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Sciens announces majority investment from Carlyle

Sciens announces majority investment from Carlyle Investment to support the growth and development of leading fire and life safety platform

SAN FRANCISCO—Sciens Building Solutions, a full-service commercial fire and life safety company, announced today that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell a majority stake to funds managed by global investment firm Carlyle .

The Company’s senior management team, as well as current owner Huron Capital, will retain minority equity stakes in the business. Terms of the private transaction were not disclosed.

"Since forming Sciens in 2016, we have rapidly grown and successfully integrated numerous acquisitions and we believe that Carlyle is the ideal partner for the next phase of our journey,” said Sciens Founder and CEO Terry Heath. “Carlyle will bring additional resources and valuable industry expertise as we continue to invest and grow organically and through acquisition. We thank Huron Capital for their partnership in establishing Sciens and look forward to our new partnership with the Carlyle team.”

Headquartered in San Francisco, Sciens is focused on the fire detection and security services sector, including the design, installation, and provision of maintenance services for fire detection and clean agent fire suppression systems in a variety of commercial, institutional, and government facilities.

“We’re excited to partner with Terry and Sciens’ experienced and talented team to fuel the Company’s growth in such an attractive market," said Greg Nikodem, Managing Director at Carlyle, "By combining management’s unparalleled knowledge of the fire and life safety industry with our resources and network of relationships, we aim to add value for Sciens’ customers, channel partners and employees. This investment is consistent with our demonstrated strategy within the broader business services space, and we look forward to helping the team accelerate their vision of building a best-in-class and differentiated company."

Jim Mahoney, Managing Partner at Huron Capital, added, "We have been extremely proud to support Terry and the senior management team over the last five years. Looking forward, we knew that Sciens would benefit from a larger partner with deep industry experience, and there is no one better to do this than the Carlyle team.

Baird served as financial advisor and Honigman LLP served as legal advisor to Huron and Sciens. Harris Williams served as financial advisor and Latham and Watkins LLP served as legal advisor to Carlyle. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Sciens Building Solutions is a company focused on the fire detection and security services sector. For more information, please visit:

Carlyle is a global investment firm with deep industry expertise that deploys private capital across three business segments: Global Private Equity, Global Credit and Global Investment Solutions. With $293 billion of assets under management as of September 30, 2021, Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, portfolio companies and the communities in which we live and invest. Carlyle employs more than 1,800 people in 26 offices across five continents. Further information is available at


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