Harris Williams & Co. Advises HelpSystems, Inc. on its Sale to H.I.G. Capital

October 8, 2015

Harris Williams & Co., a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide, announces the sale of HelpSystems, Inc. (HelpSystems), a leading provider of IT operations, security and business intelligence software solutions, to H.I.G. Capital (H.I.G.). Harris Williams & Co. served as the exclusive advisor to HelpSystems, a portfolio company of Summit Partners (Summit). The transaction was led by Jeff Bistrong, Thierry Monjauze, Tyler Dewing, Priyanka Naithani and Scott Reinig of Harris Williams & Co.’s Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT) Group.

"We were very excited to provide strategic advisory services to HelpSystems for a second time, particularly given their phenomenal growth into a diverse multi-platform infrastructure software leader," said Jeff Bistrong, a managing director in Harris Williams & Co.’s TMT Group. "We believe the company’s light deployment software and best of class solutions will continue to drive its ongoing success and market leadership."

"Infrastructure software represents an attractive sector for executing both organic and acquisition-driven growth strategies," said Tyler Dewing, a director in Harris Williams & Co.’s TMT Group. "We believe H.I.G. will be an outstanding partner for HelpSystems' management as the company pursues its exciting opportunity for global expansion."

Headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, HelpSystems is a leading provider of system and network management, business intelligence and security and compliance solutions. With over 9,000 customers across a broad range of industries, HelpSystems is the market leader within system and network management for the IBM-i operating system and is rapidly expanding its presence on the Windows, Linux and Unix platforms.

Founded in 1984, Summit is a growth equity firm that is currently investing more than $6.5 billion into equity and fixed income opportunities. Summit has invested in more than 400 companies in technology, healthcare and other growth sectors. These companies have completed more than 135 public offerings, and more than 150 have been acquired through strategic mergers and sales. Notable technology companies financed by Summit Partners include Avast, Belkin, Clearwater Analytics, Flow Traders, FleetCor (NYSE: FLT), Hyperion Solutions, Infor, RightNow Technologies, Sybari Software, Unica and WebEx Communications. Summit maintains offices in North America and Europe and invests in companies around the world.

H.I.G. is a leading global private equity and alternative assets investment firm with $19 billion of equity capital under management (based on total capital commitments to funds managed by H.I.G. and its affiliates). Based in Miami, and with offices in New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco and Atlanta, as well as international affiliate offices in London, Hamburg, Madrid, Milan, Paris and Rio de Janeiro, H.I.G. specializes in providing both debt and equity capital to small and mid-sized companies, utilizing a flexible and operationally focused/value-added approach. Since its founding in 1993, H.I.G. has invested in and managed more than 200 companies worldwide. The firm's current portfolio includes more than 100 companies with combined sales in excess of $30 billion.

Harris Williams & Co. (www.harriswilliams.com), a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:PNC), is a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide.  The firm has deep industry knowledge, global transaction expertise and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Harris Williams & Co. provides sell-side and acquisition advisory, restructuring advisory, board advisory, private placements and capital markets advisory services.

Harris Williams & Co.’s TMT Group advises leading private and public companies, entrepreneurs, private equity firms and venture capital firms on mergers and acquisitions and capital-raising transactions worldwide. The TMT Group has deep domain expertise in the Software/SaaS and Internet & Digital Media segments, with particular emphasis on specific verticals including education, energy technology, fintech, public sector and supply chain/logistics and has a dedicated healthcare technology (HCIT) practice.  Across verticals it also advises technology services and networking solutions businesses. For more information on the TMT Group and its recent transactions, visit the TMT Group’s section of the Harris Williams & Co. website.

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