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 BNI has received a strategic investment from Pamlico Capital
Lincoln is pleased to announce that Avanti Products (Avanti), a portfolio company of Gen Cap America (Gen Cap), has been sold to The Legacy Companies (Legacy)
Lincoln is pleased to announce that West Chester Protective Gear has been sold to Protective Industrial Products, a portfolio company of Audax.
Lincoln International is pleased to announce that Orbit Irrigation Products and Hydro-Rain have been sold to Platinum Equity
Lincoln International is pleased to announce that BuildASign, LLC, a portfolio company of PWP Growth Equity, has been sold to Cimpress N.V.
Lincoln International is pleased to announce that Walker Edison Furniture Company, LLC, owned by founders, Brad Bonham and Matt Davis, and Caltius Structured Capital, has been sold to J.W. Childs Associates, L.P.
Lincoln International represents Home Dynamix in the sale of the Company to Town & Country Living and H.I.G. Capital
Lincoln International represents Sun Capital Partners in the sale of Kraco Enterprises' air care assets to Niteo Products, LLC
Perspectives by Christopher Stradling
U.S.-China tensions, tariffs and tightening regulations
Tension and tariffs drives Chinese M&A activity to markets outside the U.S. Mounting tension between Washington, D.C. and Beijing are top of mind in the dealmaking climate. As tariffs continue to dominate […]
Mergers & Acquisitions magazine Q&A Excerpt: Chris Stradling Shares Outlook
Originally published by Mergers & Acquisitions on May 28, 2019 | Excerpt from interviews with eight M&A advisors serving the mid-market Buyers should specialize, recommends Christopher Stradling, Lincoln International What is your […]
The Millennial Impact on Consumer Investment
It’s not a millennial moment, it’s a movement. While the millennial generation is blamed for everything from lower birth rates to declining mayonnaise sales, one thing is clear: they are a major […]
It’s Not Innovate or Die; It’s Innovate or Buy
The retail industry isn’t dying, it’s changing. While store closures and bankruptcy headlines are still prevalent, consumer sentiment in September 2018 reached the second-highest level since 2004, according to the University of […]