Relentless Excellence®
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.

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.
Founded in 1991
Offices globally
Countries where we
serve clients
OUr Services
What We Do

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

We help clients navigate the entire transaction process by providing fairness and solvency opinions as well as services related to financial due diligence, tax, M&A support, and intellectual property advisory and transactions.

As one of the largest independent valuation practices in the country, clients come to us for financial reporting, corporate tax planning and compliance, trust and estate tax reporting, and succession planning.

We deliver pre-litigation, discovery assistance, analysis, expert testimony, and opinions and consultation services for disputes as well as investigative and compliance services.

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

Meet Our Team

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

Independent Board Member

Managing Director

Los Angeles Office Leader

Chief Information Officer

Independent Board Member

General Counsel

ESOP & ERISA Advisory Practice Co-Leader

Chief Marketing Officer

Chief Senior Talent Officer

Investment Banking
Group Head

Valuation Advisory
Group Head

Disputes, Compliance & Investigations Group Head

Head of Client Service

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Human
Resources Officer

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. We complete our acquisition of Natoma Partners and 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 a new office in 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 establish our London office.


Stout celebrates 30 years.

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