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With growing competition, as well as relentless innovation born of technology, education has become an increasingly dynamic industry, with Simpson Thacher guiding clients through these developments.  We have long been a leader in transactional services, domestically and abroad, for education providers and other education-related businesses. In addition to our Corporate and Litigation Practices, our Exempt Organizations Practice regularly advises higher education institutions in connection with the investment of their endowments. The Firm also has served as counsel in several high-profile litigations in the industry.

Among our representations:

  • KKR and a management-led group in connection with its $3.8 billion acquisition of Laureate Education, the largest private international network of degree-granting higher education institutions, with 750,000 students in 29 countries
  • Providence Equity and Goldman Sachs in the purchase of Education Management Corporation (EDMC) and the underwriters in EDMC’s IPO
  • Sesame Workshop on various transactions
  • A group of underwriters on the $222 million IPO by childcare provider Bright Horizons
  • Princeton University in defense of a closely watched billion-dollar lawsuit involving charitable gifts to higher education
  • Wireless Generation, a maker of educational software, in its sale to News Corporation
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The Firm has also advised on transactions of leading education-related companies in China, Brazil, Canada and the United Kingdom

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