Foster Tidwell

Foster Tidwell

Managing Director Mergers & Acquisitions Los Angeles


Foster works with private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies to evaluate investments and to design and implement value-creation strategies to maximize enterprise value during the hold period. His experience includes advising both strategic and financial buyers across the M&A lifecycle, from due diligence to portfolio value creation to sell-side strategic planning.

As a leader in our carve-out service offering (CORE), Foster has advised on over 300 carve-out due diligence, day-one readiness, and post-close separation execution transactions. Foster recently led the IT separation for a $640 million carveout for a global chemical manufacturer, ultimately achieving separation. He also led the pre-close Separation Management Office (SMO) for all carveout functions of a $120 million education services business, resulting in a successful day one cutover.

As a business leader, Foster promotes an inclusive team dynamic that elevates team performance and makes work fun. He is focused on building the next generation of leaders both in the M&A practice and throughout the firm. 

Prior to joining West Monroe, Foster worked in investment banking, alternative asset management, and M&A strategic communications. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in Philosophy from DePauw University, and he attended the Executive Management Training Program at the Yale School of Management.

What makes Foster different

As a child, Foster won a pig calling contest at the Kansas State Fair. He grew up to be a serious Rock Chalk Jayhawk-chanting, advanced statistical analysis-enabled college basketball fan, and a loving husband and father.

Where Foster makes an impact

Foster volunteers at a local K-12 charter school and recently helped them implement a new payroll system. Within West Monroe, he is a leader in the Women in M&A program and serves on the Internal Relations committee.

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