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June 30, 2014

Stephens Investment Banking Announced as the Winner of ACG New York Champion’s Awards’ Leveraged Buyout of the Year for Apax’s Sale of Netrada North America

ACG New York and The M&A Advisor announced the winners of the 4th Annual ACG New York Champion’s Awards on Thursday, June 19th at the 2014 Awards Gala at the Metropolitan Club, New York, NY. Stephens Inc. was named winner for Leveraged Buyout of the Year by a Financial Buyer ($50-100M) for advising Apax on the sale of Netrada North America.

An independent body of experts representing a cross-section of the middle market industry selected the winning deals and dealmakers from among finalists. With Sector and Deal-Type entries consisting of companies working together in teams, the awards honored over 350 companies. Firms with an office in the New York metropolitan market with at least one ACG New York member and transactions conducted between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014 with a transaction value in excess of $5 million were eligible to be nominated for the 2014 Awards. Individuals active in the New York area were eligible to be nominated for the Dealmaker of the Year award.

“We celebrate outstanding individuals, firms, and transactions that have helped drive America’s middle market," said Martin Okner, President of ACG New York. "In so doing, we also recognize middle-market private capital’s important contribution to our national well-being. The middle market accounts for over 43 million U.S. jobs and 33% of U.S. GDP.”

“Stephens Inc. was chosen from over 350 nominating companies to receive the award. It gives us great pleasure to recognize Stephens and bestow upon you our highest honor for M&A firms and professionals,” said David Fergusson, President, The M&A Advisor. “Stephens represents the best of the M&A industry in 2014 and earned these honors by standing out in a group of very impressive finalists.”

“The advisory business has been a cornerstone of Stephens’ Investment Banking group and we were very pleased to help our client Apax with a successful outcome in the sale of Netrada to Bregal Sagemount” said Brad Eichler and Kenny Gunderman, co-heads of Investment Banking for Stephens Inc.


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