Lincoln International has named Rob Brown as global CEO and Eric Malchow as CEO of North America. Brown joined the firm in 1998 while Malchow came on board in 1996.
CHICAGO, Oct. 5, 2021 – Lincoln International, a global investment banking advisory firm, announced today that it has appointed two of its long-time leaders into new roles, effective immediately. Rob Brown has been named Global Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the firm and Eric Malchow becomes CEO North America.
“This long-planned transition of both global and North American leadership comes at an exciting time for Lincoln,” stated Jim Lawson, Chairman and General Partner of Lincoln International. “In 2021, we celebrate our 25th anniversary having grown from one office with four people to 22 offices in 16 countries with over 700 professionals. Rob and Eric have been instrumental to the successes we have achieved since our earliest days and are well-positioned to lead the firm’s vision, strategy and culture. They are committed to driving aggressive growth for the foreseeable future.”
Rob Brown joined the firm in 1998 and has been a key leader in driving the firm’s geographic and business growth, including strengthening the firm’s mergers and acquisitions (M&A) capabilities broadly and specifically fueling the growth of the business services, technology, media and telecom and healthcare industries. He is also a steward of the firm’s people and culture strategies and lead recruiter for lateral Managing Director and senior talent. Most recently, as General Partner, and since he became the North American CEO for Lincoln in 2017, the firm attracted talent to increase employee count over 60% and revenue grew by over 155%. The firm is expecting another record year from the U.S. with forecasted growth of over 50% in 2021.
“I am honored to lead Lincoln’s next stage of growth and success,” said Rob Brown. “Our people, platform and culture are truly unique in the industry and there is tremendous excitement internally and among our clients about the work we are doing. I am looking forward to continuing to invest in ideas, solutions and talent while inspiring our people to make a positive impact on each other, our clients and our communities.”
Eric Malchow joined the firm at its founding in 1996 and has been at the forefront of adding new and complementary services and products to the firm’s portfolio. His foresight about the vast opportunity to advise private equity investors has led to an increase of 40% in private equity-backed transactions at Lincoln over the past five years and the formation of a robust financial sponsors coverage model and group. In addition to growing and leading the Global Industrials Group, he provides strategic guidance for Lincoln’s Capital Advisory Group, comprised of debt advisory and special situations advisory services. Most recently, Eric served as the President of Lincoln North America.
“Lincoln’s North American business has been on an impressive trajectory and I am looking forward to our future, collective achievements,” said Eric Malchow. “Our U.S. team of more than 400 talented individuals is an industry-leading group of insightful, committed and collaborative professionals who prioritize client outcomes and excellence. The key to the continued success of our North American operations and the firm overall is our people’s access to development and career opportunities that support their own professional goals.”
Jim Lawson and Rob Barr, the firm’s founders and Global Co-CEOs for the last 25 years, will continue at the firm providing strategic oversight and leadership of various global growth and internal initiatives. Jim remains Chairman and General Partner and Rob is Managing Director and General Partner.
Rob Barr stated, “Lincoln’s great momentum in recent years and very promising future makes now the appropriate time for the transition to new leadership to occur. We have great confidence in both Rob and Eric’s capabilities and dedication to Lincoln, its people and clients. Jim and I look forward to continuing to contribute to the very bright future of the firm.”
About Lincoln International
We are trusted investment banking advisors to business owners and senior executives of leading private equity firms and public and privately held companies around the world. Our advisory services include mergers and acquisitions and capital markets advisory for the mid-market. We also provide valuations and fairness opinions and joint ventures advisory services. As one tightly integrated team of more than 700 professionals across 16 countries, we offer an unobstructed perspective, backed by superb execution and a deep commitment to client success. With extensive industry knowledge and relationships, timely market intelligence and strategic insights, we forge deep, productive client relationships that endure for decades. Connect with us to learn more at www.lincolninternational.com.