David Grain, of Grain Management, on challenges, opportunities this year; Clearlake closes single-asset deal for Symplr

Time to send in your nominees for deals of the year.


This is Chris, on the Wire for MK. I’ll be taking the Wire column on Wednesdays. As always, hit me up with your tips n’ gossip, Drama, or whatever at cwitkowsky@buyoutsinsider.com.

A bit of housekeeping: Well, it’s cold outside, icy even, which means it must be time to recognize your great exits! We’re opening the nomination process for our 2022 Deal of the Year awards. Winners are chosen in seven categories: Deal of the Year, Large-Market Deal of the Year, Middle-Market Deal of the Year, Small-Market Deal of the Year, Turnaround of the Year, International Deal of the Year, and Secondaries Deal. Winners are announced in April.

Deadline to get in your nominations is Friday, Feb. 11. Go here for all the particulars.

Now, to the news:

Out: The founder and chairman of property management software provider Entrata, David Bateman, sent a note propounding an antisemitic conspiracy theory about covid-19 vaccines to several CEOs and politicians in Utah. Bateman resigned from the board Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

Entrata raised $507 million last year in a funding round led by Silver Lake, Qualtrics founder Ryan Smith and Vivint Smart Home founder Todd Pedersen, with participation from Dragoneer, Domo founder and CEO Josh James and other investors, the company announced in July.

“The opinions expressed by Dave were his alone and do not reflect the views or values of Entrata … To be absolutely clear, we at Entrata firmly condemn antisemitism in any and all forms,” Entrata’s CEO Adam Edmunds said in a statement, according to the AP report.
Momentum: PE Hub is running an ongoing series of Q&As with industry notables sharing their market insight. Today we have an interview with David Grain, founder and CEO of Grain Management, which he formed in 2007. Read the full interview here.

Grain believes globalization will continue to provide challenges and opportunities this year:
“Globalization is top of mind for us. We are in an era that simultaneously boasts unprecedented international cooperation, and significant levels of competition at every level of policy and the economy. At Grain, we see the opportunities here and ask ourselves, “How can we, as investors, clear the hurdles and take advantage of the rich potential that international strategic partnerships can bring”? As an example, China is perhaps one of the biggest areas of opportunity, yet it’s also fraught with challenges. We’re deeply connected to China economically, but there are increasingly reasons for a strained relationship where our interests are not fully aligned.”

Fifth: Clearlake Capital completed its fifth single-asset continuation fund that it’s calling its Icon series. The latest transaction involved Clearlake’s portfolio company Symplr, which provides healthcare-specific governance, risk and compliance software. The firm moved the company out of its fifth fund and into a continuation pool in the deal valued at about $1.6 billion. Goldman Sachs, Landmark Partners and Partners Group led the transaction.
Clearlake’s Icon series started with Ivanti last year, then followed up with Precisely for Icon II, Wheel Pros for Icon III and DigiCert as the fourth Icon fund. Read more here on Buyouts.

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HOUSEKEEPING: A reminder: we’re looking for your recommendations for rock star women in private equity, mostly on the deal side (which has been historically male-dominated). Deadline to get in your recs is January 17, for publication in March. Our annual Women in Private Equity project comprises 10 mini-profiles of highly regarded women in the industry and a feature story about some burning topic around the status of women in the industry. Check out our past coverage of Women in PE here. Reach Buyouts editor Chris Witkowsky with questions and recommendations at cwitkowsky@buyoutsinsider.com.