Lincoln International taps Rispoli as MD

Mid-market investment bank Lincoln International has named Dominic Rispoli as a managing director and head of retail, North America. Previously, Rispoli worked at Canaccord Genuity‘s investment banking division where he served as consumer and retail group head and a managing director.


NEW YORK, July 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Lincoln International, a leading global, mid-market investment bank, announced today that it has expanded its Consumer Group by appointing Dominic Rispoli as a Managing Director and Head of Retail, North America. He will be based in Lincoln International’s New York office. Mr. Rispoli brings extensive experience in the retail and consumer products sectors. Areas of past experience and focus at Lincoln International include all areas of retail, particularly specialty retailers (softlines and hardlines) and discount retailers, as well as apparel, footwear and luxury.

“Lincoln International has substantial experience in retail outside of North America. With Dominic, we now have a global capability in retail,” said Chairman of Lincoln International, Jim Lawson. “His joining further strengthens Lincoln’s position as a leading advisor to consumer companies.”

With over 22 years of transaction and industry experience, Mr. Rispoli adds significant merger and acquisition advisory and capital raising expertise to Lincoln International. Mr. Rispoli has advised on over 100 transactions for leading private equity groups, private companies and large corporations as well as emerging growth brands.

Mr. Rispoli’s previous M&A transaction experience for notable clients includes:

Majority sale of Canada Goose to Bain Capital
Sale of Americana International (Bench Apparel) to Emeran Capital Partners
Strategic and hostile defense advisory for Tiffany & Co.
Sale of Maxwell Shoe to Jones NY
M&A advisory and fairness opinion for Phillips-van Heusen on the acquisition of Calvin Klein
Divestiture of the Orchard Supply Hardware division of Sears Holdings to Ares Management
Restructuring and sale advisory for Loehmann’s

In addition, Mr. Rispoli has extensive equity and debt capital raising expertise having lead-managed transactions for numerous notable companies, including Authentic Brands Group, DSW Inc., Phillips-van Heusen, Rent-A-Center, Tempur-Pedic International, Tuesday Morning and Wal-Mart Stores.
Co-Head of Lincoln’s North America Consumer Group, Brad Akason, stated, “The consumer products, food and beverage, and retail sectors continue to see strong M&A activity. Dominic strengthens Lincoln International’s consumer products and food presence and gives us a new and strong capability in retail in North America.”

Prior to joining Lincoln International, Mr. Rispoli was the Consumer & Retail Group Head and a Managing Director in Canaccord Genuity’s Investment Banking Division. Prior to joining Canaccord, Mr. Rispoli co-founded Catalyst Brands LLC, a retail and consumer products advisory firm, where he served as Managing Partner. Before founding Catalyst, Mr. Rispoli was the Retail Group Head and a Managing Director for Barclays Capital, the investment banking division of Barclays, and a Managing Director in Lehman Brothers’ Global Retail and Consumer Group prior to that. Mr. Rispoli began his investment banking career with JP Morgan Chase working in the Middle Market Structured Finance Group.

Mr. Rispoli holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance from the University of Massachusetts.

About Lincoln International
Lincoln International specializes in merger and acquisition advisory services, debt advisory services, private capital raising and restructuring advice on mid-market transactions. Lincoln International also provides fairness opinions, valuations and pension advisory services on a wide range of transaction sizes. With sixteen offices in the Americas, Asia and Europe, Lincoln International has strong local knowledge and contacts in key global economies. The firm provides clients with senior-level attention, in-depth industry expertise and integrated resources. By being focused and independent, Lincoln International serves its clients without conflicts of interest. More information about Lincoln International can be obtained at