WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - Apr 22, 2013) - Leading intelligence community experts and Avascent advisors Fran Landolf, Joanne Isham and Alan Wade will join key industry leaders to address opportunities and risks associated with intelligence-related investments. The conference, "Investing in IC Markets", will be held on May 16, 2013 in New York. This presentation is being co-sponsored by Avascent, Kipps DeSanto, NextFed and McKenna Long.

As mission-critical requirements continue to drive collaboration between customers in the U.S. Intelligence community and their industry partners, intelligence and related cyber and technology markets have become increasingly attractive arenas for private equity. "Investing in IC Markets" brings together senior-level industry executives, policy experts and investors to discuss emerging opportunities and accompanying financial and legal considerations.

Avascent partner Tim Wickham, who leads the firm's intel and cyber practice, will moderate a panel on current IC customer missions and emerging requirements.

"Intelligence markets present a rare pocket of opportunity in the federal market, particularly as cyber continues to move to the forefront of U.S. security priorities. Requirements are evolving, and the ability to harness new technology is increasingly critical to the customer."(Wickham)

Avascent partner Tim Garnett, who leads the firm's transaction advisory practice, will provide opening remarks on the current market environment and recent deal activity.

"Avascent has been advising PE firms looking to invest in intelligence markets for over a decade, and the considerations in diligence processes are different when you are dealing with businesses that perform cleared requirements for intelligence customers. But once those considerations are addressed, there is a lot of opportunity to be harnessed." (Garnett)

For further information, please visit http://www.avascent.com/events/investing-in-ic-markets/.

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