updated 5/23/2011 7:48:26 PM ET 2011-05-23T23:48:26

CHICAGO, May 23, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stout Risius Ross (SRR), a financial advisory firm specializing in Investment Banking, Valuation & Financial Opinions, and Dispute Advisory & Forensic Services, today announced that Mr. Mark J. Melancon, CFA has joined the firm as a Managing Director. He will be based in Chicago.

Mr. Melancon has an extensive background in corporate finance and valuation. He has advised clients in a variety of industries on financial reporting matters including purchase price allocations and goodwill impairment testing, corporate tax matters, ESOPs, gift and estate tax planning, and employee stock option plans.  He has also provided advisory services to boards of directors, special transaction committees, lenders, and other fiduciaries with regard to fairness opinions, solvency opinions, and other merger & acquisition planning and execution.

"Mark is a respected advisor to public companies, accounting firms, corporate attorneys, and financial sponsors on a variety of corporate transactions and related accounting, tax, legal, and financial reporting issues," said Mr. Craige L. Stout, Managing Director and CEO. "His technical expertise and deep industry knowledge make him a valuable addition to our growing firm."  

Prior to joining SRR, Mr. Melancon was a Director in the Financial Advisory Services Group of Houlihan Lokey. Previously, he worked in the valuation groups of Arthur Andersen and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Chicago. In these roles, he supervised and performed valuations for a wide range of purposes and industries.

Mr. Melancon holds a Master of Business Administration from University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Wisconsin.  He is a member of both the Association for Investment Management and Research and the Investment Analysts Society of Chicago.

Bio and headshot: http://www.srr.com/professionals/mark-j-melancon

Nora K. Gorman

Marketing Manager | Marketing

Stout Risius Ross, Inc. (SRR)

One South Wacker Drive, 38th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606

Direct +1.312.752.3383 | Mobile +1.773.259.3600 | ngorman@srr.com

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About Stout Risius Ross

Stout Risius Ross (SRR) is a financial advisory firm that specializes in Investment Banking, Valuation & Financial Opinions, and Dispute Advisory & Forensic Services. SRR's clients range from Fortune 500 corporations to privately held companies in numerous industries around the world. For more information, visit www.srr.com.

SRR is a trade name for Stout Risius Ross, Inc. and Stout Risius Ross Advisors, LLC, a FINRA registered broker-dealer and SIPC member firm.

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