Shoosmiths wins at EducationInvestor Awards

Shoosmiths was absolutely delighted to be recognised at the EducationInvestor Awards 2024 as Legal Advisor of the Year for deal-making.

Long term client of Shoosmiths, Chairman and Founder of Dukes Education Group Aatif Hassan commented on the award win:

“I am delighted that Shoosmiths has been recognised for its experience in our sector. Sean, Emma, Mehar and the team have provided us with unwavering support and advice from our inception to the substantial business we are today. They are a first-class outfit and have been an integral part of the success story of Dukes.”

The team has significant experience advising:
– Groups of schools (including multiple groups with buy and build strategies)
– Investments into schools and colleges
– Clients on matters in the EdTech sector
– Advising on property portfolios for education clients.

Recent highlights include:
– Advising Dukes Education Group on many acquisitions, including its recent acquisition of Notting Hill Preparatory School, together with its subsidiary company The Acorn Nursery School
– Advising Five Arrows, the alternative investment arm of Rothschild & Co and Texthelp, the global leader in literacy and assistive technology, on the merger of Texthelp with n2y, a trailblazer in special education curriculum resources
– Advising GEMS Education on its sale of Sherfield School to Education in Motion (EiM)
– Advising AIB Group (UK) plc on a significant funding for the acquisition of two purpose-built student accommodation schemes in Bristol and Glasgow.

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