Duff & Phelps Expands Global Aerospace Defense and Government Services (ADG) M&A Advisory Practice

NEW YORK – Duff & Phelps, the global advisor that protects, restores and maximizes value for clients, today announced that Peter Bilden and Victor Caruso have joined the firm in the first half of 2019 as managing directors in its global M&A Advisory practice. With the additions of Bilden and Caruso, Duff & Phelps materially expands its market-leading global Aerospace Defense and Government Services (ADG) M&A Advisory practice.
 
Caruso joined Duff & Phelps in the first quarter of 2019. He has over 30 years of combined professional experience across investment banking, private equity and operational experience, including service as a naval flight officer in the U.S. Navy. He joins Duff & Phelps from Blue Wolf Capital Partners, where he led the private equity firm’s ADG industry effort, as well as Blue Wolf’s overall business development efforts. Over the last two decades, Caruso has played a senior role in numerous investment banking assignments and private equity investments.

Bilden joined Duff & Phelps in the second quarter of 2019. He has over 25 years of combined professional experience across investment banking and operational experience, including nearly a decade of service as an aviator in the U.S. Army. He joins Duff & Phelps from BlackArch Partners, where he led the firm’s ADG industry practice, with a focus on Defense and Government Technology Services clients. Over the course of his investment banking career, Bilden has advised on transactions with an aggregate value of more than $20 billion.

Steve Burt, Managing Director and Global Head of M&A Advisory at Duff & Phelps, said, “The global ADG M&A Advisory practice at Duff & Phelps is known for providing high-quality strategic and financial advisory services to a blue-chip roster of public, private, and financial sponsor clients globally. The combination of Victor and Peter’s investment banking, private equity and military experience gives them unique insights into the ADG sectors that will be invaluable to our clients seeking strategic guidance during a transaction. I am very pleased to have two managing directors of their caliber join our team.”

With the additions of Bilden and Caruso, Duff & Phelps’ M&A Advisory practice has five Managing Directors dedicated to the ADG sector globally —Steve Moon in Los Angeles, Bilden and Caruso in New York, and Dafydd Evans and Paul Teuten in London. Coupled with the market insights of its global Financial Sponsors Group, which maintains an active dialogue with over 600 leading private equity and hedge funds, Duff & Phelps’ ADG team provides a wide range of strategic and financial advisory services to a global client base of leading public, private, and financial sponsor firms active in the sector.

About Duff & Phelps
 
Duff & Phelps is the global advisor that protects, restores and maximizes value for clients in the areas of valuation, corporate finance, investigations, disputes, cyber security, compliance and regulatory matters, and other governance-related issues. We work with clients across diverse sectors, mitigating risk to assets, operations and people. With Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps since 2018, our firm has nearly 3,500 professionals in 28 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.duffandphelps.com.
 
M&A advisory, capital raising and secondary market advisory services in the United States are provided by Duff & Phelps Securities, LLC. Member FINRA/SIPC. Pagemill Partners is a Division of Duff & Phelps Securities, LLC. M&A advisory, capital raising and secondary market advisory services in the United Kingdom are provided by Duff & Phelps Securities Ltd. (DPSL), which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. M&A advisory and capital raising services in Germany are provided by Duff & Phelps GmbH, which is a Tied Agent of DPSL. Valuation Advisory Services in India are provided by Duff & Phelps India Private Limited under a category 1 merchant banker license issued by the Securities and Exchange Board of India.

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