Francisco Partners

Francisco Partners is an American private equity firm focused exclusively on investments in technology and technology-enabled services businesses.[3] Founded in August 1999 and based in San Francisco with offices in London and New York, Francisco Partners Management L.P. has raised approximately USD $24 billion in committed capital as of June 2020 when the firm raised nearly $10 billion for tech company investments.[4][5] As of 2020, Francisco Partners had more than $25 billion in assets under management[6] and invested in over 300 companies in the technology sector.[7]

Francisco Partners
IndustryPrivate equity
FoundedAugust 1999; 22 years ago (1999-08)
FoundersDipanjan Deb, Benjamin Ball, Neil Garfinkel, Sanford R. "Sandy" Robertson, David Stanton
Key people
Dipanjan Deb (CEO), David Golob (CIO), Ezra Perlman and Deep Shah (Co-Presidents), Tom Ludwig (COO)
AUM$25 billion (2020)[1]
Number of employees
79[2] (2021)



Francisco Partners was founded in August 1999[8] in Menlo Park, California, during the emergence of dedicated technology buyout firms.[9] Founders Sanford Robertson, Dipanjan Deb, David Stanton, Benjamin Ball, and Neil Garfinkel came from a variety of private equity firms. Robertson had been the founder of the technology-focused investment bank Robertson Stephens, while Deb[10] left TPG Capital in August 1999 to help found the firm.[9] Among its notable early investments, in 2000 the firm paid $375 million in cash to purchase 90% of Advanced Micro Devices' communications products division.[11] Francisco Partners then raised $800 million in 2002 to purchase 90% of Global eXchange Services, a unit of the General Electric Company[12][13] handling sales operations for about 30,000 multinational companies.[12]

The firm purchased NPTest in 2003, the semiconductor-testing unit of Schlumberger,[14] and by the following year Francisco Partners had more than 30 active portfolio companies.[15] Francisco Partners purchased Smart Modular from the Solectron Corporation in 2004, with Smart Modular going public two years later.[16] From 2005 until 2010 the firm owned the software company RedPrairie.[17] In 2006 the company led a leveraged buyout of Metrologic Instruments, which makes laser and holographic-based scanners,[18] and also purchased WatchGuard.[19] The firm purchased API Healthcare in 2008[17] and by 2010 Francisco Partners' other healthcare holdings included AdvancedMD, Healthland, QuadraMed, and T-System.[20]


By 2012, the Francisco Partners' funds had about $7 billion in capital and invested "exclusively in technology companies across sectors including semiconductors, capital equipment and electronics components."[21] That year the company acquired the software company Ichor from American Industrial Partners,[22] as well as Plex Systems[23] and Kewill.[24] The firm invested in Paymetric in 2013,[25] selling the company to Vantiv in Atlanta, Georgia four years later.[26] After acquiring the e-commerce services company Avangate in 2013,[27] in 2014 the firm invested in the software company Prosper, with Francisco Partners' executive David Golob becoming a Prosper director.[28] Also in 2014 Francisco Partners invested in the information technology company CoverMyMeds[3] and paid $120 million for a majority stake[29][30] in the controversial spy company NSO Group,[31][29] sold in 2019.[32] The firm completed raising about $2.9 billion for its fourth fund in 2015.[33] That year the firm also purchased the California-based analytics company Procera Networks for $240 million and the Israeli workplace management company ClickSoftware Technologies for $438 million.[34] The firm invested in GoodRx in 2015 as well.[35]


Francisco joined with Elliott Management in June 2016 to buy the SonicWall[19] and Quest Software[36] subsidiaries from Dell as part of the spinoff of Dell Software.[19][37] The SonicWall investment attracted some controversy in the press, as Francisco Partners had also invested in the competitor WatchGuard, going against norms in the private equity industry.[19] Also in 2016, the firm sold Aesynt to Omnicell for $275 million and took Ichor Holdings public with an initial public offering.[36][38] In late 2016, Francisco Partners launched its Agility fund, raising approximately $600 million of committed capital to focus on smaller technology deals.[39] Shortly afterwards, Francisco Partners invested in Dynamo Software,[40] Pet Circle,[41] Discovery Education,[42] and myON, the latter of which was sold in 2018.[43] Additional investments in 2016 and 2017 included companies such as SmartBear Software,[44] iconectiv,[45] Connecture Inc.,[46] Betterment,[47] and Sintec Media.[36]

In 2017, Francisco Partners sold CoverMyMeds to McKesson[48] and Paymetric to Vantiv,[49] and also sold PayLease[50] and Corsair.[51] Francisco Partners bought, and subsequently sold, James in 2017.[52] In June 2017, Francisco Partners also acquired Sandvine, a Canadian public company that was combined with Procera,[53] for $444 million.[54] Francisco Partners was named Private Equity Firm of the Year by Mergers & Acquisitions in 2017.[36] The firm's fifth fund, Francisco Partners V, was formed at the end of 2017 with approximately $4 billion of committed capital.[55] The year after Francisco Partners V's launch, the firm acquired Bomgar Corporation,[56] Renaissance Learning,[57] and LegalZoom.[58] In June 2018 Francisco Partners purchased VeriFone[59] for $3.4 billion. Also in 2018, Blackstone’s Strategic Capital Group and Goldman SachsPetershill program acquired a minority stake in Francisco Partners.[55]

On September 30, 2019, Francisco Partners announced its intent to acquire Orchard Software Corporation, a privately owned company specializing in medical laboratory software.[60]


In 2020, Francisco Partners joined Diligent Corporation's Modern Leadership Initiative and pledged to create five new board roles among its portfolio companies for gender or ethnically diverse candidates.[61][62]

On October 26, 2020, Francisco Partners announced the acquisition of Forcepoint, a cybersecurity company formerly owned by Raytheon Technologies.[63] The firm, shortly thereafter, bought MyFitnessPal from Under Armour for $345 million.[64] The acquisition completed on December 1, 2020.[65]

On August 31, 2020, the deal closed for Francisco Partners to buy LogMeIn,[66] most known for LastPass password manager, for $4.3 billion together with Evergreen Coast Capital Corp.,[67] a private equity affiliate of Elliot Management Corp.

In September 2020, Francisco Partners investment GoodRx went public on the Nasdaq, with a market cap of about $19.4 billion.[68]


On January 11, 2021, Francisco Partners completed acquisition of Forcepoint.[69] Also in early 2021, Francisco Partners acquired MyHeritage for a reported 600 million dollars.[70] In May 2021, Francisco Partners and TPG Capital agreed to acquire cloud-based integration business Boomi from Dell for $4 billion.[71] In July 2021 Francisco Partners acquired STARLIMS from Abbott Informatics.[72] They also completed an acquisition for the EHR vendor OfficeAlly in December 2021.[73][74]


On January 21, 2022, Francisco Partners acquired health data assets from IBM's Watson Health unit. These assets included Health Insights, MarketScan, Clinical Development, Social Program Management, Micromedex, and imaging software offerings.[75] The assets were valued at a reported $1 billion.[76]

Business modelEdit

Francisco Partners specializes in financing divisional buyouts, "take privates" of public companies, sponsored mergers and acquisitions, growth equity financing, recapitalizations, and restructurings. The firm primarily invests in maturing or mature[8] technology and technology-related companies[33] in areas such as software, internet,[34] healthcare, communications, hardware and technology services. The firm typically acquires a majority or controlling stake in its portfolio companies, but will occasionally acquire a minority interest in a company with board representation.[8] Specializing in technology buyouts, Francisco has acquired former venture capital-backed companies as well as many divisions of large conglomerates and IT companies worldwide.[15]

Offices and employeesEdit

The firm is based in San Francisco, California with an additional office in London, United Kingdom.[31][8] Francisco Partners is currently led by CEO Dipanjan Deb, one of the firm's founders,[33] along with Ezra Perlman and Deep Shah, co-presidents, and David Golob, chief investment officer.[10]

List of investmentsEdit

Top-ranked in 2020 among tech specialist private equity firms,[77][78] Francisco Partners has a list of portfolio companies that changes frequently. Though not a comprehensive list, noteworthy acquisitions and investments include GoodRx,[79][80] BeyondTrust,[81] Renaissance Learning,[82] MyHeritage,[83][84] Forcepoint,[85][86] Redis Labs,[87] and Verifone.[59]

In the past Francisco Partners has held, among others, investments or ownership of ClickSoftware Technologies,[88][34] Comodo,[89] Connecture,[88][46] Discovery Education,[88] iconectiv,[88][45] LogMeIn,[90][91] Perforce (50% ownership),[92] Redis Labs,[93] Sandvine[53] (formerly Procera),[88] and SmartBear Software.[88][44]


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  50. ^ Vista Equity Partners Invests in Paylease, San Diego Business Journal, July 3, 2017
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