Equity firm acquires CDW

CDW Corp., a major reseller of computer hardware with a significant presence in the federal market through its CDW-Government Inc. subsidiary, has agreed to be purchased by Chicago-based Madison Dearborn Partners LLC.

Madison Dearborn will buy Vernon Hills, Ill.-based CDW for about $7.3 billion under an agreement the companies signed, according to a CDW release. According to the agreement, CDW will accept proposals from other potential buyers for 30 days.

The companies expect the deal to close late in the year, either toward the end of the third quarter or sometime during the fourth.

The short term effect on CDW's government customers isn't likely to be significant, according to government market consultant Mark Amtower. But over a longer period, some customers might desert CDW-G in favor of other resellers.

If Madison Dearborn doesn't understand the importance of the government market, 'They could wreck the train,' Amtower warned.

Michael Hardy writes for Washington Technology, an 1105 Government Information Group publication.

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Technology journalist Michael Hardy is a former FCW editor.

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