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Ian Cookson

  • Managing Director
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Ian has 25 years of investment banking experience and has advised on more than $5 billion of transactions including acquisitions, divestitures, and refinancings.

He has represented clients from leading multinationals to privately held companies and has completed transactions with corporations such as General Electric, DuPont, and Hewlett Packard, as well as leading private equity firms. Ian specializes in the Aerospace & Defense sector and has extensive experience in Industrials and Audio Sound Management. 

Prior to joining Capstone Headwaters, Ian was a Managing Director and a founding member of Grant Thornton Corporate Finance. He also worked with PWC Corporate Finance in London, and having been employed in investment banking in both the US and Europe, has led numerous cross-border transactions. 

Ian has led transactions which have won multiple awards including M&A Advisor Deal of the Year, M&A Atlas North America Deal of the Year, M&A Advisor Consumer Services Deal of the Year, and M&A Atlas Award Private Equity Deal of the Year.  Additionally, he has appeared on CNBC and has been quoted in over a hundred publications including Business Week, The New York Times and Mergers & Acquisitions.  


Babson Graduate School of Business - MBA

University of Stirling - BA

Registrations & Affiliations

FINRA - Series 23 Registered General Securities Principal

FINRA - Series 62 Registered Corporate Securities Representative

FINRA - Series 63 Registered Uniform Securities Agent

FINRA - Series 79 Registered Investment Banking Representative

FINRA - Series 99 Registered Operations Principal

Industry Coverage

Last year the aerospace, defense, government and security sectors saw steady Merger & Acquisition (M&A) activity, with a focus on transactions in technology, the aftermarket, and combinations which create leaders in specific defense segments. Our 2019 ADGS Mergers & Acquisitions Update provides a wealth of sector M&A transaction data.Read more

Last year’s Aerospace & Defense merger & acquisition activity highlighted the underlying structural characteristics of an industry dominated by an airframe duopoly, powered by a...Read more

2016 saw a decline in sector Merger & Acquisition (M&A) activity, which although is still at healthy levels, showed a reversal after the escalation in component manufacturing transactions...Read more