Victor Caruso is a managing director in the M&A Advisory practice at Duff & Phelps. Based in New York, he specializes in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance mandates for the aerospace, defense and government (ADG) and industrials sectors.

Victor has over 20 years of combined investment banking and private equity experience, following nearly a decade of other professional experience, which includes service as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He has completed a range of investment banking engagements and played a senior role in numerous private equity investments. His professional experience spans across both sell-side and buy-side roles, including M&A, sales, divestitures, recapitalizations, leveraged buyouts, debt and equity financings, strategic alternative reviews and fairness and solvency opinions on behalf of private equity firms, public corporations and private company clients.

Most recently, Victor spent over a decade in private equity. He joins Duff & Phelps from Blue Wolf Capital Partners, where he was responsible for the firm’s business development and led the aerospace defense government industry vertical. His prior private equity experience includes time at both H Equity Partners and J.F. Lehman & Company.

Victor has played a senior role in many investments, including: North American Rescue (NAR), The State Group, Channel Technologies Group, Drew Marine, Atlantic Inertial Systems, OAO Technology Solutions and 15-Robertson. His private equity transaction experience includes: the sale of North American Rescue to Henry Schein, three add-on acquisitions by NAR including Innovative Tactical Training Solutions/True Mission Training & Services, JTM Training Group, and Two Rivers Medical, the sale of CTG Advanced Materials to CTS Corp., the divestiture of CTG EOI to HGH Infrared Systems, the sale of Atlantic Inertial Systems to Goodrich Corp., the purchase of Drew Marine from Ashland Chemical and the sale of OAO Technology Solutions to Platinum Equity.

Prior to crossing over to private equity, Victor spent nearly a decade in investment banking at firms including Houlihan Lokey, Relational Advisors, Thomas Weisel Partners and Merrill Lynch.

Victor received his B.S. in Ocean Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and his MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA.

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