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Karl M. Schmidt


Mr. Schmidt is a Managing Director at KippsDeSanto & Co., with vast experience in the aerospace and defense market.

Prior to joining KippsDeSanto & Co., Mr. Schmidt was a Senior Vice President in Houlihan Lokey’s Washington, DC office and a member of its Aerospace•Defense•Government industry investment banking group, where he focused on sellside and buyside M&A advisory engagements, sourcing growth capital, and conducting strategic alternatives assessments. Prior to joining Houlihan Lokey’s practice, Mr. Schmidt was an officer in the U.S. Army, serving in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States in various combat arms assignments. He also served in the Pentagon on the staff of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, working on classified intelligence assessments and transformation efforts, and he served on the U.S. Army Staff, working on equipment modernization and weapons testing.

Mr. Schmidt earned a B.S. in engineering (aerospace) from the United States Military Academy at West Point, an M.S. in operations research from the Naval Post Graduate School, and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is registered with FINRA as a General Securities Registered Representative (Series 7, 63).


The following are representative companies to which Mr. Schmidt has provided transaction advice:

  • Athena Technologies, Inc.
  • Catapult Technology
  • Chemring
  • Cornerstone Capital Holdings
  • Dataline, Inc.
  • Diversified Optical Products, Inc. (DiOP)
  • GeoEye, Inc.
  • Global Microwave Systems (GMS)
  • LifePort, Inc.
  • Mecar SA
  • Metalmark Capital
  • Non-Intrusive Inspection Technology, Inc. (NIITEK)
  • Orbital Sciences Corp.
  • QuickSet International, Inc.
  • Sippican, Inc.
  • Southern Aeroparts, Inc.
  • Specialty Defense Systems, Inc.
  • Tactical Micro
  • The Allied Defense Group, Inc.
  • UEC Electronics