Featured Speaker

Caroline Gardner

Caroline Gardner is a Director in the Financial Advisory Practice at BMO Harris, specializing in providing corporate finance advisory services on topics such as mergers & acquisitions, acquisition financing, recapitalizations, ownership transitions (including ESOPs), valuation, pension risk transfers and liquidity events. Caroline has over 10 years of experience in investment banking, business development, strategic planning and consulting, with the last 5 years focused on M&A advisory work.

Caroline most recently worked at MillerCoors LLC, the joint venture between SABMiller and Molson Coors Brewing Company, where she was responsible for the consolidation of private, family-owned businesses within the company’s distribution channel. While at MillerCoors, she covered 350 distributors in 34 states and completed 7 M&A transactions involving ownership transition and succession issues.

Prior to MillerCoors, Caroline was an investment banker at Lincoln International where she closed 11 M&A transactions in the consumer, electronics, healthcare and business services sectors for leading private equity firms, multi-national conglomerates and entrepreneurs. Caroline has also worked for HBK Capital Management, a global multi-strategy hedge fund, and as a consultant at Accenture.

Caroline holds an MBA from The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and a BA with Honors from Southern Methodist University.