OKLAHOMA CITY–Acorn Growth Companies, a private equity firm investing exclusively in aerospace, defense and intelligence, announced Greg Agnew as its newest partner, enhancing the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions team. Agnew will focus on investment opportunity identification, acquisition operational due diligence, transaction & development and execution, portfolio company strategic development and exits.
Agnew has spent his 20-year career in the financial services industry in both investment banking and advisory and equity & research roles, the vast majority of which have been focused on the aerospace, defense and government contracting markets. Prior to joining Acorn, he established the U.S. Aerospace, Defense and Government Contracting investment banking group for Canaccord Genuity, and working closely with the firm’s international offices, led its efforts in the sector globally. Prior to Canaccord, Agnew spent 10 years at FBR Capital Markets, eventually leading the firm’s ADG investment banking practice and completing both merger and acquisition and financing transactions for public and private companies. Prior to FBR, he was with Quarterdeck Investment Partners (now Jefferies), where he focused on mergers and acquisitions in the aerospace, defense and government contracting markets. Agnew is a graduate of Florida State University with a B.S. in economics.
“We are delighted Greg has joined our expanding Mergers & Acquisitions team,” said Robert Hinaman, senior partner, Acorn Growth Companies. “Greg brings exceptional credentials and has generated an equally impressive transaction history within the Aerospace, Defense, and Government Contracting markets, which aligns well with Acorn’s core strategy and growth plans.”
“We continue to see a robust pipeline of attractive investment opportunities in aerospace, defense and intelligence requiring additional M&A talent within Acorn,” said Rick Nagel, managing partner of Acorn Growth Companies. “Greg joining our M&A team as a partner is a significant win for our firm as we look to maximize investment opportunities. Greg’s expertise, outstanding reputation and passion for the industries we focus on will serve Acorn and its portfolio companies well.”
About Acorn Growth Companies
Acorn Growth Companies is a middle market private equity firm focused exclusively on Aerospace, Defense and Intelligence. Acorn invests solely in operating companies that strive to enhance global mobility and protect national interests. Acorn has a formidable reputation in the industry and is recognized for its deep understanding of the Aerospace & Defense markets, with proprietary access to the best companies within these sectors. With operational expertise and its ability to lead and manage investments through variable economic and industry cycles, Acorn works in tandem with management to build its portfolio companies into significant market leaders. AcornGrowthCompanies.com
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