Clients know that veteran transactions lawyer Dean Rutley understands them, their businesses, and their industries. As a result, he twice has been named a BTI Client Service All-Star, one of only a handful of US attorneys to be so recognized on more than one occasion.

Dean is a veteran transactions lawyer who has overseen deals in the US, UK, Europe, the Pacific Rim and beyond for companies in aerospace and defense, information technology, government services, cybersecurity, telecommunications, biotechnology, e-commerce, banking and finance, among other sectors. He has significant experience in the rapidly emerging global field of Financial Technology (“FinTech”) and is a co-leader of the firm’s FinTech sector.

Dean’s transactions work includes mergers and acquisitions, corporate structuring, compliance with federal and state securities laws, board of directors duties, negotiated resolution of business disputes, licensing and joint venture agreements. He also counsels venture capital firms in the areas of organization, financing, equity distribution, venture capital investments and other operational matters.

Dean currently serves as General Counsel to the Association for Corporate Growth National Capital, and as a Member of the Board of Advisors for the George Washington University Law School Government Contracts Program.

In addition to his recognition from BTI, Dean also was named an Acritas Star for outstanding client service in both 2017 and 2018.

Representative Experience

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  • Fullsteam Holdings, a portfolio company of Aquiline Capital Partners, a leading New York based private equity global investing firm, in over 60 acquisition transactions within a four-year period.
  • Heartland Payment Systems (NYSE:HPY), one of the world's largest payment processors, in more than 35 M&A transactions, including the $375 million acquisition of TouchNet Information Systems, Inc.
  • 1eEurope, Ltd. in the $500 million acquisition of nine foreign companies throughout Europe, including the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, France and Belgium.
  • eLink Communications, Inc., a telecommunications company, in its merger with Eureka Broadband Corporation.
  • Vision Systems Technology, Inc., a provider of intelligence services to the NSA and other government intelligence agencies, in its acquisition by SAS Institute, Inc.
  • Rsignia, Inc., a leading provider of advanced cybersecurity solutions, in its acquisition by KEYW Corporation (NASDAQ: KEYW).
  • Celestech, Inc., a provider of advanced signal processing and communications systems, in its acquisition by Excelis, Inc. (NYSE: XLS).
  • Penn Diagnostics in the sale of its ONCAD related intellectual property to Invivo Corporation (a subsidiary of Philips Healthcare).
  • Brown Advisory in the acquisition of Meritage Capital, LLC, a registered investment advisor (RIA) on May 3, 2018, and venture capital firm NextGen Venture Partners on February 22, 2018.

Professional & Civic Engagement

  • Member, Board of Advisors, George Washington University Law School Government Contracts Program
  • Officer, General Counsel and Executive Committee, Association for Corporate Growth National Capital 
  • Past Chairman, Grubstake Breakfast Program, Business Alliance of George Mason University
  • Member, Northern Virginia Technology Council, Private Equity Committee

Thought Leadership



Honors & Awards

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (BL Rankings) in the fields of Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Venture Capital Law, 2020 – Present
  • Received the Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" Award in the field of Corporate Governance (Washington, D.C.), 2022
  • Named a BTI Client Service All-Star, BTI Consulting Group, 2014, 2015


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