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    Lincoln International's Featured Employee of the Week is Lauren S! Lauren is an Associate in our Chicago office. What makes Lincoln different: “Lincoln provides junior bankers the opportunity to work with clients from the get go, providing leverage to senior bankers but more importantly supporting young professional development...I've never encountered more senior support and attention to my career progression than at Lincoln, and think that is what gives Lincoln its competitive edge and clear differentiation in the market.” – Lauren S.

  • Lincoln International update
    8 days ago

    Lincoln International's Featured Employee of the Week is Andrew K! Andrew is an Associate in our New York office. What makes Lincoln different: “I love working at Lincoln because of the culture, people and meaningful work we do here...The culture is entrepreneurial, collegial and down-to-earth, and the firm is filled with bright, passionate and motivated individuals. It is especially rewarding to work hand-in-hand with knowledgeable senior bankers and deliver truly dedicated, white-glove client service...” – Andrew K.


Lincoln International – Why Work For Us?


Lincoln International is all about providing outstanding service and outcomes for our clients and great careers for our staff. Key to our achieving these goals is outperforming our competitors. Key to outperforming is our culture of excellence, entrepreneurship, teamwork, integration and integrity.

  • Excellence - we set high standards and pursue them intensely
  • Entrepreneurial - we are innovative and creative
  • Team-oriented - we work in teams and focus on success as a team
  • Integrated – we share all our resources across all our geographies
  • Integrity – we run our business with openness, honesty, respect and fairness

Our strategy for outperforming even our best competitors is to evaluate and engineer the right mix of entrepreneurism and team work in each and every situation. In summary, Lincoln International provides superior results for our clients and better careers for our staff because we constantly apply our culture of “Using Ingenuity to Outperform”.


Lincoln International attracts, develops and retains outstanding professionals at all levels of the organization who contribute to our culture of teamwork, collegiality and innovation. We invest substantial time and resources on the recruitment, training, staffing, mentoring, reviewing and professional development of our employees. We rely on outstanding people at every level of the firm to bring their skills and perspectives to our growing organization to contribute to the success of our firm. 

The continuing growth of Lincoln International provides outstanding career opportunities superior to those of other investment banks. While positions are not always available, we encourage qualified candidates to contact us to begin a dialogue.


At Lincoln International, we are united by a passion for what we do. Our dynamic environment provides an experience completely unique within our industry. This strong sense of unity promotes a collegial atmosphere of teamwork and collaboration.

Because of the firm's growth trajectory, our employees have a consistently high level of engagement and responsibility that affords them unparalleled opportunities and advantages, including:

  • Immersion to a variety of transactions across a wide range of industries
  • Working along side our most senior bankers to contribute to live engagements
  • Superior degree of client exposure
  • Constantly evolving and growing responsibilities and challenges

Lincoln International also strives to provide support to those in need through community involvement and contribution. Our regular efforts at The Greater Chicago Food Depository are geared towards helping a great organization that distributed 64 million pounds of food and fresh produce to those in need, last year alone. These volunteer events provide additional opportunities for us to become even closer to our community, as well as each other.

In a high growth company like Lincoln International, we find it important that all our employees have an entrepreneurial spirit. We are all deeply committed not only to the success of the firm, but the advancement of each other. In short, our unmatched and distinctive culture is at the heart of our success, as well as yours.


Lincoln International's training program kicks off a comprehensive learning experience. Each July, new employees from our offices worldwide meet in Chicago for three weeks of training that prepares them for their daily responsibilities. Our program has tremendous success in getting employees on-boarded quickly and ready for live deal experiences from the day they exit training.

We have an apprenticeship approach to developing our new staff as they exit training. New bankers are staffed with professionals that understand their tenure and help them develop quickly to ensure a successful on-boarding. In addition to new-hire training, the firm also supports its employee’s continuous growth through its Continuing Education program, which consists of regular meetings hosted internally and externally on a wide-variety of job-related topics.

Aside from formal training, Lincoln International provides its employees with a number of other professional development tools that ensure your experience to be of the highest use and quality.

  • Lincoln International's Mentorship Program - At Lincoln International, we believe that mentoring can be a key to an employee’s ultimate success. We are extremely focused on providing each of our associates with a potential "Path to Partner" track. As such, after joining our firm, each employee is given a senior mentor that helps guide their professional development. The mentor program consists of having at least quarterly meetings to discuss your performance and long-term goals.
  • Performance reviews - Our employees are reviewed formally each year and are eligible for a discretionary-based bonus based on their performance. In this setting, we review an employee's strengths, as well as areas for further development. Your mentor, as well as other key people you have worked with, participates in these meetings and continues to work on improvement at your quarterly meetings.
  • Company events - Lincoln International hosts regular firm events that help maintain our collegial culture. These events give associates even more exposure to senior officers and we encourage all employees to participate and meet people in different product areas throughout the firm.


Lincoln International is dedicated to being the leading, global mid-market advisory firm. The leadership of Lincoln International and its entire staff are focused on achieving this goal.

Assembling a group of outstanding employees is central to our continuing success. Our professionals have successfully served the strategic and tactical merger and acquisition and corporate finance needs of a worldwide client base.

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    Team oriented spirit - Management at Lincoln International strongly believes that outstanding results are achieved through teamwork. This entails contributing to the discussion regardless of seniority level and thinking about how to solve problems and craft the best end product.

    Opportunities to interact with clients - I very much enjoy opportunities to interact with C-level executives at various portfolio companies and family owned businesses; this provides a great learning experience as well as an opportunity to develop my management skills


    Multitude of parallel assignments and associated workload could be challenging at times.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain and nurture the culture you have created. Select the best human talent you can find around.

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    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Lincoln International (Chicago, IL).


    Following an on-campus information session, applicants applied through the on-campus career center. Some candidates were given 30-minute on-campus interviews and brought to a pre-interview dinner the night before. Following on-campus interviews, remaining potential candidates attended a superday in Chicago, where we were further interviewed and showed around Chicago. Offers were made following the day of interviews. Lincoln was extremely genuine throughout the interview process, and applicants were treated with kindness and respect

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Lincoln International Awards & Accolades

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Investment Bank of the Year, Mergers & Acquisitions Magazine, 2014

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Headquarters Chicago, IL
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 1996
Type Company - Private
Industry Finance

Abraham Lincoln may not be remembered for his deal making prowess, but Lincoln International hopes to invoke his integrity with its moniker. With fifteen offices in North America, South America, Asia, and Europe, Lincoln International is one of the leading investment banks offering M&A advisory, debt advisory, special situations advisory, and other corporate finance and valuation services. It has in-depth industry expertise in a wide variety of industries and over 350 employees across the globe. Chairman Jim Lawson and Rob Barr, CEO of North American operations, founded... More

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