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September 04, 2019

Stephens Enhances European Sponsor Coverage Capability with Simon Tilley Hire

Stephens has further enhanced its European corporate finance advisory expertise with the hiring of experienced industry professional Simon Tilley on its European investment banking team.

Privately-held Stephens began with an independent financial services firm founded in the US in 1933, and later established an investment banking presence across the Atlantic in 2014 – opening offices in London and Frankfurt. Stephens’ international corporate finance advisory business is led by a highly experienced team of professionals with expertise across many sectors, geographies and types of transactions. Tilley assumes the role of Managing Director, responsible for European sponsor coverage.

Tilley has joined Stephens from Inflexion Private Equity Partners, where he was Partner. Before this, Tilley spent 16 years at DC Advisory, which was previously Close Brothers Corporate Finance. For his last decade there, Tilley was Managing Director and Head of European Financial Sponsors.
“Adding a professional of Simon’s calibre to our growing team in London further demonstrates our long-term ambitions for Stephens in Europe,” comments Brad Eichler, an executive in Stephens’ investment banking practice. “With his extensive experience in the private equity space, Simon will further strengthen Stephens’ ability to capitalise on transatlantic deal flow.”

Tilley adds: “Stephens has forged a reputation over many years as a trusted adviser to its clients and I am excited to become part of the company’s future vision. The Stephens team in Europe is highly experienced and has become renowned for its deep sector knowledge and expertise. There is a significant opportunity to serve private equity clients internationally and the Stephens platform is built out and well placed to do just that.”

About Stephens Corporate Finance. “Stephens” is the brand name for the Stephens’ privately held firms, including Stephens Inc. in the United States and Stephens Europe Limited in the UK and Europe.  Stephens Inc. is an independent financial services firm headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas. Since its inception in 1933, Stephens has served a broad client base which includes corporations, state and local governments, financial institutions, institutional investors and individual investors throughout the United States and overseas.  Starting in 2014, Stephens expanded across the Atlantic with the establishment of a European arm, Stephens Europe Limited – opening offices in London and Frankfurt. Within the UK and Europe, Stephens advises on mergers, acquisitions, disposals, debt advisory and restructuring and general corporate finance strategy to both public and private companies, as well as private equity investors, governmental and other entities.  In Europe, Stephens focuses primarily on the Business Services, Consumer, Financial Services, Healthcare, Industrials, TMT and Transport Services & Infrastructure industry sectors.  Stephens Europe Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.  Stephens Inc.’s corporate finance activities are regulated by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. 

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