Peter Bilden, Managing Director and Co-Head of Aerospace, Defense, and Government Services M&A
Duff & Phelps

Pete Bilden is a managing director based in the New York office and part of the M&A Advisory practice. Pete leverages more than 25 years of combined advisory and operational experience assisting clients in the Aerospace, Defense and Government Services (ADG) sectors with M&A and corporate finance transactions.

Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, Pete led the Aerospace, Defense and Government Services practice at BlackArch Partners, where he focused on public and private middle-market clients. Prior to BlackArch, Pete was a managing director at Stone Key Partners, a strategic advisory and M&A boutique focused on the Defense and Government Technology Services sectors. Prior to Stone Key, Pete was a banker in the Diversified Industrials group at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he led day to day execution of M&A and capital markets transactions for a wide variety of corporate and financial industrial clients. Earlier in his career, Pete served as an officer and aviator in the U.S. Army for over a decade.

Pete has completed a wide range of assignments spanning both sell-side and buy-side roles, including mergers and acquisitions, sales, divestitures, recapitalizations, leveraged buyouts, strategic alternative reviews, fairness opinions and capital markets transactions on behalf of private equity firms, public corporations and private company clients. 

Over the course of his career, Pete has advised on transactions with an aggregate value of more than $20 billion, including multiple assignments for General Dynamics (including the sale of AxleTech to The Carlyle Group, the acquisition of Vangent from Veritas Capital, and the sale of its Detection Products business to Chemring plc), the sale of GeoEye to DigitalGlobe, the sale of Intregral Systems to Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, the sale of L-1 Systems to Safran, the sale of L-1 System’s Intelligence Services business to BAE Systems, the sale of Lockheed Martin’s EIG business to Veritas Capital, the sale of Doss Aviation to L3 Technologies, and the sale of Hermetic Solutions Group to Windjammer Capital.

Pete received his BA in history from Duke University and his MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth Graduate School of Business. 


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