Jamieson is pleased to have been able to advise the management team of the global private schools group, Cognita, on its sale from Bregal & KKR to Jacob’s Holding (Zurich-based family office).
Cognita, headquartered in London, was formed in 2004 by Sir Chris Woodhead (former Chief Inspector of Schools England) alongside Bregal with the acquisition of a single school in the UK and has since successfully expanded into Europe, Asia and Latin America. The Group now operates 70 schools across 8 countries, employing over 7,000 teachers and educates 40,000 pupils.
“KKR and Bregal have been long-term, supportive and excellent owners of Cognita. Equally, we are delighted to secure a new partnership with Jacob’s Holding, who we are confident will be excellent owners. Changing ownership can be a challenging process but we have been expertly advised by Jamieson. As a result the entire management team are all personally invested and highly motivated for the future.”
Chris Jansen, CEO