Serco’s $225 Million Acquisition of Alion Science and Technology’s Naval Systems Business Unit


Covington is representing Alion Science and Technology Corporation in the transaction

The purchase, subject to certain regulatory approvals, is expected to close in the second half of 2019.

Headquartered in McLean, VA, Alion delivers advanced engineering, IT and, operational solutions to strengthen national security and drive business results.

Serco is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Serco Group, plc, and is a leading provider of shipboard, shore and systems installation and upgrade services to the U.S. Navy.

With this acquisition, Serco will become a stronger end-to-end, full lifecycle, integrated maritime solutions (Design – Integrate – Support) provider for the U.S. Navy and other customers. In addition, this acquisition substantially increases Serco’s Canadian defense business and adds a new customer, Royal Canadian Navy, and a new location, Vancouver Shipyards.

The Covington team representing Alion is led by partner Scott Freling (Picture), who advised on government contracts along with special counsel Alex Hastings and associate Brooke Stanley. CFIUS and national security issues are being handled by partner David Fagan, of counsel, Heather Finstuen, and associate Charles Buker. Partner Kim Strosnider and associate Lisa Ann Johnson are handling trade control issues. A London-based team that includes partner Simon Amies and special counsel Alex Clarke are advising on UK law matters.

Involved fees earner: Simon Amies – Covington & Burling; Charles Buker – Covington & Burling; Alexander Clarke – Covington & Burling; David Fagan – Covington & Burling; Heather Finstuen – Covington & Burling; Scott Freling – Covington & Burling; Alexander Hastings – Covington & Burling; Lisa Ann Johnson – Covington & Burling; Brooke Stanley – Covington & Burling; Kimberly Strosnider – Covington & Burling;

Law Firms: Covington & Burling;

Clients: Alion Science and Technology Corporation;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti