Mr. Ferreira 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. Rubens Bruncek Ferreira as a new Brazil-based Managing Director.

Mr. Rubens Bruncek Ferreira brings more than 25 years experience in the power electronics industry, as well time with service and electricity distribution companies. He is the owner of Bruncek Empresarial, a consulting services business focused on energy, power distribution, engineering, trade, and regulation. Previously, he has worked for AEG Telefunken, ABB – Asea Brown Bovery, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. At CPFL Energia, he served as the Director of Engineering, as well as President/CEO of CPFL service companies including CPFL Serviços, CPFL Atende, and CPFL Total. Rubens Bruncek Ferreira can be reached at: r.bruncekferreira@1stwestma.com.

Mr. Rubens Bruncek Ferreira will join Mr. Cristian Jaty Silva and Mr. Fabio Levada in 1stWest’s Brazil operations.

“More than 500 people applied for our new Managing Director positions in Brazil, and we immediately identified Rubens as one of the three we wanted to bring on board,” commented Ted Rieple, Managing Partner and Founder, 1stWEST M&A. “His skills and background are as wide-ranging and impressive as his contacts and relationships. We consider ourselves lucky to have him.”

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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