Private equity house Thoma Bravo is reported to be in talks with McAfee owners Intel and TPG Capital to buy the cybersecurity firm.
The firm, which manages some £30 billion, already has a minority interest in McAfee.
Intel bought California-based McAfee in 2011 for $7.7 billion.
It completed the sale of a 51 percent stake in the company to TPG for $4.2 billion last year. (Thoma Brava has a minority share in the company through an April 2017 agreement with TPG.) Sources told Reuters that the talks were in their early stages.
In 2017 Intel spun it off again to pursue “pure-play” cybersecurity.
Thoma Brava commented at the time, taking its minority interest:”“McAfee is a global organization with a 30-year history and a brand known the world over for innovation, trust and collaboration. Given our years of focus on the security software sector, we see great opportunity for McAfee to continue to advance and innovate.”
Seth Boro, a Managing Partner at the firm, added: “Our deep sector knowledge and history of helping build successful businesses will be an asset to the company, and we look forward to working with the management team and our colleagues at TPG and Intel to guide McAfee through its next chapter of growth.”