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Partial List of Past Attendees


AE Industrial Partners
Ally Corporate Finance
Alton Aviation Consult.
Angelo Gordon
ATL Partners
Aviation Week
BBA Aviation PLC
Blue Wolf Capital
Caldwell Partners
Calera Capital
Canaccord Genuity
Centerfield Capital
Clairvest Group
CrossLake Group
CSP Associates
Davis Wright Tremaine
Fairmont Consulting
Golden Gate Capital
Greenbriar Equity
Hall Capital
Harris Williams
Houlihan Lokey
J. F. Lehman
Kemco Aerospace
Korn Ferry
Lazard Freres
Liberty Hall Capital
Loar Group
LynnCo Supply Chain
Mazars USA
Moelis & Co.
Morgan Stanley
NorthWind Partners
Odyssey Investment
Plante Moran
RBC Capital Markets
Reliance Aeroproducts
Renaissance Strategic Advisors
RFE Investment
Shorehill Capital
TD Bank NA
Thales Group
VAS Aero Services
Veritas Capital
VRC | Valuation Research Corporation
Warburg Pincus

How Shifts in Military Spending

And M&A Activity Are Driving Private Equity Investments


Private Equity Investing
In Aerospace & Defense Companies



Michael A. Teplitsky

Managing Director

Wynnchurch Capital LLC


Thursday, September 13, 2018

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

New York City





Davis Wright Tremaine
Fairmont Consulting Group




Anita Antenucci, Houlihan Lokey

Azad Badakhsh, Moelis & Co.

Robert Brenner, American Friends of Israel Navy Seals

Stephen J. Edelman, Citi

Edward C. Eppler, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Joseph V. Femenia, Navy SEAL Foundation

Kailash Krishnaswamy, Spirit AeroSystems

Christopher A. Lawler, Graham Partners Inc.

Matthew D. LeMaster, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Michael J. Richter, Lazard Freres & Co. LLC

Chris Rogers, Harris Williams & Co.

Jean A. Stack, Baird

Dylan Wolin, AAR Corp.

Jay Wynn, Fairmont Consulting Group LLC

Faculty | Schedule | Registration | Location | Sponsorship | Audio Package |

The news from investors in middle-market aerospace & defense companies is positive --  they’re awash in deal flow, exit valuations are frothy, and capital is available.


Take for example U.S. defense strategies -- the military is shifting away from yesterday’s focus on small-scale counter-terrorism activities, and instead moving the needle toward large-scale nuclear threats, ballistic missile defense, and cybersecurity.


As a result, Congress has been increasing military budgets across the board.  This spending is starting to stimulate PE investment in defense-related companies.  


Specifically, the new federal budget calls for increasing military defense spending by $160 billion over the next two years -- up to $639 billion in 2018 and $686 billion in 2019.  PE firms’ portfolios are differentiating their strategies and capabilities so they can compete for new highly coveted contracts.


Likewise, on the non-defense side of aerospace, the industry is dominated by a relatively small number of major players, but the ongoing strong backlogs at Boeing and Airbus are driving major changes within the supply chain -- rapidly creating winners and losers. 


As a result, M&A activity is rapid, global, and complex.  For example, United Technologies' purchase of Rockwell Collins last September won approval from European authorities on condition of the “divestiture of middle-market businesses in actuators, pilot controls, ice protection, and oxygen systems.”  Additionally, Boeing announced this July that it wants to grow the revenues of its Global Services division to $50 billion.  Experts expect Boeing to be highly acquisitive to meet this ambitious goal.  


Aside from divestitures, another path into the commercial aerospace industry is to carve out niche verticals for buy-and-build strategies.  PE firms’ portfolio companies are also often smaller and more nimble than their defense industry rivals.  Will private equity be the main catalyst in the modernization necessary to support the latest technology needs of the U.S. military? 


For PE investors, the question is, how do you identify and capitalize on opportunities?  Register now to gain valuable insight as our panelists assess the outlook for the military defense and commercial aerospace sectors when you attend The Capital Roundtable’s all-day conference on “Private Equity Investing in Aerospace & Defense Companies” on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in New York City.



Here Are Three Key Reasons Why You Should Join Us


  1. Hear about how constraints and challenges in the supply chain and also how large OEMs are causing vendors to be cautious about expanding their production.

  2. Learn details about what the higher defense budget means for PE investments and discover which technologies the U.S. government is supporting.

  3. Find out how the latest advancements in the defense and aerospace sectors are impacting PE deals and the outlook for the industries.


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Here are some of the key points that our 20 expert speakers promise to spotlight -- 



  • How is Boeing’s “Partnering for Success” program impacting aerospace suppliers, and in turn, opportunities for PE investors?

  • What does foreign investment in American military equipment mean for the future of the defense industry?

  • What is causing caution in the middle-market aerospace supply chain? Why are suppliers upbeat, but cautious about further step-ups in production rates?
  • Aerospace is a main focus in Chinese President Xi Jinping’s “Made in China 2025” plan. As China develops its own airplanes, what will the increased competition mean for U.S. aerospace companies?

  • How can PE firms compete against strategic buyers for deals when valuations are high?
  • How will evolutionary technology in areas such as 3-D printing, autonomous vehicles, big data, robotics, and blockchain change the landscape for investing in aerospace and defense companies?

  • In this new era of military spending, where are the most lucrative deals and investments for PE firms looking for an edge?

  • What are the most compelling consolidation and divestiture opportunities across aerospace and defense?

  • What are the potential traps or pitfalls for investors in the aerospace and defense industries and how can they be avoided?

  • What do investors need to know when they do their due diligence in the defense and aerospace industry, at a time when multiples and valuations are high?


Register Now to Join Chairman Michael Teplitsky

And More Than 20 Other Industry Experts


Mike Teplitsky is a managing director at Chicago-based Wynnchurch Capital, a leading middle-market private equity firm.  Wynnchurch was formed in 1999 and partners with middle market companies in the United States and Canada that possess the potential for substantial growth and profit improvement.


Wynnchurch Capital manages a number of private equity funds with $2.2 billion of committed capital under management and specializes in recapitalizations, growth capital, management buyouts, corporate carve-outs and restructurings. 


Mike has been involved in transactions including Northstar Aerospace, Texas Hydraulics, Rosboro, U.S. Pipe, and NSC Minerals,


He joined Wynnchurch in 2008. Before that he was with Lime Rock Management, the $8 billion PE firm where he executed deals in the basic materials sector in North America and Europe.  He began his career in investment banking at UBS, where he specialized in mergers, acquisitions, and financing transactions across a variety of industries.


He earned MBA and BA degrees at Northwestern University.


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Recent MIddle-Market Aerospace & Defense Deals


  • Washington-based PE firm Arlington Capital Partners acquired Cadence Aerospace, an Anaheim-based aerospace and defense company. Cadence supplies components, subassemblies, and assemblies to aircraft, aerostructure, aeroequipment, engine manufacturers, and other commercial aerospace and defense platforms.
  • Applied Composites Holdings, a portfolio company of Boca Raton, Fla.-based AE Industrial Partners, acquired aerospace composite maker San Diego Composites. AE Industrial invests in aerospace, power generation, and industrial companies.

  •  Tribus Aerospace, backed by Shorehill Private Equity, acquired Precision Aerospace and Precision Micro Mill. Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Precision Aerospace makes complex parts and assemblies for commercial aerospace and defense applications, while Wayland, Mich.-based Precision Micro Mill is a captive contract manufacturer.

  • Cincinnati, Ohio-based Belcan, a portfolio company of AE Industrial Partners, acquired Indianapolis-based Allegiant International. Allegiant is a professional services network in advisory, tactical operations, and technical services. The company supports automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, and industrial supply chains.
  • IMG Companies, an Addison Capital Partners portfolio company, acquired San Leandro-based Applied Fusion, which provides manufacturing solutions for high and tight tolerance applications within the medical device, aerospace, defense, and semiconductor sectors.
  • Dallas-based Trive Capital acquired the assets of Creston, Iowa-based Wellman Dynamics Corp., an aerospace supplier. The transaction was completed through a Section 363 sale under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.
  • Berwyn, Penn.-based Triumph Group divested its Triumph Aerospace Structures Long and Large machining and metal finishing operations to Aerospace Systems & Structures and Valence Surface Technologies. Valence is an aerospace product finishing company, also backed by Trive Capital. Triumph designs, engineers, manufactures, repairs, and overhauls aircraft structures, components, accessories, subassemblies, and systems.
  • Behrman Capital, a PE firm based in New York and San Francisco, acquired Corfin Industries, which provides a variety of component preparation services for high-reliability microelectronics in the defense, commercial aerospace, space, and healthcare industries.
  • New York-based PE firm Liberty Hall Capital Partners acquired AeroCision, a supplier of complex engine components and assemblies for the aerospace industry. AeroCision was integrated into Bromford Industries, which supplies complex, close tolerance engine components, fabrications, and assemblies for the aerospace and power generation industries.
  • AE Industrial Partners portfolio company Beclan, which supplies engineering, technical recruiting, and information technology services to the aerospace, defense, industrial, and government service markets, acquired the aerospace and industrial equipment business unit of CDI Corp. CDI’s aerospace assets provide engineering and recruitment services for a broad range of aerospace platforms.

This Capital Roundtable conference is the ideal place to expand your network and open up pathways to future deals. The day’s agenda includes ample time to let you --

  • Meet fellow attendees and featured speakers
  • Enhance your personal database with valuable new connections
  • Share both ideas and business cards
  • Meet potential investment partners and clients

Keep in mind this conference is certain to fill up quickly, so you’ll want to register as soon as possible to assure yourself a seat. To avoid disappointment, please contact Julie Berger today to confirm your attendance at 212-832-7300 ext. 0 or


 Who Should Attend


Designed to Meet the Needs of GPs, LPs, & Managers of Buyout, Growth Equity, Mezzanine, BDC, and Lending Funds, as Well as Independent Sponsors, Operating Partners, Portfolio Company Managers, and the Bankers, Lawyers, Accountants, & Other Advisors Who Support Them.




We look forward to having you join us on Thursday, September 13, 2018.


Conference Organizers


This conference is being produced by The Capital Roundtable, America’s leading conference organization focusing on “need-to-know” information for professionals in the middle-market private equity community.  For more information about The Capital Roundtable’s 25 annual conferences and other events and programs, please visit




 Speaking & Business Development Opportunities


We offer excellent speaking, marketing, and business development opportunities to reach the middle‑market private equity community. For more details, please contact Kellie Green or Claire Notton at 212-832-7300 or by email at or




Have a Question?


Please contact Julie Berger at or 212-832-7300 ext. 0.




Who We Are


This Capital Roundtable conference in midtown, New York City, is all-business, all-targeted, all-designed to be a completely focused day of practical information and revealing insights about education companies. You’ll gain valuable insights from --

  • Three informative panel discussions
  • Two revealing keynote presentations
  • Real-world perspectives from education company investors
  • Industry outlooks from noted sector experts
  • War stories and lessons learned from experienced hands

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Chaired By

  • Michael Teplitsky, Managing Director, Wynnchurch Capital LLC


Hosted By

  • Burt Alimansky, Chairman & CEO, The Capital Roundtable


  • Anita Antenucci, Senior Managing Director, Houlihan Lokey
  • Azad Badakhsh, Managing Director, Moelis & Co.
  • Robert Brenner, Senior Development Officer, American Friends of Israel Navy Seals
  • Stephen J. Edelman, Managing Director, Citi
  • Edward C. Eppler, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
  • Joseph V. Femenia, Board Director, Navy SEAL Foundation
  • Kailash Krishnaswamy, VP--IR, M&A and Strategy, Spirit AeroSystems
  • Christopher A. Lawler, Managing Principal, Graham Partners Inc.
  • Matthew D. LeMaster, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Michael J. Richter, Managing Dir. & Head--Aerospace & Defense I-Banking, Lazard Freres & Co. LLC
  • Chris Rogers, Managing Director, Harris Williams & Co.
  • Jean A. Stack, Managing Dir.--Global Technology & Services, Baird
  • Dylan Wolin, V.P.--Strategy & Acquisitions, AAR Corp.
  • Jay Wynn, Managing Director, Fairmont Consulting Group LLC

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Space at this conference is limited, so register as soon as possible to assure yourself a seat. To avoid disappointment, please contact Julie Berger today to confirm your attendance at 212-832-7300 ext. 0 or


Please note that The Capital Roundtable limits the number of registrants from a single firm to three.


  • Best Rate -- Early Registration -- Save $400 off the standard fee of $1495 when you register by Friday, August 3. Just $1095.


  • Incentive Registration -- save $200 off the standard fee!
    Register by Friday, August 17, and the fee for the conference is $1295.


  • Conference Rate -- $1,495 increasing to $1,595 day of conference, space permitting.


  • Group Rate -- $995 each, when you register two or more people to attend from the same company.


Register Now


You can pay by credit card (using the links above) or by check. Mail your check and business card to: New York Business Roundtable Inc., 747 Third Avenue, Suite 200, New York, NY 10017.

Have a special question? Please contact Julie Berger at or 212-832-7300 ext 0.


From time to time, for reasons beyond Capital Roundtable's control, program schedules and speakers become subject to change.  We make every effort to announce substantive changes by email to registrants at least 48 hours in advance.

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  • Midtown, NYC

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Audio Package

Can't attend but want to hear the program? You can buy the audio package along with the handouts. Purchase the audio package online now.

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We offer excellent marketing and business development opportunities to reach the middle‑market private equity community. For more details, please contact Claire Notton at 212-832-7300 ext.117, or by email at


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