We understand the factors that drive value in each of our industry domains, because Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips’ banking professionals were operators before becoming bankers. Every transaction team is customized and led by executives with 25-30 years of deal and industry experience. We have represented some of the world’s largest corporations as well as up-and-coming entrepreneurial ventures. No other advisor can offer the same level of in-depth expertise in the sectors we cover.
Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips has become a leading provider of sophisticated M&A advisory services to a wide range of companies in the education media industry. With experience across both K-12 and Higher Education, Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips’ Education Team has developed expertise in a variety of educational content and education technology areas, including, but not limited to, SaaS platforms, adaptive technology, analytics, curricula and supplemental course materials.
Our investment banking professionals are all former Education and Publishing industry executives with decades of expertise working for some of the largest corporations in the sector. As operators, the team completed dozens of acquisitions and divestitures, and as bankers, they have successfully advised on more than 40 transactions with some of the most respected companies in the industry.
Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips’ team has a consistent track record of thought leadership, serving on industry boards and steering committees in addition to frequently presenting and moderating at conferences around the country. We also publish an insightful monthly education industry newsletter with a particular focus on identifying emerging trends in the industry.
Publishing, Online Education, Lead Generation, Supplemental Education, Special Needs, Ed-Tech
WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING
“When we hired DeSilva+Phillips to sell MNI it was a complex transaction requiring carving out a global business across three business lines and multiple international locations from our corporate parent, Deutsche Boerse. In addition we had an aggressive timeline to hit. Thanks to their industry expertise and focused deal team, we were able to close the transaction in record time and successfully achieve our objectives.”
Suzanne Petren-Moritz, CEO, Market News International (Deutsche Boerse AG)on the sale of MNI to Hale Global
“From day one John and his team understood the two most important things to us, culture and vision. This led our process and we are beyond excited about the results of our partnership.”
John Sampogna, Founder & Managing Director, Wondersauceon the sale of Wondersauce to Project:Worldwide
“The DeSilva and Phillips team were a pleasure to work with in our transaction. They leveraged their deep knowledge and experience in the education market to help us find the perfect partner for future growth. They provided guidance and counsel through every step of the process and were responsive to all of our needs. I’d welcome the opportunity to work with their team again in a future transaction.”
Chrissy Wostmann, President, n2y LLCon the sale of n2y to The Riverside Company
“I was most pleased with DeSilva+Phillips and Ken Sonenclar’s knowledge of the buyer universe and their skill at positioning a company in the Information Services industry. They understood the value proposition of our business and had the right level of relationships and strong credibility with buyers.”
Patrick O′Keefe, Partner, Excellere Partnerson the sale of a division of portfolio company, ASI Government
“Reed Phillips and his firm worked with us to sell Parade magazine and ran a very thorough sales process that resulted in finding an excellent buyer.”
Steven O. Newhouse, Chairman, Advance Publicationson the sale of Parade Media to Athlon Media Group
“DeSilva+Philips make acquisitions easy. From the immaculate dataroom to a CIM that makes sense, they guide both parties to close expertly. Their responsiveness in email and phone calls and guidance on sensitive issues can quickly resolve problems before they become deal breakers.”
Joe Matthews, CEO, Independent Publishers Groupon the acquisition of INscribe Digital from Isolation Networks
“I was exploring options for my company, (Matterhorn, a divestiture of a larger portfolio company), including a sale, capital raise or partnership. Thanks to their unmatched industry knowledge, experience and breadth of contacts, DeSilva+Phillips achieved the ideal outcome. They found us the perfect strategic partner to provide the platform for significant growth allowing us to maximize the near and longer-term value of the company.”
Mark Gerson, Co-Founder & Chairman, Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc. (GLG)
“Prior to choosing DeSilva+Phillips I had been approached by, and interviewed half a dozen potential investment banking partners. It was clear to me that DeSilva+Phillips understood my business better than the rest, and had the process, vision and connections to help us get a great deal done.”
Peter Corbett, CEO, iStrategy Labson the sale of iStrategy Labs to J. Walter Thompson
“The decision to sell a business that has been in the family for over 40 years is obviously a very big decision and having someone like DeSilva & Phillips to guide you through the process is very important. I really appreciate the professionalism of Ken Sonenclar and Reed Phillips as we worked our way through the sales process.”
Don Pietrowski, CEO, RDA groupon the sale of the Company to Ipsos
“I found D&P’s assistance immensely valuable in the December 2015 sale of Sarasota (FL) Magazine and its related titles. Their long experience with media transactions was key in structuring the deal, and their positive spirit and clear communications throughout due diligence did much to keep the deal on track.”
Dan Denton, Founder of Sarasota Magazine
“In our transaction, Reed and his colleagues created a lot of value for a lot of people. They were able to do this for at least five reasons — 1) they understood our business; 2) they have long-term, personal relationships with CEOs, chairmen and other decision-makers at financial and strategic buyers; 3), their grasp of relevant accounting and legal concepts (which can affect the outcome of a deal dramatically) is deep and nuanced. 4), they have terrific strategic instincts; 5)Finally, they know how to generate momentum and drive a process to closing.”