Investment Banking

Jay Bliley

Managing Director

Expertise: Financial Services
Sector Focus: Financial Institutions

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Jay Bliley is a Managing Director in the Financial Institutions Group in Investment Banking at Stephens Inc. He leads the Diversified Financials practice that focuses on asset and wealth management as well as insurance carriers, brokerages and service providers. Over his 20-year investment banking career, Mr. Bliley has worked with a number of leading companies, private equity and family investors as well as entrepreneurs on strategic M&A and capital markets transactions across a spectrum of strategies. In addition to advisory assignments, he has helped over 20 companies raise over $23 billion of capital over the past 10 years in the common equity and equity linked markets.

Prior to joining Stephens in May 2019, Mr. Bliley was a Managing Director in the Financial Institutions Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In addition to client coverage, he worked extensively on strategic transactions for Merrill Lynch including the sale of Merrill’s 20% stake in Bloomberg LP, the common equity recapitalization and the sale of Merrill Lynch & Co to Bank of America Corporation in 2008. Mr. Bliley joined Merrill Lynch in New York in 1999 and worked in the London and Frankfurt offices before returning to New York in 2006. He holds a BS Chemistry degree from Duke University and a MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia where he was a Shermet Scholar and a member of the Raven Society.

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