Investment Bank for the Consumer Industry

Our team brings passion, deep industry relationships and transaction expertise to deliver great outcomes for leading consumer companies.

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50+

consumer transactions in 2022

>55%

consumer transactions with private equity acquirers

>45%

of consumer M&A transactions were cross-border

Changing Market Dynamics Drive Opportunity

Our team stays at the forefront of the latest trends in how consumers, live, think and shop across geographies, demographics and social strata. These insights, coupled with our experience in the private markets and extensive industry relationships, inform and enable our advice and solutions for our clients. We are a global investment bank,  inspired by the exciting changes in the consumer marketplace: the boom in ecommerce, the explosion in new, better-for-you food and beverage products, changing uses of retail spaces, the opportunities available through global sourcing expertise, and the importance of the consumer experience in dining and leisure activities.

Sector Focus

Consumer Products

Our professionals are skilled at highlighting the product, merchandizing, brand and distribution characteristics that drive top value for leading consumer product companies.

Consumer Services

The services sector is the fastest growing segment of the consumer economy. We understand the expertise required of service companies and how to position differentiated service offerings.

Fashion, Beauty & Apparel

High demand for accessible, on-trend fashion apparel and accessories, as well as beauty and personal care products, is driving significant investment opportunity across the sector.

Food & Beverage

Our expertise is essential to positioning food companies for maximum value. Trends in better-for-you foods, changing preferences and new distribution methods have created enormous opportunities for agile companies in the sector.

Retail & Restaurants

Our clients rely on our deep sector expertise and on-trend insights about consumer shopping and dining preferences. Our team has the unique ability to position winning platforms for excellent results.

Travel & Leisure

Growing discretionary income and the expanding global middle class are driving dramatic increases in travel and leisure spending. We assist clients in capitalizing on consumer behaviors and change in this sector.

Lincoln’s execution expertise, access to key decision makers, industry knowledge and process guidance proved invaluable throughout the sale process.
Ashish Rughwani
Partner, Dominus
Consumer

Perspectives & Publications

The Business of Fashion | Beauty’s Top M&A Targets

Originally posted by The Business of Fashion on January 23, 2023. Ashleigh Barker, Director in Lincoln’s Consumer Group, shares how leading beauty companies are well positioned to capitalize on the… Read More

Mergermarket | European Consumer Trendspotter: Consumer Rainmakers Look Past Challenging 2022 with ‘Quiet Optimism’ for New Year

Originally published by Mergermarket on January 12, 2023.  Alex Masters, Managing Director in Lincoln’s Consumer Group, offers a perspective on market trends in the consumer industry. View the original article.

UK Hospitality: Unlocking Hidden Value

The hospitality industry has experienced several challenges over the last few years, which at times has led to valuation concerns amongst investors. However, an opportunity presents for businesses to attract… Read More

Just Food | Gloomy Clouds to Hang Over Food Industry M&A in 2023

Originally published by JustFood on December 20, 2022 Alex Masters, Managing Director and Tom Cunningham, Director in Lincoln International’s Consumer group share insights on M&A trends in consumer sector for the… Read More

American & European Consumer Group Heads

Meet our Senior Team with Consumer Expertise

David Houser

Managing Director

Chicago