SmartBear Announces Investment from Vista Equity Partners

Vista to partner with SmartBear and existing investor Francisco Partners to accelerate product development and growth
SOMERVILLE, Mass. - Oct. 21, 2020 - PRLog -- SmartBear (, a leading provider of software development and quality tools, announced today that it has secured a significant investment from Vista Equity Partners ( ("Vista"), a leading global investment firm focused on enterprise software, data and technology-enabled businesses. Francisco Partners (, a leading global technology-focused investment firm, will continue as an investor with Vista and Francisco Partners as equal owners of the company.

SmartBear, which was acquired by Francisco Partners in 2017, is based in the greater Boston area and provides software development solutions used by more than 15 million developers, testers and operations engineers at over 24,000 organizations. SmartBear solutions support the rapidly growing DevOps market and include innovative technologies around API lifecycle management, test automation, test management, performance optimization and collaboration. These solutions are used by leading organizations to accelerate the design, development and release of higher-quality software at scale.

"Speaking on behalf of everyone at SmartBear, I am thrilled to welcome Vista as investors," said Frank Roe, CEO of SmartBear. "Having the significant backing of two leading PE firms demonstrates the tremendous track record our products and employees have delivered so far, as well as the growth and demand in our markets. As every company is rapidly transforming to digital-first, we're seeing a dramatically increasing demand for SmartBear solutions from developers, testers and entire organizations focused on consistently delivering high-quality software at the speed that business demands."

"The SmartBear suite of best-in-class DevOps solutions and its commitment to open source communities is a validation of the strength of its products and positions the company for continued growth in this rapidly accelerating market," said Michael Fosnaugh, Co-Head of Vista Flagship Fund and Senior Managing Director of Vista. "We look forward to partnering with Frank and the SmartBear team along with Francisco Partners to continue providing innovative and valuable solutions to software teams around the world."

Brian Decker, Partner, and Evan Daar, Principal at Francisco Partners, remarked, "Since our investment in SmartBear, the company has built an impressive track record as a market-leading platform in the large and growing DevOps market."

"Frank and the SmartBear team have shown a tremendous ability to accelerate organic and inorganic growth over the last few years and we are excited to continue the journey with the company alongside Vista," added David Golob, Chief Investment Officer at Francisco Partners.

Evercore acted as lead financial advisor to Francisco Partners and SmartBear on the transaction with Shea & Company also advising. Paul Hastings LLP served as legal advisor to SmartBear, and Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal advisor for Vista.

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