Stephen Miles
Co-Founder & CEO
+1 312 961 3392

In 2007, Steve co-founded - and is currently the Managing Partner of - Livingstone's US operations. In the US, Steve drives Livingstone's strategic growth initiatives, including business development, recruitment, and client relations. During his tenure, the firm has expanded into multiple countries and rapidly climbed the ranks to become one of the most active banks in the global middle-market.

Over the course of the last 25 years, Steve has guided clients through 100+ M&A transactions and capital raises across a variety of sectors. In 2020, Steve merged his experience in investment banking and interest in the cannabis sector to co-found Sharp Capital Advisors, a boutique advisory firm committed to providing best-in-class transaction advice and deal execution to the burgeoning cannabis sector.

Prior to Sharp and Livingstone, Steve was a Managing Director at M&A firm Brown Gibbons Lang & Co. and Lazard, where he honed his skills advising middle-market companies.

He is committed to using his platform to give back to the people and communities adversely impacted by the War on Drugs. To that end, Steve sits on the board for BUILD (Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development), one of Chicago's leading gang intervention, violence prevention, and youth development organizations, and has committed to donate a portion of Sharp’s annual profit to the nationally recognized organization.

Registrations & Affiliations

FINRA – Series 79, 24, 7 and 63 – Registered General Securities Representative


  • MBA, Washington University
  • BS, University of Missouri
Latest Post

As 2022 gets underway, it is time for in-state operators to get bigger, better, and stronger in Michigan. The relatively mature and robust Michigan cannabis market has seen a dramatic increase in capacity across the supply chain yet remains highly fragmented.

This Giving Tuesday we are asking our friends to help build better futures for Chicago youth by donating to BUILD.

Sharp sponsored the 2021 Turkey Toss with BUILD, helping feed 400 families in Chicago.

Stephen Miles, CEO, and Co-Founder will speak with Elliot Lane during the October 2021 Benzinga Capital Conference.

A lot has happened in the last six months - the legal US cannabis map is getting greener and greener by the day.

Tom Lesch, head of Livingstone's US debt practice, wrote a piece examining the lack of debt capital in the cannabis sector for cannabis-focused publication MJBiz.

Sharp is putting on a webinar to help owner/operators in the cannabis industry better understand cannabis market consolidation and its impact on owner/operators.

Sharp Capital Advisors to provide the cannabis industry with access to traditional investment banking.