Archive for Tag: Technology acquisition

Jun 14, 2016

Quick Turnaround for Bain Nets 3x Return on Security Play Blue Coat

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On Sunday, Symantec (NASDAQ:SYMC) announced the acquisition of Blue Coat Systems, a leading provider of cloud security technologies, for $4.65bn. It is Symantec’s largest deal in a decade. For Bain Capital, the private equity firm that controls Blue Coat, it is a very impressive tech exit with the firm earning 3x its investment in less than 18 months.

Dec 14, 2015

Looking Past the Unicorns to the Middle Market – The Sweet Spot

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A quick look through today’s business headlines and you’ll see reports of massive capital raises and eye-popping valuations for some of the so called “Unicorns” – young, fast-growing, privately held (VC-backed) technology / technology-enabled companies valued at $1 billion and above. Some of these firms are very impressive, growing more than 100% per annum and raising hundreds of millions from private investors. Some are working on finding an appropriate way and time to give investors liquidity at a suitable value. Few this year have found strategic buyers: (LinkedIn) and Virtustream (EMC), for example. According to CB Insights, through Q3’15…

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