Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (“LLCP”) announced today that it has completed the sale of Mander Portman Woodward Limited (“MPW” or the “Company”) to Kaplan International (“Kaplan”).
MPW, headquartered in London, England, is a leading provider of high quality private education for students in their crucial transition from secondary school into UK universities. As a platform that offers courses to over 1,000 students each year at its London, Cambridge and Birmingham campuses, MPW is one of the most well-known and regarded brands in the UK education market. The Company provides educational offerings to both domestic and international students who plan to continue their education at prominent universities in the UK. Within each program, MPW has a long history of providing a premium educational experience and industry-leading educational outcomes.
Lauren Leichtman, CEO of LLCP, said, “Our investment in MPW has been extremely successful for LLCP, our partners and the Company’s management team. MPW’s growth has significantly exceeded our original expectations from when we made our investment in the Company three and a half years ago. MPW has a bright future ahead and we wish the management team and Kaplan continued future success.”
Nigel Stout, Chief Executive Officer of MPW, commented, “LLCP has been a tremendous partner by supporting our growth and key strategic initiatives. Their guidance and execution were truly invaluable to the MPW management team. We will sincerely miss working with the LLCP team but we are excited to enter our next phase of growth with Kaplan.”
DC Advisory served as financial advisor and Weil, Gotshal & Manges served as legal advisor to MPW in connection with the sale.