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November 7, 2018 
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Gray Reed Wins M&A Advisor “Deal of the Year” Award for Patriot Erectors Transaction

The M&A Advisor honored the majority capitalization of Patriot Erectors by Hillstar Capital and Ranch Creek Partners, a transaction on which Gray Reed advised, as the “M&A Deal of the Year ($25MM - $50MM)”.  The announcement was made at the 17th Annual M&A Advisor Awards Gala on Nov. 6, 2018, in New York City.

The transaction was also one of five finalists in the “Industrials Deal of the Year ($10MM - $50MM)” category.

The Annual M&A Advisor Awards Gala honors the professionals whose activities set the standard for M&A transactions. In 2018, more than 230 nominees, representing more than 600 companies, became finalists for the awards. An independent judging committee of 29 top M&A industry experts determined the ultimate recipients of the awards which  were revealed “Academy-Award style” at the gala.

Gray Reed attorneys involved in the Patriot Erectors deal were Wes Dorman, Dan Kroll, Austin Carlson, Catherine Chlebowski, Brock Niezgoda and Ben Smith. Other advisors include Gulfstar Group, Karr Tuttle Campbell, Accenture Applied Intelligence and Clifton Larson Allen.


The M&A Advisor was founded in 1998 to offer insights and intelligence on M&A activities. Over the past twenty years we have established the premier global network of M&A, Turnaround and Finance professionals. Today, we have the privilege of presenting, recognizing the achievements of, and facilitating connections between the industry’s top performers throughout the world with a comprehensive range of services. To learn more visit


Patriot Erectors is a leading steel fabrication and erection company that provides turnkey structural and specialty steel services for commercial, industrial, and municipal end markets. Headquartered in Dripping Springs, Texas, the Company has established a blue-chip customer base consisting of the largest commercial development and construction companies. It is one of two companies in Texas that is certified by the American Institute of Steel Construction to both construct and erect steel structures.  More information is available at


A full-service Texas law firm with offices in Dallas and Houston, Gray Reed provides legal services to companies ranging from start-up to Fortune 500 as well as high net worth individuals. Gray Reed attorneys assist clients with a myriad of legal issues including commercial litigation, corporate transactions, oil and gas, tax planning and litigation, real estate, construction, healthcare, trusts and estates, employment law, family law, intellectual property and bankruptcy. For more information, visit