Jamie Graham, a former business development manager at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, has joined KippsDeSanto & Co. as BD director of the McLean, Virginia-based investment banking firm.
“I am excited to leverage the KippsDeSanto platform with its proven team of investment bankers and to continue to be a valuable resource for company stakeholders in the aerospace, defense, government and technology industries, ” Graham said Tuesday.
Bob Kipps, the firm’s managing director, told GovCon Wire that Graham joins the firm as the GovCon market has a “needed level of enthusiasm” after the budget deal passed during the winter.
That “uptick in the market allowed to us put our growth plans back in high gear and finding someone of Jamie’s caliber was an integral part of that strategy, ” Kipps said.
“This renewed confidence has reinvigorated the M&A market especially for larger firms and the better performing sellers focused on health care, data analytics, C4ISR, special operations, cloud computing and mobility.”
Graham previously managed business development work for Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman’s corporate and securities technology practice in the past five years.
“I have known KippsDeSanto for many years and was excited by their own growth vision and reputation for working with market leading companies and executives. This opportunity was a natural next step in my development and highly complementary to my industry expertise and relationships, ” Graham said.
In that role, she helped the law firm build client relationships and facilitate corporate sponsorship programs.
Graham holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Maryland.