Bain Capital completes Blue Coat acquisition

Bain Capital has closed its previously announced buy of cybersecurity company Blue Coat Systems Inc for about $2.4 billion in cash. The seller was Thoma Bravo LLCGoldman Sachs provided financial advice to Blue Coat on the transaction while Jefferies LLC did likewise for Bain Capital.


SUNNYVALE, CA ( May 26, 2015) — Blue Coat Systems, Inc., a market leader in enterprise security solutions, today announced the completion of its previously reported acquisition by funds advised by Bain Capital, one of the world’s foremost private investment firms. Bain Capital acquired Blue Coat from Thoma Bravo, LLC, in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $2.4 billion.

Blue Coat offers an integrated portfolio of security products to combat today’s advanced threats with solutions that have become the de facto standard for much of the Fortune Global 500. Backing the strength of its solutions, Blue Coat also has the largest, most robust global cloud security infrastructure, which integrates with its on premise solutions to offer hybrid defense, anytime, anywhere. The company has increased market share and expanded its global leadership position in cybersecurity to encompass web protection, advanced threat defense, encrypted traffic management, incident response and forensics.

“Blue Coat has strengthened and expanded our product portfolio, leading to more value for our customers while positioning the company for the next stage of growth in partnership with Bain Capital,” said Gregory S. Clark, Chief Executive Officer, Blue Coat Systems, Inc. “We have benefitted from Thoma Bravo’s insight and support and look forward to continued progress and innovation with the help of Bain Capital as we build the business to become one of the top performing security companies in the world.”

“Blue Coat is a leader in the enterprise security market with its innovative product portfolio and 80 percent of the Fortune 500 as customers who entrust Blue Coat to help protect their networks,” said David Humphrey, a Managing Director at Bain Capital. “We are excited to help Blue Coat further grow the business and potentially return to the public markets.”

Goldman, Sachs & Co. served as financial advisor to Blue Coat. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati acted as legal advisor to Blue Coat. Jefferies Finance LLC provided financing commitments, and Jefferies LLC acted as sole financial advisor to Bain Capital. Ropes & Gray LLP acted as legal counsel, and PwC LLP served as accounting advisor to Bain Capital.

About Blue Coat Systems
Blue Coat is a leader in enterprise security, providing on-premise, hybrid and cloud-based solutions for protecting web connectivity, combating advanced threats and responding to security breaches. Blue Coat is the global market leader in securing connection to the web and counts nearly 80 percent of the Global Fortune 500 as its customers. For additional information, visit

About Bain Capital
Bain Capital, LLC ( is one of the world’s foremost privately-held alternative investment firms, with approximately $80 billion of assets under management in several pools of capital including private equity, venture capital, public equity, credit products and absolute return. Bain Capital’s more than 400 professionals are collectively the single largest investor in all of its funds and are dedicated to investing in and building its portfolio companies. Founded in 1984, Bain Capital has made private equity, growth, and venture capital investments in hundreds of companies around the world, and has deep experience in the technology sector, with investments in companies including BMC Software, Applied Systems, Viewpoint Construction Software, Skillsoft, MYOB, SunGard Data Systems, TeamSystem, LinkedIn, SolarWinds, and SurveyMonkey. Bain Capital has offices in Boston, New York, Chicago, Palo Alto, London, Munich, Dublin, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Mumbai and Melbourne.

About Thoma Bravo, LLC
Thoma Bravo is a leading private equity investment firm building on a 30+ year history of providing equity and strategic support to experienced management teams and growing companies. The firm seeks to create value by collaborating with company management to improve business operations and provide capital to support growth initiatives. Thoma Bravo invests with a particular focus on application and infrastructure software and technology enabled services. The firm currently manages a series of private equity funds representing more than $8.5 billion of equity commitments. For more information,