Janki Lalani Gandhi

LINCOLN INTERNATIONAL BUILDS CONSUMER TEAM: Global mid-market investment banking firm Lincoln International is building out its consumer group practice by adding Janki Lalani Gandhi as a managing director in its Los Angeles office.

The Chicago-based firm has offices in Los Angeles and New York, as well as 17 overseas locations. Lalani Gandhi, who begins today, will build the consumer group’s practice in fashion, accessories and beauty. She was formerly a managing director at The Sage Group, a middle market investment banking firm in Los Angeles known for its focus and expertise in the consumer branded area. During her 12-year tenure at Sage, Lalani Gandhi has worked on 40 transactions, including the sale of Paige to TSG Consumer Partners; Vince to Kellwood; Alexis Bittar to TSG Consumer Partners, and Kooba to Swander Pace Capital.

Lalani Gandhi said her new role allows her to continue to work with “founders, entrepreneurs and private equity firms on a global platform.”

Jim Lawson, chairman of Lincoln International, said, “We have become of the leading M&A advisers to consumer, food and beverage, retail and restaurant companies and their owners,” adding that the addition of Lalani Gandhi “further strengthens Lincoln’s relevance and deal flow to branded consumer companies and consumer focused private equity firms.”