The McLean Group Welcomes Joshua Butler to its Defense, Government and Intelligence M&A Advisory Team

The McLean Group, a middle-market investment bank providing strategic and financial advice on mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, and business valuations, announced today that Josh Butler will be joining its Defense, Government, and Intelligence (DGI) M&A team as a Director. In recent years, he has supported over $1 Billion in completed transactions in the Government, Defense and Intelligence sectors.

Mr. Butler brings over 10+ years of M&A and corporate finance experience working with entrepreneurs, private equity, and public company clients. His background includes serving as an advisor at a Big 4 accounting firm, a Vice President at a bulge bracket investment bank in New York, and most recently, as a Director at Baird in Tysons Corner. As a CPA and MBA, Josh has advised businesses in every phase of their business lifecycle, from providing guidance on valuation and assessing value drivers, to providing a clear vision on exit alternatives.

Regarding this new role, Mr. Butler shares, “In the continuously thriving environment of Defense, Government, and Intel M&A, 2024 maintains its strength, displaying resilient activity despite a slight deceleration from previous years. While deal levels have moderated since the remarkable highs of 2021, the sector retains its vitality, with noteworthy activity persisting in the first half of 2024. At The McLean Group, our robust platform and exceptional team enable me to provide clients with premier services, delivering tailored solutions that ensure optimal outcomes in this dynamic landscape.”

Mitch Martin, Managing Director at The McLean Group, commented on the addition of Josh to the team, stating, “We’re thrilled to announce the addition of Josh to our investment banking team. His impressive background in both the Intel and Government sectors, coupled with a stellar track record of accomplishments, positions him as an excellent complement to our already formidable team. Josh’s internal leadership and his extensive network within the community will undoubtedly benefit our team for years to come.”

Mr. Butler graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Howard University and received his MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University. Josh, who is a travel and fitness enthusiast, lives in Arlington, VA, with his wife and 2-year-old son. They’re excitedly expecting a second child in October.

About The McLean Group

The McLean Group, LLC is a 25-year-old boutique investment bank and financial services firm focused on the Defense, Government & Intelligence (DGI), Security, Critical Infrastructure, and Maritime markets. Its team of licensed professionals brings deep industry experience and relentless execution to every client engagement. The McLean Group provides solutions that blend financial creativity with operational expertise. Whether they are providing transaction advisory services, valuation opinions, or growth capital, the Firm’s services are unmatched in these core markets. Learn more at