on the fastest growing segment of the European pet food category, powered by pet owners’ ongoing desire for higher quality and natural food options for their… Read More

Pet Trends Impacting M&A in 2022

The pet industry has evolved significantly over the past few years with several trends impacting the way pet product brands, manufacturers, retailers, customers and investors view the sector. In 2020,… Read More

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News & Media featuring Charles Walder

PETS International | Investment Spike in the Fresh Dog Food Category

Originally posted by PETS International on April 26, 2023. The natural / minimally processed pet food industry is attracting great investor interest, and the market is growing at a rapid… Read More

Restaurants Finance Monitor | Lincoln International Brings Global Emphasis to Restaurant Investment Banking

Consumer Group Director, Charles Walder, recently contributed his perspectives about Lincoln’s global connectedness for Restaurants Finance Monitor. He discusses the variety services Lincoln delivers in the restaurant sector including investment… Read More

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