TradingScreen and Imagine Software to merge; Flatley named CEO of new entity

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Private equity firm Francisco Partners, which The DESK revealed has acquired TradingScreen, a provider of trading execution and order management software, is to merge the firm with Imagine Software, a real-time risk and compliance software platform, a firm it is acquiring, to form TS Imagine, an end-to-end trading and portfolio management software platform for connecting the investment management industry with a network of brokers, banks and exchanges.

In conjunction with the transaction, industry veteran Rob Flatley, formerly CEO of CoreOne Technologies, will become CEO of the newly combined business. CoreOne was acquired by IHS Markit in 2015.

“I am excited to join TS Imagine and continue delivering innovative and customer-focused products and services,” said Flatley. “The industry continues to face new challenges and opportunities including the need for effective trade lifecycle management combined with real time risk analytics. Our talented employees and unique, integrated software platform will deliver on this mission critical need for our customers and partners.”

TS Imagine will have approximately 400 employees in 10 offices worldwide, serving approximately 500 global buy-side and sell-side institutions across North and South America, EMEA, and Asia Pacific including hedge funds, traditional asset managers, pension funds, mutual funds, and financial institutions.

“TS Imagine brings together the global expertise of industry-leading products” said Justin Chen, principal at Francisco Partners. “The company is uniquely positioned to address complex and time-consuming workflows in the front, middle and back offices, unifying order management, trade execution, portfolio analytics, real time risk compliance, accounting, and operations. Our investment will support the company’s continued product innovation, customer focus, and strong growth.”

“We have known Rob Flatley for nearly a decade and are thrilled to finally be partnering with him,” added Peter Christodoulo, partner at Francisco Partners. “Rob is a tremendous operator with a successful track record of value creation for shareholders, management, employees, customers and partners. We have also been extremely impressed with the TradingScreen and Imagine teams and look forward to backing them as they take the combined company forward.”

Francisco Partners has been an active investor in financial technology and investment management technology. Select current and past investments in the sector include Dynamo Software, eFront, Betterment, and NextCapital. The TradingScreen transaction has closed, and the Imagine transaction is expected to close in May. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, a Stifel company, served as financial advisor and Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal advisor to Francisco Partners.

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