Webcast: Addressing the Unique Aspects of Defense Industry M&A

November 14, 2016

Defense industry transactions present dealmakers with a unique set of hurdles, from diligencing top secret programs, to novating massive government contracts, to addressing the risks of doing business in far flung and dangerous jurisdictions like Iraq or Afghanistan. This webcast focuses on these unique problems facing defense companies when they acquire other industry participants or when they are being sold, with a particular emphasis on risk analysis, risk allocation and deal structuring. This presentation is recommended for both attorneys involved in defense M&A and for industry executives contemplating an acquisition or a sale.

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Howard Adler: A partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Mr. Adler was Co-Chair of the Firm’s corporate practice for many years. He represents major corporations, including government contractors, investment banks and financial institutions in mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and other matters. Mr. Adler also represents the Audit Committees of a number of major public companies. He has experience in the general representation of business organizations, and has advised corporations and their boards of directors and audit committees on a range of corporate governance issues. Mr. Adler has led teams of Gibson, Dunn lawyers in some of the most significant transactions in the Washington, D.C. and Mid-Atlantic areas in recent years. His transactional work has focused on several industries, including defense contractors, financial institutions, REITs, retail, and technology. Mr. Adler has been ranked as one of the top five corporate/M&A and private equity attorneys (Tier 1) in the District of Columbia by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers. In addition, he has been ranked in multiple industry publications including Chambers Global, Who’s Who Legal, The Best Lawyers in America®, LawDragon, International Financial Law Review, and The Washington Business Journal.

Jonathan Corsico: A partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Mr. Corsico’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, where he represents corporations, private equity firms and boards of directors in a wide range of matters, public and private, friendly and hostile, domestic and cross-border. He also has significant experience representing clients in connection with stockholder activism, joint ventures, minority investments, syndicated lending transactions and general corporate matters. Mr. Corsico is recognized in the field of mergers and acquisitions by Law360 and Super Lawyers.

Joseph West: A partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and former Co-Chair of the Gibson Dunn’s Government Contracts Practice, Mr. West has concentrated his practice on contracts counseling and dispute resolution for more than 35 years. He has represented both contractors (and their subcontractors, vendors and suppliers) and government agencies, and has been involved in cases before various United States Courts of Appeals and District Courts, the United States Court of Federal Claims, numerous Federal Government Boards of Contract Appeals, and both the United States Government Accountability Office and Small Business Administration. He is a former Co-Chair of the Debarment and Suspension Committee of the ABA Public Contract Law Section, a former member of the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, the former Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the DC Bar Government Contracts and Litigation Section, and a former member of the Board of Governors of the Virginia State Bar Construction and Public Contract Law Section. In November 2004 he was named by The Legal Times as one of Washington’s “Top Twelve Federal Procurement Attorneys,” in September 2006 he was selected by The Washington Business Journal as the city’s “Top Government Contracts Lawyer,” and in December 2015 he was named as one of Washington’s “Top Lawyers” in Government Contracts law by The Washingtonian magazine for the fourth consecutive time.