We advise buyers and sellers on mergers and acquisitions, private capital raising, and other corporate financial transactions.
We provide valuations of business enterprises, complex securities, intellectual property, real estate, and personal property.
We deliver pre-litigation, discovery assistance, analysis, expert testimony, and opinions and consultation services.
We offer specialized consulting services to help companies optimize operations, reduce risk, make informed decisions, and enhance value.
We help clients navigate the entire transaction process and provide transaction opinions across a wide range of industries, deal sizes, and deal types.
The members of Stout's leadership team are in charge of the firm’s major functions and operations. The executive team is responsible for preparing and implementing the firm’s strategy in accordance with the decisions of the board of directors.
* Denotes Board Members
Chief Executive Officer
Head of Client Service
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Senior Talent Officer
Chief Human Resources Officer
Chief Marketing Officer
Craige Stout founds the firm in Detroit, providing valuation services to clients. Beginning with a two-person team in a living room, the Detroit office has grown to be one of our largest in terms of both personnel and revenue.
We establish our Investment Banking group, offering advice on mergers and acquisitions, private capital raising, and other services for business owners, private equity portfolio companies, and corporate divisions.
Our Dispute Consulting group launches, delivering a variety of services, including expert testimony, litigation consulting, investigations, compliance, and special assignments.
We expand our physical presence with an office in downtown Cleveland.
Our Chicago office opens. The office has become the largest at the firm in terms of both personnel and revenue.
We open our Tysons Corner office in Virginia, servicing the Washington, DC, metropolitan region.
Our East Coast footprint grows with the opening of our New York office. Also during the year, we relocate our corporate headquarters to Chicago.
We expand to the West Coast with our new Los Angeles location.
Our growth continues as we complete our first major acquisition with the purchase of valuation and investment banking firm Howard Frazier Barker Elliott (HFBE). Through this transaction, we establish our Dallas and Houston offices, providing a solid foundation in Texas. Separately, we open offices in Atlanta and Washington, DC, strengthening our East Coast base.
With the growth of our Dispute Consulting practice, we open our Baltimore office – our third in the Mid-Atlantic region – and expand our DC office. We also establish a Denver office to better serve clients in the Mountain states.
In another year of big moves, we celebrate our 25th anniversary. Our Management Consulting practice launches, focusing on the unique areas of legal management, artificial intelligence, restructuring, and risk management. In addition, we complete our acquisition of Natoma Partners, strengthening our Dispute Consulting services. We also open offices in Philadelphia, Grand Rapids, MI, and Irvine, CA.
We launch our new brand – Stout – leveraging existing brand equity and expertise across our core services. We also acquire FMV Opinions, further expanding our Valuation Advisory group. In addition, we strengthen our global reach, opening new offices in Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland.
Our global footprint expands to Asia, as we establish new offices in Shanghai, Singapore, and Hong Kong, which help broaden our transaction coverage in these regions.
We expand our European presence with a new office in Berlin.