Managing Director FT Partners, New York
Stephen Stout is a Managing Director and senior banker in the New York office of FT Partners. He is responsible for leading the firm’s Payments industry advisory practice and managing key strategic relationships around the world. He has over 19 years of experience researching, advising and working in the Financial Technology industry as an economist, equity research analyst, investment banker and senior corporate executive – during which he has led some of the most important deals in the industry.
Prior to FT Partners, Stephen was Senior Vice President and the Global Head of Strategy for First Data (NYSE: FDC) where he helped lead the Company’s IPO (the largest U.S. public offering in 2015) and was responsible for developing First Data's strategic agenda, driving corporate and business unit strategic plans, building key strategic relationships, and managing corporate and business development projects globally.
Prior to First Data, Stephen was an investment banker for eight years at J.P. Morgan where he helped build the top Payments industry investment banking franchise on Wall Street. Stephen was a lead advisor in multiple, landmark Payments IPOs, including Visa Inc. (the largest IPO in U.S. history in 2008), Vantiv, Cielo, Green Dot, FleetCor, Qiwi and Evertec, as well as numerous Merger & Acquisition deals, such as Visa’s acquisitions of Cybersource, Vantiv’s acquisition of Litle & Co, Synovus’ spin-off of TSYS, and the sales of Mercury Payments, Merchant e-Solutions, Comdata, Moneygram, Travelex, NETS, Obopay and Point International.
Prior to his investment banking career, Stephen covered the Payments industry as an equity research analyst for eight years at J.P. Morgan and UBS, where he helped build the #1-ranked research team in the Institutional Investor and Greenwich Polls. Prior to that, Stephen was an economic analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, where he spent two years studying the electronic payments system in the U.S. and alternative payment technologies.
Stephen is based in New York City and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of LAByrinth Theater, Lobo Theater and America SCORES New York. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin.