David Brinkley

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Biography

David brings twenty years of experience executing over $1bn in strategic transactions for middle market firms in the aerospace, defense and government sectors. 

David is widely recognized for his industry expertise, which encompasses intelligence and national security activities and applied advanced technologies. In addition, David holds unique security credentials that enable him to advise on the most sensitive government transactions. David also serves as a subject matter expert to the Office of the Secretary of Defense on matters pertaining to the financial health of the US defense industrial base and on Pentagon-sponsored technology investments.

Prior to joining Capstone Headwaters, David founded Castellum Capital Advisors, a boutique investment bank providing advisory services to middle market firms engaged in the national security sector. Castellum Capital served as exclusive financial advisor on several high profile transactions, including large scale corporate divestitures and niche intelligence acquisitions. Prior to founding Castellum Capital, David served as Managing Director of Aronson Capital Partners, where he managed the firm’s buy and sell-side investment banking engagements. While at Aronson Capital, David completed transactions featuring prominent government services and technology firms active in international security, intelligence, and defense, with publicly-traded firms based both in the US and internationally, and with leading private equity sponsors. 

David also serves as a Director of NextStep Fitness, a California-based non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation and wellness of individuals living with paralysis.

Education

Columbia University - MBA - Finance

Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service - BS - International Relations

Registrations & Affiliations

FINRA - Series 63 Registered Uniform Securities Agent

FINRA - Series 79 Registered Investment Banking Representative

Industry Coverage

COVID-19 has promoted an increasingly remote and distributed workforce, introducing heightened informational technology vulnerabilities for cyber criminals and nation-state actors.  Read more

 A year ago, we noted a brisk uptick in M&A activity in the Government IT sector through the first quarter of 2019 and wondered aloud how long the market would hold up.  With the fiscal picture coming into focus as the months progressed, particularly as it related to defense spending, the pace not only sustained, it accelerated.  When the dust settled at the close of 2019, 78 M&A transactions were completed in the space, representing an astounding 24% increase on 2018’s previous record year, and the most active year in more than a decade. Read more

We present our 2020 Mergers & Acquisitions Update: Outlook and Year in Review.

This combines: discussion of the current environment and dramatic fall out from the COVID-19 pandemic; together with observations from those sectors less impacted; and a review of last year including Merger & Acquisition activity.Read more