The State of M&A Play in the Federal Market

March 22, 2018 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

A wave of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) continues to reshape the federal market. There have been more than 1,700 government contracting M&A deals since 2015, according to BGOV analysis of Bloomberg Terminal data. Contractors have been using M&A to counter declining margins, pursue growth markets, access contract vehicles, reach new customers, acquire advanced technology, and divest to focus on core capabilities.

Join Bloomberg Government analysts for an in-depth webinar on March 22 to discuss the forces shaping M&A deals in the federal market. Our team will be joined by John Song, Managing Director at Baird, as he shares his insights on M&A trends.

Topics include:
– Total volume and value of M&A deals
– Industries such as defense/aerospace, IT, professional services, and healthcare that are driving activity
– Focus on the top contracting-focused deals in the first half of fiscal 2018
– Outlook for 2018 and beyond



Laura Criste
IT Analyst
Bloomberg Government

Laura Criste is a federal market analyst with Bloomberg Government. Criste specializes in cybersecurity, IT budget, and IT modernization. Previously, she was an analyst at ANSER’s homeland security federally funded R&D center. There, she informed homeland security strategy, including the 2014 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, by examining activities, mandates, budgets, and threats. Laura has a bachelor’s degree in economics and physics from the University of Virginia and a masters in operations research from George Mason University. Follow me @Laura_Criste

Dan Snyder
Director, Government Contracts Analysis
Bloomberg Government

Dan Snyder is Bloomberg Government’s director of government contracting analysis. He specializes in identifying the largest contracts in the government market and advising clients on custom research engagements. Prior to joining Bloomberg, he served as an analyst focusing on GSA/VA Federal Supply Schedule consulting. He holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Siena College and Masters in Business Administration and an M.S. in government contracts at The George Washington University. Follow me @DanielSnyder22

John Song
Managing Director

John Song is a Managing Director in Baird’s Global Technology & Services team and Co-Head of the Baird Government Services Investment Banking practice. He joined Baird in 2018 from Houlihan Lokey, where he co-led lead their government services investment banking team, along with Jean Stack. Prior to Houlihan Lokey, John was a management consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton and spent several years working in structured finance at firms such as Credit Suisse First Boston, Deutsche Bank, and Bankers Trust. He is a board member of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce as well as the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) National Capital.  He holds a B.A. from Boston University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.