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Investment Banking

Stephen Gaines

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Managing Director

Head of Business Services Investment Banking

Prior to joining Janney in 2018, Mr. Gaines was the Founding Partner and a Managing Director of HighBank Advisors, a mid-market investment bank and advisory firm. Mr. Gaines possesses over 25 years of financial advisory experience covering the full range of advisory services including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, financings, strategic assessments, board advisory assignments, restructurings, valuations and dispute services. Since entering the investment banking industry in 1993, Mr. Gaines has served as lead banker on more than 100 transactions with an aggregate value well in excess of $1 billion.

From 2001 through 2009, Mr. Gaines led KPMG Corporate Finance through a period of compounded annual growth in excess of 45% and transitioned the business from losing millions of dollars annually to recording record profits while strategically diversifying the firm’s revenue sources across products and industries.

Prior to joining the financial advisory industry, Mr. Gaines worked in the secured lending division of a multi-billion dollar regional bank where he underwrote and managed numerous leveraged transactions including management buyouts, leveraged lease transactions, debtor-in-possession financings, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and debt restructurings.

Mr. Gaines has served as a nationally-known financial expert and resource to global and national media outlets including BBC World News, CNBC, Fox Business News, Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Buyouts and Acquisitions and Financial Week.

Mr. Gaines earned a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Dickinson College and an M.B.A. from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at University of Maryland, College Park.