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

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

For Western Brands, When Chinese Consumers Buy, Chinese Investment Follows

When Solid Gold, a U.S.-headquartered pet food brand, began selling its gut-healthy pet food through e-commerce giants and in China, little did they know that they may have… Read More

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,… Read More

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… Read More

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