Michael Fineman

Managing Director
Chicago Mergers & Acquisitions Technology, Media & Telecom +1 (312) 506-2704
I enjoy advising clients through the unique aspects of their transactions and focus on meeting the objectives of all stakeholders in a process.

Michael provides mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and growth equity advisory services to clients as a part of Lincoln’s Technology, Media and Telecom Group, with a focus on commerce enablement and marketing technology and services. He has completed numerous transactions with leading private equity groups, privately held businesses and publicly traded companies.

Michael has advised technology and technology-enabled service companies in buy- and sell-side transactions within the mid-market. As a result of his experience, he has a firm understanding of the key value drivers for these businesses and creates a tailored approach to both positioning and process to optimize the outcome for his clients. Michael has guided clients through a significant increase in transaction activity within the marketing technology and services sector, specifically among companies that provide data-driven marketing, customer acquisition and localized marketing solutions. In addition, he is helping commerce enablement companies leverage growing interest from both financial and strategic acquirers, as a result of attractive industry tailwinds and favorable secular trends in the space.

Michael has over 15 years of investment and advisory experience in the mid-market. Prior to joining Lincoln, Michael worked as an associate at Hyde Park Venture Partners. Previously, he worked at Maranon Capital and American Capital Strategies. Michael started his career as an investment banking analyst at Piper Jaffray.

Michael earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management.

Perspectives by Michael Fineman

Cracking the Code: Innovation in Marketing Technology Sector Provides Opportunity for Private Equity Investors

There is a growing expectation that marketing through digital and traditional media will be tailored to the preferences and intent of the recipient, for both B2B or B2C targeting.

Add to Cart: Pandemic Accelerates Investment in Digital Commerce Technology

Over the past decade, digital commerce has become an increasingly popular retail channel for consumers, reaching $3.4 trillion and representing 14% of total retail spending in 2019, according to eMarketer.

Customer Data Platforms Drive Better Customer Acquisition, Engagement and Retention

How many brand touchpoints does it take to move a cutomer down the sales funnel from brand awareness to making a purchase? From social media to digital commerce sites and brick and […]

Consumer Demand for Personalization Drives Consolidation in MarTech Sector

As consumers increasingly demand highly contextual and relevant messaging, brands need to customize marketing to a persona of one. The need for improved targeting, and the resulting need for measurability, is driving […]

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