Minter Ellison advises Permira on the sale of Renaissance Learning to Hellman & Friedman

Funds managed by European private equity firm Permira have announced a definitive agreement to sell Renaissance Learning to private equity firm Hellman & Friedman for $1.1bn (£660m). Minter Ellison partner David Pratley and special counsel Michael Ward advised Permira on all Australian tax aspects of the deal.

The form of the transaction under US corporate law has no Australian equivalent and so bespoke analysis was required to advise on the application of Australian tax rules that were not drafted contemplating such transactions.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom acted as Permira’s US legal adviser.

Minter Ellison previously advised on Renaissance Learning’s acquisition of Subtext Media in 2013 and on incentive arrangements for Renaissance Learning’s Australian management.

Permira advises funds with a total committed capital of close to $30bn. Its funds have a track record of successfully investing in technology and digital media companies around the world, including, Odigeo, NDS, Genesys and LegalZoom.

Renaissance Learning specialises in cloud-based assessment, teaching and learning solutions with customers in more than a third of US schools and more than 60 countries worldwide. Its other investors include Google Capital. Hellman & Friedman is a private equity investment firm with offices in San Francisco, New York and London.