Speaker Biography

 

Steven Kent

Managing Director and Vice Chairman  |  Piper Jaffray & Co.

Steven Kent

Managing Director and Vice Chairman

Piper Jaffray & Co.

Steven Kent is a Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Piper Jaffray’s Financial Institutions Investment Banking Group.

Mr. Kent joined Piper Jaffray in October 2015 from River Branch Holdings LLC, where he served as President of River Branch Capital LLC, overseeing client relationships and the execution of multiple private capital financing and merger and acquisition advisory engagements. He was also a member of RBH’s Board of Directors and Investment Committee.

Mr. Kent joined River Branch in May 2011 from Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc, where he served as a Managing Director and Chicago Office Head for 13 years. At KBW, Mr. Kent led the Chicago office in merger and acquisition transactions and capital markets activities for banks, thrifts and insurance, mortgage banking and finance companies, achieving a number one market share for Midwest regional bank transactions. In certain years in the 2000’s, Mr. Kent led the nation in the number of bank M&A transactions advised on.

Prior to joining KBW, Mr. Kent was a managing director and head of the financial institutions group at Robert W. Baird & Co. where he acted as a member of Baird's board of directors and operating and capital commitment committees. Prior to joining Baird in 1982, he was Vice President of Investments for Firstar Corporation.

Mr. Kent received a BA in Economics from Ripon College and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin.

Steven Kent is a Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Piper Jaffray’s Financial Institutions Investment Banking Group.

Mr. Kent joined Piper Jaffray in October 2015 from River Branch Holdings LLC, where he served as President of River Branch Capital LLC, overseeing client relationships and the execution of multiple private capital financing and merger and acquisition advisory engagements. He was also a member of RBH’s Board of Directors and Investment Committee.

Mr. Kent joined River Branch in May 2011 from Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc, where he served as a Managing Director and Chicago Office Head for 13 years. At KBW, Mr. Kent led the Chicago office in merger and acquisition transactions and capital markets activities for banks, thrifts and insurance, mortgage banking and finance companies, achieving a number one market share for Midwest regional bank transactions. In certain years in the 2000’s, Mr. Kent led the nation in the number of bank M&A transactions advised on.

Prior to joining KBW, Mr. Kent was a managing director and head of the financial institutions group at Robert W. Baird & Co. where he acted as a member of Baird's board of directors and operating and capital commitment committees. Prior to joining Baird in 1982, he was Vice President of Investments for Firstar Corporation.

Mr. Kent received a BA in Economics from Ripon College and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin.

 



 

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