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Generational Group Named North America’s 2022 Investment Banking Firm of the Year by M&A Advisor

By Generational Group

International M&A Awards 2022

Generational also takes top honors for Private Equity Deal of the Year in the $10 - $100 million range, as well as M&A Deal of the Year in the $25 - $50 million range.

We are pleased to announce that Generational Group has once again been recognized by The M&A Advisor at the 13th Annual International M&A Advisor Awards, winning the awards for Investment Banking Firm of the Year (North America), Private Equity Deal of the Year ($10MM-$100MM) and M&A Deal of the Year ($25MM-$50MM).

An independent judging panel of industry experts evaluated nominations representing over 250 individual companies from across the world – a wide and varied group with deals valued at $10 million to tens of billions. The recognition of Generational as the Investment Banking Firm of the Year is a testament to the hard work the Generational team puts in every day to win the best results for our clients.

Both deal awards were for the acquisition of Eastern Business Forms by Gen Cap America. Executive Managing Director of M&A – Central Region, Michael Goss, and Managing Director Mergers & Acquisitions, Don Ho, led the Generational team on the transaction.

The awards will be presented at a gala on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 in New York City. A full list of all M&A Advisor award recipients can be found here.

The M&A Advisor, now in its 24th year, was founded to offer insights and intelligence on mergers and acquisitions, establishing the industry’s leading media outlet in 1998. Today, the firm is recognized as the world’s premier leadership organization for mergers & acquisitions, restructuring and corporate finance professionals, delivering a range of integrated services from offices in New York and London.

“Since the introduction of the International M&A Awards in 2009, we have continued to witness the dynamic growth of cross border M&A. Geopolitics and technological innovation have played an important role in international dealmaking during these past two years and the winning award nominations certainly reflect that trend,” says Roger Aguinaldo, Founder and CEO of The M&A Advisor.

Aguinaldo added, “The global M&A experts, whose expertise is reflected in their achievement as award winners, earned these honors by standing out in a group of very impressive candidates.”

Generational Chief M&A Officer Brenen Hofstadter said, "I am very pleased to have our team recognized by The M&A Advisor for these awards. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire group to be rewarded like this on the international stage.”

Hofstadter added, “While M&A has been cyclical, we are now experiencing something that has been anticipated over the past 30 years – the beginning of the M&A SuperCycle fueled by the retirement of the baby-boom generation. This will result in upwards of $10 trillion of aggregate deal values and liquid wealth transferred.”

Ryan Binkley, President and CEO of Generational, stated, “I congratulate our entire team on these awards. Our clients are at the heart of each of these honors and I applaud the passion and dedication of all our associates to help our clients reach their financial goals.”

Binkley added, “It is especially rewarding to be recognized like this for our work by our peers and to be seen as one of the leaders in middle market investment banking in North America.”

Carl Doerksen is the Director of Corporate Development at Generational Equity.

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