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Bob Kipps

Managing Director

Bob Kipps founded KippsDeSanto & Co. in 2007 and has grown the firm to be the largest investment bank exclusively focused on the Aerospace / Defense and Government Services sector. KippsDeSanto & Co. advises on 20-25 industry M&A transactions per year. Over the years, Bob has worked with some of the most successful industry firms both advising them on their strategy as they grew and assisting them with their eventual sale. Some of his most recent transactions include MEI's merger with Quantitech, Zentex's sale to Vectrus, Tapestry Technologies' sale to Mantech and IBA's sale to DLH.

Prior to founding KippsDeSanto, Bob was a Managing Director in Houlihan Lokey’s Washington, DC office and a leader of Houlihan Lokey’s Aerospace∙Defense∙Government industry group. He was also with Peterson Consulting and Tucker Alan where he advised aerospace / defense, engineering, construction and technology companies.

Bob was recognized as the Dealmaker of the Year – Investment Banker by the Association for Corporate Growth’s National Capital Chapter. He is on the Board of Directors of Information Systems Laboratories, Inc., Easter Seals of the Greater Washington-Baltimore Region, and the Community Foundation of Northern Virginia. Bob is a frequent speaker on mergers & acquisitions involving aerospace / defense and technology firms and often provides market commentary to The Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, WashingtonExec, and Washington Technology, among others.

Bob received his B.S. in Commerce, with Distinction, from the University of Virginia. He is registered with FINRA as a General Securities Registered Representative and Principal (Series 7, 63, 24, 79).

M&A momentum flowing into 2018

The positive momentum driving M&A activity picked up last year and the expectations of acquisition experts Bob Kipps and Marc Marlin are that it will continue in 2018 and maybe beyond.


When to play the Trump card in today's M&A market

Timing is critical when deciding to sell your company or buy another and the new administration is creating window of opportunity but you have to understand these markers of when to move and when not to.


When will M&A be great again?

There are plenty of positive signs for increased merger and acquisition activity but are companies ready for more deal making?


What's ahead for M&A in 2016?

M&A activity was re-energized in 2015 and it looks like that momentum will carry over in 2016 as well. What major trends are driving today's deals?


What's ahead in 2015 M&A trends?

Investment bankers Bob Kipps and Marc Marlin outline what they see as the drivers behind the coming wave of M&A deals in the government market.

8 predictions for the 2014 market

2013 had its challenges, but the investment banking duo of Bop Kipps and Mark Marlin of KippsDeSanto expect a more active 2014 with some distinct trends to watch for buyers and sellers.

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Small businesses can build value by playing toward their strengths -- flexibility, culture and innovation.