Madison Dearborn Partners has acquired Unison Global from The Carlyle Group
Unison’s secure cloud and on-premise software, marketplace and information products “power the business of government” by supporting more than 200,000 users in all United States cabinet-level agencies, major Department of Defense programs and leading federal prime contractors.
Madison Dearborn Partners (MDP) sought Lincoln International’s advice on this transaction given the firm’s knowledge of the sector broadly and the company specifically. MDP’s confidence in the attractiveness of this investment opportunity was in part driven by Lincoln’s insight into valuation, historical performance, growth opportunities, mergers and acquisitions pipeline, competitive landscape, risks (and risk mitigants) and exit opportunities.
Griffin Bealle, Managing Director in Lincoln’s Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT) Group, commented, “Government software businesses continue to be in high demand among the private equity community given the size of the market, sector-wide push towards digitization, best-in-class retention rates, low cost of customer acquisition, competitive advantages relative to horizontal software vendors, lower research and development burdens and accretive add-on opportunities. Unison is a particularly compelling target given the dearth of packaged application software vendors that serve the federal government. We were thrilled to work with Unison again and are excited to watch the company continue to extend its leadership in the market.”
Lincoln was a true strategic partner to MDP in this transaction. Their market and company-specific knowledge were critical to our level of conviction in Unison. This is MDP's third transaction with the Lincoln TMT Group, and we look forward to the opportunity to work with them in the future.
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