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Lincoln International Overview

Headquarters Chicago, IL
Size 201 to 500 Employees
Founded 1996
Type Company - Private
Industry Finance
Revenue $25 to $50 million (USD) per year
Abraham Lincoln may not be remembered for his deal making prowess, but Lincoln International hopes to invoke his integrity with its moniker. With sixteen offices in North America, South America, Asia, and Europe, Lincoln International is one of the leading investment banks ... More

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  • Lincoln International has been recognized as one of the Top Workplaces of the year by the Chicago Tribune! Thanks to our employees for making Lincoln International a great place to work!

    Chicago's Top 100 workplaces: How they compare

    On behalf of the Chicago Tribune, WorkplaceDynamics conducted an engagement survey of Chicago-area employers with at least 100 employees. To find possible survey participants, the Tribune used print and online advertising to seek nominations from workers, bosses and others. In total, 2,426 companies were invited to participate.

  • Lincoln International's Featured Employee of the Week is Ryan T! Ryan is an Associate in our New York office. The Lincoln difference: “Lincoln fosters an environment that encourages individuals to approach each situation with an entrepreneurial mindset. There is no set way to solve a problem and that creative element provides employees the ability to provide ongoing value to the client as the market continues to evolve.” -- Ryan T.

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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    I had an incredible experience as a Summer Analyst Intern at Lincoln International in the Chicago office. After a week of training, I was put on multiple pitch and deal teams where I was an integral part of our team's success. I was given real responsibility right away and as the internship progressed I was continuously being trusted with more projects. I felt that throughout the summer, my work as an intern was truly value and the people I worked with and under showed their appreciation by their actions, which was really rewarding. I felt that I was just as important to our team's success as the full-time analyst on the pitch/deal making me feel valued by the firm as a whole. Ultimately, this led to me wanting to work even harder and learn all I could in the 10 weeks I was there.


    Investment banking as a whole requires a lot of hours in the office. This is something you should be aware of before committing to this field of work. Some days are very long but it is important that you enjoy the people working around you so that when it gets late it creates more of a team atmosphere and that you are all in it together. This is exactly the culture they have created at Lincoln International.

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    Investment Banking Associate Interview

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    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Lincoln International (Chicago, IL) in October 2015.


    Submitted application through my school's career center and was invited for an interview during the recruiting process. Several employees reached out to get to know me before the official interview. Met 1:1 with interviewer, lasted less than 30 minutes.

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

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