Marlin Equity Partners Acquires International Business Systems (IBS)

Leading private equity firm sees opportunities to continue company’s growth trajectory

Stockholm, Sweden, June 30, 2015International Business Systems (IBS), a global leading integrated ERP, WMS and supply chain solution provider, and Marlin Equity Partners are pleased to announce that the acquisition of IBS by Marlin is now complete. Marlin is a global investment firm with more than $3 billion of capital under management.

Douglas Braun, who will continue to lead IBS as CEO, commented, “The acquisition is good news for IBS and our customers, partners, suppliers and everyone who contributes to IBS.  We are excited to be working in partnership with Marlin, developing our products and markets while continuing to deliver outstanding value to our customers.”

IBS fits well with Marlin’s long-term investment strategy, built on partnering with outstanding management teams to strengthen companies and grow long-term shareholder value. Marlin’s investment profile focuses on established technology businesses that have a strong market presence and are looking for new ways to realize their potential.   IBS management and Marlin will work together to sustain the success that IBS has already achieved and accelerate the profitable development of new markets and new products while strengthening existing customer relationships.

Shawn McMorran, partner in Marlin’s London office, said: “We are delighted to be working with IBS’ highly talented team to help grow the business organically, as well as through strategic acquisitions, and to support them in delivering world-class products and services to the company’s diverse client base.  Our cultures and values are aligned and we look forward to making this a great partnership.”

About IBS

IBS is a global provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management (SCM) software to the distribution industry.  IBS specializes in solving the toughest business problems in distribution, allowing companies to maximize and control lean supply chains, leverage new revenue channels and optimize existing businesses. Delivered through the cloud or as a managed service, IBS’ software suite streamlines, automates and accelerates critical supply chain processes, from inventory planning, purchasing and supplier management through warehouse operations, value-added services and demand management. Customers in over 40 countries rely on IBS’ best-in-class solutions to drive dramatic improvements in their operations and build their foundations for growth. For more information, please visit

About Marlin Equity Partners

Marlin Equity Partners is a global investment firm with over $3 billion of capital under management. The firm is focused on providing corporate parents, shareholders and other stakeholders with tailored solutions that meet their business and liquidity needs. Marlin invests in businesses across multiple industries where its capital base, industry relationships and extensive network of operational resources significantly strengthen a company’s outlook and enhances value. Since its inception, Marlin, through its group of funds and related companies, has successfully completed over 90 acquisitions. The firm is headquartered in Los Angeles, California with an additional office in London. For more information, please visit

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