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Aerospace and Defence Symposium Addresses Critical Industry Issues

04 November 2005

RSM EquiCo, a global investment bank, hosted an Aerospace and Defense Symposium which focussed on addressing key issues such as the metal-versus-composite manufacturing trend.

RSM EquiCo-Hosted Event which featured speakers from Boeing, UMECO Composites USA and othet leading industry figures.

The half-day event was held on Wednesday, November 2, 2005, at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa in Dana Point, Calif.

The rapid expansion of global travel is creating tremendous growth in the aerospace sector,'' noted Hector J. Cuellar, president of RSM EquiCo Capital Markets, the broker-dealer subsidiary of RSM EquiCo. “In the meantime, the vast U.S. defence industry faces potential challenges that need to be monitored by suppliers and others within the industry, including those considering acquisitions.”

Geared toward chief executive officers, senior managers, corporate development officers and managing directors of aerospace and defence (A&D) suppliers, the symposium featured presentations by a variety of expert speakers, including:

John Meersman, director of corporate & strategic development for Boeing, the world's leading aerospace company and the largest combined manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft;

Andrew Moss, chief executive officer of UMECO Composites USA, the U.S. arm of UMECO PLC, a UK-based provider of value-added distribution services and composite materials to the aerospace and defence industries;

Adrian Lismore, managing director and head of energy marketing and structuring for SG CIB, the corporate and investment banking arm of Societe Generale Group, one of Europe's leading financial services groups; and

John Reimers, former chief executive officer of Compass Aerospace, a supplier of quality precision-machined parts, sheet metal parts, and integrated kits and assemblies to both the commercial and defence markets.

According to Paul Weisbrich, senior managing director and co-leader of RSM EquiCo's Aerospace & Defense practice, the symposium was created to address the needs and interests of companies in the A&D middle market, which have largely been overlooked by other major investment banks.

Within the past two years, RSM EquiCo said that it has significantly increased its focus on A&D while greatly expanding its A&D industry capabilities. Today the firm boasts a team of experts who bring decades of experience advising prominent corporations such as Boeing, General Dynamics, Goodrich, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and Hampson PLC.

RSM EquiCo elected to host the first Aerospace & Defense Symposium in Southern California because of the region's potent concentration of aerospace and defense companies. The firm is considering hosting additional symposia in other industry-intensive areas such as Seattle/Tacoma; Washington, D.C.; New England; and the Southeast United States.






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