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Latham & Watkins Advises Leeds Equity Partners in Acquisition of Big Blue Marble Academy

January 4, 2024
Firm represents the private equity firm dedicated to partnering with management teams in education.

Leeds Equity Partners (Leeds Equity) announced today that it has acquired Big Blue Marble Academy (BBMA or the Company), a leading provider of early childhood education across the Southeast United States. The acquisition of Big Blue Marble Academy builds upon Leeds Equity’s deep experience in and commitment to early childhood education and its decades of immersion in the education sector and the Knowledge Industries.

Latham & Watkins LLP advised Leeds Equity in the acquisition with a corporate deal team led by New York partner Jane Greyf and New York counsel Alyssa Galinsky, with associates Natasha Burnett, Jen Oh, and Jordan Wampler. Advice was also provided on finance matters by New York partner Joshua Tinkelman and New York counsel Sonja Pollack, with associate Elizabeth Bell; on tax matters by New York partner Eric Kamerman, with associate Lukas Kutilek; on real estate matters by Chicago counsel Jeffrey Anderson, with associates Sara Aziz* and David Rao; on benefits and labor matters by New York partner Bradd Williamson and Chicago partner Nineveh Alkhas, with associates Alisa Hand, Sam Minter, and Jane Jeong; on intellectual property matters by New York partners Steven Betensky and Jessica Cohen, with associates Alan Kim and Ryan Wilkins; on data privacy matters by Bay Area partner Heather Deixler, with associate Mitch Bennett**; on anti-corruption matters by Washington, D.C. partner Joseph Bargnesi, with associate Michelle Wadolowski; on insurance matters by Los Angeles partner Drew Levin and San Diego/Los Angeles counsel Hannah Cary, with associate Emilie McConnachie; and on regulatory matters by Washington, D.C. counsel Britton Davis.

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**Admitted to Practice in New South Wales (Australia) only.