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Generational Group Named USA Investment Bank of the Year by Global M&A Network

By Generational Group

Jan 24, 2023, 12:00 et
Global M&A Network Awards

Firm also awarded several additional M&A Atlas Awards at the awards gala ceremony.

Generational Group, a leading investment banking firm for privately held businesses, is pleased to announce that it has won numerous honors at the 2023 Global M&A Network Americas Atlas Awards.

Generational Group was honored with the following awards:

  • USA Investment Bank of the Year
  • Americas Corporate Deal of the Year: Brunswick Corporation's acquisition of RELiON Battery
  • Americas Utilities Deal of the Year: United Flow Technologies' acquisition of Tesco Controls
  • Americas Rising Star in Dealmaking: Chad Comroe

All winners were recognized at the 14th Annual Americas M&A Atlas Awards Gala Ceremony, hosted by the Global M&A Network, on January 19, 2023 at the Metropolitan Club in New York. 

The Global M&A Network (GM&AN) is a diversified media company and the exclusive publisher of the popular “Top Dealmakers” lists. GM&AN also hosts the “Atlas Awards”, the world’s most prestigious awards for alternative investing, private equity, M&A, restructuring, transactional and business communities worldwide.

Generational’s Executive Managing Director and M&A-Technology Practice Leader David Fergusson led the team that closed the RELiON transaction, which took overall top honors as the Corporate Deal of the Year.

Mr. Ferguson stated: “The sale of RELiON to Brunswick Corporation’s Advanced Systems Group is a great story of family, fortune, and collaboration. The Hecimovich family are pioneers in the battery industry, and contributors to the establishment and operation of RELiON.”

“The teams within many Brunswick companies will benefit from the collaboration between the two organizations,” Mr. Fergusson added. “Future growth opportunities within the companies will be created by the innovative technologies and applications; partnering with a global force in consumer brands and industrial products will not only affect immediate-term market domination, but will also establish a strong and secure foundation for future leadership.”

Stephen Crisham, Executive Managing Director of M&A Western Region for Generational and leader of the team that closed the Tesco Controls deal, said: “The Tesco acquisition provides a partnership for United Flow Technologies that will allow the company to more rapidly implement its growth initiative, utilizing the support and capabilities of their other portfolio companies.”

Chad Comroe, Managing Director - M&A, who was named a “Rising Star in Dealmaking,” is an up-and-coming M&A pro with 10 years of experience and knowledge of corporate valuation instruments, financial modeling and analysis, industry and economic research, risk and probability analytics, and M&A transaction expertise.​

“It’s exciting and very gratifying to see these outstanding dealmakers recognized by the Global M&A Network,” said Brenen Hofstadter, Generational’s Chief M&A Officer. “The quality leadership they provide to their respective teams and their commitment to our clients is what makes all the difference—and what makes our team really special.”

Ryan Binkley, President and CEO of Generational, stated, “David, Stephen, and Chad epitomize what we see every day from our entire team—selfless dedication to our Core Values and serving our clients with excellence. I could not be more proud of the associates that worked on these deals.”

Binkley added, “To have our firm recognized as the USA Investment Bank of the Year is quite an honor, and a testament to the diligence and commitment of all of our teams. To be seen as one of the leaders in this competitive field is a great tribute.”

About Generational Group

Generational EquityGenerational Capital Markets (member FINRA/SIPC), Generational Wealth Advisors, Generational Consulting Group and DealForce are part of Generational Group, which is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and is one of the leading middle market investment banks in North America.

With more than 350 professionals located throughout 16 offices in North America, the companies help business owners release the wealth of their business by providing growth consulting, merger, acquisition, and wealth management services. Their six-step approach features strategic growth consulting, exit planning education, business valuation, value enhancement strategies, M&A transactional services, and wealth management.

The M&A Advisor named the company Investment Banking Firm of the Year three years in a row, Valuation Firm of the Year in 2020, and North American Investment Bank of the Year in 2022 as well as Consulting Firm of the Year. For more information, visit https://www.genequityco.com/ or the Generational Equity press room.

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