Chicago-based investment bank Lincoln International has hired Dominic Rispoli to expand its consumer group and has named him a Managing Director and Head of Retail, North America. He will be based in the firm’s New York office.
“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. He has advised on over 100 transactions for private equity groups, private companies and large corporations as well as emerging growth brands. A sampling of his experience includes the sale of Canada Goose to Bain Capital; the sale of Americana International (Bench Apparel) to Emeran Capital Partners; strategic and hostile defense advisory for Tiffany & Co.; the sale of Maxwell Shoe to Jones NY; and the divestiture of the Orchard Supply Hardware division of Sears Holdings to Ares Management.
In addition, Mr. Rispoli has equity and debt capital raising expertise having lead-managed transactions for numerous companies including Authentic Brands Group, DSW, Phillips-van Heusen, Rent-A-Center, Tempur-Pedic International, Tuesday Morning and Wal-Mart Stores.
“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,” said Brad Akason, Co-Head of Lincoln’s North America Consumer Group.
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, he co-founded Catalyst Brands, 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 has an MBA from Northwestern University and a BBA from the University of Massachusetts.
Lincoln specializes in merger and acquisition advisory services, debt advisory services, private capital raising and restructuring advice on mid-market transactions. The firm also provides fairness opinions, valuations and pension advisory services on a range of transaction sizes. Lincoln has sixteen offices in the Americas, Asia and Europe and is headquartered in Chicago (www.lincolninternational.com).
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