Our Advisory practice is built upon the premise of becoming a trusted advisor to our clients, providing sound advice and not simply the expedient answer. Our senior practitioners bring extensive experience to transactions, offering world-class, sophisticated advice to leading growth and middle-market companies. Stifel competes on the quality of our professionals and the focus that we can bring from our entire organization. Our approach is to marry the execution capabilities of our M&A Strategic Advisory team with the industry-focused bankers, to provide holistic advice both strategically and tactically. Within our core sectors, we excel at highly structured and complex transactions, as well as running meticulously orchestrated auctions.
We have broad experience with public and private companies, sponsor-backed firms, Special Committee assignments (such as go-private transactions), and we are evenly split between buy-side and sell-side assignments. We offer acquisition finance services that help our clients raise capital objectively. We also are able to access the firm's public capital markets expertise to provide thoughtful views on how the market will react to certain transactions, structures, and valuation, and help craft the message to public investors to help ensure that an acquisition is well received.
We believe our independence, senior professional focus, industry knowledge, and experience allow us to provide advice in change of control situations that lead to enhanced shareholder value. The main focus of Stifel's Investment Banking practice is building a business from references, one client at a time.