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Westlake Securities Announces New Vice Presidents in Investment Banking Division

Austin, TX, Sept. 26, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Westlake Securities is pleased to announce the promotion of Jon D'Andrea and Josh Cobb to Vice President at the firm's Austin Investment Banking Group this month.

"The promotion of these two seasoned bankers reflects their growing contribution to the success of the firm and their increasing involvement in business development activities," said Westlake Securities Partner and Managing Director Randy Finch. "We are very fortunate to have such high-caliber individuals as Josh and Jon at Westlake and we are pleased to see them moving into leadership roles."

Since joining Westlake in 2008, Mr. D'Andrea has worked on numerous sell-side, buy-side and capital placement engagements for corporate clients and financial sponsors. At Westlake, Mr. D'Andrea has gained specific industry experience from successful projects in the energy, engineering, manufacturing, chemical and business service sectors. He most recently helped execute the sale of Ritter Construction, a midstream infrastructure construction services provider, to US Shale Solutions. (http://westlakesecurities.com/westlake-represents-ritter-construction-in-sale-to-us-shale-solutions/) Mr. D'Andrea graduated with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and minor in Accounting.

Mr. Cobb also joined Westlake in 2008, and his experience has included M&A advisory and debt and equity capital raising assignments for both privately-held and publicly-traded companies. While he has worked with clients operating in a broad range of industries, Mr. Cobb has recently been focused on the energy sector including liquefied and compressed natural gas (LNG/CNG) fueling applications and projects connected to the growth in unconventional oil production. (http://westlakesecurities.com/representative-transactions/westlake-representative-transactions/) Mr. Cobb received his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master in Professional Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin.

About Westlake Securities: Westlake Securities, LLC is an investment banking firm serving middle-market companies, with offices in Austin, Houston, Lafayette and North Palm Beach. Westlake's clients include family-owned businesses, privately held companies, private equity and venture capital funds and publicly traded companies. Services include equity capital formation, debt placement, merger and acquisition advisory, fairness opinions, valuations, fundamental research, corporate access and institutional sales and trading. Westlake is a member of FINRA and SIPC. For more information visit http://westlakesecurities.com/

CONTACT: Randy Finch Managing Director Westlake Securities (512) 314-0711 rfinch@westlakesecurities.com

Source:Westlake Securities, LLC