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Robert Brown

Managing Director | CEO North America
Chicago Mergers & Acquisitions Business Services +1 (312) 580-8340
My goal is to inspire and motivate our people to make a true impact with their clients, their colleagues and their communities.

As Lincoln’s Chief Executive Officer of the Americas and a key driver of the firm’s growth from its beginnings, Rob has been instrumental in building its global footprint and a highly desirable culture that prioritizes attracting, retaining and engaging top talent at all levels. As a connected leader within the firm, Rob works closely with Lincoln’s investment banking professionals to help them achieve success. He continues to focus on building long-term relationships with clients and prospects, achieving optimal results through his thoughtful, interpersonal and collaborative approach.

Rob has nearly 30 years of experience advising leading private equity groups, privately owned businesses and large public companies on divestitures, acquisitions and other strategic initiatives. Rob helped start Lincoln’s industrials and consumer practices and led the firm’s business services practice for more than a decade. Accordingly, Rob has a deep understanding of how to best position companies for sale, drive competitive processes and negotiate to successful closings.

As a recognized advisor and thought leader in the investment banking industry, Rob is a frequent guest on WBBM’s Noon Business Hour in Chicago and a speaker and author on mergers and acquisitions-related topics. Rob sits on the board of UNICEF USA and the Dean’s Business Council for the Gies School of Business at the University of Illinois. He is also President of the Board of Regents at Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago.

Prior to Lincoln, Rob worked at Price Waterhouse. His diverse experiences include management positions in Price Waterhouse’s investment banking subsidiary and the Transaction Services group.

Rob earned a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois. Rob is a certified public accountant (inactive).

Perspectives featuring Robert Brown

Halftime Report: How Dealmakers Can Make the Most of H2 2021

As global economies reopen post-pandemic, the investing community is busier than ever. Looking ahead to the second half of 2021, this is a prime moment for deals to get done.… Read More

Bloomberg Radio | A Closer Look At The Markets

Originally aired by Bloomberg Radio on July 6, 2021. Lincoln International’s Managing Director and CEO North America, Rob Brown, provides his perspective on the M&A market as the United States… Read More

Private Equity International | Buy High, Sell Higher – The Mid-Market Rolls On

Originally published by Private Equity International on June 1, 2021. Rob Brown, Managing Director and CEO North America, was featured in Private Equity International to discuss the outlook on middle… Read More

Bloomberg Radio | Perfect Storm Creates Strong Deal Volume

Originally aired by Bloomberg Radio on May 7, 2021. Rob Brown, Lincoln International Managing Director and CEO North America, discusses the landscape and outlook for M&A markets and the future… Read More

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