Cascadia Capital Advises ECaTS on Acquisition by West Corporation

November 9, 2017

Cascadia Capital is pleased to announce that its client ECaTS, a division of DirectApps, Inc., a web-based enterprise data and reporting software for the 911 industry, has been acquired by West Corporation, a global provider of communication and network infrastructure services. Cascadia Capital served as the exclusive financial advisor to ECaTS in this transaction.

ECaTS provides unified 911 SaaS-based network traffic monitoring and call reporting solutions for local and statewide agencies across the United States. The acquisition will further enhance the existing Government Solutions product suite within West’s Safety Services business segment. ECaTS has developed a business intelligence and analytics platform that seamlessly reports on all aspects of multiple Public Safety Answering Point (“PSAP”) operations, providing a complete management information system for public safety clients.

“Cascadia’s understanding of the Public Safety sector and their experience in the space were paramount in our choosing to work with them,” noted John Sercu, CEO of TA Group Holdings, parent company of DirectApps, Inc. “Their knowledge of our business, and their invaluable advice and partnership was demonstrated throughout the deal process.”

Fred Michanie, Partner at TA Group Holdings, added, “We appreciate the hard work Cascadia did to help us find an ideal partner and achieve this successful outcome, and we look forward to continuing to innovate and grow under West’s ownership.”

“We really enjoyed working with the ECaTS team and share their excitement about the acquisition of ECaTS by West,” added Paul Vander Vort, Managing Director at Cascadia Capital.

ECaTS sits at the intersection of several Technology sectors Cascadia covers, including Public Safety, Compliance and HR Technology. To see other recent clients served by the Cascadia Technology team, please visit Our Deals.


About ECaTS
ECaTS is a business intelligence and analytics platform developed exclusively for the 911 industry. A number of states, counties and individual PSAPs have adopted ECaTS to provide secure, real-time analytics and Public Safety Intelligence with one simple click. ECaTS is proud to be the catalyst of change in the adoption of this technology and continues to pursue the utilization of methodologies and tools that will make 911 more streamlined, effective, and cohesive. Learn more at

About West Corporation
West Corporation is a global provider of communication and network infrastructure services. West helps its clients more effectively communicate, collaborate and connect with their audiences through a diverse portfolio of solutions that include unified communications services, safety services, interactive services such as automated notifications, telecom services and specialized agent services. For 30 years, West has provided reliable, high-quality voice and data services. West has sales and operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Latin America. Learn more at

About Cascadia Capital
Cascadia Capital is a middle market investment bank, serving both private and public growth companies around the globe. Cascadia’s business is diversified in terms of both the industries it covers and the range of services it provides. Cascadia is a pure advisory firm, and unlike other investment banks, it is not conflicted by trading, lending, research or cross-selling business. For nearly two decades, the firm has strived to deliver the best outcomes for its clients based on its transaction experience, domain expertise and commitment to building long-term relationships. Cascadia always acts in the long-term interests of clients, and honors its position as a trusted advisor. For more information, visit the firm’s website at


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