On March 31st, Womble Carlyle attorney Dean Rutley will moderate a panel discussion on “Investor Perspectives on Tech and Government Services Investing—What We Are Looking To Invest In NOW!” at the 22nd Mid-Atlantic Growth Conference.

But before that dynamic annual event, Rutley spent some time with Corporate Growth, Capital Style to discuss his M&A practice at Womble Carlyle, the trends he sees in the private equity and venture capital investment arenas and the influence competitive rowing has had on him both as an attorney and a person.

Among the takeaways of the Corporate Growth, Capital Style interview:

  • “One of the key new growth trends that stood out in 2015 was in the financial technology sector (FinTech).”
  • “Private equity firms in 2015 played a less noticeable role than in previous years versus strategic buyers.”
  • “Global M&A volume soared in 2015 to $4.3 trillion, easily surpassing 2014 and even its previous peak of $4.1 trillion in 2007.  U.S. M&A volume made up nearly half of that number.”
  • “Communications, technology and government contracts (particularly cyber and intel related companies serving the Federal Government and the three letter intel agencies) are all industries doing well in the Mid-Atlantic region.”

Click here to read the full interview.

Get to know Dean Rutley in this video and how his passion for rowing made him a better attorney and a more fulfilled person.

Dean Rutley has more than 25 years of experience representing companies in a wide range of corporate, transactional, and securities matters. Rutley’s practice is concentrated on emerging growth and mid-market companies (both public and private) with regard to a variety of domestic and international business transactions. He practices in Womble Carlyle’s Northern Virginia office.