Investment Banking

Stephens specializes in providing advice on mergers and acquisitions, underwritings of public debt and equity securities, and private placements of debt and equity.

Services

With investment bankers in Little Rock, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York, Richmond, San Francisco, and London and Frankfurt (through its Stephens Inc. affiliate, Stephens Europe Limited), Stephens specializes in providing unvarnished advice on mergers and acquisitions, underwritings of public debt and equity securities, and private placements of debt and equity.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Stephens has a long history of working with clients to strategically position them for success in the ever changing arena of mergers and acquisitions. Since 2004, Stephens has advised clients on more than 240 merger and acquisition transactions with aggregate transaction value in excess of $100 billion. We endeavor to bring the right senior investment banker experience and relationships to each transaction and provide our clients with expert financial, strategic and tactical advice, whether in public or private situations; buy side or sale side; carve out, divestiture or spinoff transactions; hostile defense, special committee, fairness opinion or valuation assignments. We are focused on the middle market, but regularly execute noteworthy transactions in excess of $1 billion.

Independent Advisory

The world of mergers and acquisitions has always had conflicts of interest, but increasingly those conflicts have gained notoriety, often at the expense of board member reputations and shareholder pocketbooks. Stephens' reputation of being fiercely independent is supported by our private ownership, our non-lender status, and years of experience providing boards of directors and special committees unbiased advice in challenging situations, including take private transactions, change of control events, management buyouts, minority capital raises, lender or other advisor issues, hostile shareholder accusations, and cases where a party is on both sides of a transaction, among others. Since 2004, we have delivered more than 72 fairness opinions.

Sell Side Advisory

Stephens has built a strong reputation for developing a competitive marketplace for its clients looking to monetize their ownership in a full or partial sale of their business. The Stephens process is characterized by rigorous upfront due diligence, tailored positioning of the business' unique value proposition, current relationships with relevant strategic and financial buyers in the industries we cover, and efficient techniques that all contribute to maximizing value for our clients. Since 2004, we have completed over 160 sale mandates valued at $67 billion. In addition, as part of our sell side advisory practice, we have developed a core competency of evaluating and executing carve-out transactions and in coordinating with clients’ tax advisors to utilize tax efficient structures when feasible, whether through a divestiture, spinoff or exchange.

Buy Side Advisory

Clients are continually comparing organic growth initiatives with potential M&A strategies, and routinely look to supplement their standalone strategy with targeted acquisitions. Stephens' long history as a principal investor and the depth of our industry knowledge and relationships provides our bankers with a unique perspective on strategic transactions. We find opportunities that others can't uncover; we help our clients accurately assess the strategic merits of potential combinations; and we move quickly to close those transactions that survive the strategic review process. Since 2004, buy side engagements represent about half of our M&A activity, and over 30% of our closed transactions.

   
Marshall McKissack
Managing Director, Head of M&A
(501) 377-8146
Little Rock, AR
Simon Eccles-Williams
Chairman & Managing Director
+44 20 3757 9851
London, UK

Stephens Europe Limited
Mickey McFarlin
Managing Director
(501) 377-8040
Little Rock, AR
Kerry North
Managing Director
(214) 258-2705
Dallas, TX
Kiran Prasad
Managing Director
(501) 377-2007
Little Rock, AR
Dana F. Silaski
Managing Director
(501) 377-2448
Little Rock, AR
Patrick Wilson
Chief Executive & Managing Director
+44 20 3757 9856
London, UK

Stephens Europe Limited
Matthew P. Marks
Managing Director
(501) 377-3441
Little Rock, AR
Bryan Scanlon
Senior Vice President
(501) 377-2420
Little Rock, AR
Miles Stephens
Senior Vice President
(501) 377-8750
Little Rock, AR
Matt Summitt, CPA
Vice President
(501) 377-3733
Little Rock, AR
Stan Dimitrov
Associate
(501) 377-2028
Little Rock, AR

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