Damon McLaren has joined Lincoln International as a director in its financial sponsors group. Based in Los Angeles, McLaren will be responsible for strengthening the firm’s relationships with financial sponsors on the West Coast. Previously, McLaren was with Wells Fargo Securities, where he led the firm’s coverage of middle-market financial sponsors on the West Coast.
Chicago, IL, August 19, 2013 – Lincoln International, a leading global mid-market investment bank, announced today that Damon McLaren has joined the firm as a Director in its Financial Sponsors Group. Based in Lincoln International’s Los Angeles office, Damon will be responsible for strengthening the firm’s relationships with financial sponsors on the West Coast. He will work closely with the firm’s industry and product bankers to provide M&A, capital raising, restructuring and valuation and opinion services. Lincoln International has completed over 300 transactions globally over the past three years, many on behalf of financial sponsor clients.
Damon joins Lincoln International from Wells Fargo Securities, where he led the firm’s coverage of middle-market financial sponsors on the West Coast. Damon worked at Wells Fargo Securities and its predecessor, Barrington Associates, for over 13 years. During that period, he managed and executed numerous M&A transactions across a variety of sectors.
Jim Lawson, Chairman of Lincoln International, commented, “Adding Damon further enhances our ability to provide world-class advice to our financial sponsor clients. We have strategically built a Financial Sponsors Group over the past few years. With Damon, we now have five dedicated senior officers, supported by a staff of junior bankers, located and deeply integrated in each of our three U.S. offices: Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.”
Rob Barr, CEO of North America, said “Damon is exactly what we were looking for and financial sponsors want in a coverage banker. He has extensive deal experience, deep knowledge and contacts with private equity, knows how to develop long-term relationships, and proactively develops value-added ideas. Damon will be instrumental in leveraging Lincoln International’s capabilities, knowledge and deal flow to help our West Coast financial sponsor clients find, finance and monetize their investments.”
With the addition of Damon McLaren, the Lincoln International Los Angeles office now has a staff of ten investment bankers. Chris Petrossian, Managing Director and Head of the Los Angeles office added, “We are pleased to have a talented person with great relationships like Damon joining our team. Lincoln International is highly committed to continuing to build our presence on the West Coast and growing our Los Angeles office. Damon is the second senior banker we hired in our Los Angeles office this year, following Alex Stevenson, who joined our Special Situations Group as a Managing Director in April.”
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 fifteen 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 www.lincolninternational.com.