This Maryland Firm Helps Cyber Companies Get Acquired

Greg Hogan

When a deal for Seattle-based Watchguard Technologies to acquire McLean, Va.-based Datablink was announced this week, Maryland-based SC&H Capital was involved.

The Ellicott City-based firm played a key — if behind the scenes — role in bringing the deal to fruition. Greg Hogan, a director at SC&H Capital, said the firm helped advise Datablink’s board and shareholders as it went about the acquisition. Companies seek out such firms when they are preparing for a deal. In SC&H Capital’s case, the firm looks to work with middle-market companies.

“What we do for them is basically prepare them for that process and run a marketing process to help identify and negotiate for potential buyers,” Hogan said. From a money perspective, maximizing valuations is an important part of the work, he said. The process typically takes 6-9 months.

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