One of the UK’s largest independent training providers, MPCT, was acquired by Learning Curve Group (“LCG”). MPCT is the largest provider of internships in Wales and the 7th largest independent training provider under the UK Government’s Education and Skills Funding Agency contract. It was founded in 1999 by former Army Officer Huw Lewis MBE and has helped tens of thousands of school-leavers acquire practical and academic skills for civilian and military careers.
Over its 22 year history, MPCT has received a significant number of accolades, including winning the Times’ educational supplement ‘Training Provider of the Year’, reaching No. 13 in the prestigious Top 100 list. to work for from the Sunday Times, as well as having achieved an Outstanding Category 1 result in its most recent Ofsted inspection.
LCG is a leading UK training and education specialist and a holding company of pan-European private equity firm Agilitas. The acquisition of MPCT will add 30 additional sites and 180 employees to LCG’s operations in England and Wales, creating the largest military training organization outside of the Department of Defense.
Gambit Corporate Finance acted as principal advisor to the shareholders of MPCT for the initiation, negotiation and structuring of the transaction. The Gambit team was led by Geraint Rowe (partner), Simon Marsden (director) and Michael Dunn (executive).
Huw Lewis MBE, Founder and CEO of MPCT commented:
“I would like to thank the very experienced team at Gambit for their role in advising, leading and executing a long negotiation. Gambit was completely committed, provided an extraordinary level of service and conducted the negotiations with objectivity. The transaction was executed in an incredibly professional manner and the potential issues were carefully considered which made the process run smoothly. It has been a real pleasure working closely with Gambit over the past few months and I thank them for their exceptional support every step of the way.
Emma Lambert, Director of Finance at MPCT said:
“Gambit’s vast experience and success speaks for itself, so it was a privilege to have them as advisers for this transaction. The excellent business knowledge and guidance from the team guided us smoothly through the process from start to finish. We were always well informed of what to expect as the transaction progressed, which allowed us to be well prepared and focused. We received first class service and could not have done it without their guidance. Thank you.”
Simon Marsden, Director at Gambit commented:
“Over the past 21 years, Huw and the management team have built an exemplary company which has consistently delivered exceptional and market-leading learning outcomes for young people in the UK. MPCT’s independent contribution to the British Armed Forces is unmatched and this transaction provides LCG with a substantial platform to grow and add significant value to the lives of young people in the UK.
“This positive result is a testament to Gambit’s in-depth knowledge in the education and training industry and its experience in providing M&A advisory services that exceed stakeholder expectations. The transaction also indicates the buoyancy of M&A activity in the education and training sector today, with a high appetite by acquirers for quality assets in the UK mid-market, which is bodes well for the continued growth of our references in the sector.
Capital Law provided legal advice to shareholders and its team consisted of Duncan Macintosh, Angelina Drljaca-Chandler and Catherine Golledge.