Lincoln International Expands Healthcare Practice
CHICAGO, Oct. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Lincoln International, a leading global, mid-market investment bank, announced today that it has expanded its healthcare investment banking practice. Following the launch of its healthcare group in 2010, the addition today of four seasoned healthcare bankers will bring the total number of Lincoln International healthcare bankers to 25 professionals globally. The expanded practice will enable Lincoln International to offer informed, customized and value-added healthcare M&A and strategic advisory services to an even broader range of clients around the world. The firm’s healthcare group provides deep coverage of such sectors as alternate site healthcare services; medical devices and products; outsourcing services; specialty distribution, contract pharmaceutical and medical device services, research tools and diagnostics; and healthcare information technology.
Michael Weber, a veteran investment banker with 25 years of investment banking and securities industry experience (20 years of which have been dedicated to healthcare) will join as Managing Director. Mr. Weber has particularly strong expertise in such markets as home healthcare, outpatient and community-based healthcare, specialty infusion and pharmacy services, behavioral health and chronic care medical products. Nick Konstantinou, a highly experienced investment banker with 20 years of healthcare investment banking and operating experience, will also join as Managing Director. Mr. Konstantinou has differentiated expertise in such markets as alternate site and outpatient healthcare, behavioral health, outsourcing services and specialized pharmacy sectors. Prior to joining Lincoln International, Mr. Weber and Mr. Konstantinou co-led the healthcare practice of BB&T Capital Markets.
Also joining Lincoln International is James Gilmore, who will join as Director, and Phillip Knotts, as Vice President. Mr. Gilmore has experience in the pharmaceutical services, alternate site healthcare and medical products sectors of the healthcare industry and will further deepen the firm’s existing experience in these areas. Mr. Gilmore and Mr. Knotts worked closely with Mr. Weber and Mr. Konstantinou at BB&T Capital Markets and will add substantial knowledge and transaction execution capabilities to Lincoln International’s already strong, global healthcare practice.
Lincoln International’s healthcare group is led by Shahab Fatheazam, a veteran investment banker with 25 years of experience representing healthcare companies in the United States, Europe and Asia. Mr. Fatheazam said, “We are delighted to further deepen our healthcare advisory practice, which we think will be among the best in the middle market. The addition of this group and their complementary domain knowledge further helps us address the broad trends occurring in the global healthcare market. Enhanced by the addition of these experienced bankers, our group combines differentiated healthcare sector expertise and excellent transaction execution.”
“Lincoln International strives to provide excellent advice and services to clients across a broad spectrum of industries in each of the world’s key economies,” said Jim Lawson, Chairman of Lincoln International. “With the introduction in 2010 and today’s expansion of a deeply capable healthcare practice, our firm has brought together trusted strategic financial advisors with extensive healthcare industry expertise, contacts, perspective and cross-border experience.”
Lincoln International’s strategic focus on the healthcare industry demonstrates its commitment to serving clients more broadly, as well as its ability to respond to and leverage changing market dynamics. Current industry trends in healthcare are driving significant M&A activity in this industry. “Equally important,” added Mr. Lawson, “many of our existing clients in industries such as business services, contract manufacturing and chemicals currently touch the healthcare space, and this expansion will further enable us to strategically support their healthcare M&A needs.”
“In Weber, Konstantinou, Gilmore and Knotts, we have found a group that provides great service and outcomes to healthcare clients, perfectly complements and deepens our existing healthcare industry expertise and fits with our international and integrated culture,” said Robert Barr, CEO of Lincoln International North America. “With their wealth of industry contacts and insights, we’re certain they’ll be a strong asset to our firm and the clients that we serve and contribute significantly to our healthcare advisory practice.”
About 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. By being focused and independent, Lincoln International serves its clients without conflicts of interest. More information about Lincoln International can be obtained at www.lincolninternational.com.
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