Experience

Investment Banking Services


KippsDeSanto is an investment bank focused on delivering results to business owners and management teams seeking liquidity, planning the next step in the company’s growth, or executing the company’s merger or acquisition. We are respected, sophisticated transaction advisors that will help you take your business to its next benchmark—and beyond. Our senior team has advised on many noteworthy technology and aerospace/defense deals over the last ten years.

Why KippsDeSanto


  • Dedication to a consultative, hands-on approach in providing understandable, unbiased and true advice
  • Track record of successful, high profile transactions
  • Deep, focused industry and domain expertise
  • Unique insights based on relationships with all relevant industry stakeholders
  • Our clients’ interests always come first
  • Execute strategic, highly structured processes customizes to achieve the client’s unique objectives
  • Superior senior-level attention at each stage of the process
  • Rigorous attention to detail, relentless focus on preparation and aggressive leadership of deal team

Mergers & Acquisitions


Our sellside M&A advisory service is comprehensive and end-to-end, beginning with pre-deal strategic planning and preparation, to the creation of the “message” and supporting selling materials, the identification, prioritization and coordination with potential suitors, and ultimately, due diligence support. From negotiation to the closing of the deal, with KippsDeSanto, there’s simply no substitute for experience. We also provide buyside advisory services in selective, targeted situations, including target evaluation, valuation, deal structuring and negotiation.

Management & ESOP Buyouts and Financing


We work with clients to understand their feasible and optimal financing options and structures. We assist clients in obtaining private financing at all levels of the capital structure, including senior debt, mezzanine debt, and equity to support recapitalizations, acquisitions, or ownership transfers. KippsDeSanto’s professionals also have substantive experience effectively utilizing leveraged buyouts, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and other recapitalization strategies to assist clients achieve their liquidity and strategic objectives.

Strategic Consulting


Our team’s long-standing industry relationships and successes allow us to shed light on the feasibility, optimal timing, and ‘puts and takes’ of different strategic alternatives in the context of our clients’ strategic objectives and priorities.

Expertise: Aerospace/Defense


Expertise: Technology Solutions


Client Testimonials


“KippsDeSanto was an invaluable partner for our team as we navigated the complex sale process. Its dedicated and experienced professionals provided sound strategic and financial advice during every step of the process. The entire team was diligent in learning the intricacies of our business and the competitive market dynamics within our industry, which allowed KippsDeSanto to provide nuanced and valuable guidance when crafting marketing materials, strategically communicating our story to the buyer community, and ensuring consummation of the deal on our terms. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with KippsDeSanto both on a professional and personal level, and are grateful for the critical role they played in helping us meet our stated objectives.”

- Mark Lifshotz, CEO, ISP Optics Corporation

“KippsDeSanto’s industry knowledge was instrumental in understanding our strategic positioning and helping us to communicate our vision to the marketplace. Their domain expertise in Federal Health and IT, as well as their expertise in the M&A process provided the structure and transparency needed to complete the deal. They always made sure we were prepared for meetings and did a great job helping us to focus on the Company vs. the process. They continued to support our team through close, and we firmly believe the deal wouldn’t have gotten done without them. We’re very excited about the win-win deal for the Company and ManTech, and give the highest endorsement for KippsDeSanto”

- Frank Blair, Partner, Edaptive Systems LLC

“KippsDeSanto did an outstanding job in managing the sale process of our company from beginning to end. Their deep understanding of the government contracting industry combined with their extremely thorough and rigorous approach to the complete sales and transaction process gave me great comfort and produced excellent results. The whole team really went well above and beyond doing everything necessary over an extended period of time even after the deal was completed to ensure success and full satisfaction with the outcome. I would highly recommend them to other companies!”

- Jeff Hoffman, Former CEO, Danya International, Inc

Some of the transactions displayed on this page were advised upon by current KippsDeSanto & Co. investment banking professionals under prior employment. The testimonials seen here may not be representative of the experience of other customers. There are no guarantees of future performance or success.