Lincoln International

Lincoln's origins

Established in 1996 by Jim Lawson and Rob Barr as Lincoln Partners, Lincoln International took on its current moniker when it merged with strategy and development firm Peters Associates in 2006.  The firm has clients ranging from large public businesses to private companies and focuses its expertise on private placements, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), valuations, corporate finance and restructurings.  While Lincoln lives up to its international name, with offices in Germany, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Austria and Japan, its headquarters are situated in the United States, deep in the heart of Chicago to be exact.

Lawson and Barr still are hands-on in Lincoln's day-to-day operations, serving as cochairman and president, respectively.  Both men also act as managing directors for the firm and, between the two of them, have backgrounds in accounting, mathematics, statistics and economics.  But the duo doesn't claim to make financial magic happen on their own; they employ an investment banking team with experience at major investment banks and advisory companies in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Big-name transactions

The firm has a steady stream of companies it represents in some big-name transactions.  In 2008 alone, the firm worked on deals ranging from the sale of a portfolio company of Bank of America to a sell-off of Ann's House of Nuts.  With its positioning as a global firm, Lincoln is also consistently involved in deals all over the world. 

Lincoln International

500 W Madison St # 3900
Suite 3900
Chicago, IL 60661
Phone: (312) 580-8339
Fax: (312) 580-8317


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Director: Lawrence J. Lawson, III

Major Office Locations

  • Chicago, IL

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