My passion is positioning high-quality businesses for maximum valuation. I thoroughly enjoy partnering with business owners to reach their goals through life-changing transactions.
As co-head of Lincoln’s consumer group, Chris leads the firm’s consumer product initiatives and advises companies on mergers and acquisitions. Through a hands-on style of processing deals, Chris develops close relationships with owners and management to learn the priorities of all stakeholders and position companies for maximum valuation.
Chris has deep knowledge of the key dynamics, such as ecommerce and direct-to-consumer marketing, that drive the consumer industry. He brings significant experience leading transactions in the active lifestyle, ecommerce, functional apparel, food and beverage, home furnishings and merchandizing sectors. Chris and his teams lead processes that yield outlier valuations through identifying and positioning his clients’ unique points of differentiation.
Chris brings practical life experience having spent his pre-college years deeply involved in running his family’s business, as well as post-educational stints working in operations and corporate development in a Fortune 500 company and auditing large companies at a major global accounting firm.
Chris holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science from Northern Arizona University.
Lincoln International is pleased to announce that Weaver Leather, a niche market leader with enthusiast brands in the equine, pet, leather crafting, arborist, livestock and construction markets, was sold to Blue Point Capital Partners
Lincoln International is pleased to announce the sale of General Tools & Instruments to Worthington Industries (NYSE: WOR)
Lincoln International is pleased to announce that it has represented Orva in its partnership with Trilantic North America
Lincoln International is pleased to announce Audax Private Equity has sold Protective Industrial Products to Odyssey Investment Partners
Lincoln International advised Plews & Edelmann on the sale of its retail segment to Highline Aftermarket, a portfolio company of The Sterling Group
Lincoln International is pleased to announce that North Castle Partners has made a strategic investment in Sparx Hockey
Lincoln International is pleased to announce the sale of International Cookware, the leading kitchenware manufacturer under the Pyrex® brand in EMEA
Lincoln is pleased to announce that it has represented Gorilla Commerce in its partnership with Trilantic North America
Perspectives featuring Christopher Stradling
As Outdoor Recreation Increases, So Does Opportunity for Investors
Over the past several years, an increasing number of US consumers have focused on living healthier lifestyles, driving growth for active and outdoor recreation sectors. This trend has continued despite… Read More
Bright Road Ahead for Investors in the Automotive Aftermarket
As Americans keep close tabs on their budgets and have more time on their hands while at home, the thought of personally performing maintenance and repairs, such as changing a… Read More
E-commerce and the Compression of Retail Disruption
In recent years, the consumer shopping experience was already experiencing rapid upheaval with e-commerce growing from 6.5% of total retail sales in 2014 to 11.0% in 2019(1); COVID-19 only accelerated… Read More
Consolidation in Automotive Services Set to Accelerate with COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered the way people behave and how businesses operate. As part of those changes, society has also altered the way it moves. More specifically, in… Read More
News & Media featuring Christopher Stradling
Mergers & Acquisitions Excerpt | What’s ahead for M&A in 2020? We ask 8 advisors
Originally published by Mergers & Acquisitions on December 27, 2019 | Excerpt from interviews with eight bankers and other advisors for their outlook on M&A in 2020 What’s ahead for… Read More
Meet our Senior Team in Consumer