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Clyde & Co has best in class knowledge of the education sector, giving us the capability to help clients make the most of opportunities in growing economies and emerging markets.

Tailored advice with unparalleled industry knowledge

Our education lawyers, based across our global office network, are ready to help clients in whatever market they operate in or wish to develop and grow. We act for a range of the world’s largest and best-known education institutions.

Working on all aspects of a client’s education business, we draw on our long track record of success in this sector to deliver pragmatic, innovative and commercial advice.

While we are a powerful force in the education sector on six continents, we have particular strength in the UK, Middle East and Asia Pacific regions. We specialise in advising UK independent schools and universities to expand their operations.

We play a crucial role in helping these institutions co-operate with investors and local partners to establish branded campuses in territories such as China, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, the UAE, Qatar, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and throughout the wider APAC and MENA regions.

A significant part of our role is to advise investors and international education providers on growth opportunities, merger and acquisition activity and overall corporate governance. At all times, we tailor the support we provide to reflect local market practice and the jurisdiction’s regulatory framework.

From supporting private investors in their first forays into the sector to advising operators in new and challenging jurisdictions, we offer expert guidance across all legal aspects of education.

Our Education Work

  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • UK & Europe
  • UK Education institution

    Acting on behalf of an independent school in relation to its expansion project to Australia, to establish and operate branded for-profit schools in Melbourne and Sydney.


    Southeast Asia and Central Asia

    From our offices in China, Hong Kong, and Singapore, we serve clients across the whole of Southeast Asia and Central Asia.

    • • Advising independent schools, universities and colleges on the establishment of campuses across the region, including China, Hong Kong and Singapore...

    Employment and immigration advice

    Advising a leading international school owner and operator with a portfolio across eight countries and three continents, in its employment and immigration matters for its new international school in Malaysia.


    Asset management investment in Bangkok

    Advising the asset management arm of a conglomerate in its forward purchase of land in Bangkok, Thailand, for the construction of an education facility, and a subsequent long term lease with the franchisee of a UK independent school.


    Educational training facility acquisition

    Advising an Australian-based asset manager and SME operator in its acquisition of a regional educational training facility in Malaysia and Thailand.

  • Advising Cranleigh School on the development of a new campus in Abu Dhabi

    Advising Cranleigh School, a leading UK independent school, on the commercial agreements, protection of intellectual property and structuring of joint venture arrangements with Abu Dhabi Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) for the development of a new campus in Abu Dhabi

    United Arab Emirates

    Advising a leading British public school with its establishment in Abu Dhabi and Middle East region

    Advising a leading British public school with its establishment in Abu Dhabi and wider Middle East region including corporate structuring, protection of intellectual property, documenting schools operating standards and various ancillary commercial matters

    United Arab Emirates

    Advising on the buy-out of Abraaj's stake in Varkey Group education business

    Advising on the buy-out of Abraaj's stake in the Varkey Group education business (GEMS) which was funded by way of an exchangeable loan instrument

    United Arab Emirates

    Modul University

    Advising Dach Advisory on the establishment of Austria’s Modul University Vienna’s first campus in Dubai and the securing of Dubai Investments’ investment of 90% of the total project cost

    United Arab Emirates

    St Dunstan's College

    Advising on the establishment of St Dunstan’s College Dubai and the securing of investment in the project from a UAE based investor

    United Arab Emirates
  • Ireland's Schools PPP Programme

    Advising Sodexo Ireland Limited as O&M Contractor on the second bundle of Ireland's Schools PPP Programme


    School to academy conversions

    Advising Modern Schools (Barnsley) Limited project company and lenders on the conversion of maintained schools to academies in the UK under the Academies Act 2010.

    United Kingdom

    UK and European Education institutions

    Advising independent schools, Universities and Colleges on the establishment of international campuses, securing of investment from local partners, joint venture and licensing and operating structures across the world.

    United Kingdom

    Jacobs Holding acquisition of Cognita

    Advising a Swiss investment fund Jacobs Holding AG on its acquisition of the Cognita global private schools group from KKR and Bregal. The deal is Jacobs Holding’s biggest UK takeover to date and is one of the largest global education transactions.

    United Kingdom

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