Michael GPJ SOLOMON, a leading investment banking advisory firm, today announced the appointment of Michael Gottschalk as a Partner and Managing Director covering the consumer products sector, including the food and beverage, personal and household care and consumer health sectors, among other areas.

Mr. Gottschalk has over 25 years of investment banking experience, most recently as a Managing Director at Rothschild.

“Michael has a long and successful track record of advising clients in the consumer sector and we are very pleased that he has chosen to continue his career at PJ SOLOMON,” said Marc Cooper, CEO of PJ SOLOMON. “Since inception nearly three decades ago, PJ SOLOMON has successfully provided unparalleled strategic advice to leading retail and consumer businesses. Michael’s deep industry knowledge and extensive experience greatly augments our consumer capabilities.”

Mr. Gottschalk’s appointment is the most recent of several high profile additions over the last 12 months as the firm continues its expansion.

“I am delighted to be joining PJ SOLOMON at this time of strategic expansion,” said Mr. Gottschalk. “I look forward to continuing to be a trusted advisor to my clients at a firm that demonstrates a commitment to superior client service and excellence in M&A advisory.”

Prior to spending 13 years at Rothschild, Mr. Gottschalk was a Managing Director at Lazard LLC, focusing on mergers and acquisitions in the consumer products and retail industries.

Before Lazard, Mr. Gottschalk held a similar position at Wasserstein Perella & Co. He previously was an attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and began his career as a certified public accountant at Deloitte.

Mr. Gottschalk has advised numerous global strategic and financial clients in the consumer products and retail industries, including Beiersdorf, Dean Foods, Fonterra, Glanbia, Hero, Lala, McCormick, Nestle, Newell Brands and Saputo.

Mr. Gottschalk graduated from The State University of New York at Albany (B.S. Accounting) and the University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.).