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Nov 29, 2021
Gowling WLG has advised AD Education, a European platformspecialising in private higher education, on its new acquisition ofFrench school Institut des Médias avancés,des Arts et des Technologies (IMAAT). Founded in 2015, the IMAAT school specializes in audio and filmproduction, and has more than 300 students on five campuses basedin Bordeaux, Lyon, Nantes, Nice and Toulouse. Founded in 2009, the AD Education group now accounts for 18,000students in 14 schools across France, Italy, Germany and Spain.With its 46 campuses, it covers the main innovative and creativeareas: design and arts graphics, video game, media and digital,audiovisual, culture and luxury. Gowling WLG advised AD Education with a team led by partnersPatrick Mousset (M&A-Private equity) and Emilie Renaud (Tax),and associate Géraldine Gonzalvez (M&A-Privateequity). IMAAT was advised by ALTIJ law firm with partners Sylvain Favier(M&A) and Audrey Lafon-Pouyssegur (Employment law), andassociate Corentin Clair (M&A). In December 2020, Gowling WLG had advised AD Education'sfounder Kevin Guenegan, majority shareholder and CEO on the sale ofits majority stake to Ardian, a world-leading private equity house(one of the largest-scale LBO of the year). This partnership hassupported the group in accelerating its organic and externalgrowth, in France and in Europe. The IMAAT deal follows multipleacquisitions that Gowling WLG has handled for the AD Educationgroup during the last year. RELATED   CONTENT FREE News Alerts Sign Up for our free News Alerts - All the latest articles on your chosen topics condensed into a free bi-weekly email.