FE International Hires Veteran Investment Banker Randal V. Stephenson to Lead Investment Banking Business

Investment Banking

The firm is pleased to announce the appointment of Randal Stephenson as the new Head of Investment Banking at FE International. With a proven track record spanning over 25 years in management and finance, Stephenson brings invaluable expertise to the organization. His leadership will drive the expansion of the investment banking platform, complementing the existing Due Diligence & Accounting Advisory and M&A Advisory businesses, and further enhancing the firm’s capabilities in delivering comprehensive services to clients. 

Building off the Company’s collective experience of over 1,200 completed M&A transactions, Stephenson has begun implementing FE’s expansion plans. Investment Banking will be run out of FE’s Rockefeller Plaza headquarters in New York, and Stephenson will oversee Company professionals in New York, Miami, San Francisco, and London.  

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Stephenson brings over 25 years of experience in management and finance. He started and/or managed investment banking businesses at several firms, including Merrill Lynch, Jefferies, CIT Group, and Duff & Phelps, and has closed 230 M&A and financing transactions in over 20 countries valued at more than $43 billion. Stephenson brings a track record of providing strategic consulting, M&A, and capital raising advisory to international corporate, private equity, and government clients across several industries.

On his new role and the addition of investment banking to FE’s tech sector intelligence and relationships, Stephenson commented, “During the past decade, FE has established itself as a leading M&A advisor to the global tech industry, with hundreds of completed sell-side transactions. This next stage of growth will add investment banking talent to an already world-class FE team of M&A professionals, as well as trained accountants and CPAs, who provide our clients with due diligence, Quality-of-Earnings (QofE) analyses, and transaction accounting and reporting services.” 

Thomas Smale, Chief Executive Officer of FE, commented on Stephenson’s hire, “We are thrilled to have Randal join FE and lead the investment banking business. In addition to being an accomplished M&A and capital raising investment banker with hundreds of transactions to his credit, Randal has experience over two and a half decades of starting and expanding international investment banking businesses in both large and small Wall Street platforms, internationally as well as in the U.S.” 

Ismael Wrixen, FE’s Executive Chairman said, “Randal’s several experiences recruiting, training, and motivating talented investment banking teams, determining optimal geographies, clients, and investment banking products and services for delivery to the market, and furthering our world-class banking standards are all the elements FE seeks as we embark on this next phase of our evolution as a leading international advisory firm.”