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Investment Banking | Illinois, USA

tel: +1 312 857 9000 | fax: +1 312 857 9001
One South Wacker Drive | Chicago | Illinois | 60606 | USA

Main Contacts

Michael Benson

Michael BensonManaging Director

Jeffrey Risius

Jeffrey M. Risius, CPAManaging Director

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.

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

Emma Bienias

Emma BieniasManaging Director

John Bone

John R. Bone, CPAManaging Director

Daniel Broadhurst

Daniel P Broadhurst, CPAManaging Director

Stephen Burns

Stephen R BurnsManaging Director

Timothy Cummins

Timothy F. CumminsManaging Director

Leonard Devaney

Leonard P. DevaneyManaging Director

David Evatz

David M. EvatzManaging Director

Ryan Gandre

Ryan A. GandreManaging Director

David Goesling

David K. GoeslingManaging Director

David Haas

David A. HaasManaging Director

Nick Jachim

Nick P. JachimManaging Director

Mark Melancon

Mark J. MelanconManaging Director

Jim Mitchell

Jim MitchellManaging Director

Stacie Neeter

Stacie NeeterManaging Director

Brian Potter

Brian R. PotterManaging Director

Jeffrey Risius

Jeffrey M. Risius, CPAManaging Director

Aaron Stumpf

Aaron M. StumpfManaging Director

John VanSanten

John W. VanSantenManaging Director

Andrew Ward

Andrew S. WardManaging Director

Scott Weingust

Scott WeingustManaging Director



Adam Bakula

Adam BakulaVice President

Nick Clark

Nick ClarkManager

Jay Clarke

Jay ClarkeVice President

Candice Cornelius

Candice CorneliusSenior Manager

Tom Cronin

Tom CroninVice President

Tom Czupta

Tom CzuptaSenior Vice President

Bob Gerardi

Bob GerardiChief Marketing Officer

Chris Hannah

Chris HannahSenior Vice President

Mac Hibler

Mac HiblerManager

Christopher Kielion

Christopher KielionVice President

John Lahti

John LahtiHead of Material Handling

Kelly O'Brien

Kelly O'BrienVice President

Patrick Polomsky

Patrick PolomskySenior Vice President

Mike Poteracki

Mike PoterackiSenior Vice President

Lauren Trilling

Lauren TrillingVice President

Michael Vitale

Michael VitaleSenior Manager

Jacqueline Worrell

Jacqueline WorrellSenior Vice President

Richard Ruffing

Richard Ruffing, Jr.Senior Manager


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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