Capital One to buy tech-focused investment bank

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Capital One Financial in McLean, Va., has agreed to buy a boutique investment bank that specializes in the aerospace, defense and technology industries.

The $254.5 billion-asset company's deal for KippsDeSanto is expected to close next month. Capital One did not disclose the price.

“By bringing our teams together, we'll be able to add scale and expertise to our growing M&A advisory group which will benefit clients in a wide variety of industries,” Steve Tulip, head of capital markets at Capital One Commercial Banking, said in a press release.

KippsDeSanto, based in Tysons Corner, Va., will operate under its own name as a unit of Capital One. In one of its recent deals, KippsDeSanto advised Solers, a software developer for the defense and intelligence communities, on its sale to Peraton.

Capital One provides investment banking services through its Capital Markets division, which includes advisory services for public finance, derivatives management and the broker-dealer Capital One Securities.

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