Jeff Cleveland

Jeffrey Cleveland

Managing Director
Chicago Mergers & Acquisitions Consumer +1 (206) 905-8625
I am committed to providing my clients with the highest level of service possible and motivated by the personal relationships I develop through my work.

As a Managing Director in the Consumer Group, Jeff provides mergers and acquisitions (M&A) advisory services to clients in the food, beverage and agriculture sectors. He has more than 17 years of investment banking experience and a long track record of leadership in the food and beverage and consumer market. Jeff works to leverage his industry experience to creatively market his clients’ businesses while maintaining a relentless focus on high-quality execution. His clients include publicly traded companies, financial sponsors and their portfolio companies and private companies.

Jeff has advised clients across a variety of industries, including food and beverage, restaurant and retail, consumer products and consumer services, in addition to the technology, distribution, business services, building products and financial services industries. His transaction experience includes sell-side and buy-side M&A, cross-border M&A, corporate carve-outs, initial public offerings, private placements, recapitalizations, fairness opinions and various strategic advisory assignments.

Before joining Lincoln, Jeff established and led the food, beverage and agriculture investment banking practice at D.A. Davidson & Co. Previously, he was a senior banker and founding member of Harris Williams & Co.’s global food and beverage and consumer investment banking practices along with its Minneapolis, Minnesota, office. Earlier in his career, he worked in the investment banking group at Piper Jaffray & Co., now known as Piper Sandler, and in various operational, corporate finance and strategy roles.

Jeff earned a Master of Business Administration from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science in finance from Santa Clara University.

Related Perspectives featuring Jeffrey Cleveland

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

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Lincoln International Awarded M&A Advisor Restructuring Deal of the Year

Lincoln International is pleased to announce that we have been awarded The M&A Advisor’s Restructuring Deal of the Year (between $250 million – $1 billion). This accolade exemplifies our U.S.… Read More

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