PE-backed Cisive buys Blue Umbrella’s pre-employment unit

Cisive, a portfolio company of CIP Capital, has acquired Blue Umbrella‘s pre-employment division. No financial terms were disclosed. Blue Umbrella is a provider of global research and compliance technologies.



Blue Umbrella, a leading provider of global research and compliance technologies, today announces the sale of its pre-employment screening (PES) division to Cisive, a USA-based global provider of compliance-driven human capital management and risk management solutions. Blue Umbrella will now focus all of its efforts on developing industry-leading third-party due diligence technology powered by global research.

“The pre-employment screening division has been an important part of our business, but it has become apparent that Blue Umbrella’s most significant growth opportunities are in third-party compliance research and technology,” said Allan Matheson, CEO of Blue Umbrella. “Cisive is the perfect partner for our PES division, as they have a similar high-touch, high-quality approach. Cisive’s intense focus, resources and depth of management dedicated to building a global PES business will benefit Blue Umbrella PES staff, clients and partners. We thank all those who have played a role in building Blue Umbrella’s PES business and know their futures will be bright with Cisive.”

“The acquisition of Blue Umbrella PES is a critical step in accelerating Cisive’s global expansion into Asia, EMEA, and South America,” said James Owens, Cisive’s President and CEO. “This will allow both Cisive and Blue Umbrella to better support existing global clients through localized operations and customer support. Blue Umbrella was selected because of their prominence and expertise in the background screening industry.”

The PES division of Blue Umbrella, under the leadership and direction of Cisive, will operate in the short term as Blue Umbrella Screening, a Cisive company.

About Blue Umbrella:
Blue Umbrella is a leading provider of due diligence research and innovative third-party compliance technologies. Combining global research excellence with disruptive RegTech SaaS solutions, Blue Umbrella serves multinational corporations working in technology, manufacturing, life sciences, defense/aerospace, agriculture, energy, finance, and consumer goods as well as top-tier investment banks. With a global presence and local focus, Blue Umbrella helps compliance teams increase automation and efficiency, reduce costs, and gain critical understanding of their clients and third parties. Learn more at

About Cisive:
Cisive is a global provider of compliance-driven human capital management and risk management solutions. The company’s core onboarding and pre-employment background screening offering provides clients with a streamlined, high-quality, and regulatory-compliant solution. Comprehensive services include background screening, vendor/contractor screening, executive screening, drug testing, fingerprinting, paperless onboarding and electronic Form I-9/E-Verify solutions.

Cisive is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) and was named by HRO Today to the 2017 Baker’s Dozen Customer Satisfaction rankings of Top Employee Screening Providers. Cisive caters to the complex challenges and program needs of large enterprises, and their dedicated, in-country account management teams uphold a strong commitment to customer satisfaction. The company serves clients in financial services, transportation, telecom/media, utilities and the home services end-markets, among others, and offers transportation clients a comprehensive, industry-focused solution through its Driver iQ brand. For additional information, please visit