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Meet the
DBO Team

Our team offers unparalleled experience and demonstrated excellence in executing transactions, providing advice and building long-term trusted relationships.

Nicholas Osborne

Founding Partner

Nicholas’ banking career spans 37 years. He co-founded DBO Partners in 2012 where he has focused on industry defining technology M&A and capital raising transactions, including representing AMD in its $35 billion acquisition of Xilinx and Cloudera on its $742 million strategic investment from Intel.  He also works closely with industrial and services companies pursuing digital transformation strategies and leading technology focused private equity firms.  Prior to DBO, he was a Managing Director and Head of Global Technology Mergers & Acquisitions at Morgan Stanley. In this role he was responsible for managing relationships and advising on M&A transactions for leading global technology companies including Advanced Micro Devices, Applied Materials, Arcsight, Atmel, CNET, eBay, Electronic Arts, Ingram Micro, Intuit, Oracle, Omniture, Qlogic, Rightnow, Sandisk, Semtech and Zappos. He has extensive experience representing both buyers and sellers, structuring and negotiating significant JV’s and advising on activist and hostile situations. Nick serves on the Acquisition Advisory Council of Stillwater Growth Corp. I, a technology-focused SPAC of which DBO is a founding member.

Prior to joining the Morgan Stanley’s Technology M&A Group in 1996, Nicholas was a Vice President in the Financial Sponsor Group at Morgan Stanley and an Associate in the High Yield Finance Group at First Boston in New York City. Prior to attending business school, he completed the management program and was corporate finance officer focused on large multinational clients at JP Morgan in New York City.

Nicholas is a graduate of Williams College with a BA in Economics and of the Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College with an MBA.


Gordon Parker


Gordon has over 17 years of investment banking experience in the US and Asia. At DBO, Gordon’s clients span a wide range of industries, including industrials, technology, consumer products and cannabis. Prior to joining DBO, Gordon led Morgan Stanley’s Southeast Asia Mergers & Acquisitions business from 2013 to 2018. In this role he advised local, regional and global companies and investors on acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures. He was previously a member of the Asia M&A team, based in Hong Kong. In over 10 years based in Asia, Gordon executed over $30Bn of complex, cross-border transactions for a diverse group of corporate, private equity and sovereign clients including AES, Aviva, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi, CITIC Capital, GE, KKR, Petronas, PetroVietnam, RBS, Temasek, TCC Group, TPG, and Vietnam Airlines.

Prior to moving to Asia in 2007, Gordon was a member of Morgan Stanley’s Financial Sponsors Group based in New York, where he played a critical role in several industry-defining transactions such as the 2006 IPO of KKR PEI and the 2007 IPO of The Blackstone Group. He has advised on over $11bn of equity IPOs and over $2Bn of lead-managed leveraged finance offerings in support of private equity clients.

Gordon earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.


Lauren Webster


Lauren is a Partner of DBO Partners, providing advisory services to enterprise technology, aerospace and defense, and security companies, as well as to investors in these markets. Lauren’s transaction experience at DBO Partners totals over $8Bn in value and spans aerospace and defense, cybersecurity, and broader enterprise software verticals. Her recent transactions include the $1.4 billion Series A capital raise by Sierra Space, the $2.4 billion sale of AECOM’s government services business to Lindsay Goldberg & American Securities, and the sales of cybersecurity and identity companies to Palo Alto Networks, CyberArk, Splunk, and leading enterprise software sponsors.

Previously, Lauren served in operating roles at multiple cybersecurity companies – as the head of product for RedOwl Analytics, a behavioral analytics solution for security and compliance, and then leading analytic integration across products at Forcepoint, following the sale of RedOwl to Forcepoint. Prior to Lauren’s operational experience, she was an advisor at Chertoff Capital, the investment banking subsidiary of Washington, DC-based Chertoff Group. There, Lauren managed multiple PE-backed exits for cybersecurity companies, including Thoma Bravo’s sale of Entrust to Datacard and Tripwire to Belden, and she provided extensive advisory services to leading PE acquirers of technology and government services business.

From 2008 to 2015, Lauren served as a U.S. Navy Reserve Intelligence Officer, supporting the Office of Naval Intelligence; multiple areas of the Department of Defense’s cybersecurity forces, including the Navy’s 10th Fleet and U.S Cyber Command; and the U.S. Pacific Fleet, providing Maritime Domain Awareness support.

Lauren lives in Oakland with her husband and two daughters. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and has an MA from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service’s Security Studies Program.


Brian White


Brian joined DBO in 2018 and focuses on infrastructure software where he has completed transactions in excess of $10 billion. Recent transactions include the sale of Centrify to TPG, Lastline to VMware, Idaptive to CyberArk, ZingBox to Palo Alto Networks, Amentum to Lindsay Goldberg and American Securities, and Advent’s purchase of ForeScout.

Beyond his background leading strategic and sponsor M&A deals, Brian has experience both as an operator and a senior government official. As an operator, Brian served as the President & COO and a member of the Board of Directors at RedOwl, a cybersecurity company that was acquired by Forcepoint in 2017. And as an advisor, Brian was a partner of the Chertoff Group where he led their advisory business and established the company’s West Coast technology advisory and investment banking practice. Brian’s past clients include AT&T, A16Z, Endgame Systems, Palantir, SpaceX, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, FireEye, and his previous deal experience includes the Arlington Capital Partners roll-up of Novetta, TripWire’s sale to Belden, and Entrust’s sale to DataCard.

Brian also served as a senior official at the Department of Homeland Security, where he concluded his tenure as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary. Other notable positions include serving as the Chief of Staff in the Office of Policy; and serving as the first Congressionally mandated Director of Cargo, Maritime, and Trade Security policy. Brian also served as a Professional Staff Member in both the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives. Brian currently serves on the Board of Advisors at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Brian holds an MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University; and a B.S. from Syracuse University where he was a Division 1 student-athlete.