Eric Welsch is Managing Director and Head of Financial Sponsors in the Investment Banking Group at Stout. Eric brings over 20 years of experience in investment banking and capital markets, having completed over 150 diverse buy-side and sell-side M&A, equity capital markets, and leveraged finance transactions for private equity and corporate clients. Through his work, Eric has cultivated extensive relationships with investment professionals and firms across the private equity industry as well as with senior executives in the consumer and technology sectors, among others.

Prior to joining Stout, Eric was Managing Director at Fifth Third Capital Markets. At Fifth Third, Eric was a founding senior member of the firm’s Financial Sponsors Group, where he helped lead significant growth, the development of the group's Cleveland-based team, and the firm’s focus on consumer and retail private equity. At Fifth Third, Eric’s responsibilities included building strategic partnerships with leading middle-market and large-cap private equity firms as well as leading teams in originating and executing a broad array of M&A, securities, and leveraged finance mandates for clients.

Eric was previously a member of the investment banking departments at KeyBanc Capital Markets, BMO Capital Markets, RBC Capital Markets and Cowen & Company, where he focused on Financial Sponsors, consumer and technology industries, and related clients.