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Our Industries of Focus

The Stephens Investment Banking team focuses on an expanding range of industries, from consumer and healthcare to energy and technology. In each area of focus, we combine in-depth industry knowledge with strong execution.

Stephens Inc. is an advisor to a broad spectrum of financial services companies. Representative clients include: regional and various community banks and thrifts, consumer finance companies, broker/dealers, wealth managers, insurance brokers and underwriters and third-party administrators. The Financial Services Group serves public and private companies in addition to private equity groups.

Since 2009, Stephens Inc. has advised on 19 M&A transactions in the financial services sector with a total transaction value approaching $3 billion.  In addition to our M&A experience, we have lead-managed or co-managed more than 30 equity and debt offerings in the sector since 2008, with a total offering value approaching $5.3 billion.

Financial Institutions

  • Banks and Thrifts
  • Broker / Dealers
  • Wealth Managers
  • Mortgage Companies


  • Insurance Brokers
  • Insurance Companies
  • Third-party Administrators

Specialty Finance 

  • Consumer Finance Companies
  • Small Business Lenders
  • Commercial Rental & Leasing Companies




Bruce Miller
Managing Director, Head of Financial Services (404) 461-5122
Atlanta, GA
Brian Branson
Managing Director (404) 461-5111
Atlanta, GA
Jay Brogdon
Managing Director (501) 377-2042
Little Rock, AR
Kevin Cunningham
Managing Director +44 20 3757 9876
London, UK

Stephens Europe Limited
Hugh Elwes
Managing Director +44 20 3757 9860
London, UK

Stephens Europe Limited
Blair Farinholt
Managing Director (404) 461-5109
Atlanta, GA
Jim Hemmer
Managing Director (312) 292-5754
Chicago, IL
Jeff Jones
Managing Director (312) 292-5756
Chicago, IL
Kade Machen
Managing Director (214) 258-2711
Dallas, TX
Scott Studwell
Managing Director (212) 891-1708
New York, NY
Matthew Switzer
Managing Director (804) 296-0275
Richmond, VA
Jimmy Troy
Senior Vice President (415) 548-6904
San Francisco, CA
Patrick Allen
Vice President (404) 461-5124
Atlanta, GA
Justin Evans
Vice President (214) 258-2722
Dallas, TX
Bryan Pyne
Vice President (404) 461-5147
Atlanta, GA
Ted Rosinus
Vice President (312) 292-5774
Chicago, IL
Adam Cunningham
Associate (312) 292-5763
Chicago, IL
Michael Manser
Associate (804) 939-5423
Richmond, VA

$84 Million

Has Agreed to Merge With

SmartFinancial, Inc.


$40 Million

Senior Unsecured Notes

Joint Bookrunner

$60 Million

Subordinated Debt

Joint Bookrunner

$54 Million

Initial Public Offering


$200 Million

Senior Secured Credit Facility


$691 Million

Has Agreed to Merge With

South State Corporation


$150 Million

Initial Public Offering


$300 Million

Subordinated Debt

Joint Bookrunner

$75 Million

Senior Subordinated Notes

Sole Bookrunner

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