For more than 25 years, our professionals have embodied Stout's core values: Positive Team Attitude, Accountability, Commitment, Entrepreneurial, and Relationship-Focused.

We have taken large strides to ensure that excellence comes from within our firm. Our people make us the great company that we are, and the exceptional service we provide clients is directly related to how we serve our own employees. In turn, Stout fosters a culture that allows employees to grow personally and professionally. The commitment to our values is reflected in the firm's rich history and has helped us grow to where we are today.

Our Story



Craige Stout founds the firm in Detroit, providing valuation services to clients. Beginning with a two-person team in a living room, the Detroit office has grown to one of our largest.


 Investment Banking


We establish our Investment Banking group, offering advice on mergers and acquisitions, private capital raising, and other services for business owners, private equity portfolio companies, and corporate divisions.


 Dispute Consulting


Our Dispute Consulting group launches, delivering a variety of services, including expert testimony, litigation consulting, investigations, compliance, and special assignments.




We expand our physical presence with an office in downtown Cleveland.




Our Chicago office opens. The office has grown to be the largest at the firm.


 Tysons Corner


We open our Tysons Corner office in Virginia, adjacent to Washington, D.C.


 New York


Our East Coast footprint grows with the opening of our New York office. Also during the year, we relocate our corporate headquarters to Chicago.


 Los Angeles


We expand to the West Coast with our new Los Angeles location.




Our growth continues as we complete our first major acquisition with the purchase of valuation and investment banking firm Howard Frazier Barker Elliott (HFBE). Through this transaction, we establish our Dallas and Houston offices, providing a solid foundation in Texas and the South. Separately, we open offices in Atlanta and Washington, D.C., strengthening our East Coast and Southeast base.




With the growth of our Dispute Consulting practice, we open our Baltimore office – our third in the Mid-Atlantic region – and expand our D.C. office. We also establish a Denver office to better serve clients in the Mountain states.


 25th Anniversary


In another year of big moves, we celebrate our 25th anniversary. Our Management Consulting practice launches, focusing on the unique areas of legal management, artificial intelligence, restructuring, and risk management. In addition, we complete our acquisition of Natoma Partners, strengthening our Dispute Consulting services. We also open offices in Philadelphia, Grand Rapids, MI, and Irvine, CA.




We launch our new brand – Stout – leveraging existing brand equity and expertise across our core services. We also acquire FMV Opinions, further expanding our Valuation Advisory group. In addition, we strengthen our global reach, opening new offices in Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland.


 Stout Shanghai Office


Our global footprint expands to Asia, as we establish new offices in Shanghai, Singapore, and Hong Kong, which help broaden our transaction coverage in these regions. We also launched a new Financial Sponsor Coverage practice within our Investment Banking group, connecting our industry expertise with the private equity community.