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John Allen

John Allen is founder and CEO of Bluestone Capital Partners. He previously served as co-head of the defense and government services group at BB&T Capital Markets|Windsor Group.

New breed of buyers expand footprint in federal market

Although nontraditional buyers dominate acquisition activity in the federal sector, traditional buyers are by no means out of the acquisition business, says John Allen of BB&T Capital Markets Windsor Group.


Divestiture makes for hot topic in lean times

Lingering effects of the credit crisis and the broader economic downturn have created a new urgency for chief executives in the defense and government services industry to explore divestitures.

M&A activity set to rebound

Diminishing uncertainty is leading to an improving environment for merger and acquisition activity, writes John Allen.

Warning: Deal killers ahead

Many merger and acquisition transactions do not close because something goes wrong during the due diligence process.

IT services sector sheds investment fear

Prospects in the public markets have improved significantly in recent months, with mid-cap defense and government services companies leading the way.

SBA rules out of sync with mission

Small Business Administration rules in several key areas do not align with its core mission to help citizens to start, build and grow businesses from the ground up.


A bounty of leadership expertise

The defense and government services sector has shining examples of leaders who have guided their companies through both good times and bad.

Top federal market trends for 2009

Those watching the defense and government services market in 2009 will see large companies capitalize on a volatile market and more mid-tier players disappear.