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Tailored M&A Advisory Services to Drive Your Business Forward

DEG Advisors is your go-to source for expert M&A advisory services in the downstream energy sector. Our team of seasoned advisors has decades of experience as business owners, operators, and advisors. You can trust us to exceed your expectations and guide you through the entire transaction process.

Welcome to Downstream Energy Group

DEG Advisors

Welcome to Downstream Energy Group, a premier M&A advisory firm renowned for providing outstanding customer service and expertly guiding clients seamlessly from strategy development through transaction completion. With specialized expertise as energy advisors, we set the standard in downstream energy, advising business owners, operators and management teams on strategic transactions, growth and valuation.
At DEG, we blend time-honored customer service values with cutting-edge technologies, ensuring unmatched precision and accuracy. Our comprehensive service offering encompasses M&A representation, business valuation, strategic planning, financial modeling, and consulting services. As a boutique M&A advisory firm, we cater to the transactional needs of business owners and operators across diverse industries. DEG proudly operates as an independent subsidiary of Griffin & Traub, LLC.



About Us

2nd Generation Experience + Next Gen. Innovation

Downstream Energy Group (DEG) stems from the collaborative vision of co-founders Steve Griffin and Jeff Traub (Griffin & Traub), who shared their insights at Open Prairie Ventures in 2009. Over the next decade, they shaped DEG into a powerhouse, specializing in M&A transactions within the downstream segment.

DEG integrates traditional customer service values with innovative strategies, predictive analytics, and a data-driven analysis process, crafting customized solutions for each client's unique business goals and objectives.

The Griffin family legacy of exceptional customer service dates back to 1956 with the founding of Griffin Petroleum by pioneers Ruben and Ginny Griffin. As the late parents of DEG's co-founder and managing partner, Steve Griffin, their passion and commitment remain constant. Whether acquiring or selling a business with the need for an exit strategy, DEG ensures comprehensive coverage.

Why Downstream Energy Group?

Firsthand Experience & Specialized Expertise

At DEG, our leadership team's unique perspective stems from firsthand roles as owners, operators, and advisors in the Oil & Gas industry. Specializing in corporate finance, mergers, and acquisitions, our seasoned professionals guide clients seamlessly through complex transactions.

At Downstream Energy Group, we are more than just an M&A advisory services firm. We specialize in serving downstream energy companies with a focus on buy-side and sell-side representation. Our team of experienced professionals has a deep understanding of the industry and can help you achieve your goals. We are committed to growth, innovation and doing business the right way. We pride ourselves on delivering an exceptional and memorable client experience every time. Discover why our clients choose Downstream Energy Group for their M&A needs.

What We Do

Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)

M&A Advisory Services

Buy-Side & Sell-Side Representation

In the intricate realm of Mergers and Acquisitions, Downstream Energy Group (DEG) serves as your trusted advisor and guide. Whether you are exploring opportunities on the buy-side or navigating the complexities of selling your business, DEG's seasoned advisors, who have previously held diverse industry roles, bring a wealth of experience to the table.

A DEG Advisor engagement is a , personalized and one-of-a-kind client experience where your dedicated team's specializations and expertise are matched with your particular needs and requirements.  Our M&A Advisory Services provide clients in the downstream energy industry with buy-side and sell-side representation.

Our experienced advisors will work with you every step of the way to ensure that your M&A deal is a success. We have a proven track record of delivering outstanding results for our clients, and our commitment to excellence means that you can trust us to get the job done right.
Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning

Craft Your Path to Success with DEG

Elevate your business to new heights with DEG's Strategic Planning services. With our Strategic Business Planning service, DEG will be your trusted advisor and partner in achieving long-term success. Our team of experts will work with you to craft a personalized roadmap for your business that addresses your unique challenges and goals of your business and industry.
Representation from a DEG Advisor goes beyond just a one-time strategy, we offer regular planning sessions that act as your ongoing business GPS, ensuring you stay on course and continue to drive growth. These sessions are designed to keep you on course, manage risks, embrace change, and drive sustained growth. Partner with DEG to shape and navigate your strategic future with confidence.


Consulting Services

Consulting Services

 Corporate Finance & Operations

Experience transformative change with DEG's Professional Consulting Services. Our Consulting Services are designed with your success in mind. Our team of specialized advisors provide an in-depth analysis, strategic advice, and expert guidance to help you achieve your goals. We pride ourselves on delivering customized solutions that are tailored to your specific needs, so you can feel confident in every decision you make.

With our energy industry experience, you can trust us to help you achieve your business goals. Through this thorough examination, we identify areas for improvement, streamlining operations to reduce costs and increase profitability. DEG's tailored recommendations not only optimize your current processes but also position your business for future success. Trust DEG to be your strategic partner, providing the expertise needed for sustained growth and innovation.
Business Valuations

Business Valuations & Modeling

Data Driven Analysis & Decision Making

Gain profound insights into your business's economic worth through DEG's Business Valuations and Financial Modeling services. Are you looking to assess the value of your business or assets in the downstream energy market? Our Valuations & Financial Modeling services are here to help you do just that! We use a range of sophisticated methods, including discounted cash flow analysis and asset-based valuation, to provide comprehensive and defensible valuations.

Our experienced team is here to assist you in making the best decisions for your business. Partner with DEG to illuminate the true value of your business, empowering you to make informed decisions for a prosperous future.

Our Team

DEG's team of partners and associates brings decades of specialized industry expertise, serving M&A needs across diverse industries. From retail and food and beverage to transportation and alternative energy, we are your strategic partner and trusted advisor. Depend on us to be at your side, providing the expertise you can rely on.

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Steven H. Griffin

Partner & Co-Founder


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Richard Cain



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Jeff Traub

Partner & Co-Founder


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Kodi Griffin



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Sutton Wester

Senior Associate


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    Racquel Fagin

    Executive Assistant




    Joanne R. 
    (Chief Financial Officer)

    “Our firm's strategy is a growth by acquisition model. For years, we had trouble finding advisors as analytical and data/analytics focused as we are. DEG is a different type of M&A firm and one we are proud to partner with.  The transparency, proactive communication and attention to detail is exactly what our business requires. We count on DEG to have our backs and represent our best interests throughout each transaction/engagement."

    Anthony G.
    (VP of Legal Counsel)

    “Business valuation and strategic planning used to be a great challenge for us internally. Thankfully, a member of our leadership team had worked with Steve Griffin (DEG) and his team, in years past on a number of transactions. Highly recommended, we gave them a shot and they haven't let us don't once. Steve and his team have proven themselves time and again, filling a significant knowledge gap we didn't know existed." 

    Blake L.
    (Marketing Director)

    "Not too long ago, our balance sheet was not sufficient for meeting our short and long-term organizational goals. Our debt to credit ratio was impacting our good standing and how we operated. Lean budgets and mounting debt from past transactions was diminishing our good name in the marketplace. DEG and its team of expert advisors helped us consolidate debt, restructure and become the thriving business we initially set out to become."



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