David is a Managing Director in Lincoln’s Consumer Group, advising clients on transactions involving strategic acquirers, control investments from private equity firms and growth equity capital.
David’s more than 25 years of experience extends across the consumer industry and ranges from transformational growth brands to leading private label companies. With insight and competence, David helps his clients navigate industry changes. He has successfully represented leading consumer-focused, private equity investors and partnered with founders of high growth private companies. David and his team have a broad track record advising companies and brands in all product categories. He has advised on a number of cross-border transactions involving Chinese and other foreign strategic acquirers.
Prior to joining Lincoln, David worked as an investment banker in structured finance. He was Vice President of Corporate Development for LINC Capital and Vice President at First Chicago. He began his career as a certified public accountant for KPMG.
David earned a Master of Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a Bachelor of Science from Wake Forest University.
Lincoln International advised Savannah Food Company on its recapitalization by Lake Pacific Partners
Lincoln International advised Palladium Equity Partners on the sale of GoodWest Industries to Sunny Sky Products, a portfolio company of The Jordan Company
Lincoln International has advised Graham Partners on the sale of Giraffe Foods to Symrise AG
Lincoln International is pleased to announce that Mission Consumer Capital, an owner of leading middle market businesses, has sold Local Hive Honey™ to Falfurrias Capital Partners
Lincoln International is pleased to have advised Sauer Brands, a portfolio company of Falfurrias Capital Partners, on its acquisition of Mateo’s Gourmet Salsa
Perspectives featuring David Houser
Food Ingredients: Recipe for Premium Valuations
Buyers have a hearty appetite for value-added ingredient companies, and that craving has only intensified in recent years. The ingredients space is broad and fragmented across the U.S. and globally… Read More
Promising M&A Outlook for Frozen Food Companies
Frozen foods have seen notable growth since 2019 as a result of shifting consumer behavior. Strong sales have enabled more efficiencies at scale, but some companies also face capacity constraints… Read More
Investing in U.S. Food Remains Competitive
Financial and strategic investors often mention the competition to acquire a food company. Investors frequently ask Lincoln International for ideas and perspectives on approaching the food mergers and acquisitions (M&A)… Read More
Differentiated Pet Food Brands Fetch High Multiples: Guidance for Sector Entrepreneurs
For investors, the recession resilient nature of the pet sector and its strong performance through multiple economic cycles has long been notable. Most recently, the pandemic solidified the sector’s resilience… Read More
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