JW Hill Capital’s Acquisition of Bandy Manufacturing from GKN Aerospace

JW Hill Capital’s Acquisition of Bandy Manufacturing from GKN Aerospace

A Joint Event With ACG San Diego

San Diego Chapter meeting on November 21

Independent Sponsors are a growing class of private equity firms that, unlike traditional firms with committed capital, choose to source capital on a deal-by-deal basis. JW Hill Capital, a Newport Beach-based private equity firm, is an Independent Sponsor that recently completed the acquisition of Burbank, California-based Bandy Manufacturing from GKN Aerospace. This deal, a cross-border divestiture from a major European strategic that went through a competitive auction process, is an example of how Independent Sponsors are successfully executing complex transactions.

Join us in Solana Beach, CA, on Tuesday, Nov 21, 7:00–9:00am, when our panel will examine questions such as: What does the Independent Sponsor trend mean for sellers, investors, and operators? How does an Independent Sponsor transaction differ from other buyers and what does that mean for sellers? How was JW Hill Capital, a relatively new firm, able accomplish this transaction? Do we expect to see more divestitures in the near-term as larger companies reshape their portfolios?

Panelists: John Hill (Managing Partner, JW Hill Capital), Neal Nordstrom (Operating Partner, JW Hill Capital), Paul Weisbrich (Managing Director, DA Davidson), Steve Alexander (General Manager, Bandy Manufacturing) and Moderator Ed Lake(CFO Merlin Global Services & A&D Forum, San Diego Chapter Chair)

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members. Register to attend the meeting go to http://adfsdnov17.eventbrite.com. Non-members register through the ACG website at https://www.acg.org/sandiego/events/acg-san-diego-november-ma-ad.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The San Diego chapter is sponsored by Moss Adams, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, LevitZacks, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton.

“How to Defend Against Economic Espionage”

“How to Defend Against Economic Espionage”

San Diego Chapter meeting on October 3

You’ve taken all the recommended cybersecurity actions. You have secured ITAR areas. And you welcome tours by potential global customers and suppliers to show off your unique capabilities. Did you know that you could be losing valuable IP just by granting permission to “may I touch”?

Join us in San Diego on Tuesday, Oct 3, 5:30–7:45pm PDT, when we will screen a film produced by the FBI followed by comments by a FBI Special Agent.

Economic espionage is real and securing the information that makes your corporation relevant is essential for its survival.

The meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until September 26). For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adfsdoct17.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The San Diego chapter is sponsored by Moss Adams, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, LevitZacks, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton.

“Innovation and New Applications in the Unmanned Maritime Domain”

“Innovation and New Applications in the Unmanned Maritime Domain”

San Diego Chapter meeting on July 25

Unmanned Systems in the airborne arena, drones, have dominated the media, but there is considerable innovation and exciting activity in the unmanned maritime systems domain. San Diego, with the Navy’s presence and UCSD’s Scripps Institute of Oceanography, is a fertile ground for this innovation.

Please join us on Tuesday, July 25 (networking: 5:30-6:15pm, meeting: 6:15-7:45pm PST), when Leverett Bezanson, Engineering Manager, SeeByte, Inc.; Chris Gibson, Vice President of Sales, Marketing, VideoRay, and Gaurav Sharma, Embedded Systems Engineer, Teledyne SeaBotix will address the emerging and developing technologies of Unmanned Maritime Systems as well as business and operational employment in various industries.

Unmanned marine vehicle systems are used for a wide range of commercial and military. For commercial, these include: Oil and Gas Exploration and Construction, Oceanographic Data Collection, Hydrographic, Oceanographic and Environmental Surveys. For military these include Mine Counter Measures, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Anti-Submarine Warfare, and Fast Inshore Attack Craft for combat training.

The meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until July 18). For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adfsdjul17.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The San Diego chapter is sponsored by Moss Adams, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, LevitZacks, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton.

“Significant Changes Affecting the DoD Acquisition and Procurement Landscape”

“Significant Changes Affecting the DoD Acquisition and Procurement Landscape”

San Diego Chapter meeting on May 23

Please join us and our guest panelists for a lively discussion of the ongoing changes to the A&D acquisition environment. We will be covering the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 and expected components of the NDAA 2018. Other topics include the Government’s changing position on commercial items, how your company may be affected by third party audits (YOU will be paying for them) and how DCAA’s 2017 report to Congress may be changing the audit processes. We will also be discussing what DCMA is doing to ensure compliance with cyber security requirements.

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING:
• Learn DCMA’s approach to ensuring that contractors are meeting their cyber security requirements.
• Discover why you will be paying the tab if you have to obtain a third party audit, including accounting system audits.

Please join us on Tuesday, May 23 (networking: 5:30-6:15pm, meeting: 6:15-7:45pm PST), when Ronald J. Youngs, Assistant Vice President, National Security Policy, Aerospace Industries Association and Curt Parkinson, Software Engineer Manager – Cyber Compliance, DCMA, San Diego will share what is going on inside the Beltway.

The meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until May 16). For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adfsdmay17.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The San Diego chapter is sponsored by Moss Adams, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, LevitZacks, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton.

“DoD Innovation and Collaboration Opportunities”

“DoD Innovation and Collaboration Opportunities”

San Diego Chapter meeting on March 28

After nearly a decade of sequestration, how does industry get their new, innovative, emerging technology products in front of the right DoD and defense industry partners to support the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coastguardsmen and 3-letter agencies? How can broader private sector industry collaborate with both DoD and the major defense industry companies to bring solutions to our end-users in harm’s way? What is COTS and why does DoD care? How can your company leverage COTS to support DoD with your technology?

If you are a company who is seeking to make DoD aware of technology you provide, please join us on Tuesday, March 28 (networking: 5:30-6:15pm, meeting: 6:15-7:45pm PST), when panelists from SPAWAR Systems Center, Pacific US Third Fleet Experimentation and Warfighter Science Advisors who deal daily in the realm of bringing new, innovative, emerging technology to our warfighter end-users will provide insights as to where their technology focus road map is going and how your company can engage DoD to bring your technology and collaboration to support DoD.

The meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until March 21). For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adfsdmar17.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The San Diego chapter is sponsored by Moss Adams, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, LevitZacks, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton.

“Maximizing Enterprise Value: It’s Never too Soon to Start!”

“Maximizing Enterprise Value: It’s Never too Soon to Start!”

San Diego Chapter meeting on Janaury 24

As we all know, the aerospace industry is currently experiencing a frenzy of acquisitions.

Selling a business is all about risk. The higher the risk, the lower the value. The lower the risk, the higher the value. As business leaders, it is a primary function of our positions to increase the attractiveness of our businesses and ready them for scrutiny by a potential buyer. Whether you run a department, or an entire business, creating enterprise value is a key part, if not the sole purpose, of the job. Too often, however, thought is given too late in the game.

Please join us on Tuesday, January 24 (networking: 5:30-6:15pm, meeting: 6:15-7:45pm PST), when Larry O’Toole, CEO, Integrated Polymer Solutions, will discuss the tangible and effective steps that can be taken to build enterprise value and, most of all, how to capture it through a liquidity event.

The meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until Jan 17). For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adfsdjan17.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The San Diego chapter is sponsored by Moss Adams, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, LevitZacks, and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton.

“Positioning Your Company to Successfully Pursue Business Opportunities in Cybersecurity”

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San Diego Chapter meeting on November 29

Please join us on Tuesday, November 29 (networking: 5:30-6:15pm, meeting: 6:15-7:45pm PST), when Rear Admiral David H. Lewis, Commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), will kick off the evening with a brief overview of the Navy’s Cyber roadmap highlighting the types of products and services SPAWAR is looking to acquire which will “set the table” for the evening.

This will be followed by short briefings from three local, rapidly expanding Southern California companies spanning: Cloud Data Security, Cyber Intelligence/Digital Risk Management and Social Media Threat Detection.

Admiral Lewis will then be joined by Gary Hayslip, Deputy Director, Chief Information Security Officer City of San Diego, CA. and Justin Sollenne, Chief Financial Officer, iboss to provide insights, tips and pointers on how these companies might position their products or services for consideration by these potential customers.

The meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until November 22). For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adfsdnov16.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The San Diego chapter is sponsored by Moss Adams, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, LevitZacks, and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton.

“Strategy: Is It Time for a Gut-Check?”

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San Diego Chapter meeting on September 27

Are you frustrated by the plateaus you have reached with your business and just can’t seem to figure out how to get to the next level?

Please join us on Tuesday, September 27 (networking: 5:30-6:15pm, meeting: 6:15-7:45pm PST), when Timothy Gendreau and Susan Wayo of The Gendreau Group will take us through a “Strategic Gut-Check”, which will have you begin to view your business and strategy through a different lens. In this presentation, you will learn what strategy is and what it is not. You will be provided with valuable insights into revenue and growth strategy support and gain a better understanding as to the:
• Failures of Strategic Thinking
• Failures of Strategy Development
• Failures of Strategy Execution

The A&D Market over the last thirty to forty years has been very dynamic with many changes to structure, companies and business models.

In this current era of sequestration, budget uncertainties and shifting priorities; how we define strategy, how we can look at strategy, and the consequences of poorly conceived or poorly executed strategies will ultimately determine the rate of our growth or our decline.

Benefits of attending:
• Understanding the difference between strategy and planning
• Understanding the 5 critical questions for any business strategy
• Learning the difference between obstacles and roadblocks
• Beginning to understand how to grow revenues from existing technologies, products, services and markets
• Get an idea how much money your company is leaving on the table

The meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until September 20). For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adfsdsep16.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The San Diego chapter is sponsored by Moss Adams, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, LevitZacks, and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton.

“A Perspective on Working with SPAWAR”

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San Diego Chapter meeting on July 26

As the Navy’s Information Dominance systems command and technical lead for C4ISR, the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) provides the hardware and software to connect our warfighters at sea, on land and in the air. SPAWAR supports the full lifecycle of product and service delivery from the initial research and development, to acquisition and deployment, to operations and logistics support.

Please join us on Tuesday, July 26 (networking: 5:30-6:15pm, meeting: 6:15-7:45pm PST), when SPAWAR Director of Contracts, Nancy Gunderson provides an overview of SPAWAR, the SPAWAR budget, economic impact data specific to San Diego and an overview of the current contracting environment.

Companies currently providing capabilities to SPAWAR or companies looking to work with SPAWAR will benefit from attending this special SPAWAR event.

The meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until July 19). For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adfsdjul16.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The San Diego chapter is sponsored by Moss Adams, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, LevitZacks, and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton.

“Protecting Intellectual Property Rights Under Government Contracts”

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San Diego Chapter meeting on May 24

If your company transacts business with the Government, ownership, control, and protection of your IP is governed by a complex set of regulations. The requirements are not only complicated but also unforgiving. It is therefore critical for government contractors to understand the regulations, to develop a sound IP strategy, and to implement policies and procedures for protecting their IP rights.

Please join us on Tuesday, May 24 (networking: 5:30-6:15pm, meeting: 6:15-7:45pm PST), when our panelists, Mr. Keith Szeliga (Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton), Mr. Brian Sweeney (Vice President and General Counsel, Aerojet Rocketdyne), and John Tishler (Moderator) (Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton), will focus on best practices for protecting IP under government contracts.

The meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until May 17). For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adfsdmay16.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The San Diego chapter is sponsored by Moss Adams, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, LevitZacks, and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton.