As the security requirements of Defense Intelligence Community have converged with those of commercial enterprises, AGC Partners has thrived, successfully advising on nearly 100 Defense and Security transitions since the firm’s founding in 2003. AGC’s Defense Technologies practice is comprised of four primary segments: Defense Systems; Government Services; Homeland Security; and Intel/Cyber, with a focus on “dual use” technologies that span both national security and commercial use cases. Cyber is a particular focus, earning 451 Research recognition as the most prolific Security M&A advisor for each of the past five years, having completed 3x more transactions than any other investment bank over this period.
AGC takes a fundamentally different approach than many other investment banks – we are mission-oriented professionals with deep roots in the national security community and commercial cyber, and leverage that core domain knowledge to cross pollinate between the two. Members of AGC’s security team serve on the Security Innovation Network (SINET) Advisory Board, frequently moderate industry panels and roundtable discussions, and hold regular strategic planning sessions with leading strategic acquirers and financial investors. AGC also organizes several industry conferences each year, including our annual “pre-RSA” San Francisco Security Conference, which in 2016 drew 1,400 attendees, 220 presenting companies, and thought leaders, C-level executives, and leading-edge entrepreneurs from across the sector.
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The AGC team of Russ Workman, Steve Santulli and Kyle Howard-Johnson proved invaluable at getting our company in front of a large universe of investors and ultimately finding the right partner that fit our strategic growth objectives. The team was responsive and diligent and they understand the cybersecurity industry inside and out. They helped us run a smooth and effective process and we couldn't be more satisfied with our outcome. We are excited about the future and wouldn't think twice about hiring AGC again.
Dave Svec & Doug Greise, Co-Founders and Managing Principals, Veris Group
AGC Partners acted as sole financial advisor to Veris Group in December, 2016
I was initially skeptical about the value of bringing in a banker, but Russ and his team added tremendous value from Day 1 and have earned my respect and highest recommendation. AGC inherited a complex situation, boiled it down to a very consumable story and ran a highly efficient and effective process. Ultimately they found the best buyer in Providence Equity, and drove a premium valuation for Untangle. There is nobody I would rather have in my corner than Russ and AGC. I would absolutely welcome the opportunity to work with them again.
Bob Walters, CEO, Untangle
AGC Partners acted as sole financial advisor to Untangle in September, 2016
In order for KEYW to make thorough, rational decisions on the future direction of the Hexis Cyber Solutions assets, we needed to conduct a comprehensive process that would involve as many potential acquirers and investors as possible. We chose Ben Howe and AGC Partners as our banker because of their domain knowledge of the commercial cyber software space, and because of the trust and confidence they established early on in our relationship. I cannot be more complimentary of the process or the outcome after working with them, and we owe a great deal of that to AGC's professionalism and Ben's leadership.
Bill Weber, President & CEO, The KEYW Holding Corporation
AGC Partners acted as sole financial advisor to KEYW in June, 2016