Stephens Inc., an independent investment banking firm, has hired Charles M. Lapeyre as managing director and head of the acquisitions and divestitures (A&D) effort for the energy investment banking group.
Lapeyre joins Stephens from Virage Energy Group LLC, an advisory firm he founded in 2012, focused on A&D advisory services for middle-market independent energy companies engaged in upstream oil and gas transactions ranging from $5 million to $100+ million.
Prior to this, Lapeyre served as managing director of Energy Spectrum Advisors Inc. (ESA). During his 13 years at ESA, he helped source, negotiate, and close more than 100 corporate/asset sales, private placements, and M&A transactions in the upstream energy sector with an aggregate transaction value of more than $8 billion. Earlier in his career, Lapeyre held various senior business development, financial, and technical (petroleum engineering) roles with Merit Energy Co., Torch Energy Advisors Inc., and ARCO International Oil & Gas Co.
Lapeyre has a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin.