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Clearlake Capital to Acquire LANDESK
SANTA MONICA, CA AND SALT LAKE CITY, UT — January 3, 2017 — Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. (together with its affiliates, “Clearlake”) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire LANDESK from Thoma Bravo. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. As part of the transaction, Clearlake will contribute its portfolio company HEAT Software (“HEAT”) to the new platform investment in LANDESK. LANDESK’s leadership in providing software to simplify IT complexity is further strengthened by HEAT’s Cloud-based Service Management (CSM) and Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) software solutions. HEAT delivers flexible, scalable, and secure CSM, UEM, and endpoint security solutions, along with a robust, global, and rapidly growing SaaS platform that is complementary to LANDESK’s product portfolio. The combination will provide additional geographic reach and vertical depth, and will enable the company to better serve IT organizations with solutions to manage and secure end user environments. The
The Wicks Group Completes Sale to Wasserstein Partners
SECAUCUS, NJ USA — Wasserstein Partners acquired Northstar Travel Group, the leading provider of business-to-business information, content, events, data, research, custom content and software dedicated to the global travel and meeting industries, from the Wicks Group of Companies. Investing alongside Wasserstein Partners IV were its co-investors, Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund Board, John Hancock, and Storebrand Insurance. Northstar is the owner of well-known brands including Travel Weekly, TravelAge West, Business Travel News, Successful Meetings, Meetings & Conventions, Travel Weekly China, Incentive, M&C China and Web in Travel. The company produces more than 50 face-to-face events in thirteen countries in retail travel, corporate travel, travel technology and the meetings industry. In addition, Northstar owns Phocuswright, the leading research, business intelligence and event producer serving the fastest growing segment of the travel industry, on-line travel distribution. Northstar is also the majority shareholder in Inntopia, the leading SaaS e-commerce software provider serving the mountain
Must Private Equity Firms Register as Broker Dealers?
Does your firm routinely solicit investors and/or co-investors? Does it market its funds to endowments, pension funds and high net worth individuals? Does your firm advise companies on mergers and acquisitions and debt offerings? If your firm receives compensation for any of these services, then you could be engaging in broker-dealer activities for which registration as a broker-dealer is required.
Stellex Capital Management Affiliate Acquires Equipment Manufacturer
Winn, MI — March 21, 2016 – Morbark, LLC, announced that an affiliate of Stellex Capital Management has acquired the Company. The acquisition is focused on providing growth capital and resources to significantly expand the Company in the future. The stock purchase is a strong fit for the new owners with a portfolio focus of identifying companies with solid market and product presence that can benefit from growth capital and aggressive management and operating strategies. “Our acquisition of Morbark is a great fit for us. We believe the Company is well positioned to grow in the coming years, and we are confident that the capital and resources we bring will fuel that growth,” said David Waxman, Principal of Stellex. He continued, “Morbark is exactly the type of company we look to invest in – strong history, market presence, products, and an outstanding workforce. In addition, we believe with the right
Form ADV Danger Zones
March 8, 2016 - March 30 is the deadline for registered investment advisory (“RIA”) firms to file Form ADV annual updating amendments. Executives, including CCOs, who have intentionally or inadvertently misstated or failed to disclose material information on their Form ADV have been personally fined and/or barred from the financial industry. As NAIC’s Compliance Partner we’re here to help you avoid regulatory blemishes.
Don’t Get Charged with Misallocating Fees and Expenses
February 9, 2016 - Over the past several years, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has been increasingly focused on the fee and expense practices of private equity firms. In 2016, the SEC will continue its focus on whether fee arrangements are in the best interest of the investor and if adequate disclosures are made to investors about fees and expenses.
HarbourVest Partners Acquires BAML Capital Access Funds Group
BAML Capital Access Funds Team Will Continue to Focus on Emerging and Diverse Managers as HarbourVest Horizon HarbourVest Partners (“HarbourVest”), an independent, global private markets specialist, today announced that it has acquired the BAML Capital Access Funds group (“BAML CAF”), an experienced private equity fund-of-funds manager and adviser, from Bank of America. BAML CAF has historically focused on emerging and diverse managers and has advised on approximately $1.9 billion in capital commitments since its inception in 2002. As part of HarbourVest, BAML CAF will continue to focus on these investment areas and will be renamed HarbourVest Horizon. In addition, BAML CAF’s six-person investment team will join HarbourVest. “We are excited to broaden the capabilities of our global platform with HarbourVest Horizon,” said John Toomey, Managing Director at HarbourVest. “Our clients value our ability to provide access to the best managers in the industry, and this acquisition both complements and expands
COLUMBUS, Ga., Jan. 26, 2016 — TSYS® (NYSE: TSS), a leading global payment solutions provider, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement with Vista Equity Partners to acquire TransFirst, a Vista portfolio company and leading U.S. merchant solutions provider, in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $2.35 billion. TransFirst delivers merchant solutions to more than 235,000 small and medium-sized businesses in the U.S. through its proprietary technology, end-to-end customized and multi-channel products and superior customer service. The transaction enhances TSYS’ offering and position in the high-growth areas of integrated payments, e-commerce and omni-channel services. As a result of the transaction, TSYS will be the 6th largest U.S acquirer based on net revenue, supporting more than 645,000 merchant outlets. TSYS expects the transaction to be accretive in the low double digits to adjusted EPS for the first twelve-month period following closing, excluding one-time acquisition-related fees and expenses. TransFirst leads
Compliance Hot Topics for 2016
January 12, 2016 - For our Compliance Corner inaugural issue, we are highlighting some of the compliance hot topics that will be front and center for the SEC. We believe this list, while not exhaustive, addresses the high-risk practice areas and major initiatives that can help you build an effective compliance program.