Industry Experts

As Bankers And Operators

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

Team Members:

Robin Warner (Head)Joanna Stone Herman