Francisco Partners Sells Metaswitch to Microsoft

Francisco Partners, a technology-focused global private equity firm, has announced that it has completed the sale of Metaswitch Networks Limited (“Metaswitch”) to Microsoft (NYSE: MSFT), the company said.

Francisco Partners acquired a controlling interest in Metaswitch in 2008 in partnership with Sequoia Capital and the Company´s founding team and employees.

Founded in 1981, Metaswitch is a developer of ultra-high-performance communications software products and solutions that power voice, data and unified communications services. Over the years, Metaswitch has become a trusted partner for more than 750 network operators worldwide.

Centerview Partners, Jefferies, Kirkland & Ellis, Alvarez & Marsal and PwC acted as advisors to Metaswitch and its shareholders.

Francisco Partners is a global private equity firm that specializes in investments in technology and technology-enabled businesses. Since its launch 20 years ago, Francisco Partners has raised more than USD 24 billion in committed capital and invested in more than 275 technology companies, making it one of the most active and longstanding investors in the technology industry. For more information on Francisco Partners, visit: www.franciscopartners.com.