Alper Cetingok was named head of Raymond James’s Diversified Industrials practice in June 2018 and is also the head of the Security & Safety sector. Mr. Cetingok joined Raymond James in 2012 as Co-Head of the Security, Defense & Government Services (SDGS) Group in connection with Raymond James’s acquisition of Morgan Keegan. Raymond James’s SDGS Group has completed more than 230 M&A and financing transactions valued at approximately $35 billion and, in 2012, was recognized by Global Security Finance as the leading M&A advisor to the security and defense industries. He continues to serve as the Sector Head of the firm’s industry-leading Security & Safety practice. Over his career, Mr. Cetingok has successfully completed over 125 transactions, including numerous cross-border transactions in Europe and Asia. Mr. Cetingok is also a member of the Investment Banking department’s Executive Committee.
Prior to joining Raymond James, Mr. Cetingok spent approximately 15 years at Morgan Keegan, where he founded and led the firm’s Security & Defense Group. During his tenure at Morgan Keegan, Mr. Cetingok assumed increasing levels of responsibility within the Investment Banking department and held the distinction of being the youngest managing director in the firm’s history. Mr. Cetingok was also a member of the firm’s Investment Banking Management Committee and Chairman of its Transaction Committee. In 2013, Mr. Cetingok was recognized by The M&A Advisor as a 40 Under 40 Dealmaker award recipient. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Earlybird Digital East Fund, an investment vehicle focused on funding early and growth stage companies in Turkey and Eastern Europe. Mr. Cetingok graduated magna cum laude from Rhodes College with a BA in Business Administration and International Studies. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.