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February 29, 2016

Stephens Inc. Hires Charles M. Lapeyre to lead its Upstream Acquisitions & Divestitures (“A&D”) Group

(LITTLE ROCK, AR: February 29, 2016) – Stephens Inc., an independent, full service investment banking firm, announced today that Charles “Charlie” M. Lapeyre has joined the company, bringing to bear his energy sector expertise as Managing Director and Head of the A&D effort for the energy investment banking group.

Mr. Lapeyre joins Stephens from Virage Energy Group LLC, a Dallas based advisory firm he founded in 2012, focused on A&D advisory services for middle market independent energy companies engaged in upstream oil and gas transactions ranging from $5 million to $100+ million. Prior to, Mr. Lapeyre served as Managing Director of Energy Spectrum Advisors Inc. (ESA). During his 13-year tenure at ESA, Mr. Lapeyre and the firm’s engineering and finance professionals sourced, negotiated and closed more than 100 corporate/asset sales, private placements and M&A transactions in the upstream energy sector with an aggregate transaction value of over $8.0 billion.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Lapeyre held various senior business development, financial, and technical (petroleum engineering) roles with Merit Energy Company (Dallas), Torch Energy Advisors Inc. (Houston) and ARCO International Oil & Gas Company (Los Angeles).  Mr. Lapeyre has a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa and an MBA with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin.

“We are excited to welcome Charlie to Stephens; his considerable industry knowledge and expertise furthers our ability to deliver differentiated value and counsel to our clients. As a proven and solid banker in A&D, we look forward to accelerated growth under Charlie’s leadership,” said Brad Eichler, Executive Vice President and Head of Investment Banking at Stephens Inc.

Mr. Lapeyre commented, “I have long admired Stephens for its unique and enviable history in the energy sector. I am thrilled to join the company and look forward to working with the investment banking team and its clients to drive the most optimal outcomes.”

Mr. Lapeyre will be based in the firm’s Dallas office.  

About Stephens Inc. 

Stephens Inc. is a full service investment banking firm headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas. Since its inception in 1933, privately held Stephens Inc. 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. The firm is a member of the New York Stock Exchange and SIPC. Stephens’ services include investment banking, money management, wealth management, securities underwriting, equity research and general securities brokerage and trading. Today, Stephens Inc. maintains 24 offices in the United States. For more information, visit

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