GulfStar Wins Energy Deal of the Year and Cross Border Deal of the Year

HOUSTON, TX (November 24, 2015) -- The M&A Advisor announced GulfStar Group ("GulfStar") as a winner at the 14th Annual M&A Advisor Awards for Energy Deal of the Year (under $1 billion) and Cross-Border Deal of the Year ($10 million to $25 million) for the acquisition of QIC, Inc. by RINA S.p.A., led by Managing Director Colt Luedde. 

"We are honored to be the recipients of two M&A Advisor Awards this year in the energy and cross-border categories," said Colt Luedde. "We would like to congratulate both QIC and RINA, as well as acknowledge the other professional service firms involved in this transaction (Ewing & Jones, PLLC, Fredericks Michael & Co., PwC, and Seyfarth Shaw LLP) and recognize them for their considerable effort." 

GulfStar was also nominated as a finalist for the Healthcare and Life Sciences Deal of the Year ($10 million to $500 million), Industrial Manufacturing and Distribution Deal of the Year ($10 million to $100 million), Retail Manufacturing and Distribution Deal of the Year, and Corporate and Strategic Acquisition of the Year ($25 million to 100 million). 

"Since 2002, we have been honoring the leading M&A transactions, companies and dealmakers. GulfStar was chosen from over 690 participating companies to receive the award. It gives us great pleasure to recognize GulfStar and bestow upon them our highest honor for M&A firms and professionals," said David Fergusson, Co-CEO and President, The M&A Advisor. "GulfStar represents the best of the M&A industry in 2015 and earned these honors by standing out in a group of very impressive candidates." 

The winners were announced at the 2015 M&A Advisor Awards Gala at The New York Athletic Club. The Gala is the premier celebration of the year for the industry's leading M&A Dealmakers and is held in conjunction with the 2015 M&A Advisor Summit that featured over 400 of the industry's leading M&A professionals participating in exclusive interactive forums led by over 35 M&A, media, academic, and stalwarts. 

For a complete list of the winners please click here

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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 630 transactions in 32 states and 13 foreign countries across a variety of industries.

Securities offered through GulfStar Group I, Ltd. an affiliated entity, member FINRA - SIPC