Lincoln International Adds Jeff Cleveland as Managing Director

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Bolsters Global Consumer Team’s Advisory Capabilities in Food and Beverage

Lincoln International is pleased to announce the addition of Jeff Cleveland as a Managing Director. Jeff joins the firm’s Global Consumer Group, where he will partner in leading the firm’s efforts within the food and beverage sector, in addition to his responsibilities in the broader consumer industry. Jeff brings extensive experience in food and beverage, expanding the team’s advisory credentials and relationships in the sector.

"We are pleased to have Jeff join the team to strengthen our offering in the food and beverage sector," stated Chris Stradling, Managing Director and Co-head of Lincoln’s Consumer Group. "The food and beverage market is both dynamic and growing, driven by a variety of demographic trends and shifting consumer expectations. We are looking forward to Jeff’s leadership in supporting clients who want to capitalize on momentum in the sector."

Jeff brings nearly two decades of investment banking experience and a long track record of leadership in food, beverage and agriculture, along with the broader consumer market. His expertise spans a broad spectrum of investment banking services, including sell-side and buy-side advisory assignments, initial public offerings, private placements, recapitalizations, fairness opinions and various strategic advisory assignments.

Jeff commented, "I am thrilled to join the Lincoln platform and its world-class Consumer Group. Having spent the past 15+ years advising companies across the global food and beverage supply chain, I have developed a deep appreciation for the dynamic nature of the industry. I look forward to leveraging my industry expertise and relationships to build on the strong momentum in our Global Consumer Group. Lincoln’s uniquely collaborative culture provides the ideal foundation to deliver best-in-class service and results to leading businesses across the food value chain."

Before joining Lincoln, Jeff was a Managing Director at D.A. Davidson & Co. where he established and led their food, beverage and agriculture investment banking practice. Previously, he was a founding member of Harris Williams & Co.’s global food and beverage and consumer investment banking practices along with its Minneapolis, Minnesota, office.

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