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Michael Benson

Michael Benson

Managing Director

Michigan, U.S.A.

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Michael D. Benson is a Managing Director and Head of Diversified Industrials in the Investment Banking Group. He is responsible for the execution of investment banking transactions which include mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and the private placement of senior debt, subordinated debt, and equity securities. Mike has been involved in the successful completion of transactions for companies ranging from privately held, middle market companies to large multinational, publicly traded corporations. Additionally, he has been involved in restructuring projects, which range from providing strategic advisory services to under-performing companies to the sale and liquidation of companies both in and out of bankruptcy.

In addition to his significant experience in the plastics, automotive, and general industrials segments, Mike has been involved in many industries, including business services, transportation/logistics, and distribution. Recent sell-side transactions include Plastic Components, Inc., American Grease Stick, Viking Plastics, United Plastics Group, Boston Plastics, Aarkel Tool and Die, and Alpha Sintered Metals, Inc.


M.B.A., Wayne State University
B.B.A., Western Michigan University
Areas of Practice
Professional Career


    Board of Directors – Manufacturers
    Association for Plastics Processors (MAPP)

Professional Activities and Experience

Prior to joining Stout, Mr. Benson was a Senior Associate in the Investment Banking Group at First of Michigan Corporation, a subsidiary of Wall Street-based Fahnestock & Co. While at First of Michigan, Mr. Benson was responsible for the execution of investment banking transactions for middle-market and large-cap companies on a worldwide basis. Prior to joining First of Michigan, Mr. Benson was a Senior Commercial Credit Analyst with NBD Bank where he was involved in the analysis and subsequent placement of senior debt financing for middle market companies.

Additionally, Mr. Benson is a licensed commercial pilot and flight instructor with over 2,500 flight hours in various private and commercial aircraft.

Nurturing Business Value in the Plastics Industry
Stout, November 2016

Stout Investment Banking Managing Director and plastics industry expert Michael Benson recently authored "Nurturing Business Value in the Plastics Industry," a 12-page report that gives an in-depth look at the steps you can take now to achieve maximum business value in the long term.  It is more important than ever for plastics processors and manufacturers to understand the factors that drive long-term business value...

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