Jim Lawson

Jim Lawson

Formal First Name
Lawrence (Jim)

Jim Lawson is Chairman and Global Co-CEO of Lincoln International, a trusted investment banking and financial services company. In his role, Jim focuses on driving the company's global strategy and new initiatives, recruiting and managing senior bankers, and interacting with firm clients. Since Jim co-founded the firm in 1996, Lincoln International has grown into a firm with more than 20 offices in 16 countries that ranks as one of the 10 most active mid-market M&A advisors in the world. With more than 30 years of experience marketing and negotiating acquisition of businesses across a variety of industries, Jim brings deep training, understanding and perspective to create tailored recommendations for clients. He has served on the board of directors of both publicly traded and privately-owned businesses, domestically and internationally. Jim has also advised on acquisitions, both public and private, as well as provided fairness opinions and other forms of valuations.

Professional Experience

Academic History

  • Jim not only has extensive experience as an advisor, but also understands the viewpoint of entrepreneurs and owners.

  • Throughout his career, he has completed over 100 merger and acquisitions transactions in a variety of industries.

  • In these roles, Jim has gained insight on the issues facing entrepreneurs, senior management of established companies, and boards of directors. 

  • He serves on the boards of Lincoln in Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Russia, Spain, the UK and the U.S.

  • He also co-founded a private equity firm which went on to raise a second fund, and a manufacturing and servicing company of printing consumables, which was sold.

  • Prior to co-founding Lincoln, Jim served as a senior officer at Peers & Co., a successful M&A boutique, where he established the Chicago office and worked on cross-border transactions.

  • At Peers, Jim spent significant time working on cross-border transactions, with a particular focus on Japan.

  • Previously, he was a senior vice president in corporate finance for PaineWebber Incorporated (which was acquired by UBS).

  • Jim began his career in public accounting with KPMG LLP.