Kaspersky Lab Partners with a Leading Global Growth Equity Investment Firm

21 Jan 2011
Business News

Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content and threat management solutions, announces its partnership with General Atlantic LLC (GA), a leading global growth equity investment firm. The agreement with GA marks the next stage of Kaspersky Lab's global growth strategy. The company will benefit from GA's strategic support for management's vision to continue its global market expansion. GA will become the second largest shareholder in the company, acquiring a number of secondary shares. Details concerning the financial aspects of the deal will remain confidential.

Eugene Kaspersky, CEO, co-founder and controlling shareholder of Kaspersky Lab, said, “For Kaspersky Lab, this partnership is a strategic step in our global growth plans to bring on board a long-term, experienced international growth investor. General Atlantic, with its 30 years of experience backing great growth software and technology firms, is the right partner for us."

John Bernstein, GA's Managing Director and Head of Europe, commented, “Kaspersky Lab is one of the great global growth firms with the best technology for protecting individuals and businesses against current and future IT security threats. We are impressed with Kaspersky Lab's management team and believe the company is well-positioned for continued growth. It is a great opportunity for us to partner with such a visionary as Eugene Kaspersky, and we are looking forward to working with such a high quality, pioneering, technology company to support it in its rapid growth."

By partnering with General Atlantic, Kaspersky Lab starts the next stage of its global growth strategy. The company has consistently grown substantially faster than the market it serves and today is growing at more than twice the overall market rate. At present, the company sees great opportunity for further growth in the endpoint security market and has aggressive targets for the consumer and corporate sectors, while expanding its technology and product portfolio to embrace cloud computing, IT consumerisation, and the creation of technologies to address the threats of the post–PC era. General Atlantic, with its successful track-record of investing in companies with proven growth and great potential, has recognised Kaspersky Lab as an attractive investment opportunity that fits well with General Atlantic's decades of experience in the software sector.

Natalya Kaspersky, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, co-founder and a significant minority shareholder of Kaspersky Lab, commented on the agreement with General Atlantic, saying, "Throughout its history, Kaspersky Lab's business has developed very fast and its current growth rate is much higher than that of the industry's. The company has been approached by many private equity firms during the last decade which proves our business' attractiveness. We realise the necessity to take the next step in our global development and have chosen a partner who will provide better added value in terms of strategy development and who will help to mature the organisation. I am delighted that General Atlantic has become that partner."