Press Release August 25, 2016

Partners Group to Acquire Systems Maintenance Services

Goodwin advised Partners Group, a global private markets investment manager, on its announced acquisition of IT support services provider, Systems Maintenance Services (SMS). The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Partners Group is a global private markets investment management firm with more than $55 billion in investment programs under management in private equity, private real estate, private infrastructure and private debt. The firm manages a broad range of customized portfolios for an international clientele of institutional investors.

Founded in 1981, U.S.-based SMS is headquartered in North Carolina, and provides IT infrastructure services to a client base of more than 3,000 businesses. SMS is a market leader in third-party maintenance services, which it offers in conjunction with its full suite of IT system support services.

Goodwin’s team was led by partners John LeClaire, Jane Greyf  and Milena Tantcheva (Private Equity), and included associates Duncan Enista, Oreste Cipolla, Michal Netanyahu and Richard Evans and law clerks Catherine Corbo and Ariel Choi with assistance from partner Albert Solecki and associate Timothy Holahan (Employment); partner Natascha George and associates James Mattus and Megan Juel (ERISA + Executive Compensation); counsel Jacqueline Klosek and associate Jennifer Ford (Privacy + Cybersecurity); partner Joel Lehrer (IP); partner Richard Matheny and associates Jacob Osborn and Patrice Hendriksen (Foreign Trade Regulation); associates John Ilardo and Andrew Person (Debt Finance); partner Howard Cubell and associate Argyrios Saccopoulos (Tax); partner Todd Hahn (Antitrust); partner James Matarese (Mergers + Acquisitions); and partner James Spence, associate Ananth Lakshman and international law consultants Edward Xu and Yuan Gao (Corporate).

For more information on the transaction, please view the press release