Lincoln International has opened an office in São Paulo marking another step in the firm’s global expansion. James Sinclair, formerly the Managing Partner of CFS Partners, a mergers and acquisition boutique based in São Paulo, has been appointed Managing Director and will lead the new office.
With a population of over 190 million people and growing, Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world by both population and geographic area and has the seventh largest GDP. With a stable government and currency, Brazil’s growth rate is expected to accelerate. “We believe Brazil is a key global market and has strong and increasing connections to the other key global economies where we operate,” said Jim Lawson, Chairman of Lincoln International.
The new office in São Paulo will offer advisory service to its Brazilian and Latin American clients by leveraging its very active mid-market M&A practices in Asia, Europe and North America. Lincoln International will be providing a level of service to companies, investors and government entities in the region which has only been available to date on large transactions.
James Sinclair is joining the firm as CEO Brazil and Managing Director. Prior to joining Lincoln International, Mr. Sinclair was the Managing Partner of CFS Partners. Prior to CFS, Mr. Sinclair served in senior positions with Deutsche Bank, Morgan Grenfell and Citigroup in São Paulo, London and New York, in all cases focused on the Brazilian and Latin American markets. In total, Mr. Sinclair has more than 25 years of experience working in Brazil and other parts of Latin America, including the last 12 years in São Paulo.
“Lincoln International’s fully-integrated global platform is unique to the mid-market and exactly what Brazilian firms need as they increase focus on cross-border M&A business development,” said Mr. Sinclair.
Mr. Sinclair is very active in the Brazilian business community including serving on the board of Trevisa Investimentos, a publicly traded company on the São Paulo stock exchange, serving on the boards of Museu da Imagem e do Som and of Paço das Artes, two museums in São Paulo belonging to the state government, and serving on the board of the Harvard Club of Brazil. Mr. Sinclair was raised in South America, has a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering from the University of São Paulo and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Sinclair is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English.
Joining Mr. Sinclair as a Senior Advisor is Roger Silver, a co-founder of CFS. Prior to CFS, Mr. Silver had been a Managing Director with Deutsche Bank with regional responsibility for important markets in Latin America. CFS will transfer its business activities in Brazil to 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 thirteen 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. The firm is based in Chicago, IL (www.lincolninternational.com).
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