Carlyle to buy Japan’s WingArc1st

The private equity firm is looking to help the Japanese software company expand in cloud computing.

The Carlyle Group said on Monday it had agreed to acquire a 100% stake in Japanese software firm WingArc1st from management and a unit of Orix.

The sellers are its president and CEO Hiroyuki Uchino and OPI2002 Investment Fund, a subsidiary of Orix. Financial details were not disclosed. 

Carlyle see the acquisition closing in April and equity for the transaction will come from Carlyle Japan Partners III, an investment fund advised by Carlyle Japan. Earlier in March Carlyle said it had invested in GGC Group, the owner of bean sprout brand "Meisui Bijin" from the same fund.

Headquartered in Tokyo, WingArc1st helps companies make use of their internal data by providing software license and maintenance support.

WingArc1st sees the increasing penetration of cloud computing in the Japanese software market as an opportunity and has designed services adapted to use in such environments.

“To help enterprise users make effective use of their information has been our primary business objective. … As cloud computing becomes more pervasive, it will transform the way Japanese enterprises develop and operate information systems,” said Uchino in a statement.

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