Digital workplace collaboration solutions provider AVI-SPL has entered into a definitive agreement to merge with Whitlock, an existing portfolio company of Marlin Equity Partners (Marlin), a global investment firm with more than $6.7 billion of capital under management.
The two digital workplace service providers will combine under AVI-SPL to offer customers end-to-end technology management and support solutions for customers globally. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the first quarter 2020. In conjunction with the merger, Marlin will become the majority shareholder, with H.I.G. Capital co-investing through a minority equity stake.
Upon closing, current Whitlock customers will have access to AVI-SPL’s 24/7 Global Services Operation Centers, as well as new remote management and monitoring capabilities provided by AVI-SPL’s proprietary Symphony offering.
According to AVI-SPL, the merger will combine two like-minded, customer-centric companies with a cultural passion for providing innovative digital workplace services that bring people together and improve business outcomes. Together, AVI-SPL and Whitlock will provide organizations around the world comprehensive technology programs that encompass strategic design standards, global procurement, accelerated deployment, management capabilities, as well as a thoughtful, continuous improvement process.
“This is an incredibly exciting new chapter for our company, our employees, and our customers,” said John Zettel, CEO of AVI-SPL. “AVI-SPL and Whitlock have always shared a mutual admiration and respect for one another due to our similar passion for innovation and commitment to providing world-class customer experiences. Combining these strengths along with our talented employees, strong global partnerships and worldwide resources will ensure we continue to deliver the very best experience for our local and global customers undergoing digital transformations.”
“The unification of our talented, passionate teams, as well as our local and global resources, will drive significant value to our customers and employees,” said Whitlock CEO Doug Hall. “Together we are delivering exactly what our customers have been seeking – comprehensive technology management and sustainable support solutions that enhance the end-user experience, increase technology adoption and usage, and improve business outcomes. This is an exciting time for our employees, our partners, and our customers.”
Alex Beregovsky, a managing director at Marlin, added, “The digital workplace services industry has an incredible amount of untapped potential. The combined company significantly benefits from deeper resources, broader technology expertise and enhanced local presence. We look forward to partnering with the AVI-SPL and Whitlock teams to help them fully reach their potential and ensure customer success around the world.”