Steve Sahara is responsible for assisting the Stout management team with the acceleration of their U.S. and international growth strategy by sourcing new relationships with law firms, accounting firms, family offices, private equity, hedge funds, financial institutions, and public/private companies from middle market to Fortune 500. Steve aligns business opportunities with Stout resources to respond to a clients’ valuation, financial opinion, investment banking, or litigation support needs. Steve has extensive experience working with client management and directors, transaction attorneys, financial sponsors, institutional investors, asset managers and administrators, regulators and accounting professionals across a broad client spectrum including industrial corporations, banks, funds, and insurance companies.

Steve focuses on valuation and dispute consulting for M&A (pre-acquisition diligence, purchase price allocation, post-acquisition disputes, fairness and solvency opinions), financial reporting, corporate and estate / gift tax valuation, business reorganizations, and expert testimony / litigation support for analyses of economic damages across the spectrum of commercial litigation and shareholder disputes.

Steve began his career in business valuation at Price Waterhouse (Chicago), was CFO/board member of a UK telecom messaging software company, and ran financial structuring/execution groups focused on debt/equity capital, funding and liability management solutions at Investment Banks: Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers, ABN AMRO and Credit Agricole CIB in New York and London.

Select Presentations and Speeches

  • Opus Connect Chicago Chapter July Roundtable July 2018

    Moderated Creative Deal Structures - How to Differentiate yourself in a Competitive Market
  • Thomson Reuters IFR

    Hybrid Capital Securities - A definitive guide for Issuers and Investors
  • Thomson Reuters IFR

    Next Generation Hybrid Securities and Capital Structure Evolution
  • Thomson Reuters IFR

    The Future of Bank Funding and Capital - Solutions for Issuers, and Opportunities for Investors