Partners is now Idera’s biggest owner, BayPine, co-led by Silver Lake founder, inks first deal

Partners Group takes a controlling stake in Idera and BayPine strikes its first platform investment in workforce education company Penn Foster.

Happy Friday, everybody!

Today’s action includes… Partners Group taking a controlling stake in Idera in a transaction that values the B2B software company at close to $3 billion, sources familiar with the deal’s terms told PE Hub.

Partners Group, previously a minority investor, purchased shares from existing investors TA Associates and HGGC – assuming 60 percent ownership of Idera, the people familiar said. The latter two are rolling equity to remain invested.

Idera, based in Houston, is a developer of software that enables database professionals to design, monitor and manage data systems and provides application development tools to help software engineers build, test, deploy and manage applications more quickly and efficiently.

Check out Milana Vinn’s story for more on the deal – confirmed in an announcement this morning here.

Big debut: BayPine – the emerging manager led by alumni of Silver Lake and Blackstone – has struck its first platform investment in workforce education company Penn Foster. Two Sigma Impact co-invested alongside BayPine in the transaction. Read PE Hub’s brief on the deal.

BayPine was launched in the fall by Silver Lake’s ex-CEO David Roux and Anjan Mukerjee, a former Blackstone senior managing director. The duo assembled a high-powered team from the get-go, with founding partners coming from Declaration Partners, an investor backed by the family office of Carlyle co-founder David Rubenstein; KKR; Dell (a Silver Lake portfolio company); Bain Capital, among elsewhere. Read more about BayPine on Buyouts.

Penn Foster’s previous investor is Bain Capital Double Impact, the impact investing unit of Bain. As PE Hub wrote last week, one of the firm’s core impact themes is education and workforce development.

In fact, the exit for BCDI comes on the heels of a new an investment in TeachTown, a provider of hybrid-learning core curriculum and social-emotional software for students with special education needs.

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