Communication and critical thinking are paramount to meeting the needs of my clients both today and in their future.
Leveraging nearly two decades of experience in the industry, Richard provides valuation and opinion services to clients across sectors and geographies. He has advised business development companies, credit opportunity funds, private equity firms, hedge funds, limited partners and other financial institutions.
During his career, Richard has focused on investments in a wide variety of alternative asset classes, including private equity, private credit, real estate and most recently secondary private equity. He possesses a deep understanding of independent third-party valuations and opinions in support of illiquid alternative asset investments.
Prior to joining Lincoln, Richard spent over a decade as a Managing Member at 88 Capital. Previously he was a Managing Director at Duff & Phelps where he led the EMEA secondary market advisory team. Richard also served as Managing Director and Head of Research at Origami Capital Partners, where he headed the group’s European operations. Earlier, he worked at Anschutz Investments focused on private credit and special situations investment across Europe, and with Young & Associates, a telecommunications infrastructure specialist.
Richard earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Recent Transactions in Valuations & Opinions
Lincoln International renders an opinion for Guaranteed Rate for its recapitalization of Gateless
Lincoln International renders an opinion for Freeman Spogli for its follow-on investment in Microstar Keg Management
Lincoln International renders an opinion for Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc
Lincoln International advised Rotkäppchen on a fairness opinion of the Jules Mumm business for tax purposes
Perspectives featuring Richard Olson
European Insights Webinar, Spring 2021: Key Takeaways from our Capital Advisory, M&A, and Valuations & Opinions Groups
With one quarter of 2021 under our belts, Lincoln’s capital advisory, M&A and valuation & opinions professionals convened in a recent webinar to discuss current trends and their outlook for… Read More
In Q3 2020, Lincoln International introduced Lincoln’s Latest video series. Experts from across industries, services and geographies, sharing perspectives on current trends, recent observations and future outlooks through this quarterly… Read More
Software Financings and the Rise of the Non-Bank Lending Market
On Wednesday, April 14, 2021, Lincoln International hosted a webinar to discuss the latest trends in software financings. With a shift in the market towards non-bank lenders, software businesses that… Read More
Webinar: New Year Valuations Insights
Lincoln International hosted a webinar on February 3, 2020, led by our European Valuations, M&A and Debt Advisory experts discussing proprietary insights sourced from private companies into Q4 2020 valuations… Read More
News & Media featuring Richard Olson
Private Debt Investor | Loan Note: Nominations Wanted for Women of Influence; Deal Market Bounces Back
Originally published by Private Debt Investor on March 15, 2021. Richard Olsen, Managing Director in Lincoln’s Valuations & Opinions Group, discusses why the deal market had a ‘pre-covid’ feel to… Read More
Private Equity News | LPs Beware: How Fair are PE Funds’ Valuations?
Originally published by Private Equity News on February 22, 2021. Richard Olsen, Managing Director in Lincoln’s Valuations & Opinions Group, provides his insights on a new study that has found… Read More
Secondaries Investor | Lincoln International Discusses Demand for New Funds
Richard Olson, Managing Director in Lincoln International’s Valuations & Opinions Group, discusses with Secondaries Investor the factors that determine the value of an unfunded stake amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. View… Read More
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