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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

Navigating the SPAC Explosion: Target Company Considerations When Contemplating a Sale to a SPAC

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the slowdown in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) was widespread. But as deal activity reemerged, one structure saw a resurgence beyond all expectations: special purpose acquisition… Read More

Wisdom Board PULSE Podcast

Rob Brown, Managing Director and CEO North America, joins Wisdom Board founder, Adam Smith, for the inaugural episode of its PULSE podcast series in which he shares perspectives on how… Read More

With Ample Dry Powder on the Sidelines, Private Equity Investors’ Top Priority in 2021 is Deploying Capital to Quality Companies

Economic Uncertainty Leads to a Heightened Focus on Portfolio Company Management Teams Looking to 2021, 88% of private equity (PE) investors indicate their most important objective is deploying capital, a… Read More

The Unpredictable Year: U.S. M&A Reflections and Projections

To epidemiologists, a global pandemic was not a matter of “if,” but “when.” But to the rest of the world, the events of 2020 have been full of surprises. Today,… Read More

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News & Media featuring Robert Brown

Bloomberg Radio | Hot M&A Sectors Are Tech, Health Care

Originally aired by Bloomberg Radio on February 22, 2021. Rob Brown, Lincoln International Managing Director and CEO North America, discusses the state of M&A and dealmaking during COVID-19 and beyond,… Read More

WBBM Noon Business Hour | Podcast: Opportunities for Private Companies with SPACs

Originally aired by WBBM NewsRadio on February 18, 2021.   Skip forward on the above media player to 7:17:00 to hear Rob Brown, Lincoln Managing Director and CEO North America,… Read More

The Wall Street Journal | CFOs in 2021 Will Keep an Eye on These 10 Things

Rob Brown, Lincoln International Managing Director and CEO North America, speaks with The Wall Street Journal about mergers and acquisitions being top of mind for financial leaders heading into 2021.… Read More

The Unpredictable Year: U.S. M&A Reflections and Projections

To epidemiologists, a global pandemic was not a matter of “if,” but “when.” But to the rest of the world, the events of 2020 have been full of surprises. Today,… Read More

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