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Thoma Bravo merges newly acquired MeridianLink, CRIF Lending Solutions

Technology-focused private equity firm Thoma Bravo LLC acquired and combined MeridianLink Inc. and the technology business units of CRIF Lending Solutions. Terms were not disclosed.

The acquired companies provide enterprise business solutions for financial services organizations. The merged company, which will be known as MeridianLink, provides service to about 1,200 customers and more than 300,000 end users. It will be led by MeridianLink founder and CEO Tim Nguyen.

The combined organization plans to invest in further technological innovations to offer enhanced lending solutions, privacy protections and data analytics as well as improved management capabilities and product functionality.

CRIF SpA, parent of CRIF Lending Solutions, will become a shareholder in the combined MeridianLink company.

The remaining division of CRIF Lending Solutions, CRIF Select, has been spun out as a separate company known as CRIF Select Corp. CRIF Select, which provides business process outsourcing to the indirect lending market, will remain under the CRIF SpA umbrella.

Thoma Bravo engaged Credit Suisse and Krall & Co. as financial advisers and Kirkland & Ellis as legal advisers. MeridianLink's financial and legal advisers were Raymond James and Bryan Cave, respectively. CRIF's legal adviser was Baker McKenzie.