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.
Lincoln International advised Perfection Pet Foods on its agreement to be sold to Post Holdings
Lincoln International advised Parallel Investment Partners on its sale of Obsession Holdings to Kingswood Capital Management
Lincoln International advised Canidae, a portfolio company of L Catterton, on its merger with Natural Balance, a portfolio company of Nexus Capital Management
Lincoln International advised Azalea Capital on the sale of Ark Naturals to Antelope, a portfolio company of Alpine Investors
Lincoln International has advised Sterling Investment Partners on the sale of American West Restaurant Group to Sentinel Capital Partners
Lincoln International is pleased to announce that Fazoli’s System Management, a portfolio company of Sentinel Capital Partners, has been sold to Fat Brands Inc.
Lincoln International is pleased to announce that PetHonesty has secured a majority investment from Vestar Capital Partners
Perspectives featuring Charles Walder
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
Five Macro Trends Driving Growth in Global Branded Pet Food
Pet ownership has surged in recent years as pets have become valued members of household families, yielding benefits such as companionship, improved mental health and others. Continued increased pet ownership,… Read More
Differentiated Pet Food Brands Fetch High Multiples: Guidance for Sector Entrepreneurs
For investors, the recession resilient nature of the pet sector and its strong performance through multiple economic cycles has long been notable. Most recently, the pandemic solidified the sector’s resilience… Read More
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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