Charles Walder

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 family-owned businesses.

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.

Perspectives by Charles Walder

U.S. Restaurant Owners’ Optimism Amidst Ongoing Challenges

While data through the first half of 2019 suggests that the restaurant sector continues to feel the lumps of changing consumer tastes (primarily around convenience) and certain economic challenges (like rising labor […]

The Evolving U.S. Pet Retail Landscape & Broader Impact on Pet Sector

The pet retail sector continues to generate strong momentum against a backdrop of numerous favorable industry trends: The “pets as family” trend is as strong as ever, with 95% of pet owners […]

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 banking advisory […]

Change is on the Menu for Restaurants

The Restaurants industry is evolving as fast as it ever has, with globalization, changing consumer preferences and technology increasingly impacting concepts across the dining spectrum: from QSR to fine dining.  Restaurants are […]

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