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Portico Capital Advises Francisco Partners on its Acquisition of CDK International

November 30, 2020
London, England

Portico Capital announced today that it served as the exclusive financial adviser to Francisco Partners on its announced acquisition of CDK International for $1.45 billion, representing one of the most significant transactions in the Automotive Software sector this year.

Giles Roshier, Partner at Portico Capital said, “We are delighted to advise Francisco Partners on this landmark deal in the automotive software industry. As the leading international DMS platform, the business is set to be at the forefront of the evolution of the automotive retail software sector.”

“CDKI is poised to expand its leadership position as the technology platform driving innovation in automotive software. Francisco Partners, with its strong heritage in scaling platform technology companies, represents the ideal partner to support the company on this journey,” added Eric Denlinger, Partner at Portico Capital.    

The transaction represents Portico's seventeenth transaction in automotive data, analytics, and SaaS and reinforces its position as the leading adviser in the sector. 


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Francisco Partners to Acquire International Business of CDK Global for $1.45 Billion

Unique Opportunity to Acquire Leading Provider of Automotive Retail Software in EMEA and Asia and Accelerate Product Development and Growth in Support of Industry Transformation

LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO | Francisco Partners, a leading global investment firm that specializes in partnering with technology businesses, announced today the execution of a definitive agreement with CDK Global, Inc. (Nasdaq:CDK) to acquire CDK’s International business segment (“CDKI”), a leading provider of automotive retail software solutions in EMEA and Asia, for $1.45 billion.

“The automotive retail experience is undergoing dramatic change. With its leading market position in EMEA and Asia, we believe CDKI is uniquely placed to support this transformation in these regions, and that by becoming a standalone company it will better be able to execute on this exciting opportunity,” said Petri Oksanen, Partner at Francisco Partners, who will join the CDKI board of directors upon closing of the transaction. “We look forward to working closely with the CDKI team and both their dealer and OEM customers – as well as the broader ecosystem – to provide the technologies and solutions needed through both organic development and add-on acquisitions to successfully deliver on this ongoing industry transformation.”
“We are impressed with the recent product developments and innovation at CDKI,” added Matt Spetzler, Partner at Francisco Partners, who will also join the CDKI board at closing. “We believe the CDKI team has a sound strategy and strong foundation to leverage towards the goal of becoming the future automotive retail software platform of choice. We will seek to utilize our substantial resources and experience in helping other similarly situated software companies to accelerate the realization of CDKI’s vision.”
“For the last two decades, first with ADP and then with CDK Global, CDKI has operated effectively as an independent unit with different products and solutions, customers, and geographies,” said Neil Packham, President, CDK Global International. “We are excited about the partnership with Francisco Partners and how we can accelerate our strategic journey and growth potential as an independent company. With its broad portfolio, Francisco Partners brings a wealth of transformation experience and relationships to benefit our business for the future opportunities and challenges we face. And like us, they believe in delivering excellent service and products and are committed to outstanding customer service.”
Francisco Partners is being advised by Portico Capital as its financial advisor, RL Frey Inc., and Paul Hastings LLP and Kirkland & Ellis as legal counsel. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory review.
About Francisco Partners
Francisco Partners is a leading global investment firm that specializes in partnering with technology and technology-enabled businesses. Since its launch over 20 years ago, Francisco Partners has raised over $24 billion in committed capital and invested in more than 300 technology companies, making it one of the most active and longstanding investors in the technology industry. The firm invests in opportunities where its deep sectoral knowledge and operational expertise can help companies realize their full potential. For more information on Francisco Partners, please visit
About CDK Global
With $2 billion in revenues, CDK Global (NASDAQ:CDK) is a leading global provider of integrated information technology solutions to the automotive retail and adjacent industries. Focused on enabling end-to-end automotive commerce, CDK Global provides solutions to dealers in more than 100 countries around the world, serving approximately 30,000 retail locations and most automotive manufacturers. CDK solutions automate and integrate all parts of the dealership and buying process, including the acquisition, sale, financing, insuring, parts supply, repair and maintenance of vehicles. Visit

About Portico Capital Securities LLC
Portico Capital provides independent strategic and financial advisory services in the areas of mergers & acquisitions (M&A), recapitalizations and capital raisings exclusively to private and public companies in the global information and business services/software sector. The firm, founded in 2000, has offices in Greenwich, Connecticut; New York, New York; and London, England. Visit

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