Harris Williams & Co. Advises Inventus Solutions, a Clearlake Capital Portfolio Company, on its Pending Sale to RPX Corporation

December 15, 2015

Harris Williams & Co., a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide, announced that Inventus Solutions, Inc. (Inventus), a top-tier international eDiscovery services provider backed by Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. (Clearlake), has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by RPX Corporation (RPX; NASDAQ: RPXC). The transaction, subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close in January 2016 and is being led by John Arendale, Derek Lewis, John Klim and Trey Packard of Harris Williams & Co.’s Richmond office and Brennan Igoe of the firm’s Boston office.

“The success that Clearlake and Trevor Campion have had in building Inventus from a regional eDiscovery provider to a global leader in outsourced legal services is truly remarkable,” said John Arendale, a managing director at Harris Williams & Co. “As CEO, Trevor and his team have assembled a technology suite that provides a demonstrable value proposition to Inventus’ customers, helping them maximize legal budgets and achieve unmatched responsiveness to legal discovery inquiries. We are excited to see the company build on its leading market position under its new partnership with RPX.”

“Inventus represents yet another highly successful transaction for Harris Williams & Co. in the legal technology and services sector,” said Derek Lewis, a managing director at Harris Williams & Co. “We are grateful for the opportunity to represent exceptional companies like Inventus, which enable us to provide superior outcomes to clients like Clearlake.”

Inventus is a top-tier international eDiscovery platform dedicated to offering technology-enabled, end-to-end managed services and managed review solutions for Fortune 1000 legal departments, top global law firms and government agencies operating in multiple jurisdictions across the globe. Inventus currently has over 175 employees and operates in 13 offices internationally, with domestic headquarters in Chicago, Illinois and international headquarters in London, United Kingdom.

Clearlake is a private investment firm with a sector-focused approach. The firm seeks to partner with world-class management teams by providing patient, long-term capital to dynamic businesses that can benefit from Clearlake’s operational and strategic expertise. The firm’s core target sectors include technology, communications and business services; industrials, energy and power; and consumer products and services. Clearlake currently has over $3.2 billion of assets under management.

RPX is the leading provider of patent risk solutions, offering defensive buying, acquisition syndication, patent intelligence, insurance services and advisory services. Since its founding in 2008, RPX has introduced efficiency to the patent market by providing a rational alternative to litigation. The San Francisco-based company's pioneering approach combines principal capital, deep patent expertise and client contributions to generate enhanced patent buying power. By acquiring patents and patent rights, RPX helps mitigate and manage patent risk for its growing client network.

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.

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