John S. Eberhardt, Jr.

Managing Partner

Mr. Eberhardt is an investment banker with over 43 years of experience advising clients across a broad spectrum of financial activities.


Prior to founding Spencer Pierce, Mr. Eberhardt owned and managed Coutant Capital Associates, a boutique investment bank that he founded in 2004. Coutant focused on M&A assignments across a broad industry spectrum. Before forming Coutant Capital, Mr. Eberhardt created Austin Pierce, Ltd. in 1997. Austin Pierce was a boutique investment bank focused exclusively on M&A in the automotive industry.


Mr. Eberhardt joined Bear Stearns & Co., Inc., in 1985 where he was a Principal Managing Director. Operating from the trading floor, Mr. Eberhardt founded the capital markets group for Bear Stearns. He also went on to originate the very first investment grade bond for Bear Stearns, their first long bond, and their first triple A bond. Mr. Eberhardt created the first non-dollar denominated SEC approved security in New Zealand dollars for the Student Loan Marketing Association. Mr. Eberhardt created the Currency Exchange Warrant (CEWS), the Security Derivative of the Year in 1987. Mr. Eberhardt acted as sole lead manager on SEC registered public bond issues for numerous investment grade Fortune 500 companies, such as the Ford Motor Company, General Electric, The Limited Stores, Citigroup, and TRINOVA Corporation. Mr. Eberhardt has also managed initial public offerings and secondary stock offerings. Mr. Eberhardt also was engaged in the private placement of non-registered debt and equity offerings. 


In addition to his record in the capital markets, Mr. Eberhardt has extensive Wall Street experience in Corporate Finance managing large mergers and acquisitions. Dana Corporation, Federal-Mogul, Exide Technologies, and TRW have engaged Mr. Eberhardt as their M&A advisor, among numerous other clients.


Prior to joining Bear Stearns Mr. Eberhardt was a Vice President with Citigroup’s investment banking division where he originated derivative based financing transactions for Joseph Seagrams & Co., News Corp. (Fox), and The Budd Company.  


Earlier in his career, Mr. Eberhardt was a commercial lending executive with Bank of America and the Chase Manhattan Bank.


Mr. Eberhardt is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute with a Bachelor of Arts degree and served as a Captain in the U.S. Army.