David Houser

Managing Director
Chicago Mergers & Acquisitions Consumer +1 (312) 580-5805
My mission for every client is to connect personally, build trust and best position their company in order to find and negotiate the best deal for them.

David co-leads Lincoln’s Consumer, Food and Retail 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.

Perspectives by David Houser

Consumers in Control & the Role of Brands

Lincoln Managing Directors discuss the way consumers are in the driver’s seat as it relates to branded and non-branded food companies.

How Companies are Mastering the Internet Economy

Lincoln Managing Directors discuss the evolution of consumer behavior and what it means for the economy.

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 […]

Investment in the Consumer Sector

Lincoln Managing Directors discuss enthusiasm for M&A in the consumer sector and how rapid change is acting as a catalyst for investment and innovation.

Meet our Senior Team in Consumer