1stWEST Welcomes Fábio Levada, Cristian Jaty Silva, and Rubens Bruncek Ferreira, Who Will Target Oil & Gas, Chemical & Petrochemical, Building & Construction, Paper & Packaging, Timber, Mining, Steel, Power, and Industrial Equipment.

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 three new Brazil-based Managing Directors: Mr. Fábio Levada; Mr. Cristian Jaty Silva; and Mr. Rubens Bruncek Ferreira.

These appointments are part of 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 Peru, Chile, Mexico, Panama and Argentina.

All three new Managing Directors bring decades of experience on buy-side and sell-side transactions, as well as deep experience in business management, startups, and turn-arounds.

Fábio 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. Previously, he worked for Avery Dennison, Nordmeccanica, Henkel, and Lord Corporation. Fábio Levada can be reached at: f.levada@1stwestma.com

Cristian Jaty Silva has 35 years of 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

Rubens Bruncek Ferreira brings more than 25 years of experience in the power electronics industry, as well as time spent in services and electricity distribution companies. He is the owner of Bruncek Empresarial, a consulting services business focused on energy, power distribution, engineering, trade, and regulation. In the past, he has worked for AEG Telefunken, ABB – Asea Brown Bovery, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. At CPFL Energia, he has 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

“Attracting top talent in the mergers and acquisitions business has been a key to our global success. With the appointment of these three outstanding new Managing Directors, we not only have top talent, but we also acquire relationship and contacts with potential clients which have been built up over decades of successful engagements,” commented Ted Rieple, Managing Partner and Founder, 1stWEST Mergers & Acquisitions LLC. “With Rubens, Fábio, and Cristian in place, we expect to quickly ramp up our M&A practice in Brazil, for 2016 and beyond.”

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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