Virginia based mainframe software company acquired by Computer Associates in 1995 in what was at the time the largest software company acquisition in history. CA acquired Legent for $1.74 billion, after months of discussions with the US Justice Department over antitrust concerns.
Legent was formed in 1989 by the merger of Duquesne Systems and Morino Associates. Until 1991 it sold mainframe products exclusively. However in that year it acquired Spectrum Concepts, adding other software including the flagship XCOM 6.2 file transmission software.
After acquiring Goal Systems in 1992, it became the third largest mainframe software vendor after IBM and CA Technologies.
Entry last updated: 22-Jan-2013