Stephen Gaines serves as the Managing Director and Head of Business Services Investment Banking at Janney Montgomery Scott.

Prior to joining Janney in 2018, Stephen was the Founding Partner and a Managing Director of HighBank Advisors, a mid-market investment bank and advisory firm. Stephen 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, Stephen has served as lead banker on more than 100 transactions with an aggregate value 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, Stephen 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.

Stephen 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. 

Stephen 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.


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