Madison Dearborn Partners to Invest in Aderant Holdings

Vista Equity Partners and Aderant Management to Retain Significant Ownership Positions in World’s Largest Independent Legal Software Company
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Nov. 26, 2012 - PRLog -- Madison Dearborn Partners announced today that it has agreed to make an equity investment in Aderant Holdings, the world’s largest independent legal software company providing comprehensive business management software for law and professional services firms of all sizes worldwide.  Existing investors Vista Equity Partners and the Aderant management team, led by Chief Executive Officer Chris Giglio, will retain significant ownership positions.  Additional terms were not disclosed.  The transaction, subject to customary regulatory approvals, is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

“We are very pleased to bring on an investor of Madison Dearborn’s stature and relevant industry expertise,” said Chris Giglio.  “We are proud of our accomplishments since our founding in 1978 and, with the continued support and guidance of Vista Equity Partners and with the addition of our new investor Madison Dearborn, we are in a great position to continue our upward trajectory through the expansion of our services to our clients.”

With more than 3,200 clients and 350,000 licenses globally, Aderant provides front- and back-office management software and services to law, accounting and other professional services firms worldwide.  Its software and services include those that assist in business development; client relationship management; practice and financial management; time and billing; case management; automated court rules-based calendaring; and business intelligence. wfavv  

Aderant works with three-quarters of the AmLaw top-200 law firms, including all of the top 10 U.S. law firms, and two of the world’s largest accounting firms.  The company’s clients include Clifford Chance, Allens, Deloitte, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Grant Thornton, Greenberg Traurig, and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.  Aderant currently employs approximately 400 people located in 10 offices across five countries.  

“As a financially and strategically sound company and an industry leader and innovator, Aderant is the type of organization we are focused on at Madison Dearborn,” said Doug Grissom, a managing director at Madison Dearborn and the head of the firm’s business and government services team.  “We are pleased to be able to acquire approximately half of Vista Equity’s and Aderant management’s stakes in the business.  We’re looking forward to working with Chris and his team and our new partners at Vista Equity to support Aderant and its continued growth.”

“Aderant has grown through the development of innovative new products and services for its clients,” said Jim Hickey, a principal at Vista Equity Partners.  “The company has built an incredible platform and is well positioned to capture the next wave of growth.  We are proud to have been a part of this success over the past four years, to realize a portion of our investment and to remain in a position to benefit from the continued growth of Aderant.  This new investment and Madison Dearborn’s ongoing involvement will strengthen Aderant’s client-centric focus and should lead to an even stronger business in the future.”

BofA Merrill Lynch served as financial advisor, Kirkland & Ellis served as legal counsel, and Ernst & Young provided accounting advice to Madison Dearborn.  BMO Capital Markets and Marks Baughan were Aderant’s and Vista’s financial advisors, Kirkland & Ellis provided legal advice and McGladrey provided accounting services.
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