Marlin portfolio company Openwave Messaging acquires Critical Path

LOS ANGELES, November 27, 2013 – Marlin Equity Partners (“Marlin”) is pleased to announce that it has acquired Critical Path, Inc. (“CP”), a leading global provider of messaging, email security, corporate directory and other unified communications solutions. The company’s white-label email and messaging products allow service providers and enterprises to offer comprehensive and customizable messaging solutions that enable millions of people to communicate, connect, share and organize through a reliable, scalable and secure communications platform. CP has been merged with Openwave Messaging, Inc. (“OWM”), a Marlin portfolio company, creating the largest global provider of privately branded messaging and communications systems.

“The acquisition of CP firmly establishes Openwave Messaging as the global leader in the white-label messaging market,” stated Dave Ratner, president and CEO of Openwave Messaging. “The addition of CP is highly strategic and further enhances OWM’s products and services, which allows us to better serve our customers and partners worldwide and positions us well for future growth.”

“CP offers a synergistic complement to Openwave Messaging’s current product offering, global presence and customer base,” added Robin Pederson, operating partner at Marlin. “This transaction demonstrates our commitment to deliver a best-in-class product offering to the messaging and communications market.”

About Marlin Equity Partners
Marlin Equity Partners is a global investment firm with over $2.6 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 strengthens a company’s outlook and enhances value. Since its inception, Marlin, through its group of funds and related companies, has successfully completed over 70 acquisitions. The firm is headquartered in Los Angeles, California with an additional office in London. For more information, please visit

About Openwave Messaging, Inc.
Openwave Messaging is the leading global provider of innovative messaging solutions for service providers and enterprise companies. The world-class product portfolio includes a complete messaging environment optimized for today’s most complex messaging requirements, including millions of mailboxes, unlimited storage, modern security controls, identity management, open APIs for internal and external integration and a true five-nines messaging platform. The Company’s products are available as software or appliances, and can be deployed on premise, in a hosted datacenter or in the cloud. Openwave Messaging is headquartered in Redwood City, California and has offices in Ireland, the UK, France, Spain, Germany, China and Japan. For more information, please visit

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