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Finalists Announced: 2023 Mergers & Acquisitions Awards

Now in its 10th year, D CEO's and ACG's program honors notable North Texas transactions and the dealmakers who pushed them across the finish line.

D CEO and the Association for Corporate Growth-DFW are proud to announce the top acquisitions, dispositions, and other financial transactions in North Texas in 2022—and the dealmakers who made them happen. It’s all part of our 10th annual Mergers & Acquisitions Awards program, which honors individual achievements and notable M&A deals that closed last year.

All finalists will be featured in the May issue of D CEO magazine and honored at a private awards ceremony this spring.

Finalists: Dealmakers of the Year

Attorney of the Year

Justin Ferguson, DZS Inc.

Melissa Kalka, Kirkland & Ellis

Bobby Majumder, Frost Brown Todd Attorneys

David McLean, McGuireWoods

Adam Shulman, Celanese Corp.

Debt Provider of the Year

Charles Adams, Patriot Capital

A.J. Fazalbhai, Bank OZK

Shannan Pratt, Woodforest National Bank

Ryan Voorhies, Woodforest National Bank

Chase Wildes, Sunflower Bank

Due ​Diligence Professional of the Year

David Harner, Embark

Dane Harris, Bennett Thrasher

Ryan Irby, BVWD

Matt Klauser, Forvis

Brad Porter, Moss Adams

Investment Banker of the Year

Jared Behnke, Transitus Capital

Wesley Romanowski, Pinecrest Capital Partners

Robert Rough, Telos Capital Advisors

Dan Vermeire, Corporate Finance Associates

Todd Viegut, TKV-6 Strategies

Private Equity Professional of the Year (Family Office/Independent Sponsor)

Brandt Hamby, Six Pillars Partners

Aaron Handler, Elm Creek Partners

Ralph Manning, Coltala Holdings

Austin Santoro, Rosewood Private Investments

Private Equity Professional of the Year (Managed Fund)

Kyle Bradford, Latticework Capital Management

Quinn Heidenreich, Allied Strategic Partners

Rob Langley, Align Capital Partners

Finalists: Deals of the Year

$1 Billion +

Celanese Corp.’s acquisition of DuPont Mobility & Materials

Chief E&D Holdings and Tug Hill’s sale to Chesapeake Energy Corp.

Darling Ingredients’ acquisition of Valley Proteins

Kainos Capital’s sale of Kettle Cuisine to Nestle & L Catterton-backed Freshly

KKR and GIP’s acquisition of CyrusOne

$250–999 Million

Align Capital Partners’ sale of WilliamsMarston to Kelso & Company

Arcosa’s sale of its storage tank business to Black Diamond

Dave & Buster’s Entertainment’s acquisition of Main Event

Tailwater Capital’s sale of NorTex Midstream to Williams Field Services Group

$50–249 Million

Crossplane Capital’s acquisition of Kaemark

Frontier Waste Solutions’ sale to Summer Street Capital Partners and Concentric Equity Partners

Paceline Equity Partners’ AHF Flooring’s acquisition of Armstrong Flooring

Rosewood Private Investments’ acquisition of StationServ

Six Pillars’ sale of The Liberty Group to Halifax

Under $50 Million

Coltala Holdings’ acquisition of Pond Robinson & Associates

Crossplane Capital’s acquisition of Viking Fence

Elm Creek Partners’ merger of Urban Air franchisees to create Elevated Venture Group

ParkHub’s acquisition of Fuzse

Sconce Inc.’s sale to PDSVision Group AB

TKV-6 Strategies’ discoverIE Group’s acquisition of Magnasphere


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