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Stephens Investment Banking Expands European and UK Specialty Finance with Two New Senior Bankers

Jul 24, 2023

Stephens, an independent financial services firm, has added specialty finance-focused senior bankers Lawrence Guthrie and Yashin Mody to its London-based team.

Guthrie and Mody, who arrived from Houlihan Lokey, have joined Stephens as a Managing Director and Director, respectively.

“Lawrence and Yashin join Stephens with a record of providing superb strategic advice and value to their clients in specialty finance and are a great cultural fit with our firm,” said Matthew Marks, Executive Vice President, Head of Investment Banking at Stephens. “We are excited to welcome them to the Stephens team and look forward to leveraging their unique insights, deep industry knowledge and sector leadership. This is an exciting time for our specialty finance team which now boasts five Managing Directors with over 125 years of combined sector experience as well as more than 250 mergers and acquisitions and capital raising transactions representing over $50 billion in deal value.”

Guthrie has more than 35 years of advisory experience. His career started at Charterhouse, and he later co-founded the financial services practice at Hawkpoint. Following the sale of Hawkpoint, Guthrie joined advisory boutique Quayle Munro, where he established a dedicated specialty finance advisory practice. Guthrie continued to lead his practice when Quayle Munro was acquired by Houlihan Lokey in 2018. His primary focus has been the European and UK specialty finance sector – particularly in consumer and business finance, mortgages, receivables management and specialist banks.

“Stephens’ independent advisory franchise in North America has an impeccable reputation, particularly amongst specialty finance businesses, that is rooted in the ethos of long-term trusted client relationships,” said Guthrie. “Stephens has made a real commitment to the UK and European market, and I look forward to helping expand the firm’s presence here.”

Mody has more than 15 years of advisory experience starting at Rothschild where he specialised in advising UK and European financial institutions. Mody subsequently joined Quayle Munro to focus on specialty finance and continued this focus following the sale of Quayle Munro to Houlihan Lokey. His primary area of expertise is UK and European specialty finance, particularly in consumer and business finance, mortgages and specialist banks.

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