Who We Are
A brief introduction to our firm's identity, service offerings, senior leadership, and history.

About us

Stout is a global investment bank and advisory firm specializing in corporate finance, valuation, financial disputes, and investigations. 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.
By the numbers
Since 1991, Relentless Excellence® has defined our firm. All our professionals embrace it. It has driven our success, expansion, and client satisfaction, and it will guide us in our next big moves. No matter the size or type of engagement, industry, or client, we relentlessly deliver results.
30
Years of service
24
Offices globally
80+
Countries where we serve clients
+90
Net Promoter Score
(on a scale of -100 to +100 since 2016)
30
In 2021, we celebrated 30 years of Relentless Excellence®. Watch to learn more about this milestone achievement.
What we do
We serve a broad range of organizations – including top law firms, small businesses, and leading publicly traded and private corporations – in numerous industries around the world. Time and again, we achieve successful outcomes across the following areas:
Investment Banking
Our industry-focused bankers specialize in mergers and acquisitions, private capital raising, and other financial advisory services for privately held businesses, portfolio companies of private equity firms, and divisions of large corporations. Our depth of experience in recapitalizations, management buyouts, and sales or mergers provides our clients with the full range of liquidity alternatives.
Transaction Advisory
We help clients navigate the entire transaction life cycle. We provide fairness and solvency opinions, data analytics as well as financial and other due diligence services, tax insights and structuring, other pre- and post-deal accounting, and M&A support services ranging from technical accounting and carve-out financial statements to fully integrated acquisition model development.
Valuation Advisory
As one of the largest independent valuation practices in the country, we bring deep and specialized experience across a broad spectrum of industries in the valuation of businesses, complex securities, intellectual property, real estate, and personal property. Our opinions are fully supported and are prepared to withstand scrutiny – whether that be from the SEC, IRS, Department of Labor, a trier of fact, an auditor review, or a counterparty.
Disputes, Compliance, & Investigations
Private sector clients, government agencies, and outside counsel engage our experts to assist with investigations; address compliance and regulatory issues; evaluate damages; analyze financial, statistical, and economic issues; and offer expert testimony in arbitrations, state courts, federal courts, and other venues throughout the world.
Specialty Services
We work collaboratively with clients to implement transformative change. Our consultants work side by side with organizations to manage risk through industry-leading analysis; make informed decisions from machine and deep learning; and contain costs through process improvement.
Meet our team
The members of Stout's leadership team oversee 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.
A look back on our history

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

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 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.

2016

In another year of big moves, we celebrate our 25th anniversary. We complete our acquisition of Natoma Partners and 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 a new office in 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 global presence with offices in Germany, Italy, and San Francisco.

2020

We establish our London office.

2021

Stout celebrates 30 years. We partner with Audax Private Equity, acquire Secura Risk Management, launch our IT Due Diligence practice, and open a Miami office.

Join us as we forge ahead.