Who We Are

About Us

Stout is a leading independent provider of Investment Banking, Valuation Advisory, Dispute Consulting, and Management Consulting services. With 21 offices globally, we serve a range of clients, from large corporations to privately held companies in numerous industries throughout the world. Our clients and their advisors rely on our premier expertise, deep industry knowledge, and unparalleled responsiveness on complex matters.
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About Us

Stout is a leading independent provider of Investment Banking, Valuation Advisory, Dispute Consulting, and Management Consulting services. With 21 offices globally, we serve a range of clients, from large corporations to privately held companies in numerous industries throughout the world. Our clients and their advisors rely on our premier expertise, deep industry knowledge, and unparalleled responsiveness on complex matters.
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25+

Years of delivering client success

21

Offices globally
*includes new office in Berlin, Germany,
effective January 1, 2019

80+

Countries where we serve clients

Our Services

Investment Banking

Investment Banking

We advise buyers and sellers on mergers and acquisitions, private capital raising, and other corporate financial transactions.

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Valuation Advisory

We provide valuations of business enterprises, complex securities, intellectual property, real estate, and personal property.

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Dispute Consulting

We deliver pre-litigation, discovery assistance, analysis, expert testimony, and opinions and consultation services.

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Management Consulting

We offer specialized consulting services to help companies optimize operations, reduce risk, make informed decisions, and enhance value.

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Transaction Opinions

We help clients navigate the entire transaction process and provide transaction opinions across a wide range of industries, deal sizes, and deal types.

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Leadership

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

Craige Stout

Chief Executive Officer

Jeff Risius

Head of Client Service

Ryan Thies

Chief Operating Officer

Greg O'Hara

Valuation Advisory
Group Leader

Michael Petron

Dispute Consulting
Group Leader

Nick Jachim

Investment Banking
Group Leader

Simon Heaton

Chief Senior Talent Officer

Christine Jaroszewicz

Chief Human Resources Officer

Bob Gerardi

Chief Marketing Officer

Bob Gerardi

Managing Director

Bob Gerardi

Los Angeles Office Leader

Bob Gerardi

ESOP & Erisa Advisory
Practice Co-Leader

Our Story

1991

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.

1997

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.

1998

Our Dispute Consulting group launches, delivering a variety of services, including expert testimony, litigation consulting, investigations, compliance, and special assignments.

2000

We expand our physical presence with an office in downtown Cleveland.

2001

Our Chicago office opens. The office has become the largest at the firm in terms of both personnel and revenue.

2004

We open our Tysons Corner office in Virginia, servicing the Washington, DC, metropolitan region.

2007

Our East Coast footprint grows with the opening of our New York office. Also during the year, we relocate our corporate headquarters to Chicago.

2011

We expand to the West Coast with our new Los Angeles location.

2012

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.

2014

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.

2016

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.

2017

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.

2018

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.

2019

We expand our European presence with a new office in Berlin.

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