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

Appetizing Investing in Unbranded Food Manufacturers

Published by Food Dive on October 16, 2019 The food industry is rich with investment opportunities, many of which are in unbranded food. Changes in consumer preferences are creating growth companies in […]

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. Click the banner above to watch the video.

How Companies are Mastering the Internet Economy

Lincoln Managing Directors discuss the evolution of consumer behavior and what it means for the economy. Click the banner above to watch the video.

Pulse on Current Consumer Market Conditions

A recent survey of approximately 120 consumer-focused investors provides perspective on current market conditions.

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