Fairness Opinions

Greater scrutiny of transactions and increased litigation means a higher risk of the deal falling through. That’s why it’s important to hire advisors who will stand by their opinions long after the deal is finalized and not treat a transaction opinion like a “check-the-box” due diligence exercise. Although a fairness opinion may not be required by law, it's generally considered a best practice and can help protect board members and other fiduciaries against monetary judgments and reputational risk should the deal go to litigation.

While other companies may provide fairness opinions as a small part of a much larger M&A advisory engagement, at Stout fairness opinions are a core business. We leverage our considerable investment banking and valuation experience to assist clients with sound business decisions in completing their critical transactions.

Typical engagements involve:

  • Mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures
  • Going-private and conflict transactions
  • Buy-side and sell-side advisory
  • Recapitalizations
  • Related-party transfers
  • Special dividends

Who We Serve

  • Corporate boards of directors
  • Special committees
  • Trustees
  • Other fiduciaries of public and private companies
  • State Attorney Generals

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