Mr. Levada Will Join Two Other New Managing Directors in Developing Mergers and Acquisitions Activities in Brazil Markets

Evergreen, CO – March 3, 2016: 1stWEST Mergers & Acquisitions LLC, a leading investment banking and M&A advisory service provider with global reach, today announced that it has appointed Mr. Fábio Levada as a new Brazil-based Managing Director. Mr. Levada will contribute to 1stWest Mergers & Acquisitions’ aggressive expansion in Brazil and South American markets, where 1stWest M&A already has numerous Managing Directors stationed in other countries, including the US, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Argentina and Chile.

Mr. Levada brings 25 years of experience in the chemical industry, paper & packaging, machines & equipment, natural resources & minerals, and the building & construction industries. Through his company Adavel Investments Ltd., he has led more than 30 M&A projects and completed more than 100 consulting assignments. Previously, he was Director of Marketing & Sales for Artecola Indústrias Químicas, and General Manager for Johnson Matthey Ceramics. He previously worked for Avery Dennison, Nordmeccanica, Henkel, and Lord Corporation. Fábio Levada can be reached at: f.levada@1stwestma.com.

Mr. Levada joins Mr. Cristian Jaty Silva and Mr. Rubens Bruncek Ferreira in 1stWEST’s Brazil operations. Fábio brings a wealth of experience and contacts to 1stWEST Mergers & Acquisitions. “We look forward to working with Fábio to grow our M&A business in multiple sectors, including exciting opportunities in the chemical, paper, equipment, natural resources, and construction areas” commented Ted Rieple, the Managing Partner and Founder of 1stWEST Mergers & Acquisitions.

About 1stWEST Mergers & Acquisitions

1stWEST Mergers & Acquisitions LLC is a full service international investment banking and advisory firm that is focused on the underserved lower middle-market of companies with sales of $10 to $100 million. The firm has built a unique business solutions platform of assisting owners and shareholders in selling their company, acquiring another business or raising growth capital. With Managing Directors in the US, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Brazil, Argentina and Chile, 1stWEST M&A is uniquely positioned to serve its clients around the globe.

For more information about 1stWEST Mergers & Acquisitions LLC, please visit our website at www.1stwestma.com.

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