Cristian Jaty Silva is One of Three New Managing Directors 1stWest Mergers & Acquisitions LLC Has Appointed in Brazil, in Rapid Ramp-Up of M&A Services Offering

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 Cristian Jaty Silva as a new Brazil-based Managing Director.

Mr. Cristian Jaty Silva has 35 years experience in heavy equipment and industrial plant construction in the power, oil & gas, mining, and steel industries. In addition to his work with the industry associations ABEMI (Industrial Engineering) and ABIMAQ (Machine Builders), Mr. Silva has worked with innovative technologies, and held senior positions at Jaragua’ and Bardella, two highly regarded heavy equipment builders in Brazil. Cristian Jaty Silva can be reached at: c.jaty@1stwestma.com.

Mr. Cristian Jaty Silva will join two other new Managing Directors, Mr. Fabio Levada and Mr. Rubens Bruncek Ferreira in Brazil.

“Cristian is a key appointment for 1stWest Mergers & Acquisitions and he will play a central role in our aggressive expansion in Brazil and South American markets,” commented Ted Rieple, Managing Partner and Founder, 1stWEST M&A. “We received more than 500 resumes in our application process, and Cristian clearly stood out for his abilities, experience, and expansive contacts. We’re excited about the opportunities that await us all.”

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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