Christopher Stradling

Managing Director
Chicago Mergers & Acquisitions Consumer +1 (312) 580-8325
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.

Perspectives featuring Christopher Stradling

Global Supply Chain Volatility: 2022 Outlook

Amidst historic production disruption, shortages and low levels of inventory, manufacturers, distributors and retailers have been adapting business strategy real-time in response to continued volatility. There has been a rising… Read More

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

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News & Media featuring Christopher Stradling

Lincoln International Adds Tosh Dhanalal as Managing Director

Lincoln International, a leading global investment banking advisory firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Tosh Dhanalal as a Managing Director in the firm’s Consumer Group in Los Angeles.… Read More

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

Pitchbook | Q&A: Identifying the Non-Cyclical Sectors Most Resistant to a Potential Recession

Original post from Pitchbook on December 5, 2019 here.                                           … 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

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Meet our Senior Team in Consumer

David Houser

Managing Director

Chicago

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