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Lincoln International Overview

Chicago, IL
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Investment Banking & Asset Management
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
We are trusted investment banking advisors to business owners and senior executives of leading private equity firms and public and privately held companies around the world. Our advisory services include mergers and acquisitions and capital markets advisory for the mid-market ... Read more

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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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Lincoln International CEO and Managing Director Robert B Barr
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    I have been working at Lincoln International full-time (Less than a year)


    Lincoln cultivates a culture of collaboration and transparency. Senior bankers are cognizant and appreciative of the efforts of junior bankers. Peers are very sharp, hard working and supportive of each other - always willing to help / lend advice. The culture and peers make Lincoln an enjoyable place to work.

    Lincoln's investment in developing its bankers is evident and plays an integral role in Lincoln's strong relationships with alumni and clients.

    Despite Lincoln's impressive growth, the firm still has an entrepreneurial feel; senior management and managing directors are actively involved in processes and are highly-approachable. Exciting to be part of the growth.


    Hours are long, but are manageable. As is the case with any bank, you should expect to be highly responsive outside of standard working hours. The job is definitely challenging and demanding; that being said, bankers are able to manage their hours and take time off / unwind on the weekends by effectively communicating with their deal teams and leveraging the expertise of peers to enhance efficiencies.

    Lincoln cares for the well-being of its people and takes the steps to proactively address the hours and stress that inevitably occur in investment banking.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in employee compensation / development and protect Lincoln's established culture - it truly differentiates Lincoln from the pack.

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    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Lincoln International (Chicago, IL) in September 2017.


    I had a standard 30-minute on-campus interview and super day two days after. The super day had five interviews with a break in the middle and a lunch following. I was asked all the standard behavioral and technical questions; they were mostly looking for fit.

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Lincoln International Awards & Accolades

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

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