TPG Completes Acquisition of Forcepoint
October 2023 by Marc Jacob
Forcepoint announced the completed acquisition of the company’s Global Governments and Critical Infrastructure (G2CI) cybersecurity business by TPG, a global alternative asset management firm.
The transaction separates Forcepoint’s G2CI and Commercial businesses and marks Forcepoint G2CI’s next chapter as an independent company with the flexibility and resources to grow its platform as a comprehensive, next-generation cybersecurity provider for the defense, intelligence, and critical national infrastructure industries. TPG acquired the business through TPG Capital, its large-scale U.S. and European private equity platform.
As part of the transition, Forcepoint G2CI President Sean Berg has been named CEO of the new company, effective immediately. Under Berg’s leadership, the Forcepoint G2CI business grew to become an industry leader in Cross Domain and Insider Threat Solutions for government agencies worldwide. As CEO, Berg will focus the company’s strategy on global growth and expansion of the business.
Additionally, Peter Leav has joined the new company’s Board of Directors as Executive Chairman. Leav is an accomplished industry executive who has significant experience growing technology companies. He most recently served as President and CEO of McAfee, a former TPG portfolio company.
Francisco Partners, a leading global investment firm that specializes in partnering with technology businesses, will maintain a minority stake in Forcepoint G2CI. The firm continues to own Forcepoint’s Commercial business.
Finnancial advisors to Forcepoint and Francisco Partners. Paul Hastings LLP served as legal advisor to Forcepoint and Francisco Partners. Piper Sandler served as financial advisor to TPG, and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP served as legal counsel.