From preschool and postgraduate educators to government departments and agencies, MinterEllison provides comprehensive legal advice to education sector clients. We advise governing bodies, vice chancellors and other senior executives, senior government officials and principals on matters ranging from high-level strategic issues through to the day-by-day challenges of running education systems, universities, private higher education providers and schools.

Governance, protection of valuable intellectual property, termination of employment for poor performance or misconduct, building disputes, OHS issues, industrial relations and strategy, defence of discrimination claims, insurance and risk management, PPP and other funding mechanisms, and teacher/academic and student discipline are all areas where we have significant experience.

In Australia, our advice to primary and secondary schools spans government and non-government systems and individual schools.

Our higher education group has advised universities and other educational institutions since the early 1930s. Through this experience, we have developed a thorough knowledge of the enabling and associated legislation governing universities and the wider education sector. We routinely advise on: strategic advice on funding, intellectual property and research arrangements, information technology and telecommunications, regulatory, legislative and compliance, human resources and industrial relations, dispute resolution, property, planning and environment, construction, and taxation matters. We also advise on overseas arrangements and students.

Fullshare Holdings Limited acquisition of 90% stake in Sparrow Early Learning

Acted for Hong Kong listed investment giant Fullshare Holdings Limited in relation to its A$77m acquisition of 90% stake in Sparrow Early Learning, a leading Australian childcare provider which owns and operates a portfolio of childcare centres in Queensland and Victoria. Our role included conducting due diligence on the target, advising on regulatory issues and negotiating and preparing acquisition documents, including a new shareholders agreement.

A$440 million sale by Navis Capital Partners of controlling stake in Guardian Early Learning Group to Partners Group

Advised management shareholders of Guardian Early Learning Group on the A$440 million sale by Navis Capital Partners of a controlling stake in Guardian Early Learning Group to Partners Group.

IDP IPO and ASX listing (A$850m)

Acted for Education Australia Limited on the $660 million IPO of IDP Education Australia Limited and day one market cap of listing at a 28% premium.

Acquisition of Affinity Education Group Limited

Advised Anchorage Capital Partners on its acquisition of ASX-listed education provider Affinity Education Group Limited by way of scheme of arrangement. We provided strategic advice to Anchorage in relation to dealing with a rival bidder for Affinity, Anchorage's involvement in successful Takeovers Panel Proceedings and a complicated transaction structure.

A$61 million White Cloud acquisition of Careers Australia

Advised White Cloud Capital Advisors on the A$61 million acquisition of the 54.8% share in Careers Australia Group. In a fast moving and complex takeover involving a rival bidder, our team had to assist White Cloud to present Careers Australia Group with a strategy to terminate the Bid Implementation Deed between Careers Australia Group and Crescent Capital Partners to enable Careers Australia Group's independent directors to recommend the White Cloud bid. This took White Cloud's share in Careers Australia to 100%.