Higher Education M&A



Higher education institutions are experiencing a dramatic disruption. Major transformations are inevitable. The question is: what comes next for colleges and universities?

Our Higher Education M&A team works with boards of trustees and institutional leaders to develop and implement transactional strategies that address today’s challenges while embracing each institution’s unique mission. Working collaboratively across disciplines, our Higher Education M&A team works with public and private colleges and universities to evaluate, negotiate, and execute a full range of higher education combinations and affiliations, including:

  • Joint ventures
  • Member affiliations
  • Mergers
  • Asset sales or asset acquisitions
  • Other corporate combination strategies

We anticipate potential stumbling blocks and guide higher education clients through the process of approaching accreditors, regulators, faculty, students, and alumni with respect to these transitions. Our team includes specialists from across multiple practice areas: higher education, M&A, labor and employment, benefits, real estate and environmental, campus infrastructure, intellectual property, technology transfer, public finance, bankruptcy and financial restructuring, antitrust, and litigation. Together, we assist institutions in successfully navigating the often difficult barriers to institutional change.

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