Michael Gottschalk is a Managing Director in the Global Consumer Group. Mr. Gottschalk has been providing strategic and financial advice to clients for more than 25 years. His deep industry knowledge of the consumer products and retail industries and innovative thinking have made him a trusted advisor to domestic and international clients.
Prior to joining PJ SOLOMON, Mr. Gottschalk spent thirteen years in the mergers and acquisitions group at Rothschild, having served as the Head of the Consumer Group for the Americas. Mr. Gottschalk’s selected advisory transactions included: Ganeden on its sale to the Kerry Group, Arbor on the sale of Columbus Foods to Hormel, Skagen on the sale of Method / Ecover to SC Johnson, Dean Foods on the acquisition of Friendly’s Ice Cream and the acquisition of Alpro, Newell Brands on the acquisition of Sistema Plastics and the sale of its Hardware business, White Wave on its acquisition of Wallaby Yogurt, and So Delicious, and its later sale to Danone, Windpoint on the sale of Pelsis to LDC, Swander Pace on the sale of Renew Life to Clorox, and Pineridge Bakery to Aryzta, CSM on the acquisition of Best Brands and the sale of its bakery business to Rhone Group, Saputo on the acquisition of Morningstar, Nestlé on the acquisition of Pfizer Infant Nutrition, Yoplait on its acquisition of Liberté, PAI on the sale of Yoplait, Lion Capital on the sale of Kettle Foods and Wagamama, Unilever on the sale of Bertolli, St. Tropez on its sale to PZ Cussons, Grupo Lala on the acquisition of National Dairy Holdings, Hero on its acquisitions of Beech-Nut and Organix Brands, Harry & David on strategic alternatives and its restructuring, Catterton Partners on the sale of Archway & Mothers and the restructuring of Sleep Innovations, Sun Capital on its acquisition of Neckermann, JBS on its acquisition of Pilgrim’s Pride and Swift, Pirate’s Booty on the sale to VMG, Apollo on its acquisition of Smart & Final, JLL on the sale of New World Pasta, Starwood Capital on the sale of Taittinger Champagne, Parmalat on its restructuring divestitures and Henkel on its acquisition of Right Guard.
Mr. Gottschalk’s previously held positions include serving as Managing Director in the Consumer and Retail practices of Lazard and Wasserstein, Perella & Co. He also served as an attorney with Cravath, Swaine & Moore and as a CPA at Deloitte Haskins and Sells.
Mr. Gottschalk holds a B.S. from The State University of New York at Albany and a J.D. from The University of Virginia School of Law.