Who We Are

Stout is a global advisory firm specializing in: Investment Banking; Transaction Advisory; Valuation Advisory; Disputes, Compliance, & Investigations; and Management Consulting. We serve a range of clients, from public corporations to privately held companies in numerous industries. Our clients and their advisors rely on our premier expertise, deep industry knowledge, and unparalleled responsiveness on complex matters.

Relentless Excellence®

Since 1991, Relentless Excellence® has defined our firm. All Stout professionals embrace it. It has driven our success, expansion, and client satisfaction, and it will guide us on our next big moves. No matter the size or type of engagement, industry, or client, we relentlessly deliver results.

Years of delivering client success
Offices globally
*Includes new office in London effective January 2020
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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Transaction Advisory

We help clients navigate the transaction process and provide transaction opinions and due diligence services.

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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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Disputes, Compliance,
& Investigations

We provide expert testimony and consulting, as well as investigative and compliance services for financial-related matters.

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Management Consulting

We help companies optimize operations, reduce risk, make informed decisions, and enhance value.

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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

Disputes, Compliance, & Investigations 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


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 Disputes, Compliance, & Investigations group launches, delivering a variety of services, including expert testimony, litigation consulting, investigations, and compliance services.


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 Disputes, Compliance, & Investigations group, 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 global presence with offices in Germany, Italy, and San Francisco.


We open a London office effective January 2020.


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

Join us as we forge ahead.