GulfStar Group Awarded Corporate/Strategic Deal of the Year ($100MM - $250MM) by M&A Advisor

HOUSTON, June 14, 2017 -- The M&A Advisor announced GulfStar Group (GulfStar) as a winner at the 9th Annual International M&A Advisor Awards on Monday, June 12, at the New York Athletic Club. Financing of GATE, Inc., led by Managing Directors Bryan Frederickson and Roshan Gummattira, won Corporate/Strategic Deal of the Year ($100MM - $250MM). 

"We are truly honored to have this transaction recognized by the M&A Advisor and our industry peers," said Bryan Frederickson. "We would like to congratulate the dedicated and highly professional teams of Gibson Applied Technology & Engineering and Morgan Stanley Credit Partners, and specifically acknowledge the other professional services firms involved in this transaction (Porter Hedges, Proskauer Rose and BDO) for their considerable efforts." 

In addition, GulfStar was also nominated as a finalist in the following categories: Corporate/Strategic Deal of the Year ($50MM - $100MM), Energy Deal of the Year (Up to $250MM), Information Technology & Telecom Deal of the Year (Under $75MM), Materials Deal of the Year, M&A Deal of the Year ($50MM - $100MM), North America Deal of the Year and Private Equity Deal of the Year.

“Since the introduction of the International M&A Awards in 2009 we have continued to witness the growth of cross border M&A outpace that of domestic dealmaking volume. And we attribute this to the new generation of global M&A experts whose intimate knowledge and expertise in the cultural, financial and legal arenas are redefining our industry,” said David Fergusson, President and Co-CEO of The M&A Advisor. “The 2017 International M&A Award winners represent the best of the international M&A industry in 2016 who earned these honors by standing out in a group of very impressive finalists.” 

New this year, the qualifying criteria have been significantly expanded beyond cross border transactions to include deals that feature multinational corporations, international expansion of product and service markets, and/or stakeholders from more than one country. While no longer requiring that one of the parties is a U.S. company, the broader effect of globalization through international dealmaking was reflected in the new qualification rules. 

The 9th Annual International M&A Awards Gala honored the leading deal teams, firms and professionals whose activities set the standard for international M&A transactions. Over 260 companies, representing every major market in the world, became finalists for the awards. An independent judging committee of 23 top M&A industry experts determined the ultimate recipients of the awards, which were revealed “Academy-Award style” at the gala. 

About M&A Advisor
The M&A Advisor was founded in 1998 to offer insights and intelligence on M&A activities. Over the past eighteen years we have established the premier global network of M&A, Turnaround and Finance professionals. Today, we have the privilege of presenting, recognizing the achievements of, and facilitating connections between the industry's top performers throughout the world with a comprehensive range of services.

About GulfStar Group
GulfStar is a leading middle market investment bank headquartered in Houston. GulfStar specializes in providing merger and acquisition advisory services, institutional private placements of equity and debt, and general corporate finance advisory services to companies with revenues or enterprise values generally ranging from $25 million to $350 million. Since its formation in 1990, GulfStar has completed more than 650 assignments in 33 states and 15 foreign countries across a variety of industries. 

For more information, contact Liudmila Pisareva at (212.951.1550) or Dara Smith at (713.300.2049).

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