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Exclusive: International Schools Partnership raises c£200m from private investors

A fund seeking to create “the world’s leading international schools group” has succeeded in raising around £200 million from investors.
International Schools Partnership (ISP), which is led by Ryan Robson, a founder of Sovereign Capital, raised the cash from a number of European family offices and institutional investors. It’s understood to have sourced the funding through Partners Group, a Swiss fund of funds. 
At this stage it is unclear which investors are backing the venture. But the firm is expected to make its first investment imminently. 
"They are sitting on a lot of firepower which they need to spend," a source told EducationInvestor.  
The group plans to buy and build schools in the Middle East and Latin America over the next few years, with the goal of rivalling market leaders like GEMS and Nord Anglia. 
It boasts an experienced leadership team comprised of former senior executives from a number of for-profit school chains. Robson, its chief executive, was a former head of World Class Learning (WCL) while chairman Paul Brett is the one-time chief executive of Alpha Plus. Its operations director, Anita Gleave, has worked at both Alpha Plus and WCL; and business development director, Charles Robinson, at Cognita. 
Sources said the firm was likely to have secured commitments for the £200 million rather than a lump sum. It will likely draw down from this on a deal by deal basis. 

Posted on: 27/02/2014

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