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 Premium Retail Services has been sold to Acosta
Lincoln International is pleased to announce that Paladone has been sold to IVEST Consumer Partners
Lincoln International is pleased to announce that Endeavour Capital has sold Wineshipping to Greenbriar Equity Group
Lincoln International is pleased to announce that it has advised Summit Park on the sale of Fast Growing Trees to Berkshire Partners
Lincoln International is pleased to announce that Compass Diversified (NYSE: CODI) has sold Liberty Safe to an affiliate of Monomoy Capital Partners
Lincoln International is pleased to announce that Walker Edison Furniture Company has received a significant minority equity investment from Blackstone Tactical Opportunities
Lincoln International is pleased to announce that Weaver Leather was sold to Blue Point Capital Partners
Perspectives featuring Christopher Stradling
How the Asian Supply Chain is Impacting U.S. Businesses, and What That Means for M&A Activity
The COVID-19 crisis highlighted the fragility of supply chains in what has become a highly globalized and complex trade market. It exposed companies’ inability to adjust to demand and multi-faceted… Read More
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
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
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… Read More
Meet our Senior Team in Consumer
I have a hands-on approach and bring energy, creativity and passion to every client transaction.