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March 14, 2023

Advised by Holland & Hart, Optiv Doubles Federal Presence with ClearShark Acquisition

Holland & Hart represented longtime client Optiv, the cybersecurity advisory and solutions leader, in its acquisition of ClearShark, L.L.C. and ClearShark Services, Inc. (collectively ClearShark), a premier advisor and top value-added reseller of cybersecurity and modernization technology to the United States federal government. Holland & Hart has advised Optiv on numerous strategic acquisitions over the last seven years, including the acquisition of Decision Lab, another cybersecurity advisor that helped government agencies navigate security issues and solve unique big data challenges.

The transaction more than doubles the size of Optiv’s federal business, allowing Optiv to significantly scale its public sector focus. The acquisition brings together two leading cybersecurity companies to create a powerhouse partnership that will better serve current and new federal agency and contractor clients, leveraging a vast, comprehensive portfolio of cybersecurity services and solutions, technical capabilities, and federal resources.

The Holland & Hart team was led by corporate partners Chris Balch and James Crowe in collaboration with William Croutch, Optiv’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel. The transactional team also included assistance from Nate Davis, Matthew Montoya, Marika Rietsema Ball, and Aisha May. Additional subject matter assistance was provided by John Ludlum, Peter Perla, Kevin Selzer, Ben Gibbons, Trent Timmons, Shaun Kennedy, Lindsay Silber, Mark Wiletsky, Christine Garson, Dave Glynn, Janae Ruppert, Paige Coriden, and Kevin McAdam.

For more information, please see Optiv’s press release.

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