Aug 09 2018

TYSONS, VA.—A Womble Bond Dickinson team led by Alex Park and Dean Rutley successfully guided firm client Germane Systems through several complex issues to close its $45 million acquisition by publicly traded Mercury Systems.

Germane Systems designs and manufactures custom rugged computing solutions for mission-critical military, aerospace and industrial applications. Germane leverages commercial off the shelf components for customers who require special form factors, harsh environment mitigation, high performance and/or long life cycles.

Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys Park, Rutley, Raj Singh, and Siaw Ching Lee formed the core M&A team. Attorneys Patrick Allen, Todd Harris, Jim Kearney, Julia Kreyskop, Jeff Lawyer, John Pueschel, and Joshua Rodman also worked on this multi-disciplinary transaction, which included lawyers from the firm’s Employee Benefits, Government Contracts and Cross-Border Trade, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Real Estate and Tax service teams.

 “I wanted to express my thanks for your tremendous effort to make this transaction happen,” said Germane Systems CFO Bill Ellis. “I want to especially compliment the professionalism and hard work your entire group put forth to make this transaction happen as well as your patience with tying up all the loose ends.”

In addition, CEO and majority Seller Kerry O’Brien sent her words of praise to the Womble team. 
“It has been an absolute pleasure to work with you over the last few years,” said O’Brien. “You have expertly advised me on several key business matters up to and including the sale of my company.  Your tremendous expertise in the various disciplines needed to support my business represents Womble Bond Dickinson extremely well.  You have an in-depth knowledge of my industry so solutions were right on target; a clear understanding of the business owners perspective; you managed the transaction with a tight time frame, lots of moving parts and a tremendous volume of data, seemingly effortlessly; and have referred me some of the best business and industry experts in the DC region.”

She continued, “The very best part for me was to work with such a high integrity, skilled and collaborative team - to a person - at WBD.  Thank you Alex, Dean, Raj, Siaw Ching and Jim - and the team that supports them so well - the honor has been all mine and I hope to stay in touch for a lifetime.”