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Robert Brown

CEO | Managing Director | GP-Director
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 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

Even as Possible Recession Looms, Prospects for Private Markets Look Strong

It is no secret that public markets are facing notable volatility. But from where I sit in the trenches of private market dealmaking, the near-term prospects for private equity remain… Read More

Five Ways ESG Will Alter PE-Backed Dealmaking in the Next Five Years

Under the pressure of the global pandemic, the push from shareholder to stakeholder capitalism crystalized. Company scrutiny came not only from traditional institutional investors like insurers, pensions and endowments —… Read More

Will Private Equity Activity in 2022 be as Robust as 2021?

Private equity (PE) has proven to be both stable and even resilient, despite economic uncertainty, as illustrated during the 2008 global financial crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. During both events,… Read More

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

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News & Media featuring Robert Brown

Bloomberg TV | Bloomberg Markets: The Close

Originally published by Bloomberg TV on September 2, 2022. Rob Brown, CEO of Lincoln International, offers perspectives on the state of deal flow as well as recession resilience in private… Read More

Business Insider | Healthcare Targets and Corporate Orphans Take Center Stage Amid a Dearth of M&A Activity

Originally published by Business Insider on August 2, 2022. Rob Brown, Global Chief Executive Officer of Lincoln International, discusses Amazon’s acquisition of One Medical and the state of the healthcare… Read More

Chief Executive | Uncovering Resiliency: Breaking Down Deal Dynamics in Changing Market Conditions

Originally published by Chief Executive on June 23, 2022. As market conditions change and uncertainties rise, Rob Brown, Global Chief Executive Officer of Lincoln International, offers three observations on the… Read More

Bloomberg Quicktake | Merger Mania Cools Off

Originally aired on Bloomberg on June 8, 2022 Rob Brown, Global Chief Executive Officer of Lincoln International, joins Bloomberg Quicktake to discuss expectations for the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market… Read More

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