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Investment Banking | Michigan, USA

tel: +1 248 208 8800 | fax: +1 248 208 8822
150 West Second Street | Royal Oak | Michigan | 48067 | USA

Representative Clients

Stout's Overview

Stout is a premier global financial advisory firm that specializes in Investment Banking, Valuation Advisory, Dispute Consulting, and Management Consulting. We serve a range of clients from Fortune 500 corporations to privately held companies in numerous industries around the world.

Stout has been recognized as one of the best and brightest companies to work for and one of the fastest growing private companies. Our people have received various awards and are often called upon to share their expertise and experience at national conferences, industry forums, and on standards setting bodies.

Since the firm was founded in 1991, Stout has grown at a rapid pace. The firm has offices in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Houston, Irvine, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Tysons Corner, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.stoutadvisory.com, follow us on Twitter @StoutAdvisory and/or connect with us on LinkedIn.

  • Year this Office was Established: 1991

Areas of Expertise
  • Antitrust Disputes
  • Bankruptcy & Restructuring Disputes
  • Bankruptcy Related Valuation Services
  • Complex Commercial Disputes
  • Dispute Advisory & Forensic Services
  • Distressed Transaction Advisory
  • ESOP & ERISA Advisory Services
  • Fairness Opinions
  • Fairness Opinions & Solvency Opinions
  • Family Law Valuation & Advisory Services
  • Fraud & Forensic Services
  • Intellectual Property Litigation & Licensing
  • Intellectual Property Valuation
  • International Disputes
  • Investment Banking
  • Labor & Economic Disputes
  • Litigation Related Expert Valuation Opinions
  • Machinery & Equipment Valuation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Portfolio & Fund Valuation Services
  • Private Market Financings
  • Real Estate Valuation
  • Securities Actions
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Strategic Assessments
  • Succession & Shareholder Planning
  • Transaction & Corporate Development Support Services
  • Transaction Disputes
  • Valuation & Financial Opinions
  • Valuations for Corporate Tax Planning
  • Valuations for Financial Reporting

Managing Directors

Michael Benson

Michael BensonManaging Director

Justin Cherfoli

Justin L. CherfoliManaging Director

Kevin Kernen

Kevin A. KernenManaging Director

Jeffrey Risius

Jeffrey M. Risius, CPAManaging Director

John Ross

John N. RossManaging Director

Glenn Sheets

Glenn C. SheetsManaging Director

Cory Thompson

Cory J. ThompsonManaging Director

Jesse Ultz

Jesse A. UltzManaging Director

Jay Wachowicz

Jay B. WachowiczManaging Director



Robert Levine

Robert A LevineSenior Manager

Andrew Robinson

Andrew J. RobinsonVice President

Troy Szopo

Troy D SzopoSenior Vice President

Kyle TenHuisen

Kyle K TenHuisenSenior Vice President

Ryan Thies

Ryan D. ThiesChief Operating Officer

Jasmeet Marwah

Jasmeet Singh MarwahSenior Vice President

Brendan Smith

Brendan R SmithSenior Vice President


Bitcoin - Fraud or Panacea?
Stout, January 2018

After a number of government enfourcement actions involving alleged fraud schemes related to cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin is under heightened scrutiny. Earlier this year, Jamie Dimon, the head of JPMorgan, the largest bank in the U.S., made headlines by calling Bitcoin a “fraud.” Dimon said, “The currency isn’t going to work. You can’t have a business where people can invent a currency out of thin air and think that people who are buying it are really smart.”  He compared Bitcoin’s meteoric rise in the value this year to the Dutch tulip mania that gripped 17th Century Holland...

Is Winter Coming to Pay TV?
Stout, December 2017

The kings of multichannel TV have been buffeted by winds of change. While their future is uncertain, they have some weapons to rely upon. Netflix vs. Hulu vs. Amazon. YouTube TV vs. Yahoo View. HBO vs. Starz vs. Showtime. The 126 million U.S. television watchers have never had more options for how to consume entertainment. And at the same time, approximately 20% of U.S. consumers have chosen to minimize their options by cutting the cord or never subscribing to cable or satellite service in the first place. As an upshot, cable TV subscriptions continue to decline, from 101 million in 2015 to 99 million in 2016, according to UBS...

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Stout Advises on Sale of AGS Company
Stout Risius Ross, January 2017

Stout announced today that its client, American Grease Stick Company (d/b/a AGS), has been acquired by 3 Rivers Capital, LLC (3RC). Stout served as exclusive financial advisor to AGS in connection with this transaction. AGS, founded in 1931, is the leading manufacturer of branded automotive fluid transfer lines and related products to the automotive aftermarket. The company, headquartered in Muskegon, Michigan with operations in the U.S. and U.K...

Stout Advises Graham Partners on Sale of Western Industries
Stout Risius Ross, January 2017

Stout announced today that its client, Western Industries, Inc. (Western), a portfolio company of Graham Partners, has been sold to Speyside Equity, a private equity firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Stout served as exclusive financial advisor to Western and Graham Partners in connection with this transaction. Western is comprised of two distinct business units, Plastic Products Group (Plastic Products) and Engineered Products Group (Engineered Products).  Plastic Products is a niche, technical manufacturer of large blow molded products and components serving a variety of industrial and consumer end markets and operates out of a 350,000 sq.ft. campus in Winfield, Kansas...

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