Stout announced today it has opened its newest office in the United Kingdom. Based in London, Stout’s fifth location in Europe will provide access to the domestic merger and acquisition (M&A) market and bolster transaction coverage in the Nordic and Western European markets.
In conjunction with this announcement, Stout welcomes an experienced investment banking team formerly operating as Park Partners Ltd and led by new Stout Managing Director, Jon Howells. Howells founded Park Partners in London in 2013 after previously holding positions as Head of the European Transportation and Business Services team at Lazard, where he spent 15 years advising on M&A, IPO, and restructuring transactions, and as Managing Director at Capstan Capital Partners. Under Howells’ leadership, Park Partners has expanded to provide M&A, capital-raising, and restructuring advisory services to clients predominantly in the maritime, technology, industrials, transportation and logistics, and oil and gas sectors. In addition to Jon Howells, other senior bankers joining Stout include Peter Ahlås, Santiago Izaguirre, Aran Williams, Simon Dunn, Ed Matthews, and Sven Garås.
“We’re excited to join the Stout team and be part of all a global firm encompasses,” said Jon Howells. “Stout boasts deep investment banking and financial advisory expertise across a wide variety of industries. We have established a meaningful market presence and developed strong relationships in the United Kingdom and Nordics, and our clients can now benefit from Stout’s reach across North America, Europe, and Asia. We look forward to helping the firm participate in the growing cross-border activity with the highest quality independent advice.”
“On the back of another year of record growth, Stout is committed to establishing a strong global footprint, and the United Kingdom is an essential market,” said Nick Jachim, Head of Stout’s Investment Banking Group. “Despite Brexit uncertainty, the U.K. remains a pivotal destination for U.S. companies looking to both acquire and sell. We expect the robust private equity market to prevail and deal volume to remain high. With the same commitment to best in class advice and transaction execution, we’re extremely pleased to welcome Jon and his team to Stout.”