Fangda is advising EF Education First (“EF”) in connection with a major investment by the global investment firm Permira in the EF Kids & Teens Business, which is headquartered in Switzerland with schools in China and Indonesia. Permira will acquire a majority stake in the EF Kids & Teens business, with EF retaining significant ownership in the business. The completion of Permira’s investment remains subject to customary conditions.
With over 20 years of successful operations, EF Kids & Teens is a market leader in premium English language education with 288 schools across 62 cities in China and 79 schools in Indonesia and one of the largest networks of international teachers. Over the past few months, EF Kids & Teens has successfully helped hundreds of thousands of students lean online through EF’s proprietary learning platform and live EF teachers from around the world.
Founded in Sweden in 1965, EF Education First is a leading international education company which focuses on academics, travel and cultural experiences. Globally, EF has 600 offices and schools in 50 countries, as well as a research and development unit headquartered in Switzerland. In China, EF has three divisions: Kids and Teens Schools, Adults Education and Study Abroad.
Permira is a global investment firm. Founded in 1985, the firm advises private equity funds and makes long-term investments with a total committed capital of approximately USD48 billion. The Permira funds have made over 250 private equity investments in four key sectors: Consumer, Services, Healthcare and Technology.
The Fangda corporate team is advising on international cross-border as well as domestic Chinese aspects of this landmark transaction, and includes Hong Kong-based partner Mark Lehmkuhler, Beijing-based partner Chen Bao and Shanghai-based partner Sherry Xu; Beijing-based partners Michael Hanand Caroline Huang are providing antitrust advice on the transaction.