Norm did an excellent job selling our technology company in 2006. We found him very easy to work with throughout the process, always respectful of our wishes and interests, patient in explaining things. We really came to value his judgement, pragmatism, and calming demeanor that more than once kept the deal on track during potentially contentious stages of the negotiations. But I recommend him most highly of all for his absolute personal integrity that always gave us a level of comfort with his advice, and removed a lot of stress from the very stressful process of selling a business
–Steve Bachelder Former President, Swiftview


An early SaaS financial technology company is successfully sold to a Private Equity Group

Norman Duffett advised the sale of Portland, OR based SwiftView, Inc. to eLynx, a portfolio company of American Capital Strategies Ltd.  SwiftView develops software and services used by organizations worldwide for viewing, printing, delivering and accessing online documents and drawings. 

Fast growing innovator

SwiftView’s advanced technology and innovative licensing methods - including the early release of LAN and Web site licenses, which provide document and drawing access to an unlimited number of users - propelled growth at a rate of nearly 50 percent per year. New product launches enabled the company to address the growing need for Web-based services and secure document transmission in the financial services industry.

Selling at the peak

In 2007, Norman Duffett ran a process for Swiftview, selling the company in a blind auction to American Capital, a large Private Equity Group. The timing turned out in hindsight to have been perfect from a business cycle standpoint.

The Deal

Norm knew the landscape of the capital markets, both strategic and financial buyers. He guided Swiftview to their optimal potential acquirer. He saw the company through the process, from packaging an Information Memorandum, to negotiation, documentation and close. 

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